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 On Monday, March 27th, a group of visiting NYU alumni was welcomed on their first trip to Tel Aviv with an event at the award-winning Na Laga’at center. The restaurant and nonprofit cultural center, which aims to spark dialogue between visitors and its blind and deaf staff, was described as “informative” and “unique” by event attendees.

At the Na Laga’at event, visitors were given an introduction to Na Laga’at and its mission by Limor, the center's events manager, followed by a short presentation on Israeli Sign Language. The alumni then heard from the club’s president and founder, Oded Agam. He delivered a presentation on entrepreneurship, speaking from his experience leading strategic innovation programs as Senior Director of the Strategic Technologies Group at Intel Israel.

The NYU Alumni Club in Israel has held sixteen events in its four years of existence, making it one of the most active NYU alumni clubs in the world. The focus of events goes beyond networking, allowing alumni from all stages of life an opportunity to learn from innovative speakers throughout the country. The club also coordinates with alumni clubs from other leading universities, including the Ivy League network.

This event was planned to coordinate with the first NYU alumni trip to Israel, which brought together alumni spanning nearly 50 years of studies at NYU. The trip reflected NYU's international focus, including native Chinese, Japanese and English speakers from law, business, education and social science backgrounds.

According to Pamela V. White (Steinhardt ‘95/NYU SPS), the event was a gathering of “international caliber,” because it was open to alumni of other schools as well. She called it a “fabulous network opportunity.”

Na Yang (NYU Law ’09), called her trip to Israel unique: “I felt like home and felt very welcome here. I’m very impressed by the technology of Israel, which, I think, represents the future of the world.”

For Sheng Jin (CAS ’16), a very recent graduate, this was her first alumni event. She called it “welcoming,” and she “very much appreciated this chance.”

Hiro Sakata (Stern '68), wished the club “continued future growth.”

Steven Aiello

Photo credit: Nooralhuda Hoji and Oded Agam