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On December 20th 2006 the School was formally named the Federmann School of Public Policy & Government in memory of Mr. Yekutiel (Xiel) Federmann and his brother Samuel (Samo) Federmann, in recognition of their family's long standing support of the Hebrew University.
Yekutiel Federmann, z"l (1914-2002)
Yekutiel Federmann, may his memory be a blessing, was a man of vision and of action imbued with passion for Zionism. He was deeply involved in the development of the State of Israel and contributed greatly to the country's economic growth. In recognition of the importance of higher education for Israel's future, as well as Hebrew University's central role, Yekutiel Federmann gave of his wisdom, energy and resources. He served for many years on the Board of Governors and generously contributed to research, scholarships and infrastructure as well as the establishment of a faculty chair in hotel management. In recognition of his many contributions over the years, the Hebrew University bestowed upon him an honorary doctorate. This friendship and devotion Yekutiel Federmann passed on to his family.
Yekutiel Federmann founded the Paula and David Ben-Gurion Foundation at Hebrew University to advance Jewish studies research through supporting the publishing of high quality academic articles and books. The Federmann family, in partnership with the State of Israel and the Jewish Agency also established the Levi Eshkol Foundation to support research, publication and scholarships for academics and students primarily in the social sciences. Federmann's recognition of the importance of cultivating the next generation of researchers led to his generous contribution to the Golda Meir Foundation which provides annual grants to young academic and students. He also founded a family foundation which grants funds to students post-army and other security forces who are studying for advanced degrees.
Samuel (Samo) Federmann, z"l (1926-2006)
Samuel (Samo) Federmann, may his memory be a blessing, was a man of vision and of action imbued with passion for Zionism. He was deeply involved in the development of the State of Israel and contributed greatly to the country's economic growth.
Samuel (Samo) Federmann, together with his brother Yekutiel, established the Dan Hotel chain. He was also one of the founders of the hotel and tourist industry in Israel and served for many years as the president of the Union of Hotels in Israel. At the same time he was active in the International Union of Hotels and even served as its president between 1990-1993
In recognition of the importance of higher education for the future of Israel and because of his understanding that education and Jewish traditional play a central role in foundations of the country, Samuel (Samo) Federmann was active in many cultural and scientific institutions. Likewise, he was partner in establishing the faculty chair in hotel management at the Hebrew University which brought international work and research to the hotel and tourism industry in Israel.
For his tremendous contributions to the development of Tel Aviv and various cultural and scientific institutions, Samuel (Samo) Federmann was selected as a Distinguished Citizen ("yakir") of Tel Aviv in 1998. On Independence Day 1995 he was among those chosen to a light a torch on Mt. Herzel in representation of Israel's hotels.