Ben-Gurion U Gets $13M From U.S. Donors For Construction
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Ben-Gurion U Gets $13M From U.S. Donors For Construction

The Cleveland-based Mandel Foundation awarded more than $13 million to Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

The gift from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation includes a $10 million capital grant to construct the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Institute for Social Leadership building and $3.1 million to establish the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Honors Program in Social Leadership, which will be housed in the new building, the university announced on Tuesday.

The 40,000-square-foot building, designed by Plesner Architects of Tel Aviv, will house classrooms, studios, offices, auditoriums and research facilities.

“This gift represents our desire to support Ben-Gurion University, the city of Beersheba, and the advancement of social leadership in Israel,” Morton Mandel, the foundation’s chairman and CEO, said in a statement.

The foundation has had a longstanding relationship with Ben-Gurion University.

The Mandel Honors Program in Social Leadership is designed to teach business and management students relevant business administration, social responsibility and social leadership skills.

It is not yet clear whether interim talks between Iran and the major powers will achieve a deal to keep Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, a senior U.S. official said.

“We don’t know if, at the end of these six months, we will be able to achieve a comprehensive agreement, though we aim to,” said the unnamed official, whose remarks were distributed by the State Department, on Monday, the eve of the latest round of talks in Vienna.

“As President Obama has said, and I quite agree, it’s probably as likely that we won’t get an agreement as it is that we will,” said the senior official.

The official said that Iran had so far complied with the terms of the interim agreement, launched Jan. 20, that allow for talks to continue for six months.

The official would not count out extending the talks for another six months.

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