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Our strength was in the ability to create safe places in which hard issues can be addressed in collaboration with a wide spectrum of organizational partners.

News Archive

Parlor Meetings for ASF – Aug 2011

Avi Schaefer Fund held two informal parlor meetings in August 2011.

These two evenings in private home provided an opportunity for Yoav to speak about his experiences over the past year, representing ASF as its executive director in Israel. He shared the enthusiastic response of many organizations interested in partnering with ASF in our work. The supportive group of people present made generous commitments to ASF to support our programs.

Inaugural Jerusalem Symposium – Feb 2011

ASF held its first Avi Symposium in Jerusalem on February 27, 2011. The standing room only crowd of around 200 students and professionals had the opportunity to hear from distinguished scholars, exceptional thinkers, policy makers, and activists in Israeli society on the themes of Israel and the North American College campuses.

Yahrzeit Observed – Feb 2011

We just observed Avi’s yahrzeit, marking a year since Avi passed away.

Though this has been a difficult time for us, we are strengthened by the wonderful community of family and friends who are committed to help us continue to move Avi’s legacy forward. A group of about 60 friends and family members joined us at the cemetery on Sunday, February 13.

Tree Planting Ceremony at Brown University – Nov 2010

It was emotional day.

On November 19th, we gathered at Hillel to listen to speakers who all said wonderful things about Avi and talked of his impact on each of them and their work. The speakers included Reverand Janet Cooper Nelson, Professors Maude Mandel, Michael Satlow, David Jacobson, President Ruth Simmons, Hillel student president Leor Shtul-Leber, and Rabbi Mordechai Rackover.