Portraits of Bar-Ilan University

Bar-Ilan strengthens Jewish and Zionist values, and it is the people of Bar-Ilan that reflect these values in their lives.

Learn how Bar-Ilan makes a meaningful impact in Israel and worldwide through our profiles of its students, alumni and donors.

Stories of Remarkable People Who Have Left Bequests to AFBIU

Florence Kalb:

A Generous Funder of Research to End Prostate Cancer

Florence and Bernie Kalb

If ever there was a couple devoted to each other, it was Florence and Bernie Kalb. They had been married for some sixty years when Bernie passed away, and although stricken with grief, Florence was determined to continue the mission that they had pursued together: an unerring support of the State of Israel and the Jewish people. Indeed, her surviving years were dedicated to creating a legacy that would reflect their lifelong love.

Florence had a razor sharp mind with a passion for literature and politics and an exacting attention to detail. This alone could have made her a formidable personality — but just when you least expected it, her delightful sense of humor would suddenly open and her warm and loving spirit would come shining through...

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Maximilian "Bud" Goode:

"Father of Computer Sports Analysis" Leaves BIU A Bequest to Save Lives

Maximilian Goode

Considered by many the "father" of computer sports analysis, Bud lived his entire life in the Los Angeles area but left a significant portion of his estate to Bar-Ilan University in Israel when he passed away on November 16, 2010.

His achievements were the stuff of legends. But Bud's real passion was statistics, and he was the first practitioner in the United States to be paid to analyze professional football through the computer in the early '60s. From 1963 to 1971, his column "Bud Goode Computer Corner on Sports" was featured in 36 newspapers including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Herald Examiner...

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John Slade:

A Field Hockey Great and War Hero's Last Surprise —

Leaving a Bequest to AFBIU

When the late great field hockey goalie, John Slade, made a generous bequest to the American Friends of Bar-Ilan University (AFBIU) in 2005 it was the final surprise in his lifelong Jewish journey.

The first great surprise was amazing his parents when at age 13 he asked to have a Bar Mitzvah. He personally arranged for his own private Hebrew lessons since no one in his family had ever received a Jewish education. His Bar Mitzvah marked the first time his parents entered a synagogue. It was this experience that sparked his interest in supporting Jewish educational institutions such as Bar-Ilan University later in life...

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Further information about bequests can be viewed HERE.

Bar-Ilan University — Where Your Legacy Can Build Israel's Future

To learn more about the best options to establish a bequest to perpetuate your support of the only university in Israel where tradition and technology thrive together, please call Gil Jacobson, National Director of Planned Giving for American Friends of Bar-Ilan University, at 212-906-3911, toll-free at 888-752-6649, or email gil.jacobson@afbiu.org.


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