Spain: Dinner in memory of Henry Misrahi

Founder and former president of the Spanish Friends honored at Madrid event
08 December 2016

Pictured above, from left: Vice President for Resource Development Amos Elad; TAU President Joseph Klafter; Prof. Illana Gozes; Mrs. Astrid Misrahi; Co-President of TAU Spain Friends Patricia Nahmad; TAU Governor and member of the Spanish Friends Ben Nemnyi; and Friends member Mrs. Elena Ohayon


A lively dinner was held in memory of the late Henry Misrahi, founder and former President of the Spanish Friends of TAU, at the Villa Magna Hotel in Madrid. The event was hosted by Misrahi’s wife, Astrid, and family, together with the Spanish Friends of Tel Aviv University. Attended by 150 people, the event was held in the presence of members of the Misrahi family; Israeli Ambassador to Spain Daniel Kutner; TAU President Joseph Klafter; TAU Vice President for Resource Development Amos Elad; Co-President of the Spanish Friends Patricia Nahmad; Co-President of the Spanish Friends and President of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Spain Isaac Querub; Mrs. Alicia Koplowitz, President of the Alicia Koplowitz Foundation; TAU Governor Ben Nemnyi; Hermann Richter, Senior Resource Executive, Latin America and Spain; and numerous Spanish Jewish community leaders.


In his address to the gathering, Prof. Klafter spoke of Henri Misrahi’s legacy for Spanish-Jewish relations and his optimistic belief in Tel Aviv University. “For TAU, Henri was ‘Mister Spain,’” said Prof. Klafter.He succeeded in opening the doors of his home country to TAU, as well as opening the hearts of Spanish Jewry to the University’s national and global mission.


“As a longtime TAU Governor and President of the Friends Association in Spain, Henri helped create the conditions for the University to grow, flourish and nurture the potential of talented young students,” said Prof. Klafter. “He also passed on his love of ‘doing good’ onto the next generation, including his children, Edward, Beatrice and Pamela.”  


During the event, Astrid Misrahi was presented with a certificate honoring Henri’s contribution to TAU and to Spanish-Israeli relations. Proceeds of the event were donated to the research of TAU’s Prof. Illana Gozes, a worldwide expert in Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia research.


Koplowitz Foundation Conference

In a separate event, Prof. Illana Gozes gave a keynote speech at the 11th Scientific Conference of the Alicia Koplowitz Foundation. The conference focused on perinatal and infant psychiatry and was held in the Great Lecture Hall at the Ilustre Colegio Oficial de Mėdicos de Madrid.


The Foundation is the brainchild of Spanish businesswoman and philanthropist Alicia Koplowitz. It supports research fellowships in child psychiatry and holds the largest conference in psychiatry in Spain. 


From left: Amos Elad; Prof. Klafter; Mrs. Alicia Koplowitz, President of Alicia Koplowitz Foundation; Hermann Richter; Patricia Nahmad; and Marie-Noëlle Erize Tisseau



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