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  • MD graduation

    MD Graduation 2021: Israel is Blessed with 92 New Doctors

    The Azrieli Faculty of Medicine was proud to hold commencement exercises on July 26, 2021 for 92 students who earned the coveted MD degree. The graduation ceremony was held outside, at the Safed campus, due to Covid-19 considerations.

    This year, there were 62 graduates from the four-year track (fifth graduating class), and 30 graduates from the three-year track (sixth graduating class).

    Offering warm words of greeting and blessing, were Prof. Eric Shinwell, Associate Dean of Medical Education, who read Maimonides's Prayer for the Doctor; Prof. Arie Zaban, President of Bar-Ilan University; Prof. Amnon Albeck, Rector of Bar-Ilan University; Prof. Karl Skorecki, Dean of the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine; Shuki Ohana, Mayor of Safed; and Prof. Masad Barhoum, General Director of the Galilee Medical Center as well as proud parent of a graduate, Dr. Rana Barhoum.

    As the warm sun set, a musical interlude by Gadi Altman and Asaf Frishman welcomed in the evening breeze.

    Many words of thanks were offered to the students' families for their support, and some graduates even came to the podium to receive their diplomas with their little children in hand. We wish our new physicians the best of success.

    In all, it was a beautiful, meaningful, and exciting summer evening.

    To read the Bar-Ilan University press release, go here. To see the Facebook album, go here.

    A selection of pictures can be seen here

    Photo credit: Dror Miller

  • Mann Yovel plaque

    Mann/Yovel Families Honored at Scholarship Ceremony

    With much gratitude, representatives from the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine and Bar-Ilan University's Global Resources greeted and honored some dozen members of the Mann and Yovel families at a celebration attended by the scholarship recipients. The scholarship, granted to 25 medical students who have committed to community service, is the initiative of Meron and Tzipora Mann in memory of Tzipora's parents, Yaacov, a Holocaust survivor, and Rivka Yovel, and their son Dr. Israel (Roli) Mann who passed away prematurely of cancer.

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  • Mifal Hapais Second Cohort

    Northern Stars-Mifal Hapais Second Cohort Launch

    The second cohort of the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine Northern Stars residents program was inaugurated on July 15, 2021, thanks to the support of Mifal Hapais.

    Northern Stars is a unique program aimed at attracting the most outstanding residents to the Galilee, to specialize in Family Medicine. The first cohort, also thanks to the support of Mifal Hapais, was dedicated to internal medicine and surgery.

    Noam David Reshelbach, Administrative Head of the Azrieli Faculty, opened up the ceremony by inviting Prof. Offer Amir, director of the program, to the podium.

    Prof. Amir declared that the Faculty has "won the jackpot twice" (Mifal Hapais is the national lottery of Israel), in that this is the second cohort. He anticipates that by leading the attempt to attract the best physicians to the North, and making it possible for them to settle there long term, in the long run not only will the Galilee benefit but all peripheral regions in the country, and Israel as a whole.

    Next to speak was Dr. Lilach Malatskey, Vice Dean for Community Education, and Chairman of the Israeli Society of Lifestyle Medicine, Israel Association of Family Physicians. She spoke of three dreams, with the hope that they are shared by the residents: To be a doctor, to specialize in Family Medicine, and to live in and build up the Galilee.

    After a short film on the Azrieli Faculty, the Rector of Bar-Ilan University, Prof. Amnon Albeck, spoke, also about dreams, aspirations: ten years ago the dream was to establish a faculty of medicine at Bar-Ilan; now the  dream is to make sure the best medical care reaches the periphery - which is possible thanks to programs such as Northern Stars.

    Erez Granit of Mifal Hapais spoke next, about bringing human capital to the periphery, a national priority. He noted that high-tech learned to function well remotely, due to Corona, but that with medicine the human touch is still so crucial.

    Prof. Karl Skorecki, Dean of the Azrieli Faculty, thanked all those involved in the program, including Mifal Hapais, the hospitals and Kupat Holim heads who work with the Northern Stars residents, and all those involved in lifelong learning, one of the values stressed at Azrieli. He too mentioned that this is an investment with short as well as long term results.

    Also expressing their support from the podium were Dr. Mordy Dayan, director of Clalit Northern Region; Chaim Shulman of the Authority for the Development of the Galilee; and Alexey Belinsky of the Ministry of Health.

