Canadian Friends of the Tel Aviv University (CFTAU) provides direct funding support for the educational and research goals of Tel Aviv University, Israel’s largest and most comprehensive institution of higher learning, facilitated by enhanced public awareness of the University’s achievements and programming through the development of a strong local network of support.

As part of a global network of friends associations CFTAU facilitates academic and research partnerships between Canada and Israel as well as establishing scholarships, supporting research, cultivating student and faculty exchanges and recruiting Canadian students to participate in the TAU International Program.

By supporting Tel Aviv University, you will be supporting Israel’s finest academic institution.

Many of Israel’s leaders in medicine, technology, law, music, film, and governments are graduates, including Israel’s first astronaut, Ilan Ramon. The university has steadily risen in the Times Higher Education- QS World University Rankings to 114th place, up from 188th in 2005. In the number of citations per faculty, TAU is ranked 21st in the world. The institution and its staff are striving to achieve even higher standards but need your support as our constituents and stakeholders to do this. Founded in 1956, Tel Aviv University has grown into the largest and most influential university in Israel today. From ground-breaking research to life-saving technology, TAU is shaping the future of Israeli society and producing alumni that become tomorrow’s leaders, teachers and innovators.

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Leadership Team – Ontario & Western Canada

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  • Leonard Abramsky

    Leonard Abramsky joined Brookfield Financial in 2005 and oversees the company’s property advisory business on a global basis. Prior to joining Brookfield Financial, he was a Managing Director of TD Cornerstone which he joined in 1998 after TD Securities acquired the Cornerstone Commercial Realty the boutique property advisory that he established in 1995 following twelve years as one of CBRE’s leading investment sales professionals in Canada. Leonard has over 28 years of experience in real estate on the investment banking and brokerage sides of the industry. Leonard is a graduate of Boston University School of Management and holds a BSc in Business Administration Real Estate Finance, Cum Laude.


  • David S. Altshuller

    David Altshuller is a partner at Teplitsky, Colson LLP. David has a broad based corporate/commercial litigation practice with an emphasis on franchise disputes, estate matters, shareholder disputes, insolvency/restructuring proceedings, construction disputes and property/leasing matters. When required, he can assemble and manage a team of lawyers across a variety of practice areas in order to deal with his clients’ issues in a thorough and cost-effective manner.

    David has spoken at numerous conferences and seminars sponsored by, among others, the Ontario Bar Association and the Canadian Franchise Association.

    In 2014, 2015 and 2016 David was listed by Lexpert® as an expert in Franchising Law and selected by Franchise Times Magazine as a “Legal Eagle”. He is also listed in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions of Best Lawyers International.

     David has a strong connection to TAU. He enrolled in the M.A. Program in Middle Eastern History in 1994. He was a teaching assistant in the Overseas Student Program (Modern History of the Middle East) from 1996-1997. He was a lecturer in the Overseas Student Program (Modern History of the Middle East) 1997-2000 and was employed as Director of Special Education Programs for TAU/OSP.

  • Stephen Arbib

    Stephen Arbib is the founder and Managing Director of MENA Investment Network Inc. a company specializing in development of joint ventures using transfer of Israeli technology and know-how.

    Arbib is also a Director at SkyLink Aviation, one of the world’s leading charter operators specializing in humanitarian and emergency operations. Arbib joined SkyLink in 2003, founding and managing their European operations from Rome, Italy until 2006, after which he moved to Toronto to manage the Canadian Department of National Defence sales office for SkyLink.

    Arbib was born in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1977, and moved to Toronto at the age of 10. He attended Ryerson University for Business and following his second year enrolled in a joint entrepreneurship program in Vancouver, with Harvard University, where he founded his first company, Simso Online Inc. Following the growth of Simso, and its subsequent sale after 2 years, Arbib joined SkyLink Aviation.

    Arbib is an active member of the Toronto Jewish community, having founded Shalom Life Media Inc., Canada’s largest Jewish media source, and a member of the Six Points Jewish Philanthropy Fund.

  • Richard J. Charney

    Richard Charney is global head of our employment and labour practice and national chair of our Canadian employment and labour law group.

