Dear Governor,


We hope this finds you well.
 
We have been closely monitoring the status of the rapidly-spreading Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus and what it means for our Board of Governors plans this fall. The Israeli government recently added more countries to the “red list” prohibiting entry into Israel and/or requiring quarantine for a period upon entry.  Within Israel, the virus is spreading and renewed restrictions have been imposed and more are expected.  These include limitations on the number of people that can convene at an event.
 
In light of the above, and given the continuing uncertainty the pandemic brings coupled with our prioritizing everyone’s health and well-being, we have decided, with great regret, that the most prudent decision is to change the format of the 2021 Board of Governors meeting.  Obviously, we regret the inconvenience caused by this decision and we hope that you approve the decision.
  
The meeting we envisioned will not happen as originally intended.  Instead, given the uncertain circumstances, we believe that it would be best to maintain flexibility and wait for a while until there is greater clarity with regard to the spread of the virus as well as with regard to the Israeli government’s policies.  One possibility would be to design a virtual meeting around the same dates as originally planned.  Of course, if circumstances allow, we could also design a hybrid meeting where some Governors could join in person on campus, while others will join virtually.  We have updated our program according to this option and hope that those who will be in Israel will participate with full vigor.  Our registration page has been adapted and we ask those who will be in Israel to register again for this updated program so we can have an accurate count for logistic purposes with regard to our revised program.

Obviously, we cannot be more definitive at this stage and we undertake to keep you informed and will update you on relevant developments as they emerge. 

Our vibrant Board of Governors community has been eager to reunite and celebrate the University’s recent successes together and we will do our best to stay connected despite continually changing realities.

We thank you sincerely for your understanding and wish you and your families the very best of health. 
  
Warm regards,

Prof. Jacob A. Frenkel
Chairman, Board of Governors

Prof. Ariel Porat
President