Adelsons pledge goes beyond 67 borders

Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, will donate a total of $25 million to Ariel University, an Israeli school in the West Bank, the university has announced.

The Adelsons will donate $5 million to develop the university’s School of Medical and Health Sciences. They also intend to donate another $20 million to expand the program once the required government approvals are obtained, the university said in a statement.

The Las Vegas–based Adelsons are the world’s leading private donors to Jewish education, the Taglit-Birthright Israel program (to which they have contributed $180 million) and Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial.

This is their first donation to an institution outside Israel’s 1967 borders, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. — jta &