    Mr. Charney practices management labour relations and employment law, a field in which he is widely recognized as an advocate on behalf of national and local clients. He acts for numerous employers and employers’ organizations and appears at provincial and federal labour relations boards and the courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and before rights and interest labour arbitration tribunals. He also advises on all matters of employment and labour law and legislative reform.

    Mr. Charney’s practice also involves collective bargaining on behalf of employers, employment standards, human rights, wrongful dismissal, workplace health and safety and constitutional law.

    He is particularly active as an advocate before national labour tribunals such as the Canada Industrial Relations Board, which has jurisdiction over transportation and similar national industries; the Ontario Labour Relations Board, which has jurisdiction in provincial industries such as construction; and in judicial review challenges to tribunal determinations in the federal and provincial superior courts.

    He is also a leading labour counsel to a variety of well-known arts and cultural organizations in Canada.

  • Nathan Disenhouse, Board Chair

    Nathan Disenhouse has over 30 years of financial service experience and has been practicing as a financial consultant since 1992. Before 1992, he worked in the banking industry from the administrative side to the commercial lending side.

    He studied economics at York University and completed the Canadian Securities and Conduct, and Practices Courses, and has Life Insurance qualifications from the Life Underwriters Association of Canada. He is also an Associate of the Institute of Canadian Bankers (ICB).

    Over the past few decades, Mr. Disenhouse has committed to providing complete and comprehensive financial advisory services to clients. Clients are assured of receiving the broadest and most responsive planning information and consulting possible.

    He also enjoys networking with professionals from any industry on a global scale.

  • Ramy Elitzur

    Ramy Elitzur is the Edward J. Kernaghan Professor in Financial Analysis at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Previously he has served as the Executive Director, MBA Programs and Acting Academic Director of EMBA at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Previously he has taught at the Recanati Graduate School of Business Administration, Tel Aviv University and Stern School of Business Administration, New York University. Ramy has won several teaching awards including in 2006 the prestigious Roger Martin and Nancy Lang Award for Excellence in Teaching.

    Ramy Elitzur has earned a Ph.D. and M.Phil. from Stern School of Business Administration, New York University and an MBA from Recanati School of Business Tel Aviv University. In addition, he holds US CPA and CMA designations.

    Ramy’s area of research is game theory applied to financial situations. His publications are in various top journals in finance, economics and accounting.

    Ramy Elitzur’s professional expertise includes financial statement analysis and valuation. Professor Elitzur has also served as an expert witness in lawsuits involving financial reporting in the US, Canada and Israel. In February 2007 Ramy has appeared before The House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance on Income Trusts. Ramy is a member of the audit committee of the University of Toronto and the Accounting & Audit Policy Committee of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance.

    Professor Elitzur has been quoted in the Associated Press, Boston Globe, Business Week, Chicago Tribune, Edmonton Journal, Financial Times, The Globe and Mail, Maclean’s Magazine, La Presse, Los Angeles Times, the National Post, the New York Times, the Ottawa Citizen, Time Magazine and the Toronto Star. Professor Elitzur was interviewed on CBC, CFMT, CTV, Global TV, OMNI, Newsworld, Newsnet, the Life Channel, and BNN.


  • Galia Feiler

    Galia Feiler is a seasoned real estate executive with wealth of experience in managing large real estate portfolios. Most recently, Galia served as the CEO of Fishman Holdings North America Inc. for over 5 years.

    In this capacity, Galia had overseen all aspects of the company’s large-scale portfolios, including acquisitions, asset management, realizations, financing, and development. The portfolio consisted of 6 million square feet of commercial real estate as well as 2,000 residential units with a combined value of over $1b dollars.

    Prior to joining The Fishman Group, Galia headed the Israeli Desk at BDO Dunwoody Canada for 4 years. In this position, she represented a large number of Israeli private, corporate and institutional investors in Canada. Galia has also held senior positions with BDO and KPMG, Israel.

    Galia is a Certified Public Accountant in the US and Israel and holds BA and Bsc degrees from Tel Aviv University.


  • Phil Hart

    President of both MMI Product Placement Inc and Hart Entertainment Inc.

