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June 2021 Newsletter
Dear Friends, Supporters, Alumni, and Parents,
Please enjoy our June newsletter. Every month we are challenged to choose which great articles and announcements we will share. Our IDC Alumni are making waves all over the world with their successful businesses, raising hundreds of millions of dollars in funding and even going public on the NYSE.
Our IDC Professors are providing cutting-edge programs for their students in all of our schools. They are publishing articles and working on innovative projects that are receiving major attention. The Raphael Recanati International School team delivers social and cultural activities for the students daily. IDC Herzliya announced that we have welcomed our first student from the UAE and they honored a student studying with us by raising the South Korean flag to join our other flags flying on campus. This is how we commemorate the students we have with us from all over the world.
We were saddened to hear the news of the passing of Dina Recanati. The Recanati family has been a pillar of IDC since the beginning and were our partners in establishing the Raphael Recanati International School and the student dorms. Dina was not only a committed philanthropist, she was a talented artist. She will be missed by so many.
This week we had over 60 IDC alumni on a rooftop overlooking all of Manhattan for a happy hour, see more pictures here. The love that these alumni have for their experience at IDC continues well after they graduate IDC and it is heartwarming to meet such an amazing group of people, that have maintained their friendships even after leaving school. AFIDC strives to provide events, content, and networking to our thousand of Alumni living in the States. Whether the United States is a brief stopping point in their life or their permanent home, we want to ensure that we maintain a strong connection to this network. They are the leaders of ensuring IDC Herzliya continues to be a prestigious, first-class institution of learning.
The academic year has come to a close and students are finishing up their exams. I would like to wish everyone an enjoyable summer. Please remember, the IDC campus is now accepting visitors! We invite you to come take a campus tour of the beautiful IDC Campus. If you happen to be in Israel in July, please join us and RSVP here!
We have lots more big news coming your way all summer, stay tuned!
Shabbat Shalom and Happy Father's Day!
Leslie Skyba
Executive Director
American Friends of IDC
Prof. Uriel Reichman Meeting with Students From the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy, & Strategy  
The Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy and the Student Union held a workshop that dealt with the crisis of governance ​​in Israeli democracy. The students were divided into working groups, each of which will continue to meet with a focus on a major topic that is on the agenda.
IDC Herzliya Campus Welcomes Students Back!
Students at IDC celebrating their classroom homecomings in this ILTV News video featuring IDC Herzliya RRIS Head Jonathan Davis and our international students.

With coronavirus in Israel under practical control, IDC Herzliya is returning in full, to normalcy. "After a year of being on zoom and being isolated from the rest of the world, its just been so amazing to see everyone, to be back in person, to have this infrastructure, and to have the ability to come together as the university that we are. As this community, as this family." Noah Marks, from South Africa.
IDC Official Swag Shop
We are pleased to share that we have revamped and relaunched our Official IDC Herzliya Swag Shop! Browse our complete selection of IDC Herzliya and American Friends of IDC Apparel and Merchandise at the IDC Herzliya Swag Shop to gear up! Everyone from men, women, and youth to big and tall can all shop IDC Herzliya Gear from the Official IDC Herzliya Swag Shop, with everything from apparel to home and office decorations. Check out our IDC Herzliya Clothing, Gear, to make sure you're ready to cheer on IDC Herzliya. You're sure to find IDC Herzliya Gear you want at the official IDC Herzliya Swag Shop. Go IDC!
All proceeds go to American Friends of IDC to help support our needy students. 
International Refugee Day at IDC 
In preparation for the International Refugee Day, June 20, an event was held on campus on Monday, June 14th with A European Union and UNHR delegation meeting 25 African asylum seeker students and alum from IDC Herzliya, from Egypt, South Sudan, Eritrea, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Guinea and Nigeria along with Joey Low, the founder of the Israel at Heart Program and Jonathan Davis.
Prof. Amir Amedi's Study on Sight Through Sound
Prof. Amir Amedi
Professor/Founding Director
IDC Herzliya, The Baruch Ivcher Institute For Brain, Cognition & Technology & The Ruth and Meir Rosental Brain Imaging Center (MRI)

The Ivcher Institute for Brain, Cognition and Technology's Prof Amir Amedi's work highlights new insights on tactile and multisnesory reference frames - and how our body posture change perception in the brain using a novel (visua-to) touch sensory substitution technology developed in our lab, as seen in the video below and written here.

The study was supported by an ERC grant how experience shapes the human brain - from the European Commission
‘Guardian of The Walls’: The North American Front
By: Dalia Zahger Levy
As conflict intensified on the Israeli-Palestinian front, and as more and more lives were ruined and taken, the self-proclaimed pro-Palestinian movements around the world — and in North America particularly — raised their heads to once again expose their real intention: the complete destruction of Israel, the only Jewish state and refuge in the world.
Dalia Zahger Levy, USA
MA Government, Homeland Security at IDC Herzliya 
When One Plus One Makes More than Two:
How Open Source Builds a Bridge between Universities and Industry
Prof Anat Bremler-Barr
Efi Arazi School of Computer Science
Deputy Dean

Ph.D., Tel Aviv University
Research Director and RIG leader for Israel Idan Levi speaks with Anat Bremler-Barr, Professor in the School of Computer Science and Vice Dean of the Efi Arazi School of Computer Science at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel (IDC). Before joining the faculty of IDC, Bremler-Barr co-founded a company to provide systems that protect against Denial of Service attacks. It was acquired by Cisco systems in 2004. Her research interests are in computer networks and distributed computing, with an emphasis on security. 
Managing the changing world of work-
IDC's MA in Organizational Behavior and Development
What makes organizations tick? What is organizational culture? How can managers motivate and better communicate with employees?

