About Us

About Us

Friends of Jerusalem College of Technology (FJCT) is a national, not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) charitable organization. Our purpose it to bridge the passions of Americans to the academic endeavors of the Jerusalem College of Technology, one of Israel’s most prestigious technological institutions.

Friends of Jerusalem College of Technology was founded in 1976 and is based out of New York City. We remain resolute in our mission for the advancement of hitech, STEM studies, and equal opportunity for all students in Israel.


The American Friends of the Jerusalem College of Technology’s mission is to provide critical financial resources to the JCT so that the institution can enable diverse segments of Israeli society to become educated, productive members of Israel’s work force.

JCT’s goal is to prepare students to enter Israel’s industrialized high tech and scientific communities and encourage them to make innovative contributions and advancements to Israeli society and build Israeli industry. While raising funds and augmenting awareness for the college, FJCT facilitates the college recruit new students, fund research projects and preparatory programs, while providing scholarships to students in need. FJCT fosters the vision of the college by pronouncing women’s empowerment in STEM studies, advancing the security industry of Israel, and granting tools and resources for ultra-Orthodox students to create their very own careers – all while growing Israel as the “startup nation”.

Members of the board


Dr. Dov Rubin

Dr. Dov Rubin is an expert in non-invasive medical technologies. Prior to his current position as CEO of Lev-EL Diagnostics, …

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Aurora Cassirer

Aurora is a Business Litigation partner at Troutman Sanders, whose leadership roles have included several terms on the firm’s Executive …

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Joel Strauss

Joel B. Strauss is a Partner in the law firm Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP where he has practiced for …

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Dr. Charles Popper

Charles Popper is co-founder and senior partner of TechPar Group (TPG), a technology advisory services company that consults on all …

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Henry Orlinsky

International investor and real estate operator and developer. International investor and real estate operator and developer. He is Vice Chairman …

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Leigh Schachter

Leigh Schachter is an Associate General Counsel for Verizon Communications in Basking Ridge, NJ. His practice covers all aspects of …

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Helene Rothenberg

Helene Rothenberg is an attorney practicing in Cedarhurst New York. She and her husband split their time between NY and …

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Motti Finkelstein

Motti Finkelstein is a Senior Advisor at McKinsey as well as an Advisor for Capri Ventures and several startups (e.g. …

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Professor Linda Allen

Dr. Linda Allen holds the William F. Aldinger Chaired Professor in Banking and Finance at Baruch College, City University of …

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Our Team


Nataly Evroni, Grant Research Intern

Nataly Evroni is a senior at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women. As she completes her degree in Media Studies …

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Shmuli Zema, Executive Director

Shmuli received his MBA in Finance & Operations Research at Baruch College, while attaining his Rabbinic Ordination at Yeshiva University …

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Cheryl Anavian, Graphic Design

Before her time at FJCT, Cheryl worked as a freelance designer with companies and organizations to create brand identities and …

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Chaviva Libin, Administrator

Chaviva joined Friends of JCT in 2009, as the Administrator and Office Manager. She graduated Stern College with honors with …

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Israel administration


Yossi Zeira, General Director

Mr. Yossi Zeira has been the Director General of the Jerusalem College of Technology since 2016. He grew up in …

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Kenneth Hochberg, Rector

Professor Kenneth J. Hochberg received his Ph.D. from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University in 1976. …

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Stuart Hershkowitz, Vice President

Trained as an attorney in both Israel and the US, Stuart Hershkowitz is a member of the Bar in both …

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Chaim Sukenik, President

Prof. Chaim Sukenik was named the 6th President of the Jerusalem College of Technology in the fall of 2013. Trained …

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