    MMI Product Placement Inc: President and founder of MMI Product Placement Inc based in Toronto. Phil pioneered product placement in Canada in 1985 and has maintained this leadership position ever since. Phil and his staff work as “talent agents” for corporate clients, including Pepsi Cola, Quaker, VISA, Church & Dwight, Molson Coors and many other’s. MMI scouts brand integration opportunities for our clients’ brands to appear in films and TV episodes. MMI has worked on over 2000 productions.

    Hart Entertainment Inc: Co President with brother David Hart. “Amusement solutions for special events”. Hart Entertainment owns and operates a large inventory and selection of interactive sports and participation equipment including. Rock climbing walls, mechanical bulls, obstacle courses, giant slides, Inflatables, digital photo booths. Arcade games, casino equipment and much more. Hart Entertainment stages 1000 events a year specializing in company picnics, team building events, corporate holiday parties, non profit fun casinos, school fundays and more.

  • Elise Herzig

    In a career spanning more than 25 years in strategy, change management, venture capital, and communications, Elise has worked with public and private companies, Crown corporations, academic institutions and not-for-profits. As a consultant, among her most significant accomplishments was the turnaround of the McMaster Nuclear Reactor, which had been scheduled for decommissioning. Her work led to the reactor becoming a financially viable operation and the largest global supplier of Iodine-125.

    Elise has a strong commitment to community and has been an active volunteer and Board member in national and regional organizations. Her contributions include the development of governance and growth strategies, communications and corporate restructuring.

    Elise received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University and a Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business.


  • Ron Inger

    Ron Inger is Director, Asset Management at Adgar Investments & Development. He has over 10 years of commercial real estate experience and 6 years of project management experience working in Canada, Israel and Eastern Europe. In his role he is responsible for acquisitions / dispositions, asset management, valuations, financing and debt profile management.

    Prior to joining Adgar, Mr. Inger served in different capacities with the NGRK Group with experience in Business Development, venture capital and real estate investments. Ron was also a Project Manager (Captain) in the Israeli Defence Forces, Intelligence Corps.

    Mr. Inger holds a Master of Business Administration specializing in Finance and Marketing from the University of Tel Aviv, a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Computer Science from the Bar-Ilan University as well as completed the Global Consulting Program at the University of Pennsylvania – Wharton Business School.

  • Adam B. Kahan

    Adam Kahan is the President of ABK Associates Inc. a consulting company based in Toronto. He was Vice President, University Advancement at Ryerson University from April 2003 until December 2015. In this position, he led the re-branding of the University, and led fund raising realizing over $300 million.  Prior to joining Ryerson, he was the President and Founder of ABK Associates, Inc. a Management Consulting firm based in New York with clients across the not-for-profit sector including museums, hospitals, cultural centers, schools and both national and international organizations. Mr. Kahan was the Executive Vice President of the American Friends of Hebrew University and before that the Chief Operating Office of the United Jewish Appeal of greater New York.  Mr. Kahan has held key leadership positions in organizations in South Africa, Israel, the United Kingdom, the USA and Canada.

    Under his leadership over $3.8 billion was raised in a variety of campaigns including capital, annual, endowment, planned giving and special projects. In addition to leading fund raising campaigns, Mr. Kahan has also designed and implemented strategic planning, marketing and communications projects, board development and training, leadership development and training and branding and alumni relations programs. Mr. Kahan received his Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and Masters Studies in Communications at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Mr. Kahan is married with two children, a married daughter and married son and the grandfather of five grandsons.

  • Baron Manett

    Baron Manett is Director of Strategy & Client Services with Toronto-based Myriad Marketing Inc., and has ten years’ experience designing creative events, marketing and communication activities for clients like Future Shop, the Royal Ontario Museum, the City of Toronto, Canon Canada, Paramount Entertainment, and ClaimSecure. Baron Manett holds a Master of Business Administration, and is a Graduate inCultural Management from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

  • Larry W. Rich

    With over 50 years of experience as a partner, Larry W. Rich has worked extensively with not-for-profits and entrepreneurial clients to achieve their goals. A published author, he has presented on topics such as the Family Law Act and Accountants’ Liability.  Larry has been called upon to serve as an expert witness and has been appointed as a consultant in various civil actions. He is  a CPA, CA, having earned his designation in 1965 and has completed the Academy of Family Mediators program.

