TAU Spanish Friends Honor Humanitarianism
Spanish Friends of Tel Aviv University hosted a conference and award ceremony, at which over 100 guests from the Spanish community honored recipient of the 2019 Maimonides Award Dr. Pedro Cavadas Rodríguez. The Valencia-born surgeon was recognized for his pioneering work in reconstructive plastic surgery and his humanitarian surgical missions in Africa.
With the previous Maimonides Award recipients in attendance, Padre Ángel and Alicia Koplowitz, TAU President Prof. Ariel Porat spoke of the University’s shared values with the Maimonides Prize – excellence, learning and humanism. Established three years ago, the Prize recognizes the work of those dedicated to advancing understanding and coexistence between peoples, and to making the lives of others better, Prof. Porat noted. In a time when ideological polarization seeks any excuse to highlight differences, we want to celebrate what unites us, he said.
Hailed as a transplant genius around the world, Cavadas was humbled by the Prize. "Among all the awards I've received, none has moved me as much as this one," he said.
Notable dignitaries in attendance included: Israeli Ambassador to Spain, Rodica Radian-Gordon; President of the Jewish Community in Madrid, Leon Benelbas; Chief Rabbi of Spain, Moshe Ben Dahan; TAU Governors Astrid Misrahi, Remedios del Rio and Ben Nemenyi; and Spanish Friends President Patricia Nahmad and Honorary President Isaac Querub.
The evening’s proceeds went to the Spanish Friends Scholarship fund which supports Spanish and Israeli students attending TAU.