The Helmsley Charitable Trust has announced more than $9.6 million in grants to four Israeli institutions, bringing the trust’s philanthropic investment in the Jewish state to a total of $131.8 million since 2009.
“These grants demonstrate our continuing philanthropic approach toward Israel,” Helmsley trustee Sandor Frankel said in a statement. “They strengthen Israel’s scientific, technological and medical research, benefiting the nation’s top tier institutions and academics. They also help to solve problems leading the global agenda. These grants will support Israeli innovation so it will continue to make Israel and the rest of the world a healthier and safer place for all.”
The trust is also funding the publication of a “fact-based historical record of the 2014 Gaza war” to support “IsraelZs image in the world as a free and democratic nation defending its citizens.”
The four institutions receiving grants this month are the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, whose $1.5 million grant will be used to develop land and water utilization strategies; the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, whose $2.24 million grant will fund the recruitment of biomedical science faculty; the Weizmann Institute of Science, whose two grants totaling $5.74 million will be used in the fight against inflammatory bowel disease and the development of magnetic resonance imaging protocols; and the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.