    Larry is currently a Fellow and committee member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. He is a member of the Academy of Family Mediators. He is the Chair of Family Enterprises Interest Group of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. He is the Treasurer and Board Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners as well as a Board Member of Beth Sholom Synagogue.

  • Stacy Rosen

    As a derivatives, financial products, and risk management specialist, Ms. Rosen has been working in the finance industry for over 20 years. She has diverse experience as a professional trader, market-maker, risk manager, structurer and strategic financial consultant.

    Beginning in 1992 and spanning 16 years, Ms. Rosen held progressively more senior roles at both Scotiabank and Citibank in Toronto and London, England. Her jobs have included Director and Head of USD Interest Rate Swap Derivatives Trading, Director New Business Initiatives, and latterly, Director of Derivatives Structuring and Sales.

    Following her work in bulge-bracket banks, in 2009 Ms. Rosen founded Sozo Advisors, a financial and management advisory firm focused on delivering strategic, objective, high level management expertise. Her clients include Canadian regulators, fund managers, and small business start-ups.

    Ms. Rosen has a deep commitment to community involvement and has been an advocate and volunteer for local land-use and public environment causes, as well as a mentor to industry professionals. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto and an MBA from INSEAD in France. Ms. Rosen lives in Toronto with her husband and two daughters.

  • Jay Rosenzweig

    Jay Rosenzweig, the founding partner of Rosenzweig & Company, is an expert in designing, building and attracting world class executive leadership teams. He consults to public and private companies including large global corporations; emerging growth to mid-sized businesses; professional service firms; and private equity and venture capital firms.

    Jay is currently invested in and advising over 30 frontier technology businesses predominately across California, New York and Ontario. He serves as a Strategic Partner globally to the Chief Digital Officer Club & Summit, which he brought to Canada for the first time in 2017.  

    Jay is a champion of the cause of gender equality. He has been actively advocating on behalf of woman for decades, including through his Rosenzweig Report on the Status of Women, and has invested in several prominent and successful female founded businesses.

    Jay, a lawyer by background, earned three degrees at McGill University: Philosophy, Civil Law, and Common Law. In addition, he completed Roger Fisher’s Negotiation Program at Harvard Law School.

    Jay is active in many social causes. He is on the Board of Directors of Nobel Peace Prize nominee Irwin Cotler’s Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights. He is on the Board of Governors of Mount Sinai Hospital, where he is Co-Chair of the Breast Cancer Cabinet. He is on the Board of CJPAC. He is on the Board of UJA Genesis Centre for Innovation, where he focuses on nurturing emerging initiatives, providing career mentorship, and supporting innovation. He proudly served on the Board of One Young World 2016, the premier global forum for young leaders under 30.

  • Ruben Shiffman

    Dr. Ruben Shiffman, BBA, MBA, PhD., serves as the Managing Director at Norvista Resources Corporation. Dr. Shiffman served as a Managing Director of Emerging Markets trading globally at Scotia Capital in Toronto, Canada from 2005 to 2009, and worked at Scotia in Mexico City from 1999 to 2002. Prior to joining Scotia in Toronto, he served as a Vice President/Director for Latin America and Caribbean trading and sales at TD Securities. He was the Co-Founder of Calvista Gold Corporation.

    He serves as a Director of the Securities Bureau at the Mexican Banking and Securities Commission/Ministry of Finance, where he represented Mexico at the Bank for International Settlements in Basle and on the International Organization of Securities Commissions. He has been the Executive Chairman of Greenland Resources Inc. since June 9, 2014. He served as Executive Chairman of Calvista Gold Corporation from 2010 to 2012. He served as the Vice Chairman of Calvista Gold Corporation since 2010 to September 21, 2011. He has been Director of Calvista Gold Corporation since 2010. He served as a Director of Solvista Gold Corporation from April 2011 to August 21, 2012. He served as Director of derivatives trading at Scotiabank from 1999 to 2002.

