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March News and Updates from AFRU
Dear Friends, Supporters, Parents, and Alumni,

Please enjoy our March newsletter. If you will be in Israel over Passover, you are invited to join our annual luncheon on campus with a tour following. This year Jonathan Davis will be presenting our student reservists. It will give you a chance to meet some of the brave young people that are fighting for our homeland.

Wishing everyone a Happy Passover and for our Christian friends a Happy Easter!

Warmest Wishes,

Leslie Skyba
Executive Director
American Friends of IDC (Reichman University)
Save the Date- Thursday, April 25th
 RRIS Swords of Iron Resilience Pesach Luncheon
Campus Resilience and the Rise of Woke Culture
As Israel’s only private but non-profit university, Reichman University is dedicated to strengthening and nurturing the State of Israel and the Jewish world. The founder of our university, Professor Uriel Reichman, established the university’s charter based on Zionism and the values of the country’s forefathers, including Herzl, Jabotinsky, Ben Gurion, and Begin. These values encompass the Israeli Declaration of Independence and the philosophy of a nation “by the people, for the people, with the minority in mind.”
 Justin Galitzer from the USA is a third-year Government student
In practical terms, this translates to preferential treatment for those who serve in national defense. And indeed many students on our campus have served in reserves, reflecting a deeply ingrained commitment to the nation’s security. With a significant proportion of students having served in this war, our university faces the challenge of supporting returning reservists academically and psychologically, embodying the philosophy of assisting those who serve.
Colonel Miri Eisin Lecture in NYC
Director of the ICT Colonel Miri Eisin addressed local friends, supporters, and prospective students in NYC on March 5th, sharing her expertise on the Swords of Iron war. Colonel Eisin was introduced by RU alumna Morielle Lotan, who spoke about the Adir Challenge and Yuval Donio-Gideon, Consul for Public Diplomacy at the Israeli Consulate in New York, who shared his remarks and high regard for Reichman University and Colonel Eisin's work.
 Reichman University Comes in First for Student Satisfaction
The survey assesses satisfaction across several key parameters, including the quality of courses, lecturers, and tutors, as well as the treatment of students by lecturers and the variety of teaching techniques employed. It evaluates the overall quality of education based on these criteria, aiming to provide valuable insights into the effectiveness and satisfaction levels within the educational system.
 Lauder Alumni Win Local Israeli Elections
Since its establishment, the vision of Reichman University has been to train future leaders on the values of freedom and responsibility – freedom for self-realization alongside the responsibility to take responsibility for Israeli society. Local elections are one of many expressions of the realization of this vision. Congratulations to our Lauder School alumni on winning recent local Israeli elections!
The Aviram Sustainability and Climate Program
Introducing our new Special Program: The Aviram Sustainability and Climate Program at Reichman University!
Designed for 20 exceptional 3rd year undergraduate students, this year-long program, in collaboration with the Aviram Foundation, is a transformative journey into the heart of sustainability and climate action.
The Reichman University Alumni Association
hosted an event honoring Iron Heroines
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the Reichman University Alumni Association hosted a panel discussion featuring five inspiring heroines: Captain Karni Gez, captain of the female tank company that fought on October 7; Dr. Efrat Bron-Harlev, the director of Schneider Children’s Medical Center who oversaw the return of children and mothers from captivity; Dr. Cochav Elkayam-Levy, head of the Dvora Institute, chair of Israel’s Civil Commission on October 7 Crimes by Hamas Against Women and Children, and lecturer at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy at Reichman University; Saphir Zohav Hamami, widow of Col. Asaf Hamami, partner at Blondy Events, and Reichman University alumna, and Daniel Aloni, who was held captive by Hamas with her daughter Emelia for 49 days.
Ethel and Leonard Tigay Sports & Culture Program
With activities run by RRIS Campus Life and Tazuz, students have the opportunity to participate in cultural and sport activities throughout the week on and off campus.
Ritz-Carlton Herzliya Welcomes Reichman University
Students and Visiting Families With Exclusive Offer 
Students are invited to share a deluxe room or suite with their family and enjoy breakfast, without any additional charge. Experience exceptional service, warm hospitality and so much more, only at The Ritz-Carlton Herzliya. To find out more about this memorable hotel stay, please email or or call 917-747-7712. 
Save the Date: RRIS Online Graduate Information Sessions
March 25th- April 14th, 2024
Our degree specific sessions are geared towards prospective students who want to learn more about Reichman University. These sessions are tailored to learn more about the specific degrees we offer. The heads and coordinators of each degree will be meeting with you and share more about the program and answer questions.
 ICT's Advanced Certificate Program:
Early Bird Registration Has Opened! 
Save the Date: October 6-8th, 2024
ICT 23rd World Summit on Counter-Terrorism
From 9/11 to 10/7: Navigating New Threats
RRIS Students of the Month: Baillie Shuster
Baillie Shuster, Canada
PhD Psychology
"Reichman University holds a special place in my heart. It’s a place with endless opportunities that give students the tools they need to succeed.” My name is Bailllie S. and I am a Ph.D. student at the Baruch Ivcher School of Psychology. I immigrated to Israel in 2012 from Winnipeg, Canada to enlist in the IDF. I now live in Tel Mond. I did my undergraduate degree in psychology at the Raphael Recanati International School, during which I was in the “Brain and Mind” program and the psychology honors program. I graduated in 2018, and went on to pursue a master’s degree in cognitive psychology at the Technion. Alongside my studies, I work as a lab manager, a research assistant, and as a TA for several courses in the psychology program.
I chose to do my Ph.D. at Reichman University because Reichman has always felt like home to me, and because it offers incredible learning opportunities. I was also happy to have the opportunity to return to social and political psychology for my doctoral studies under the guidance of my supervisor, Gilad Hirschberger, who also supervised my undergraduate research. The Ph.D. at Reichman University allows me to do what I love, and to research and learn about Israel and Israeli society in a nurturing environment that always strives for excellence. My research investigates whether negative emotions are adaptive in the context of intergroup conflicts due to their important role in threat detection. Regulating negative emotions may have unexpected costs for group peace and security. In other words, the desire to alleviate negative emotions and create a sense of security can cause inattentional blindness to threats. Although the rationale for my Ph.D. research was formulated prior to October 7, its implications and anticipated findings have never been more relevant.
My tip for students: Don't worry if you’re not exactly sure what you want to do in the future. Explore different opportunities and fields, and eventually you’ll find something you like — maybe even something you never expected. Take advantage of all the amazing opportunities Reichman University has to offer. Another — slightly more concrete, but no less important — tip: learn programming — it’s an important tool that is valuable in any field.