    Each of the six residents introduced themselves before being presented with a certificate, after which Dr. Dafna Willner, Director of Anesthesiology and Surgery at GMC spoke about plans for the next cohort - in anesthesiology and intensive care.

    The group then shifted on to a light lunch with presentations by Prof. Chaim Putterman, Associate Dean for Research, and Dr. Sivan Spitzer-Shohat, Head of Population Health Education. They presented opportunities and research projects currently being carried out at the Faculty.

    The Azrieli Faculty of Medicine thanks Mifal Hapayis and the Authority for the Development of the Galilee for their support, and wishes the best of success to the new medical residents:

    Dr. Shira Duamel
    Dr. Liran Giladi
    Dr. Ilia Halifin
    Dr. Amit Katz
    Dr. Naama Sitri
    Dr. Miflach Tatur

    Pictures can be seen here.

  • Sonnenfeld at Azrieli

    Moti Sonnenfeld Visits Azrieli Faculty of Medicine

    The Azrieli Faculty of Medicine was honored to host Mr. Moti Sonnenfeld on July 14, 2021.

    Mr. Sonnenfeld is the founder of the Danielle Foundation in memory of his daughter who was tragically killed in a car accident at the age of 20. Danielle had dreamed of studying medicine.

    During the visit, Mr. Sonnenfeld met with the Dean, Prof. Karl Skorecki, representatives from the Global Resources Development Department, and ten medical school scholarship recipients who expressed their thanks to Mr. Sonnenfeld for his heartfelt generosity. He was also shown around the Faculty and met with Dr. Alon Barash the anatomy course director.

    The Azrieli Faculty of Medicine thanks Moti Sonnenfeld and the Danielle Foundation for their support.

    [Pictured above: Dr. Sharon Goldman, VP for Global Resources; Mr. Moti Sonnenfeld; Dr. Alon Barash; Prof. Karl Skorecki]

  • The Edmund de Rothschild Foundation

    Edmund de Rothschild Foundation Celebratory Unveiling at Azrieli Faculty of Medicine

    The Azrieli Faculty of Medicine was excited to host delegates from the Edmund de Rothschild Foundation as well as from the Azrieli Foundation, in honor of the agreement signing and unveiling of the building naming, seen above. Also in attendance were key Bar-Ilan University figureheads and architects as well as the Mayor of Safed, Shuki Ohana.

    After a reception and festive lunch, the crowd reconvened in the Esther and Haim Carasso Auditorium for the signing ceremony, attended by academic faculty as well as administrative staff. The Foundation was also presented a "Founders Key" as a symbolic gift for their dedication and support. The crowd then shifted outside, to the facade of the main Faculty building, for the unveiling ceremony and toast to l'chaim. For "desert" the guests toured the lab of Dr. Shai Bel before dispersing.

    The 180 million shekel donation from the Edmund de Rothschild Foundation will be used primarily for physical Faculty expansion.

    Bar-Ilan University article can be seen here.

    Pictures of the event can be seen here.

  • Meital Gan Tanamy and students

    10th Annual Translational Research Day at Azrieli Faculty of Medicine

    The Azrieli Faculty of Medicine strongly believes that research and medical education go hand in hand. As such, you will see at the Safed campus, medical students interacting with and learning from leading researchers in the medical sciences. The faculty focuses on Translational Research – applying targeted research to specific issues that arise in hospitals and clinics.

    This year, the Faculty was able to hold, in the Esther & Haim Carasso Auditorium, the tenth annual Translational Research Day, held on July 1, 2021. The conference opened with welcoming remarks by the Dean, Prof. Karl Skorecki, as well as the Vice Dean for Medical Research, Prof. Tzipora Falik-Zaccai. Specific details of the sessions can be found here.

    Dr. Meital Gal-Tanamy (pictured with her students) can be especially proud - four of her students were award recipients - three for posters and one for a presentation.

    Presentation award recipients: Adi Eshel (supervised by Prof. Omry Koren), Shahar Tel Paz (supervised by Dr. Shai Bel), and Tom Neimarkas (supervised by Dr. Meital Gal-anamy).