    He serves as a Lecturer in Finance at the University of Calgary and UNAM and holds two national research awards in Mexico (1997 IMEF and ANFECA). He serves as the Chairman of Advisory Committee of Oremex Resources Inc. Dr. Shiffman holds a BBA and M.B.A. from UDLA, a Ph.D. in Finance from Mexico National Autonomous University (UNAM), and Post-Doctoral studies from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

  • Jeff Wagman

    A graduate of the University of Waterloo, (B.A. Economics, 1979) Jeff has worked in the financial industry for over 30 years, beginning as a Foreign Exchange and Money Market Trader for a variety of major international banks. In 1986, Jeff became a Financial Advisor with a major Canadian investment brokerage firm. Over the past 26 years Jeff has successfully completed many securities industry examinations leading to his current designations as a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute and Canadian Investment Manager. As well, Jeff has been an instructor for the Intelligent Investing series of seminars for the Investor Learning Centre from 1997 until 2001. The Investor Learning Centre was a not-for-profit, public educational organization sponsored by the Canadian Securities Institute. In 1998, Jeff became on of five Ontario semi-finalists for the coveted I.D.A. Distinction Award sponsored by the Investment Dealers Association of Canada, now known as IIROC.

    Jeff is married to Annalee and they have three grown children (Eric 27, Elizabeth 25 and Stephanie 23). Jeff is very involved in the Jewish community and currently is Treasurer, Harold Green Jewish Theatre and Past Board Chair, BBYO Toronto.

  • Avi Weisman

    Avi is a corporate and commercial lawyer with expertise in digital media, e-commerce cybersecurity, and marketing. At Caravel, Avi works with clients in different industries, on a broad range of matters, including but not limited to technology, advertising and marketing, licensing and other intellectual property matters, cyber security, digital media, and employment law related matters. Avi has developed extensive knowledge and expertise having worked within both large institutional companies, as well as successful entrepreneurial “start-ups”.

    Avi is also an Adjunct Professor at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management, where he has been teaching Business Law since 2010. Moreover, Avi has Board experience having worked as an Advisory Board Member of Cycura Inc, a leading global Cyber Security, Incident Response, and Data Forensic company. Avi has been invited to speak as several high-profile Legal Conferences on the topic, including recently speaking on a panel at LegalTech in NYC.

  • Stephen Adler, Executive Director

    Stephen comes to CFTAU with more than 10 years of experience as a fundraising and communications professional; philanthropic advisor, and senior administrator in the not for profit sector. Stephen has had increasingly senior and significant roles in the not-for-profit sector with Reena Foundation, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario and most recently the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, where he collaborated with a diverse group of donors and volunteers to provide support to the $60million end MS Campaign and other Society initiatives in Ontario and across Canada.

    Stephen holds a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Ottawa, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Corporate Communications from Centennial College and a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from Indiana University, The Center on Philanthropy. In 2013 Stephen was named one of ShalomLife’s Top 20 Under 40 and in 2010, Stephen was nominated as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40™. Stephen lives in Toronto with his wife Marnie, a television executive, and their two children.

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Leadership Team – Ottawa, Quebec and Atlantic Canada

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  • Myer Bick

    Since 2001, Myer Bick has held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish General Hospital Foundation.

    Mr. Bick, born and educated in Montreal, holds both a B.A. and B.C.L. from McGill University. His work experience extends from being the National Program Director of the Canadian Zionist Federation and National Executive Director of the Canada Israel Committee, President of Carodan Consultants and Managing Partner of Spatches Inc., to his most recent prior position of Vice-President, Management and Operations, Canpro Investments Ltd., an international real estate development firm.

    He has devoted much of his time to community service, having served as a member on the Board of Directors of the Canada Israel Foundation for Academic Exchanges,  Solomon Schecter Academy, United Talmud Torahs of Montreal, Canada Israel Committee, Camp Massad, Shaare Zedek Congregation, and Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of Tel Aviv University.

