Herta Amir

Honorary Life Member

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Herta Amir is among the leaders of the Jewish community in Los Angeles, a friend and generous contributor to the University of Haifa.

Ms. Amir, who was born in Czechoslovakia, holds an undergraduate degree (from Queens College, New York), continued her postgraduate studies at Harvard University and holds a postgraduate degree (from the University of California) in Economics.

Herta Amir began her professional career as an Economist at the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research and then worked for more than a decade in the Economics Department of the prestigious Rand Corporation. Rand is a non-profit, nonpartisan institution that guides policy and decision-making through research and analysis.

In 1972 she joined her husband, Paul Amir, in the real estate business, Amir development, which builds, operates and manages dozens of real estate ventures in several western states in the US. Mrs. Amir has always been committed to the values of contributing to the community and in collaboration with her husband, Paul, founded a philanthropic foundation, which has provided significant support to institutions in the U.S. and Israel. The couple has generously donated to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art,  Israel Museum, Rambam Healthcare Campus, and the University of Haifa.

The pinnacle of the warm relationship between Herta and Paul Amir and the University of Haifa, is their new donation for the expansion of the Rabin Buildings Complex through the addition of research and teaching areas in the Faculty of Social Sciences, which is today called The Paul and Herta Amir Faculty of Social Sciences.

Over the years, Herta has always emphasized the importance of an excellent education and the importance of research and higher education in the life of future generations and in the life and future of the State of Israel.

Alongside her philanthropic activities, Herta devotes a considerable amount of time and energy to her activities as a member of the National Board of Directors of AIPAC, the largest Jewish lobby for Israel operating in the United States.