Ambassador Ido Aharoni, former Israeli Consul General in New York (2010-2016), will be honored for his distinguished service of almost three decades to Israel at the American Friends of Kidum (AFK) 2018 New York Gala at the beautiful Jewish Museum on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. Register here.
AFK, a newly formed non-profit, serves as the U.S. arm of the Society for Advancement of Education, Jerusalem (Kidum). SAE operates an expanding network of 15 schools and residences that provide students from disadvantaged communities throughout Israel with a quality high school education and an opportunity to reach their full potential and contribute to Israeli society.
AFK is pleased and honored to be able to publicly thank Ambassador Aharoni for his contributions to strengthening understand and support of Israel throughout the United States. His views on Israel and the global political environment are always interesting and insightful.
Ambassador Aharoni is currently a Global Distinguished Professor at NYU’s School of International Relations in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. He is the founder of Emerson Rigby, an Israel-based full-service consultancy firm, and is a member of the International Advisory Council of APCO Worldwide. Ambassador Aharoni is married to Julie Goodman-Aharoni, whose grandfather, Louis Boyar, founded the SAE’s Mae Boyar High School and Residence in Jerusalem in 1964, naming it after his wife.
Eitan Moran, Director General of SAE, will be also be recognized at the Gala for a decade of outstanding leadership in which he and his managerial and academic teams have significantly broadened the range of SAE initiatives. Separate high schools have been opened for Haredi boys and girls, a new coed secondary school and residence for Israeli-Arab teenagers has met with widespread community support in central Israel, and both secular and religious pluralistic high schools are flourishing in Jerusalem.
Musical entertainment at the Gala will be provided by Yoav Eshed, an award-winning Israeli jazz guitarist and his trio, who have performed at venues and festivals in Europe, Israel and the U.S.
The evening will include a Cocktail Reception with expanded Hors D’oeuvres, and a Dessert Reception following the program. As a special treat, all attendees will also have an opportunity to take a private docent-guided after-hours tour of the recently opened and highly acclaimed Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevich: The Russian Avant-Garde in Vitebsk, 1918-1922 exhibition.
Ms. Roni Rubenstein, a member of the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency and former chair of the UJA-Federation of New York’s Commission on Jewish People, will serve as Master of Ceremonies.