On behalf of the Board of Directors of Canadian Friends of Tel Aviv University (CFTAU) we are honoured to announce Mrs. Ariela Cotler as our next National President. Ariela, the first Israeli to lead CFTAU, will start her mandate October 1, 2021.
“I’m thrilled to take on this role at an organization for which I have great respect and admiration,” says Mrs. Cotler. “I look forward to being a champion for Tel Aviv University, working alongside the talented staff, and in partnership with our dedicated volunteers and supporters, across Canada.”
Known for being a dedicated and passionate member of Montreal’s Jewish community with an affinity for Jewish Studies, Ethiopian Jewry and Neuroscience, Ariela joined CFTAU’s Ottawa, Quebec and Atlantic Canada Regional Board in 2018.
“I am proud to continue working with Ariela in her new role and excited to have her lead our organization into its 50th year. Ariela’s love and passion for Israel, TAU and CFTAU, combined with her kindness and talent for bringing people together will undoubtedly have a big impact on our organization,” said Sharon J. Fraenkel, Executive Director for Ottawa, Quebec and Atlantic Canada
“Ariela is a well-known and respected community leader with a track record of enthusiastic support for Israel and education,” said Stephen J. Adler, Executive Director for Ontario and Western Canada. “I look forward to working with Ariela to grow our presence across Canada.”
Ariela is succeeding Senator Jerry Grafstein, who is completing a successful term highlighted by increased support and strong leadership throughout the pandemic. We thank Senator Grafstein for his dedication and leadership and look forward to continuing working with him in his new role as Immediate Past President.