The American Technion Society Date
In this column you get all sorts of different ideas for things to do with your date, your mate or your significant other. At this point, if you followed the suggestions offered over the last two years, you may have forgotten what going to the movies is all about. Well, here’s another great idea that not only gives you something to do, it makes the world a better place.
Ilene and Steve Berger hosted the annual American Technion Society (ATS) soirée at their lovely new home at the shore. This wasn’t the first event they’ve hosted. To the contrary, they have been supporting this informative program for many years now. The American Technion Society is the American arm that helps to support the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. The ATS accomplishes this through a national network of thousands of dedicated members from coast to coast. The ATS has raised more than $1.5 billion since its founding in 1940. Now that’s a tremendous accomplishment.
Established in 1912, the Technion is the oldest university in Israel. It is one of the worlds leading science and technology centers. The university offers degrees in science and engineering, and related fields such as architecture, medicine, industrial management and education. They have so many engineering programs that you really have to Google Technion to understand the full depth of contributions to humanity that come out of this place. Hey, any university that has four Nobel laureates has got to to a Mecca of higher education.
So what are you and your date going to do at an affair like this? For those who just like food, and who doesn’t, the hors d’oeuvres and desserts were the finest. After all, they came from renowned chef Luke Palladino who never disappoints. If all you wanted to do was eat the night away, there were ample offerings to satisfy the most fussy palate. Oh… full open bar for unbeatable cocktails.
There comes a time in most people’s lives that they realize there are things much more than just eating. Linda Richman, head of ATS Eastern Region, began the program by showing us a short film about the accomplishments of The Technion, like helping the paralyzed to walk again. Afterwards, we were ushered to poolside. Steve Berger, past president, ATS Philadelphia, gave a wonderful talk about how ATS and the missions to Israel changed his life. His gracious wife, Ilene, incoming Philadelphia ATS president, then came to the lectern and introduced the honored guests, three post doctoral students from Technion who are currently studying at MIT. It was time for them to tell their stories. It’s seems that they all came from families of great accomplishment, doctors, engineers and true leaders of the world. Yes, we had the opportunity to hear from the leaders of tomorrow, and the future bodes well.
Ido Kamminer, a third generation Technion graduate is now doing his postdoctoral studies at MIT in the department of physics. He told us about his research at the intersection of optics, electromagnetism and quantum mechanics.
Elisha Rejovitzky, also a postdoctoral fellow at MIT, described his research on modeling material fatigue and analyzing damage evolution. To make his topic more understandable, he interjected humor and used gambling in nearby Atlantic City casinos as an analogy. We got the point – we can never win!
Finally, Lina Sela, another postdoctoral fellow at MIT, told us about her research on sustainable water resources management and cyber-physical systems. She also explained the sacrifices made by her husband who had to give up his business for her to further her studies.
An incredible difference noted between the best and brightest of the Israeli students and their American counterparts is that each and every student in Israel had to serve in the army, often in combat positions. This seems to give these students a level of maturity and somnolence not seen in many intellectuals. In other countries, top students are coddled by societies that do not want to risk their best and brightest in battle. Of course in Israel, everyone is required to serve.
You might be asking, “Did the audience understand anything they were talking about?” After all, the subject matter was rather technical. Great question! Answer…who cares. We were in the presence of “the future” who may one day become the next Albert Einstein. Who wouldn’t have loved to be able to tell that story to their children and grandchildren? Actually, considering the complexity of their research, they were eloquently easy to understand because each of these students had not only brains, but poise and humor. It was a most entertaining evening.
Many organizations have fundraiser events. This evening was not one of them. No funds were solicited. This evening was to keep the group of members, friends and newcomers informed of the great works performed by ATS.
Oh, what a night! You can go to the movies any old time. You can elevate yourselves only at events like this one that leads to a better world.
You may never get invited to these types of gatherings unless you are lucky or know someone. Of course there is another way. You need to put yourself out there and get involved. It can be with your house of worship, a political group or any of the multitude of charitable organizations that are there to help people of the world live better lives.
Oh, in case you want to begin your journey into making the world a better place, consider a donation to American Technion Society. You can find them at http://www.ats.org
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