  • Claire Dalfen

    Claire Dalfen has worked with elementary school children as a teacher and as a librarian. She also was Director of Communications and Publications for the Canadian Pulp and Paper Association, a national trade group.  For some 10 years after that, she operated a small communications practice that provided writing and editing services to industry and non-profit organizations. Claire’s community activities have been in support of Montreal’s Federation CJA Partnership 2000, The Jewish National Fund, Hillel, Auberge Shalom and presently Vice President of Canadian Friends of Tel Aviv University.

  • Annie Kenane

    Annie Kenane was born in Israel and moved to France at the age of sixteen.  Later she settled in Israel, spending a year at Kibbutz Galon in order to learn Hebrew.  She graduated from high school, obtaining her Bagrut, which is a prerequisite for higher education.  Subsequently, she earned a LL.B degree from Hebrew University in 1974.   She then spent a year practicing social work in Israel.  In 1975 – 76 she studied at the prestigious Université de Paris – Sorbonne.

    She immigrated to Canada in 1976.  For the next two years, she taught at the Collège Français in Montréal.  During the following two years she studied at the Université de Montréal, where she obtained her second law degree.

    She became a member of the Québec Bar in 1980, having articled at the law office of de Grandpré Colas.  She soon opened her own legal office, where she practiced immigration law until 2014.  Recently, Annie left the practice of law and has a very successful career in real estate.

    She is an active board member of Canadian Friends of Tel Aviv University and regularly attends the yearly Board of Governors’ meetings in Tel Aviv.

  • Herbert Marx

    The Honourable Herbert Marx is a graduate of Concordia University (B.A. 1958), Université de Montréal (M.A. English Literature, 1962;  (LL.L., 1967) and Harvard Law School (LL.M., 1969). Between 1969 –1979 he taught law at the Université de Montréal.  Moreover, he was a Commissioner of the Quebec Human Rights Commission and a member of the Consultative Commission of the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations at Queen’s University.

    In 1979 he was elected to the Quebec National Assembly from the riding of D’Arcy McGee and was re-elected in 1981 and 1985.  He was Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Quebec (l985 – 1988). In 1989 he was appointed a Justice of the Quebec Superior Court and took mandatory retirement in 2007.

    As well, he is active in a number of non-governmental organizations:  Co-Chair of ICAN, International Community Action Network – McGill University; Governor of Tel Aviv University, former President of CFTAU; Honorary President and Board Member of the Association of Canadian Studies; Member of the Board of  CIJA, The Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs, Montreal.

    He is the author of a number of books and many articles on constitutional law, civil liberties and poverty law.

  • Barbara Seal

    Barbara Seal, C.M. enjoys a distinguished career in public and community spheres. She has worked tirelessly on behalf of countless worthy causes ranging from the Arts to cancer research. She served as municipal councillor for the City of Hampstead and was responsible for introducing innovative policies and programs. She has sat on the Board of Directors of Place des Arts, the Arts Council of the Montreal Urban Community, Théâtre Espace Go and the National Forum on climate change. She was Vice-President in charge of the Canada Day Celebrations for Québec, and Québec President for the Canada Day Poster Challenge. She presently sits on the Board of the National Arts Centre (Ottawa), the Segal Centre for Performing Arts, the Advisory Board at the McGill School of Continuing Studies, for the Governors of Tel Aviv University, and as National President of Canadian Friends of Tel Aviv University.

    Barbara Seal has been widely recognized in Canada for her outstanding contributions in helping to make our world a better one and has been honoured with numerous awards. Among these are the Golda Meir Award, Grande Dame of Montreal, the Jerusalem 3000 Medal, Canadian Parks and Recreational Association Award, and the Canadian Cancer Society Award. In addition, she holds the distinction of having been chosen as one of 125 Canadian volunteers to receive the Governor General’s Special Edition Plaque, as well as the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal. The University has bestowed upon her its President’s Medal and an Honorary Doctorate.

    She is the recipient of the Médaille des Arts et Métiers from the Carrefour des Communautés du Québec, for her outstanding work as a citizenship judge and her devotion to community and intercultural rapprochement.

    In recognition of her outstanding contribution to Canada in 1993, Judge Barbara Seal was awarded Canada’s highest honour, the Order of Canada.