    Poster recipients: Dana Binyamin (supervised by Prof. Omry Koren), Gal Reches (supervised by Dr. Ron Piran), Haneen Faris-Gadban (supervised by Dr. Meital Gal-Tanamy), Samer Ayoub (supervised by Dr. Meital Gal-Tanamy), Mahua Bhattacharya (supervised by Dr. Milana Morgenstern-Frenkel), Worood Sirhan (supervised by Dr. Ron Piran), Roba Dabour (supervised by Dr. Meital Gal-Tanamy), Nora Syade (supervised by Dr. Nir Qvit)

    Special thanks for their hard work in making this all possible goes to Dr. Dorith Raviv Shay, Nurit Maor, Dr. Eyla Maoz, Yehiel Dahan and his dedicated staff, Zvi Tabachnik, Hadas Oren, Ilana Bar Sabag, Tal Nahmias, and Shlomit Yosef. 

    Some pictures can be seen here.

    The conference was made possible in part thanks to the support of the following sponsors:



  • Milana Frenkel-Morgenstern

    Rector's Award for Scientific Innovation Ceremony: Dr. Milana Frenkel-Morgenstern Recipient

    The Rector's Prize for Scientific Innovation ceremony was held on June 23, 2021. Dr. Milana Frenkel-Morgenstern was a proud recipient. For more information see here.

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    [Pictured above the Rector Prof. Amnon Albeck, Dr. Frenkel-Morgenstern, BIU President Prof. Arie Zaban, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine Prof. Karl Skorecki]]

  • doctoral degree BIU (From BIU Facebook page)

    Bar-Ilan University Azrieli Faculty of Medicine Grants Doctoral Degrees to Nine Recipients

    Congratulations to the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine's nine recipients of the coveted doctoral degree. The conferment ceremony took place at the Bar-Ilan University Ramat Gan campus on June 22, 2021. Of 200 BIU recipients, nine studied at the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine.

    Congratulations to (advisor names in parentheses):

    Dr. Adi Litmanovich* (Prof. Batya Kristal, Prof. Kamal Hassan)
    Dr. Tomer Meirson* (Dr. Hava Gil-Henn, Dr. Abraham Samson)
    Dr. Oron Oded (Dr. Evan Elliott, Dr. Milana Frenkel-Morgenstern)
    Dr. Lubov Balin (Dr. Miriam Bentwich, Prof. Bella Gross)
    Dr. Fadia Zagairy (Prof. Amnon Harel)
    Dr. Amihai Lieberman (Dr. Abraham Samson)
    Dr. Noa Maatuk (Dr. Abraham Samson)
    Dr. Dafna Perry (Prof. David Karasik, Prof. Jamal Zidan)
    Dr. Praveen Koganti (Dr. Michael Blank)

    *Dr. Litmanovich and Dr. Meirson are pursuing the prestigious MD-PhD degree at the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine

    A video of the commencement exercises can be seen here. The segment with the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine begins at 2:14:14.

    The online yearbook can be seen here. Pictures from the ceremony can be seen here.

    A short lecture by Dr. Adi Litmanovich can be seen here.


  • Masters 2021

    Masters Degree Commencement Exercises Held at Azrieli Faculty of Medicine

    Congratulations to the 18 masters degree students who received their diplomas in person, at the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine, Esther & Haim Carasso Auditorium on June 21, 2021. This was the 5th such ceremony, with last year's being held via Zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    After a procession of the proud participants, Prof. Karl Skorecki, Dean; Prof. Tzipora C. Falik-Zaccai, Vice Dean, Medical Research; and Dr. Meital Gal-Tanamy spoke briefly, applauding the students' growth as scientists and researchers. The event included a musical interlude, a video on the positive influence the Faculty has had on the North of Israel, a short scientific presentation by Dr. Evan Elliott, and a few words by a student representative who will be continuing to doctoral studies. 

