​​​​​​​​​​​Note on transportation: ​​​​​​

 Buses will be provided to transport participants to the next scheduled event when it is at a different location. 

Sunday, May 15, 2022​​

10:00 a.m.-2:00 pm  

Global Development Committee Meeting
(for committee members only)

Kedma Hotel, Sde Boker 

Monda​​​​y, May ​16, 2022

9:00 a.m.
Opening Plenary Session of the 52nd Board of Governors Meeting 

Board Procedures:
Lloyd Goldman, Chairman of the BOG
Lionel Halpérin, Chairman of the Finance Committee
Yarom Ariav, Chairman of the Executive Committee

Presidential Address: Prof. Daniel Chamovitz, President

Rector’s Annual Review: Prof. Chaim Hames, Rector

Awarding of the Eighth Goldstein-Goren International Prize for the most important book in Jewish thought 2019-2021

Moderator: Jeff Kaye, VP for Public Affairs & Resource Development

Kedma Hotel, Sde Boker

9:45 a.m.
New Perspectives for the Future 
with President Prof. Daniel Chamovitz and Vice Presidents:
Prof. Limor Aharonson-Daniel, VP for Global Engagement
David Bareket, VP and Director-General
Prof. Dan Blumberg, VP for Industrial & Regional Development
Prof. Raz Jelinek, VP and Dean for Research & Development
Jeff Kaye, VP for Public Affairs & Resource Development

Kedma Hotel, Sde Boker

10:30 a.m.
The Robert St. John Chair in Objective Middle East Reporting Lecture: 
Why Nobody Loves Free Speech Anymore 

Franklin Foer, former Editor-in-Chief of The New Republic
Moderator: Prof. Guy Ben-Porat, Department of Politics and Government

Kedma Hotel, Sde Boker 

  • 11:15 a.m.
  • Break

2:30 p.m.
BGU Student Activities Fair

Abraham Ben David Ohayon Behavioral Sciences Building, Marcus Family Campus

3:45 p.m.
Festive Screening
Who are the Marcuses? (2021) Extended Trailer

  • In the presence of the Marcus Family
  • and director Matthew Mishory

Abraham Ben David Ohayon Behavioral Sciences Building

5:30 p.m.
Marcus Family Campus Tours, including:
Lorry I. Lokey Chemistry Building
Medical Simulation Building
Yazamut 360 entrepreneurship center

7:15 p.m.

North Campus Launch Celebration​

Festive Dinner Recognizing the University's Loyal Supporters​

North Campus Reveal with Light Show Extravaganza

(for registered participants)

North Campus, Beer-Sheva 

Tuesday, May 1​7, 2022

9:00 a.m.

Naming Ceremony of the Goldman Sonnenfeldt ​School of Sustainability and Climate Change

details to follow

George Evens Family Auditorium, Sde Boker Campus


  • Showcase of the School of Sustainability and Climate Change with Rector Prof. Chaim Hames and faculty members 
    • ​    Dr. Max Kolton, French Associates Institute for Agriculture and Biotechnology of Drylands
  •     Prof. Orit Sivan, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  •     Dr. Na'ama Teschner, Department of Geography and Environmental Development

George Evens Family Auditorium, Sde Boker Campus

10:30 a.m.

  • Sde Boker Campus Tours with graduate students
  • Welcome Remarks: Prof. Noam Weisbrod, Director, Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research and Sde Boker Campus

Sde Boker Campus​

1:30 p.m.

  • Annual Zlotowski Event
  • Celebrating our Partnerships: Technology and Research in Synergy
  • Moderator: Josh Peleg, CEO, BGN Technologies
  • With:
  • Lucien Yehuda Bronicki, founder of Ormat Technologies, Ltd.
  • Dr. Shelly Gordon, EVP Human Resources, Elbit Systems Ltd.
  • Timotheus Höttges, CEO of Deutsche Telekom AG
  • Michael Mirilashvili, CEO of Watergen
  • Zvika Shwimmer, CEO of Electra Consumer Products, Ltd.