    She was appointed a Citizenship Judge in 1997 and served in this capacity for 12 years across Canada and particularly in the Montreal area. She continues to devote much time and effort in visiting schools, communities and municipalities promoting Canadian citizenship. She acted as interim chief Judge of the Court of Citizenship of Canada and, though now retired, she still conducts major citizenship ceremonies. She maintains a scholarship fund which assists students at Tel Aviv University. In 2013, a research floor was named for her and her husband at the Tel Aviv Law Faculty.


  • Donald Seal (z''l)

    Me Donald W. Seal, Q.C., was an active practising attorney, senior partner, in the law firm Seal Seidman, G.P. He retired as Municipal Court Judge after presiding for 15 years in courts in and about Montreal, sitting principally in Hampstead and Côte Saint-Luc, as well as in Châteauguay, Delson, Saint-Constant, Dollard and elsewhere; he was Chairman of the Board of Sportscene Restaurants Inc. in the years 1993 and 1994; he graduated from McGill University with a BCL in 1954 and was received at the Bar in 1955; he was named the Queen’s Counsel in 1974; he received an honorary doctorate from Tel Aviv University in 2011 for his achievements. He and his wife dedicated a research floor in the Law Faculty at Tel Aviv University in 2013.

    Mr. Seal has pleaded successfully on many occasions before the Supreme Court of Canada and in a landmark decision established the principles of estoppel “fin de non recevoir”, good faith and equity in contractual matters in the law of Quebec.

    He was a member of the Board of numerous private and public companies and served as a Trustee of the Jewish General Hospital. Mr. Seal was active in community, social and charitable organizations and served as a Governor of Tel Aviv University and a Director of Canadian Friends of Tel Aviv University and as its legal counsel.

    In 2011, TAU awarded Seal an honorary doctorate in recognition of his support.

    Sadly Donald Seal died Oct. 12, 2016 at age 87.

  • Gerald Soiferman

    Gerald Soiferman is a Past President of CFTAU Montreal and has been a member of its executive for many years. An architect by profession, he graduated from McGill University with a B. Arch. in 1963. He was managing partner of his firm, Fichten Soiferman et Associés, Architectes, for over 30 years and has played an important role in the design and realization of a variety of prominent projects for the public and private sectors. He is a recent Past President of the Jewish Public Library and has been involved in a number of other community endeavors over the years. Gerald is married to Soryl Pofelis, a former college teacher and an active member of the CFTAU Board.

  • Alan Stein

    Alan M. Stein is a senior partner and associate at the law firm Stein & Stein since 1961. He specializes in the areas of human rights as well as all aspects of civil and commercial litigation and family and administrative law. His personal involvement and passion for his work is always appreciated by his clients. As well, he is known by his colleagues as a talented and experienced lawyer specializing in litigation who has pleaded on many occasions before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Quebec Court of Appeal, the Federal Courts and the Tribunal des Professions.

    He also taught civil procedure for many years at the Faculty of Law at McGill University.

    In addition, he was involved in his community for many years by participating actively in many organizations such as Co-President of the Youth Division of Combined Jewish Appeal and United Israel Appeal and President of Canadian Friends of Tel Aviv University. He was a Director of the Maimonides Geriatric Centre Foundation. In 2002-2003 he served as President of the Bar Association of Montreal acting also as a representative  on the Quebec Bar Council . In addition, he was  a member of the Liaison Committee of the Montreal Bar Association with the Quebec Court of Appeal and with the Superior Court.

    Moreover, he served on the Disciplinary Committee of the Quebec Bar Association and on the Ad Hoc Committee for the integration of English Justice before the Bar of Quebec and has served as Governor of the Quebec Bar Foundation and sits on the Foundation’s Finance Committee.  As President of the Montreal Bar Association he created an ad hoc committee on costs and he and the other members of the committee received the Merit of the Bar of Montreal. He has also served as President of the Lord Reading Law Society and is currently a Director on its Executive Committee.

    His interests beyond the practice of law are politics, photography, skiing and golf.