    Following are the names of the hard-working students who were awarded Masters Degrees. Advisor names are in parentheses:

    Elias Maria (Prof. Itay Onn)
    Ashtamker Lital (Dr. Avi Peretz)
    Benkovitz Elisheva* (Prof. Itay Onn)
    Gani Samar (Dr. Nir Qvit)
    Volodko Olga (Prof. Offer Amir)
    Vasserman Nili (Prof. David Karasik)
    Khoury Hiba (Prof. Shaul Atar)
    Hanout Wessal (Dr. Nir Qvit)
    Tarif Hala (Prof. Omry Koren)
    Lerner Yana  (Dr. Nir Qvit)
    Majdob Rawan (Prof. Andrei Braester)
    Meary Diana* (Dr. Meir Shamay)
    Moadi Lelyan* (Prof. Omry Koren)
    Naseraldeen Naseba (Prof. Andrei Braester)
    Naama Maria (Dr. Shai Bel)
    Saleh Bisan (Dr. Abraham Samson, Dr. Hava Gil Henn)
    Kirtadze Elena (Prof. Tzipora Falik-Zaccai)
    Rubin Elad (Prof. Omry Koren)


    * With honors


    [Photo credit: Dror Miller]

  • white coat ceremony

    Three-Year Track White Coat Ceremony

    At the Azrieli faculty of Medicine, we are making up for lost time! This year, unlike last, we were able to hold the esteemed White Coat ceremonies, marking the important transition for medical students, from pre-clinical to clinical studies in Galilee affiliated hospitals and HMOs.

    The ceremony for 54 three-year track students, the 10th class, was held at the Faculty in Safed on June 17, 2021.

    Noam David Reshelbach, Administrative Head of the Faculty, opened the event, welcoming the crowd of friends and family. He passed the baton to the master of ceremonies, the student Roni Michael. She invited to the podium to offer congratulatory and wise words of wisdom, Prof. Karl Skorecki, the Dean; Prof. Eric Shinwell, Associate Dean for Medical Education; Prof. Johnny Younis, Vice Dean for Clinical Education; and Prof. Kamal Hassan the Basic Clinical Principles course coordinator. A short movie prepared by the students followed, then Johena Hussein, a classmate, spoke.

    The actual White Coat Ceremony was led by Prof. Skorecki, Prof. Hassan, Sharon Mines (the administrative coordinator of medical education), and Noam David Reshelbach.

    Capping off the event, before the celebratory group picture, Adir Alper, a student, offered a few words in the name of the class.

    Pictures can be seen here. [Photo credit: Dror Miller]





  • Barhoum

    Prof. Masad Barhoum (GMC) Receives Two Awards

    Prof. Masad Barhum, general director of the Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya, an affiliate of the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine, recently received two prestigious awards: the Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary International, and the Israel Political Science Association Award.

    A ceremony was held at the Rambam Medical Center, where Prof. received the Paul Harris Fellow Award for 2021. The award is granted to leaders in the field who have contributed to Israeli society. It is considered the most prestigious Rotary International award. Rotary dignitaries were in attendance.

    When asked why Prof. Barhoum was chosen for the accolade, emphasis was placed on Prof. Barhoum serving as the first Israeli Arab in the history of the State of Israel to be elected to run a government hospital. His professionalism stands out, as well as his commitment to innovation, growth, and accessibility to populations of all religions and socio-economic backgrounds.

    It was also noted that 1,600 corona patients had been hospitalized at the medical center in the past year, and during this period Prof. Barhum was one of the most outspoken in the media regarding his support of a tight shut-down, as well as widespread vaccinations.

    Prof. Barhum thanked his parents, wife, and three daughters, and noted, "I stand here on behalf of the 3,000 employees of the Galilee Medical Center." He concluded by reciting the poem "Sweat" by Noam Horev, and added, "I thank the people at my medical center for daring to sweat. Thanks to them, cracks of light were able to break the great darkness."

    Previously, Prof. Barhum had received an award from the Israel Political Science Association for 2020, for being an outstanding public servant. The chairman of the award committee, Adi Eldar, said that Prof. Barhum was chosen for the prize as he transformed the medical center into a leading national hospital. GMC serves 600,000 residents from all religions and backgrounds, at the highest professional level. The chairman of the award committee also added that his leadership and sense of mission are what made Prof. Barhoum a director of one of the leading hospitals in the country.

    [Photo credit Moshe Maoz, GMC]

  • Carmiel and Skorecki

    Dr. Michal Carmiel Haggai Receives BIU Outstanding Teacher Award; Azrieli Faculty Honorable Mention for Teaching

    Congratulations to Dr. Michal Carmiel Haggai upon receipt of the Bar-Ilan University Outstanding Teacher Award. The ceremony was held on June 10, 2021. Also at the ceremony, Prof. Karl Skorecki and Dr. Nomy Dikman accepted the Honorable Mention Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine.






