July 13, 2021
Renia Perel z”l Bequeaths $500,000 for International
MA Scholarships in Holocaust Studies
Through the generosity of Renia Perel z"l, the University of Haifa has received a $500,000 bequest from her estate to support students who are enrolled in the International Master’s Program in Holocaust Studies and who demonstrate financial need.

Born in Malnow, Poland in 1930, Renia (pictured) and her older sister, Henia, arrived in Canada in 1948. They came from an orphanage in Germany, having survived the Holocaust using false Ukrainian birth certificates. Dec. 4 1941, was the last day the sisters saw their mother. Both their parents and their young brother were killed, as was the rest of their family.
 
When the sisters arrived in Canada, Renia was placed in a foster home in Vancouver. She married Moshe Perel in 1950 in a double wedding with Moshe's brother Jack and Renia's sister Henia. 
 
Renia went back to school to become a teacher. One of her passions was music, and she composed a work based on her experiences – Songs of the Wasteland – a memoir and a musical tribute to the victims of the Holocaust.
 
Renia Perel died in Vancouver in 2017. The gift is in memory of Renia (née Sperber) Perel, her husband Moshe Aaron Perel, and her daughter, Freda Sharon Perel. Read Renia Perel’s story
University of Haifa holds 49th Board of Governors Meeting 
Bradley Bloom, Chairman of the Board of Governors, and President Ron Robin (pictured) welcomed more than 200 participants from around the world to the University of Haifa's 49th Board of Governors Meeting. A livestream of the event was broadcast from the Hecht Museum Auditorium. Faculty, board members, students and supporters of the University of Haifa participated in person.

President Ron Robin presented his Annual Report at the Opening Plenary Session, which included an overview of the University's academic milestones over the past year, as well as the launch of the University's 50th Anniversary capital fundraising campaign to raise $150 million over the next three years.

Among the highlights of the event was the awarding of an Honorary Doctorate degree to Prof. Richard C. Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet, one of the world's most prestigious medical journals. Prof. Horton was recognized for his exceptional contribution to the promotion of public health and wellbeing on a global level, and for his actions in raising the profile and status of the Israeli health system. Tribute video

The conferment ceremony was followed by a discussion between Prof. Horton and Dr. Talya Greene (Head of the Department of Community Mental Health) on lessons learned from the COVID-19 global health crisis.

Next year's Board of Governors' Meeting, marking the University's 50th anniversary, will be held from
June 20th - 22nd, 2022 in Haifa.
On July 14th and 15th, you are invited to join us as we celebrate the many ways in which the worlds of science, education and art come together in regard to the seas and oceans. The conference will be held in Israel and remotely (via YouTube), and will be translated into English, Hebrew and Arabic.
Underwater Dig at Tel Dor Finds Boat Anchor from Bronze Age 
A 200-pound stone anchor belonging to an ancient ship was recently discovered at the Tel Dor excavation site near Haifa. Researchers believe that the anchor was first used during the Bronze Age and through the Roman and Byzantine periods (~3,000 years ago).

The underwater excavation was led by the University's Leon Recanati Institute of Marine Studies and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority. Researchers from University of Haifa and UC San Diego have been exploring the Tel Dor site for a number of years – even during the pandemic. 
Largest Shark Breeding Ground Found off Israel's Coast
A routine underwater expedition off the coast of Israel has led to the discovery of the largest concentration of shark eggs ever found. "We couldn't believe what we were seeing!" exclaimed Dr. Yizhaq Makovsky (Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences). "The habitat, which spans dozens, if not hundreds of meters, has an abundance of marine life not found in the waters in or around Israel."

High-resolution videos of the scene, including shark embryos moving inside their eggs, were captured by cameras mounted on a Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle that was purchased with support from the Helmsley Charitable Trust and maintained by the Hatter Department of Marine Technologies. Researchers from University of Haifa, Ben Gurion University and Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research (IOLR) are taking part in this groundbreaking scientific project.
15,000-year-old Tools Shed Light on Community Relations in Ancient Israel
Fifty-four basalt pestles dating back 15,000 years, uncovered in a cave in the Carmel area offer insights into the relations between the earliest communities who transitioned to a sedentary lifestyle and how they started to develop a close connection to their territory, research by Israeli and German scholars has shown.

The University of Haifa and University of Mainz project successfully located the source of the raw materials used by ancient Natufians to manufacture tools to process their food. It reveals that most of it came from different areas around Lake Kinneret, between 60 and 120 km. from the el-Wad Terrace site where they were found. Continue reading