About the American Friends of Bar-Ilan University
The American Friends of Bar-Ilan University (AFBIU) develops philanthropic support for Bar-Ilan University (BIU) in Israel through our national headquarters in New York City, and our regional offices throughout the United States. AFBIU seeks contributions at all levels of giving from individuals, families, foundations and businesses who embrace the University's mission—unique among Israeli universities—to provide students with high-level educational experiences in an academic environment infused with Jewish values and a love of the State of Israel.
For nearly 60 years, AFBIU has been a vital partner in support of the University's mission to create a core curriculum that provides a diverse group of students with a common basic understanding of their Jewish heritage, history and culture, as well as of the Zionist values which underpin the State of Israel.
Today, our 501(c) (3) organization is building on a long history of support by the American Jewish community for the University. From its initial fundraising campaign in 1953 that led to the University's cornerstone being laid in Ramat Gan, American Jewry has been at the center of the University's continued expansion. AFBIU supporters have made it possible to open state-of-the art facilities which have attracted top faculty and led to advances in the fields of Torah studies, psychology, nanotechnology, brain sciences, Jewish education, law, engineering, business, and medicine.
AFBIU represents the University's interests in the United States; our funding of academic projects, facilities, returning scientists and scholarships through annual contributions and planned gifts are laying a foundation of support that will sustain the University for generations to come.