    [Photo credit: Shlomi Amsalem, BIU]



  • Certificates of Appreciation Awarded to Faculty Instructors

    Certificates of Appreciation Awarded to Faculty Instructors, June 9, 2020

    At the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine of Bar-Ilan University it is the season to say thanks.

    After ceremonies of appreciation at the Ziv Medical Center, the Baruch Padeh Medical Center, the Galilee Medical Center, and Nazareth hospitals and Galilee Kupot Holim - on June 9, 2021 excellent teachers from the Azrieli Faculty were acknowledged in a ceremony held at the Faculty. Offering warm words were Prof. Karl Skorecki (Dean of the Azrieli Faculty), Prof. Eric Shinwell (Associate Dean, Medical Education), Dr. Meital Gal-Tanamy (Head of  the Advanced Degree Teaching Committee), and Dr. Nomy Dickman (Head of Unit, Evaluation and Advancement of Education). 

    After a musical interlude by Gadi Altman, Prof. Skorecki as well as Prof. Chaim Putterman (Associate Dean, Research) and Prof. Eric Shinwell were invited to the podium for the awarding of certificates.

    The following were awarded for excellence in teaching in the Graduate Degree program:

    Prof. Amnon Harel
    Prof. Itay Onn
    Dr. Alon Barash

    And the following for excellence in teaching pre-clinical (medical) courses:

    Dr.  Jumanah Essa-Hadad
    Dr. Meital Gal-Tanamy
    Dr. Nir Qvit
    Dr. Ron Piran
    Dr. Miri Bentwich
    Nadav Toledano

    In addition, the following courses were noted:

    Infections and Inflammations (Prof. Omry Koren, Prof. Daniel Glikman, Dr. Shai Bel)
    Aging (Dr. Amitai Oberman, Dr. David Enshell-Seijffers)

    Dr. Alon Barash spoke in the name of the award recipients.

    Your hard work is appreciated.

    Pictures can be seen here.


  • Tom Neimarkas and Lihi Grinberg

    Two Azrieli Faculty Students on Rector's Honor Roll

    Congratulations to Tom Neimarkas (Dr. Meital Gal Tanamy advisor) and Lihi Grinberg (Dr. Ron Piran advisor) on receipt of the Rector’s Prize for Outstanding Students. A ceremony was held at the BIU Ramat Gan campus on June 7, 2021.

    [Photo credit: Shlomi Amsalem, BIU]

  • white coat ceremony

    Four-Year Track White Coat Ceremony

    The much anticipated White Coat ceremony, in person, no masks, all together at the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine. Who thought we'd make it? But we did!

    With much excitement, 81 students of the 9th four-year track medical school class convened outside the Azrieli campus in Safed with their families and loved ones, on a beautiful spring day, June 2, 2021 to receive their coveted White Coats symbolizing their transition from pre-clinical medical studies to clinical studies. Just a few short weeks earlier no one knew if the ceremony would take place, if it would be via Zoom, or with limited capacity. But with Covid-19 restrictions cautiously being lifted in Israel, following a massive vaccination campaign, we were all witness to the beauty of real life medical miracles.

    Noam Reshelbach, Administrative Head of the Faculty, served as master of ceremonies, calling up Faculty figureheads to share kind words with the excited audience - and remind all who were present, how the students and teachers overcame the challenges posed by Covid-19, online learning, and illness. Invited to the podium were Prof. Karl Skorecki, the Dean; Prof. Eric Shinwell, Associate Dean for Medical Education; Prof. Daniel Glikman, Vice Dean for Pre-clinical Studies; and the student Avraham Shreiber who opened with a short dvar torah offering parallels between the medical white coat and the white coat donned by the Cohen Gadol (Holy Priest of biblical times). 

    After a short video depicting student life, prepared by the students themselves, Profs. Skorecki, Shinwell, and Glikman, as well as Sharon Mines, the administrative coordinator of medical education, invited the students by name to received their White Coats. First up were recipients of the Paul and Edwina Heller Memorial Fund scholarship.

    A parent representative then spoke, as did two students, Sonia Modilevsky and Estela Payapanyan, who thanked those who made this achievement possible.

    Pictures of the event can be seen here.


    [Picture credit Dror Miller]