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Welcome Message from the National President,
Gary Fine
Dear Friends,

David Ben Gurion once said "In Israel, in order to be a realist, you must believe in miracles!" In my estimation, Ben Gurion University is not only the embodiment of the first Prime Minister of Israel’s dream of developing the Negev Desert, but is also the realization of a miracle. With scant resources except for an abundance of determination, the University was founded in 1968, practically in the middle of nowhere. Beersheva at that point in time, was a town in the desert trying to 'make a go of it' by absorbing new immigrants from North Africa and other poor countries. Today, Beersheva, as the capital city of the Negev, has a population of over 200,000 and is truly a modern day oasis. Within this oasis, sits the fastest growing university in Israel, Ben Gurion University, with a student population of almost 21,000 that is increasing each and every year.

I am so proud to have been elected to serve as the National President of the Canadian Associates of Ben Gurion University. Our organization in Canada was established in 1973 to help raise both money and awareness for what has become Israel’s most preferred university, as continually voted by all the students of Israel. I really see our mission here as a very proud one, representing the highest level of research and scientific innovations in the world. With volunteers and benefactors across Canada, we know that we will continue to raise much needed money for scholarships, cutting edge research and a commitment to social justice in Beersheva and Israel.

Please join us either as a financial supporter or as an 'activist' in helping us make the Canadian public aware that we are truly The Jewel in the Crown of Israel’s world class academic institutions.


Gary Fine
National President
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