The University of Sydney
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Mr Robert Simons OAM

Mr Robert Simons OAM

Mr Simons is one of the two Trustees of the Fund designated to represent the Hebrew University. He is past Federal President of the Australian Friends of the Hebrew University, a past President of the NSW Friends of the Hebrew University, a member of the Hebrew University's Board of Governors and a member of the Hebrew University's Executive Committee. In June 2018 The Hebrew University of Jerusalem conferred on Mr Simons the degree of Doctor Philosophiae Honoris Causa PhD (hc) in recognition of his enormous contribution to the Friends Organisation of the Hebrew University.

In addition to his involvements with the Friends of the Hebrew University over many years, Mr Simons has also been a tireless worker for a number of other Jewish communal organizations. He has served on the Board of Moriah College in several positions for over 50 years including President for a period of 6 years. He has been Chairman of The March of the Living Organisation, a director of the Australian Jewish Welfare Society, JCA, UIA, the Hakoah Club and the Association of Independent Schools, amongst others.

Mr Simons' role in the Jewish community, and in particular his contribution to education, was recognised by the award of an OAM in the 2007 Australia Day Awards. Mr Simons is a member of the Australian Institute of Engineering Associates and heads a company involved in the manufacture of steam boilers, humidifiers and heat energy systems.