Swiss Friends of Tel Aviv University
The Swiss Friends of Tel Aviv University are dedicated to promoting higher education in Israel and academic and cultural exchange between Switzerland and Israel. Switzerland has supported numerous initiatives at TAU, many of which have played a decisive role in the institution's growth and success.
The Swiss Friends place special emphasis on supporting projects in the fields of culture, the arts and social work. This includes support for TAU's Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, which works together in cooperation with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra to nurture Israel's future musical elite as well as students from around the world; the Elga Cegla Clinical Legal Education Program at the Buchmann Faculty of Law, which enable students, faculty members and lawyers to provide free legal services and social justice for marginalized groups in the area of human rights, refugee rights and criminal and social law; The "Child-Parent" Center aspires to empower the residents of Jaffa and especially their children by improving the level of educational and professional achievements of children and youth and by enriching existing services available to them. TAU students from various fields of study work closely with the center and support its aim, but also gain experience and practice; The TAU's Department of Film and Television, encourages young film-makers to give voice to Israel's unique cultural and artistic identity. The Department is renowned for the impact it has had on molding Israeli cinema, for its commitment to improving the local television industry and for its international status as evidenced in numerous prizes awarded in film festivals.
President: Anette Bollag-Rothschild
Anette Bollag-Rothschild, born in Stockholm, has a Law degree from the University of Stockholm. Her professional experience as a laywer includes torts and company law as well as reinsurance underwriting. After marrying Sami Bollag, the Swiss president of the Keren Hayesod/United Israel Appeal, she relocated to Zurich. Her main activities are as a board member of the family company and philanthropic engagements as President for the Swiss Friends of TAU and as chairman of the steering committee of SULAMOT-music for social change. Her main interests, apart from a deep commitment to Israel, include the arts and classical music/opera.