Shalom Life | December 19, 2014

The Technion is the Envy of the World

Shalom Life speaks with Hershel Recht of the Canadian Technion Society

By: Dan Verbin

Published: August 16th, 2010 in News » World

The Technion is the Envy of the World

The Technion is more than just Israel’s preeminent institute of technology.

It is the backbone of the world renowned tech sector that has helped the Jewish State maintain its technological edge since its founding, with a lengthy track record of unparalleled scientific breakthroughs.

The institute has a well-deserved worldwide reputation for its work in nanotechnology, computer science, biotechnology, aerospace engineering and medicine.

“The Technion is at the forefront of almost every single research and development breakthrough that the State of Israel has ever founded,” said Hershel Recht, the National Director of Development for the Canadian Technion Society. “Not only that, if you look at the numbers just by graduates, the Technion has a disproportionate amount of graduates who are now the leaders of Israel’s high tech industry.”

Recht noted that 80 per cent of high tech firms in Israel are led by Technion grads.

The Technion is helping the world on a daily basis, Recht added. “Technion is a city that doesn’t sleep. Research is going on all the time. These are the people who are the best and the brightest.”

The school’s impressive record and influence goes far beyond Israel, reaching into almost every sphere of modern technology and medicine. If you’ve used the Internet, then you have used the international standard data compression that was developed at the Technion. The first two Israeli Nobel Prize winners (Aaron Ciechanover and Avram Hershko for chemistry in 2004) were from the Technion. Dr. Karl Skorecki, the Canadian nephrologist who mapped the Cohanim gene, is the school’s director of Nephrology and Molecular Medicine.

“He proved that all Cohanim have a similar gene, there’s no way to explain it,” said Recht. “That’s what we’re trying to get out to people. Other organizations are very important, but do you know what’s going on at the Technion on a daily basis? It just blows you away.”

Founded in 1924, the Technion currently has 13,000 students, 18 academic departments, 53 undergraduate programs and 77 graduate programs. Since its founding, over 90,000 degrees have been bestowed.

The Canadian Technion Society has had some very successful years lately, with Seymour Schulich and Peter Monk giving large gifts that are among the largest donations to a Canadian Jewish charity in recent years.

The mandate of the organization is twofold: First, to encourage Canadian students to continue their medical and technological education at the Technion. Second, to raise badly needed funds.

This year, the big focus is on several issues:

Technion’s nanotechnology program needs support.

They are raising funds for “Striking a Balance,” a program aimed at helping Orthodox and National Religious students that do not have a strong science education background study at the Technion. These students go through an “intensive training process” before studying going to the university. “One of our big fundraising opportunities this year is to ask donours to support these young people who don’t have the money to go through these things and need scholarships.”

Money needs to be raised for graduate scholarships. “In order for Israel to maintain its stability and its edge in technological research, graduate students need to be supported.”

The Canadian Technion Society is also currently launching a new youth initiative called Generation Next.

“If the next generation doesn’t get involved in donating and being active in the cause, that money and support is going to dry up,” said Recht.

They will be hosting Generation Next events to allow young people to learn more about the Technion and all that it has done for Israel and the world. The program will culminate with a trip to Israel to “learn about what the Technion is doing and to understand its reach.”

When students first hear about the Technion’s accomplishments, they are taken aback, Recht explained. “Put down that cell phone because that cell phone was created in Israel. Don’t use that lap top because that Intel Pentium processor chip was made in Kiryat Gat.”

Astonishingly, the American Technion Society has raised $1 billion over the last 10 years – an “unheard of” amount, said Recht, that is miles above and beyond what any other Jewish charity in North America has ever raised in a decade.

“Technion is the envy of many of the world’s technological institutions,” said Recht. “It is on par with Cal Tech and MIT. And there’s many professors constantly going back and forth, doing collaborative research.”

To find out how to help, go to http://www.cdntech.org/

Israeli Right Wing Politician Mockingly Dresses Up As a Hipster in New Campaign Video Israeli Right Wing Politician Mockingly Dresses Up As a Hipster in New Campaign Video Trending8,000-Year-Old Olive Oil Discovered in Israel 8,000-Year-Old Olive Oil Discovered in Israel TrendingAfter 50 Years of Hostility, U.S., Cuba Restore Ties After 50 Years of Hostility, U.S., Cuba Restore Ties Trending
 

Of Course There's Gay Erotic Hanukkah Fiction

December 19, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Of Course There's Gay Erotic Hanukkah Fiction

Loose Id offers all sorts of steamy books like 'Daybreak,' which revolves around "eight steamy nights of forbidden romance"

Read More

Someone Made a Remix of Sia's "Chandelier" Featuring Vocals From Benjamin Netanyahu

December 19, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Someone Made a Remix of Sia's "Chandelier" Featuring Vocals From Benjamin Netanyahu

Pieced together from various clips, the edited video displays the Israeli PM's affinity for chandeliers and alcohol

Read More

Startup Club: Yo Sox

December 19, 2014 | By Caitlin Marceau
Startup Club: Yo Sox

Just in time for the holidays, the Toronto-based company provides us with "hip socks for fashionable feet"

Read More

Top 50 Hottest Jewish Women of 2014 (40-31)

December 18, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Top 50 Hottest Jewish Women of 2014 (40-31)

Join Shalom Life in celebrating the 50 most talented, intelligent, funny, and beautiful Jewish women of the year.

Read More

Breakthrough Jew: OB O'Brien

December 18, 2014 | By Sara Torvik
Breakthrough Jew: OB O'Brien

The recent signee to Drake's OVO label is looking to put Hamilton on the rap

Read More

HBO Picks Up Sarah Silverman's Comedy Pilot

December 18, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
HBO Picks Up Sarah Silverman's Comedy Pilot

The comedian will also serve as an executive producer on the show

Read More

Sorry Guys, Theaters Will NOT Be Showing 'Team America: World Police' in Lieu of 'The Inteview'

December 18, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Sorry Guys, Theaters Will NOT Be Showing 'Team America: World Police' in Lieu of 'The Inteview'

Paramount has cancelled all theater showings of the Trey Parker & Matt Stone flick with an incredibly similar premise to that of James Franco & Seth Rogen's

Read More

Presenting the Hasidic "Shake It Off" Hanukkah Parody [VIDEO]

December 18, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Presenting the Hasidic "Shake It Off" Hanukkah Parody [VIDEO]

Appropriately titled "I'm Taking Off"

Read More

More Headlines