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30 Oct
It’s time for time: the role of temporal linkages in seasonal ecosystems
October 30, 2017 -
14:00 to 15:00
- University of Haifa-Department of Evolutionary and Environmental Biology and Institute of Evolution(room #223, second floor)

Spatial and temporal heterogeneity are increasingly being considered in ecological systems.  A better understanding of their role has become imperative because of changes in precipitation and temperature associated with climate change.  Temporary freshwater ecosystems (e.g., seasonal wetlands, floodplains, temporary streams), which consist of aquatic and terrestrial habitat at a single location in the landscape, are especially sensitive to these changes. Ecological research and management tend to focus on hydroperiod effects (inundation length) on the aquatic or terrestrial phases of these ecosystems. Few studies have considered both phases and their interaction when approaching community dynamics of these unique ecosystems. This talk will present a novel conceptual framework for understanding seasonal ecosystems and empirical evidence from California vernal pools. The general concepts have implications for our understanding of the ecology of all temporally heterogeneous habitats, conservation strategies for these habitats, and the management of endangered species.


Lecture: Jamie Kneitel

Fulbright Scholar (University of Haifa)

Professor of Ecology
Department of Biological Sciences,California State University

30 Oct
IWP Alumna Efrat Mishori- 2017 Yehuda Amichai Prize Ceremony
October 30, 2017 - 07:30 - Mishkenot Sha’ananim Cultural Center, Jerusalem

Fulbright International Writing Program (IWP) alumna, DR. EFRAT MISHORI, has won the 2017 Yehuda Amichai Prize for Hebrew Poetry presented by the Israeli Ministry of Culture and Sport. Dr. Mishori extends a warm welcome to all interested to join her at the award ceremony in Jerusalem. The evening's program will also include a lecture by another Fulbright- IWP alumnus, RONNY SOMECK, who will deliver a special lecture about the love poetry of Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai. The program will be conducted in Hebrew.



Dr. Efrat Mishori (Photo credit: Dana Goldberg)

20 Oct
US Fulbright alumnus Dr. Kenneth Allen Grossberg presents "Japan: A Consumer's Paradise...or not"
October 20, 2017 - 11:00 - Japanese Embassy, The Museum Tower, 19th floor, 4 Berkowitz St., Tel Aviv

US Fulbright alumnus Dr. Kenneth Allen Grossberg ('91-'92,TAU, Business Administration) will present a lecture on Japan's unique and contradictory consumer culture, its complex commercial environment and the challenges it presents to foreign marketers.

Japan is a society uniquely complex.  Often totally contradictory things can be said about it where both descriptions will be absolutely correct.  Japan's consumer culture also fits this split personality pattern.  Foreign visitors to Japan are often enchanted by the degree of service and caring they receive when engaged in even the simplest of consumer transactions, a phenomenon often described by the Japanese themselves with the term "omotenashi."  But there is another side to Japan's consumer culture as well, one that is as real as the unbelievably courteous and attentive behavior encountered everywhere.  Pricing, portion size, unavailability of products that could be easily found in countries less affluent, and other anomalies are part of the consumer experience, which simply makes Japan a challenge for foreign marketers and a complex commercial environment that is fascinating in its contradictions. We will explore this phenomenon in this lecture, which will be in English.
US Fulbright alumnus Kenneth Alan Grossberg was Professor of Marketing and Director of the Waseda Marketing Forum at Waseda Business School until mandatory retirement in 2016. He has been active in international business and management education for more than forty years, much of that time spent working in Japan and the Pacific Rim.  He currently serves as an advisor to the Knowledge Center for Innovation at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and mentors Israeli startups in his capacity as a strategist and global marketing expert. 

Kindly register here: 

This event is sponsored by the Embassy of Japan in cooperation with the Israel Japan Friendship Society.


Dr. Kenneth Allen Grossberg (learn more HERE)


06 Jun
2017 Pre-Departure Orientation Day
June 6, 2017 -
11:00 to 19:30
- Beit HaTfutsot Museum – Museum of the Jewish People

United States-Israel
Educational Foundation


Embassy of the
United States


Pre-Departure Orientation Day

JUNE 6, 2017

(Please scroll to the bottom of the page for registration information)


Beit HaTfutsot Museum (Museum of the Jewish People), 15 Klausner St., Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv University Campus
Waze: בית התפוצות – מוזיאון העם היהודי

Event Schedule:





Free networking by geographical area starting as early as 08:00


Welcoming Remarks

Zeevi Auditorium


Dr. Anat Lapidot-Firilla, Executive Director, USIEF
Mr. Thomas Genton, Counselor for Press and Cultural Affairs, US Embassy

