North Jersey philanthropist honored at Israel’s Technion

North Jersey philanthropist honored at Israel’s Technion

Technion president Uri Sivan, left, with Ira Taub. (Courtesy AT)
Technion president Uri Sivan, left, with Ira Taub. (Courtesy AT)

Ira Taub of Alpine, a second-generation American Technion Society leader, recently received an honorary fellowship from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. The honor for his commitment to Israel and the Technion was awarded during the Technion Board of Governors meeting in Haifa — the first in-person board meeting since the start of the pandemic.

The citation announcing the award recognized Mr. Taub for advancing Technion’s global impact, furthering his parents’ historic vision, and providing leadership in the ATS and in his community, as well as for his pivotal role in directing philanthropic funds to Technion priority areas and institutions throughout Israel and the United States.

“I watched my father as he dedicated himself to help guide the Technion to become a world class university,” Mr. Taub said. “Today I am humbled to be recognized for the work I have done to continue our family’s commitment. Israel’s most important asset are its people. Well-educated people, especially in science and technology, will help secure its future.  I am honored and thank the board of governors.”

Following in the footsteps of his parents and Technion supporters Henry (z”l) and Marilyn Taub, Mr. Taub is a member of the Technion Board of Governors, the ATS National Board of Directors, and the ATS New York Metropolitan Board.

As vice president and treasurer of the Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation, Mr. Taub oversees philanthropic support to institutions in Israel and the United States. The Taub family’s generous support for more than 50 years has enabled the Technion to recruit leading international research faculty by providing the most advanced facilities and technology, and to support outstanding undergraduate and graduate students with fellowships, housing, and social spaces that enhance their experience at the Technion.

In 2020, the Technion recognized the family’s decades of leadership by naming its computer science faculty the Henry and Marilyn Taub Faculty of Computer Science.

As a managing director of Aviary Capital Enterprises, Inc., a Teaneck-based family financial management firm, Mr. Taub is engaged with many community organizations that serve the needs of northern New Jersey residents.

Mr. Taub and his wife Shelley recently returned from the Board of Governors meeting, where they were accompanied by family and friends including their three children, his mother, and his sister, Judith Taub Gold.