The Philadelphia Roots of a Garden in the Negev Desert

Dr. Alton Sutnick and BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi. Photo from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Dr. Alton Sutnick and BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi. Photo from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

David Ben-Gurion’s vision for “making the desert bloom” was further fulfilled when an area outside the Ben-Gurion University’s (BGU) Faculty of Health Sciences was dedicated as Mona’s Garden. The dedication, which was in memory of Dr. Mona Sutnick, took place during the annual gathering for the BGU Board of Governors meeting.

Mona and her husband, Dr. Alton Sutnick, were committed to strengthening ties between BGU and Philadelphia’s medical education community. For many years, the Sutnicks served as advisers to the deans of the BGU Faculty of Health Sciences. The couple also facilitated faculty exchanges with BGU and the Drexel University College of Medicine, as well as a collaborative partnership between BGU and Fox Chase Caner Center.

Mona, who died in October 2015, was a nutrition educator and a contributor to The Jewish Exponent. Al, currently a national vice president of American Associates, Ben-Gurion University (AABGU), has been active with BGU for over three decades. As the past dean of the Medical College of Pennsylvania (which became part of the Drexel University College of Medicine) and a leader in international medical education,he has worked closely with the BGU Faculty of Health Sciences in developing education and research programs.

Given the Sutnicks’ commitment to BGU, it is entirely fitting that Mona’s Garden welcomes all to the university’s Faculty of Health Sciences.

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