IDC Herzliya’s MA program in Organizational Behavior and Development provides the answers to these and other critical issues of organizational management in an intensive, two-year graduate program that blends organizational theory with practical, hands-on experience.

Dr. Dana Pereg, who has headed the program for the past six years, explains that students in the program will not only learn about organizational behavior but will gain a great deal of understanding about about themselves. “The program is not only about cognitive and academic knowledge,” she explains, “but is about understanding who you are, both personally and professionally. You can’t be a great consultant if your inner story is not clear to you.”
Dr. Dana Pereg, PhD
Head of program, MA OBD
(photo credit: IDC STAFF)
Startup Snapshot 
Late stage startups are raising massive rounds, faster than ever before and at rapidly climbing valuations. But what is happening with early stage ventures? To shed light on the changing ecosystem, we researched the state of early stage tech and identified new strategies for young startups to succeed in 2021.
Check out the top 6 conclusions with insights from the Startup Snapshot partners
  1. Yael Benjamin
  2. Liat Aaronson
  3. Yifat Oron
  4. Tzahi Zack Weisfeld
  5. Micha Kaufman
  6. Robert Cohen
  7. Nimrod Vrome
Check out all the insights, benchmarks and data points collected by clicking here

Startups Snapshot is brought to you by Y. Benjamin Strategic Marketing in partnership with Intel Ignite, LeumiTech , Fiverr,  and Yigal Arnon & Co. 
IDC Alumni - Rudy Rochman
Jewish & Israel Rights Activist
Rudy Rochman, One Year MBA alumni originally from France, has become "a battering ram against anti-Semitism." Rochman is a Jewish and Israel Rights Activist who started a chapter of Students Supporting Israel (SSI) at Columbia University during his undergraduate studies as the Israeli community was struggling to defend themselves from various anti-Israel movements on campus.
Rochman is now one of the biggest influencers when it comes to standing against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). He wants to educate those who have been told that Jews are the enemy and he is giving students throughout America valuable tools to stand up for themselves unlike any individual in our lifetime.
"I started making videos to expose people who are anti-Semitic and a lot of people started following these videos, feeling empowered, and I realized I was onto something. Things started to go viral and I’ve continued it." Rudy uses his background and expertise to inspire the next generation of Jews to narrate their own story and to write the next chapter.

In 2018, Rochman received the 36 Under 36 award for being one of the most influential Jews in the world.
Rudy Rochman, Israel
Jewish & Israel Rights Activist
One Year MBA
IDC Herzliya
Save the Dates:
IDC Herzliya Upcoming Virtual Information Session(s)
June-July 2021
We invite students interested in pursuing a degree at IDC to join our upcoming Virtual Information Session(s) with the Heads of the RRIS degrees we offer at IDC. This is a great opportunity for you to learn more directly from our heads of the programs about the graduate degrees and ask any specific questions you may have LIVE. (You may select more than one session to attend to learn more about the various degrees we offer.)

We also have a general virtual session with Jonathan Davis, Head of the RRIS, and Vice President of External Relations taking place on Sunday, July 11, 2021 to learn more about IDC firsthand. 

US Times
19:00/7:00 PM Israel Time - 9:00 AM PST – 10:00 AM MDT – 11:00 AM CST - 12:00 PM EST
20:30/8:30 PM Israel Time - 10:30 AM PST – 11:30 AM MDT – 12:30 PM CST - 1:30 PM EST

*One day prior to the event you will receive the Zoom link to the session.
Graduation Ceremonies for Class of 2019 & Class of 2020
We have some exciting news to share that we intend to have graduations take place physically on campus in October. More details to come once finalized.

Note the Dates below:
  • Graduation Ceremony Class of 2019 - Wednesday, October 13, 2021
  • Graduation Ceremony Class of 2020 - Tuesday, October 19, 2021
ICT's 20th Annual World Summit on Counter-Terrorism
September 11-14, 2021 - Virtually & In Person
ICT's 20th Annual World Summit: International Conference on Counter-Terrorism will take place during September 11-14, 2021.
Save the Date and prepare for the largest, most influential event in the field of #counterterrorism
Stay tuned for more information.
RRIS Student of the Month: Natasha Lotkin
Hi guys! My name is Natasha Lotkin, originally from Cape Town, South Africa. I’m currently in my first year studying Business and Economics. One of my reasons for making aliyah was to study, I just did not know where, when, what or how. I went to multiple open days (pre-COVID) and upon arriving on campus at IDC I felt “at home” everyone was so welcoming and everyone spoke English! I was also very impressed with the extra curricular activities and decided to join the Investment club!

Outside of studying, I work in a #fintech startup company and I am able to get first hand experience and a better understanding in some of the things we learn in class. I look forward to what the next three years will have in store!"
Natasha Lotkin, South Africa
BA Business and Economics at IDC Herzliya