Breakaway session:


Cultural Adjustment (Singles, General)

Zeevi Auditorium


Dr. Neta Kligler-Vilenchik
Dr. Hadas Skaat

Mr. George Deek
Mr. Zaki Djemal
Moderation by USIEF


Cultural Adjustment (Couples, Families)

Classroom 6


Professor Sheizaf Rafaeli
Mr.Ido Sivan Sevilla

Ms. Anat Szendro
Mr. Oded Oz
Moderator: Dr. Dimona Yaniv

Breakaway session:


Academic Adjustment (Studies)

Zeevi Auditorium


Professor Hanna Salman
Dr. Brian Rosen
Moderator: Mr. E. William Murad, Director, American Center Jerusalem


Academic Adjustment (Research)

Classroom 6


Dr. Lea David
Dr. Amit Sitt

Dr. Yasha Vilenchik
Dr. Samah Haiek
Moderation by USIEF

Breakaway session:


Scienceabroad- your home away from home

Zeevi Auditorium


Ms. Sigal Kis -Program Manager, Science Abroad


Back to Israel: Academy

Classroom 6


Same panel as Academic Adjustment (Research)






Free networking by discipline


Back to Israel: Your Rights

Zeevi Auditorium


Talk by representatives of Ministry of Aliyah and Integration


Professional Adjustment

Zeevi Auditorium


Dr. Hadas Raanan Kiperwas
Mr. Nissan Dar

Adv. Michal Harris
Ms. Tali Aronsky
Moderation by USIEF


Healthcare in the U.S.

Zeevi Auditorium


Mr. Haim Ohayon, VP Strategic Relations, David Shield, International Medical Insurance


Visa Information Session

Zeevi Auditorium


Talk by representatives of Consular Section, U.S. Embassy


End of Event



EducationUSA advisor, Mr. Ralph M. Amelan, will be present at the event to answer questions.


Registration Information:

Register by email:
Register by phone: 03-5213800 (Ahuva), Monday-Thursday 09:00 until 16:00, Friday 9:00 until 13:00

To register, please provide us the following details in English:
•    Name
•    Phone number

•    Email address
•    US institution + State
•    Degree
•    Field of study

Fee: 100 New Israeli Shekels per person. Cash only, to be paid at the registration.
New Fulbright grantees and their guests (1 guest per grantee) are exempt from payment.

06 Jun
Pre-departure orientation in Washington DC for all of the American grantees arriving in Israel during the 2017-2018 academic year.
June 6, 2017 - 11:00 to June 10, 2017 - 18:00
- Washington, D,C.

26 Apr
Central Fulbright Alumni Community Meet Up Featuring Goren Gordon
April 26, 2017 -
16:00 to 18:00
- Capsule Building, Porter School of Environmental Studies, Tel Aviv University

Alumni from Tel Aviv University and Central Israel met up with US Fulbrighters based at TAU/Central Israel. The program featured a presentation by Fulbright postdoc alumnus and Head of TAU's Curiosity Lab, Dr. Goren Gordon, "On Curiosity of Robots and Children," and a tour of Israel's greenest building, TAU's Capsule Building, at the Porter School of Environmental Studies with the school's Professional Director, Dr. Arie Nesher.


Machine learning in the service of education- Alumnus Dr. Goren Gordon, Head of TAU's Curiosity Lab, presents his robot "Howie," who has learned to be curious.


"On Curiosity of Robots & Children"- Alumnus Dr. Goren Gordon, Head of TAU's Curiosity Lab, delivers a truly unique lecture to alumni & US Fulbrighters.



Alumnus Dr. Goren Gordon (far left) Head of TAU's Curiosity Lab, with alumni, US Fulbrighters, Fulbright staff, and his two curious robots. 



What is curiosity? Alumnus Goren Gordon has an equation! 




Alumni & US Fulbrighters get an intro to the greenest building in Israel, TAU's Capsule Building, Porter School for Environmental Studies, with the school's Professional Director, Dr. Arie Nesher.



On the green roof of TAU's Capsule Building, Porter School for Environmental Studies, with the school's Professional Director, Dr. Arie Nesher, Alumni & US Fulbrighters.


Gray-water recycling, solar tube energy collection- Dr. Arie Nesher shares with alumni and US Fulbrighters about the cutting edge green technology employed by TAU's Capsule Building, Porter School for Environmental Studies.


The atrium of Israel's greenest building-TAU's Capsule Building, Porter School for Environmental Studies, with the school's Professional Director, Dr. Arie Nesher, Alumni & US Fulbrighters.