  • (Mr.) Sharon J. Fraenkel, Executive Director

    Sharon J. Fraenkel is the Executive Director of Canadian Friends of Tel Aviv University for Ottawa, Quebec and Atlantic Provinces. He is headquartered at the Montreal office.

    An effective leader with international experience at an executive level in hospitality, events, financial resource development and volunteer management, Sharon is a strong communicator who leads by encouraging through enthusiasm, instilling confidence and trust. He seeks input and values diversity of perspectives. His exceptional networking aptitude earned him a reputation of integrity and a proven track record for building and maintaining positive relationships.

    Sharon joined Concordia University in 2005, where he remained for nearly a decade with the university’s friend- and fundraising arm.  Promoted twice during his tenure, culminating to the position of Director, Alumni Relations, Events and Sponsorships, he acted as the official liaison with the Office of the President, Senior Administrators, the Board of Governors and different Concordia Student Unions on related matters, and thus was fortunate to work collaboratively with and among many talented and diverse individuals; professionals, academics, students and volunteers alike.

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Chapter Ottawa

Richard Zuker

Email: richardzuker@sympatico.ca


Richard (Dick) Zuker’s professional life involved work in economics and public finance, domestically and internationally, for the federal government and as a consultant. Much of his work was devoted to improving financial and intergovernmental arrangements between the federal government and Indigenous governments and organizations in Canada.

During his over forty years in Ottawa, he served as Finance Chairman at Temple Israel for many years and chaired the Community Panel on Jewish Education. He served as President, and continues as a member of the Board and Finance Committee Chair, of Tamir, a Jewish Agency serving developmentally disabled people; and is a Board member of AJA50plus, a Jewish organization providing a range of educational and entertainment programs for seniors.

Dick and Marcia, a retired hospital social worker, have been married for 48 years. They have a son, who is a lawyer for the federal government, and a daughter, who is a rabbi and recently returned to Ottawa, with her two young sons, to work at the new Congregation Kehilat Beth Israel.

Dick highly values education and is a strong supporter of Israel.

“I am looking forward to working with other like-minded individuals to form the Ottawa Chapter of Canadian Friends of Tel Aviv University, one of the best universities in the world.”

Chapter Halifax

Marina Brin RA, BN

Email: maribri80@gmail.com


Marina has been working as a nurse for more then 5 years. She has have an experience for more then 2 years as a paediatric nurse in a paediatric intensive care and an experience for 2 years in Paediatric Emergency Department. In addition, She has a one year experience as an operation room nurse.

She has a strong ability of analyzing and interpreting dynamics of patients and situations and acting accordingly. She has very good time management and planning skills and the ability to work with various cultural and ethnic groups and is able to work in a team.

“Moreover, I enjoy my job, I like to see children feel better and get well; I get excited when I see light in their eyes, and I enjoy communicating with their families.”

Marina has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing Science from Tel Aviv University (2005-2009). Currently she is working towards to get the Canadian RN licence.


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 TAU has set a goal to create a better and healthier world, help make that goal a reality!

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TAU has also set a goal to create a better and healthier world, investing significant resources into building new laboratories, recruiting young researchers from top institutions such as Harvard and the NIH, and awarding fellowships to its most talented master’s and doctoral students. TAU is also a leader in narrowing the gap between rich and poor in Israel by providing social programs that give qualified students from disadvantaged backgrounds the financial and academic support to succeed. Canadian Friends of Tel Aviv University is committed to assisting TAU with its goals.

Volunteer! We need you!

Volunteer! We need you!

With a little of you time and talent, we can do a lot for Tel Aviv Unversity!

Become a part of our great community! Stay in touch! Support us on events, volunteering options, share your ideas! Canadian Friends of Tel Aviv University can’t continue to grow and flourish without the help of people like you.

We draw our strength from the energy, commitment, and diverse skills of our dedicated volunteers — from those helping to plan a one-time-only activity to those governing on our Board of Directors or the board of one of TAU’s faculties.

If you’d like to get more involved, please let us know by emailing info@cftau.ca. We’ll find engaging and rewarding opportunities to match your schedule and your special interests.

We look forward to working with you!


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