About Us

About Us

Friends of Jerusalem College of Technology (FJCT) is a national, not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) charitable organization. Our purpose it to bridge the passions of Americans to the academic endeavors of the Jerusalem College of Technology, one of Israel's most prestigious technological institutions.

Friends of Jerusalem College of Technology was founded in 1976 and is based out of New York City. We remain resolute in our mission for the advancement of hitech, STEM studies, and equal opportunity for all students in Israel. 

Mission

The American Friends of the Jerusalem College of Technology’s mission is to provide critical financial resources to the JCT so that the institution can enable diverse segments of Israeli society to become educated, productive members of Israel’s work force.

JCT’s goal is to prepare students to enter Israel’s industrialized high tech and scientific communities and encourage them to make innovative contributions and advancements to Israeli society and build Israeli industry. While raising funds and augmenting awareness for the college, FJCT facilitates the college recruit new students, fund research projects and preparatory programs, while providing scholarships to students in need. FJCT fosters the vision of the college by pronouncing women's empowerment in STEM studies, advancing the security industry of Israel, and granting tools and resources for ultra-Orthodox students to create their very own careers - all while growing Israel as the "startup nation".

Members of the board

Professor Linda Allen

Dr. Linda Allen holds the William F. Aldinger Chaired Professor in Banking and Finance at Baruch College, City University of New York. Professor Allen’s latest book Credit Risk Measurement In and Out of Crisis: New Ap…

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Dr. Dov Rubin

Dr. Dov Rubin is an expert in non-invasive medical technologies. Prior to his current position as CEO of Lev-EL Diagnostics, Dov was President & CEO of Itamar-Medical (TASE) developing state-of-the-art biomedical product…

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Aurora Cassirer

Aurora is a Business Litigation partner at Troutman Sanders, whose leadership roles have included several terms on the firm’s Executive Committee and service as New York office managing partner. An experienced trial atto…

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Joel Strauss

Joel B. Strauss is a Partner in the law firm Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP where he has practiced for close to 30 years, primarily in the areas of class actions, securities, consumer protection and data privacy litigation.…

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Dr Charles Popper

Charles Popper is co-founder and senior partner of TechPar Group (TPG), a technology advisory services company that consults on all facets of the Information Technology (IT) industry. TPG focuses on delivering strategic…

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Henry Orlinsky

International investor and real estate operator and developer. He is Vice Chairman of Pangea Group Ltd., and Chairman of Magnolia Senior Living LLC. Henry serves the boards of several non-profits including Netzah Yehuda…

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Leigh Schachter

Leigh Schachter is an Associate General Counsel for Verizon Communications in Basking Ridge, NJ. His practice covers all aspects of general civil litigation, with a particular focus on class action, arbitration and fals…

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Helene Rothenberg

Helene Rothenberg is an attorney practicing in Cedarhurst New York.

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Our Team

Chaviva Libin, Administrator

Chaviva joined Friends of JCT in 2009, as the Administrator and Office Manager.

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Shmuli Zema, Executive Director

Shmuli received his MBA in Finance & Operations Research at Baruch College, while attaining his Rabbinic Ordination at Yeshiva University (RIETS).

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Nataly Evroni, Grant Research Intern

Nataly Evroni is a senior at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women.

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Cheryl Anavian, Graphic Design

Before her time at FJCT, Cheryl worked as a freelance designer with companies and organizations to create brand identities and marketing materials

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Israel administration

Stuart Hershkowitz, Vice President

Trained as an attorney in both Israel and the US, Stuart Hershkowitz is a member of the Bar in both Israel and in New York.

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Chaim Sukenik, President

Prof. Chaim Sukenik was named the 6th President of the Jerusalem College of Technology in the fall of 2013.

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Kenneth Hochberg, Rector

Professor Kenneth J. Hochberg received his Ph.D. from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University in 1976.

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Yossi Zeira, General Director

Mr. Yossi Zeira has been the Director General of the Jerusalem College of Technology since 2016.

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