Kedma Hotel, Sde Boker 

6:00 p.m.
Conferment Ceremony of Honorary Doctoral Degrees

Sylvan Adams, Israel
Rabbi Denise L. Eger, USA
David Grossman, Israel
Timotheus Höttges, Germany
Cyndi and Max Mintzberg, Canada
Prof. Louise Richardson, United Kingdom
Prof. Nahum Sonenberg, Canada & Israel

  • President’s Award 
  • Harold Paisner, United Kingdom

  • Joya Claire Sonnenfeldt Auditorium, Marcus Family Campus
  • Formal attire requested

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 

8:30 a.m.

  • Irene and Hyman Kreitman Annual Event
  • Launch of the Manya Igel Initiative for Advanced Nutrition and One-Health 
  • BGU Talks: Foods That Are Really Good for You! 
  • Prof. Raz Jelinek, VP and Dean for Research & Development: Unveiling the secrets of yogurt
  • Prof. Aaron Fait, French Associates Institute for Agriculture and Biotechnology of Drylands: Ten years after: Is the Negev a better place for quality wine production?
  • Dr. Deborah Toiber, Department of Life Sciences: How diet influences the aging brain: from risk to protection
  • Prof. Iris Shai, School of Public Health: Doc, do diets work? Insights from long term RCTs​

Kedma Hotel, Sde Boker 

10:00 a.m.
Annual Halpérin Event

  • In the presence of the Halpérin family, Switzerland and Israel
  • Moderator: Prof. Halleli Pinson, Presidential Advisor for Gender Equity

  • Roundtable: Women in Academic Leadership 
  • Prof. Sarah Abu-Kaf, Conflict Management & Resolution Program
  • Rabbi Denise L. Eger, Past President, Central Conference of American Rabbis
  • Prof. Louise Richardson AAAS AcSS FRSE RIIA, Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford
  • Prof. Bracha Shapira, Department of Software and Information Systems Engineering

  • Annual Halpérin Lecture 
  • by ​the Winner of the Michel Halpérin Memorial Research Prize:
  • Prof. Guy Ben-Porat, Department of Politics and Government: Police and Minorities in Israel and Abroad

Kedma Hotel, Sde Boker 

1:00 p.m.

  • Living Here, Writing Here
  • Meeting with author and Israel Prize laureate David Grossman
  • ​Moderator: Prof. Haim Weiss, Chair, Department of Hebrew Literature

Kedma Hotel, Sde Boker

  • 2:00 p.m.
  • Break

6:30 p.m.

Dedication of the Cyndi and Max Mintzberg Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism Building and the Ben-Gurion Archives

Celebratory Remarks

Dedication Ceremony and Affixing the Mezuzah

Outdoor Multimedia Show

Sde Boker Campus

8:30 p.m.
Lag Ba’Omer Farewell Dinner 
(By invitation) 

Amphitheater next to DBG’s gravesite, Sde Boker

Thursday, May 19, 2022 

​8:30 a.m.​
Farewell Breakfast 

Kedma Hotel, Sde Boker

  • 11:30-1:00 p.m.       
  • Dedication of the Gordon S. Cohen NeuroTech Hub
  • Moderator: Prof. Oren ​Shriki, Chair, Department of Cognitive and Brain Sciences​
  • Marcus Family Campus​​

Note on dress code: ​​​​​​

​​Recommended dress code for the board meeting is "Smart/Dressy Casual" for both daytime and evening events. Wear comfortable shoes. The only exception is the Conferment Ceremony of Honorary Doctoral Degrees, where formal attire is requested (dark suits and dress shoes for men, and formal evening wear or cocktail dresses for women).

Please note that evenings in the desert can be quite cold, so remember to bring a light jacket or shawl to evening events.​