president was really amazing. And Rivka Carmi afterwards too. They always got the top architects to design the buildings, and most of them are really beautiful architecturally. Andrea  It’s a Brutalist’s dream. Alex  You know. I’m very proud of the fact that you were part of the first Zin Fellows cohort. Howwas it? Andrea  In many ways it was life altering. The program gave me the opportunity to learn about BGU at a much deeper level and to see exactly what you and Nonno [grandfather] have been up to all these years. It’s really hard not to fall in love with the mission and with what’s going on at the University.

My philanthropy until then was more about the kids’ school or the synagogue, but it was all passive. Here I feel that I have become part of something that is much greater than myself, and even greater than the University or Israel. If you look at some of the research that’s going on, attracting people from all over the world, and the work going on outside the University in the community... It’s basically the most important thing that I’mworking on aside from my familial duties, but I feel like I’m getting more out of it than I’m putting in. Alex  That’s the way I’ve always felt too. I’m very proud of your involvement with BGU and AABGU and I’m sure Nonno is also very proud that you’re continuing as the third generation.


* The Cukier, Goldstein-Goren Building for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

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