Leon H. Charney, the Honorary Chairman of the Board of Governors of the University of Haifa and a respected leader and loyal friend of the American Society, passed away on March 21, 2016.
Leon Charney was an American original. The son of a sewing supply salesman who left him just $34, he became a self-made billionaire, a leading philanthropist in the United States and Israel, and Honorary Chairman of the Board of Governors of the University of Haifa.
A true renaissance man – Mr. Charney was a prominent lawyer, real estate developer, author, and broadcaster. He was an advisor to statesmen, including President Jimmy Carter and Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, and was a renowned cantor, singing on Sabbaths and Jewish Holidays at synagogues across the United States.