Students and a faculty member from the Technion-Israel Institute of
Technology will provide a personal perspective on university life in Israel
at their presentation on Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Sid and Margaret
Participants in the ATS program will have the opportunity for informal
discussions with the students, Rona Markovitz and Alon Bar-Sade, and their
professor, Arie Feuer.
This is the 11th annual student tour sponsored by the American Society for
Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. Each year, many students compete to
be chosen for this national tour. Ms. Markovitz and Mr. Bar-Sade were
selected based on a combination of varied achievements and communication
A short presentation by the students and professor will be followed by
informal discussion that will offer a personal view on student life, which is
markedly different from that of American college students, and on the
challenges and rewards of teaching and conducting research at the Technion.
Markovitz, who studies aerospace engineering, was born in 1976 on the day of
the Entebbe rescue mission. After completing army service in the intelligence
unit, she discovered the Aerospace Engineering Faculty at the Technion. She
was accepted and was even chosen for an American Technion Society
Bar-Sade is studying civil engineering, with a focus on water resource
management. This interest may well be a result of his six years in the navy,
where he served as commanding officer of a patrol boat. After a trip around
the world, he decided to follow in his family’s footsteps and apply to the
Technion, where his father received his degree and a brother is completing
his. Another recipient of an American Technion Society scholarship, Mr.
Bar-Sade plans to continue his studies straight through to a Master’s degree.
Prof. Arie Feuer of the Department of Electrical Engineering holds
undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Technion and a Ph.D. from Yale
University. He has been a visiting scientist at Bell Laboratories and
Motorola, a visiting professor at major universities in the United States,
Germany and Australia and has received numerous prizes including the award
for Best Lecturer five times.
The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is the country’s premier
scientific and technological center for applied research and education. For
information about the event, call 206-323-6334.
Author discusses strategies for raising strong daughters
Barbara Mackoff will read at Tree of Life Judaica and Books in cooperation
with the Study Buddy Program on Feb. 17, 2000 from 7-8:30 p.m. Mackoff, a
consulting psychologist and management educator, has worked with
organizations around the world addressing issues of leadership, work and
family life. She will read from her books Growing a Girl and forthcoming books
May You Be Like Ruth and Esther: How to Bring Heroines Home for the Holidays
and The Inner Work of Leaders.
Mackoff’s book Growing a Girl is a constructive source book for raising
strong girls. In answering the question, “How do I keep my daughter from
losing her confidence as an adolescent,” Dr. Mackoff supplies one such piece
of advice: “One of the best ways to help a girl develop her inner authority
is to help her see that she is the author of her accomplishments. Girls are
told that nobody likes a show-off, so they tend to step away from what they
have accomplished. When you congratulate a daughter on how she’s done, don’t
just say “good job.” Ask her how she’s done it; say, ‘How did you do that?
How did you get interested in that?’ Such questions plant seeds of the
statements, ‘I am the author of my accomplishments. I am the author of my
As her own daughter grew, Dr. Mackoff taught her to question the world around
her, to read a story and ask where the girls were and what roles they took.
When her daughter then asked her at Hanukah if any of the Maccabis were
girls, Dr. Mackoff was inspired to write another book, May You Be Like Ruth
and Esther: How to Bring the Heroines Home for the Holidays.
In her latest book, co-authored with psychologist Dr. Gary Wenet, Dr. Mackoff
conducted 70 interviews with leaders—from politicians to CEOs, leaders of
faith, community and country. The Inner Work of Leaders underscores the same
message as Growing a Girl—that parents can make a tremendous difference in
the way they raise their children to think about themselves, their community
and their roles as leaders.
HIAS encourages former clients to apply for scholarships
HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, is inviting students to apply for its
2000 Scholarship Awards Competition. Those eligible to apply for the
scholarships are HIAS-assisted refugees, or other HIAS-assisted migrants and
their children who immigrated to the United States during or after 1985. “The
scholarship program speaks to the heart of HIAS’s commitment to helping
promising young immigrants achieve their academic dreams,” said Donald
Fleishaker, chairman of the HIAS Scholarship Committee. “It honors HIAS’s 120
year tradition of giving, one generation to the next, and assists newcomers
with the means to get the training to move ahead. We are very proud of all of
the young people helped by this program. Their spirit, drive, and
determination continues to inspire and move us.”
The awards are intended for high school seniors who plan to pursue
post-secondary education and students already enrolled in post-secondary
education programs. All applicants must demonstrate at least one year’s
attendance in an American high school, college or graduate school.
Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic excellence, financial
need, and community service, particularly Jewish communal activity. Last
year, HIAS awarded 114 scholarships of $1,500 each.
Applications may be obtained only by writing to HIAS Scholarship Awards, 333
Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10001-5004. A stamped, self-addressed envelope
must be enclosed. For further information about the scholarship awards, call
212-613-1357. Completed applications should be returned to HIAS, postmarked
no later than Wednesday, March 15, 2000.