Royal Bank invests $2 million in Negev high-tech hub

Nova Scotia - Dalhousie, Ben Gurion University collaborate on brain, spine research

Dalhousie University in Halifax and Ben Gurion University (BGU) in Be’er Sheva have announced a “trailblazing research relationship” to help find answers to the complexities of the brain and spinal cord. Six professors and researchers from BGU, along with Dan Blumberg, the university’s vice-president and dean for research and development, were in Halifax on Nov. 16, to announce the collaborative effort with their counterparts from Dalhousie.
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Montreal - an evening with Bill Browder

A sellout crowd of more than 500 people was enthralled by Bill Browder’s account of the events stemming from his business dealings in Russia – the murder of his lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, the subsequent adoption of the Magnitsky Act in the United States, Canada, Great Britain and many other countries, and his personal commitment to enforcing sanctions against those who violate human rights.

Well-known Canadian journalist Jonathan Kay moderated a discussion between Browder and The Hon. Irwin Cotler, Canada’s former Minister of Justice, current Chair of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights and Browder’s partner in the establishment of the Magnitsky Act in Canada. Among Cotler’s many accolades is an honorary doctorate from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, conferred in 2016.

CABGU would like to thank the generous sponsors of this very special event, which raised funds for doctoral scholarships in Human Rights Studies at the Pinchas Sapir Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences at BGU.

“Ben-Gurion” Level:

Larry & Margaret Nachshen
Crowe BGK
Felicia & Arnold Aaron Foundation
Dym Family Foundation

“Beer-sheva” Level:

Bissell Family Foundation
Reuben Croll
Gordon & Penny Echenberg
Robert Elman
Roslyn Plotnick Margles
Dundy & Lyon Sachs
Sandra & Allen Quallenberg
Marilyn Takefman
N & J Richer Foundation
Dorel Industries
Robert Raich & Marlene Gilfix-Raich
Maimonides Hospital Foundation

“Sde Boker Campus” Level:

Mark & Edna Mendelson & Family
Cheryl & Richard Levy
Miriam Fertsman
Scotia McLeod/Robert Moore

“Eilat Campus” Level:

Brenda & Sam Gewurz
The Morris & Rosalind Goodman Family Foundation
Alta & Harvey Levenson
Black Lantern Holdings
Peggi Cohen & Dr. Mark Rabinovitch
Leesa Steinberg
Bill Lassner
Anthony Croll
Joseph Gurandiano
Future Electronics
Leslie Beck
Mitzi & Mel Dobrin Family Foundation
Judith & John Lechter Foundation
Peter Fraenkel
Gerald Kandestin
SCP Science
The Henry & Berenice Kaufmann Foundation
Barbara & Melvin Schloss
Aaron Drazin

A private dinner was held on April 28 in recognition of top-tier event sponsors – for photos please click here.

To visit the Evening with Bill Browder photo gallery please click here.

Read more about Bill Browder here and here.

Photo credits: Howard Kay

Winnipeg - Research Without Borders

Research Without Borders: Health has no Borders… And Research is Limitless
As leading research institutions, St. Boniface Hospital and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have established that knowledge serves us better when transferred and combined by collaboration.
Our researchers are working towards the same end goal – to change the face of health care as we know it, and to overcome today’s most debilitating diseases and conditions.
Two heads are most certainly better than one, and our areas of research expertise complement each other. It will be the sharing of ideas that enables us to make advancements faster and with resources that span over oceans.

With a thriving and active Jewish community in Winnipeg, and a distinct link to our heritage at St. Boniface Hospital, we would like to bring our communities together to support collaborative research initiatives and have several areas of commonality.

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Vancouver - 6th Annual BBQ

In a ceremony at its 6th Annual BBQ, CABGU BC-Alberta recognized Past President and National Board member Mark Zlotnik for his lifelong community leadership. A pottery oil lamp, a genuine antiquity from the Byzantine period, crafted between 330-640 CE, was presented to Mark and his wife Laurie with the inscription:

On the occasion of Israel’s 70th birthday with heartfelt thanks for your many years of leadership and dedication to CABGU

Beyond CABGU, Mark is well known in Metro Vancouver and nationally for his decades of community leadership to ensure that services and resources are available for young people and seniors alike. Mark has chaired the boards of King David High School, Louis Brier Home and Hospital Foundation, Haro Park Centre, B’nai Brith Men’s Association, The Y Endowment, ZLC Foundation’s charity golf tournament – all of this in addition to a full-time career in financial leadership at ZLC.

The BBQ was hosted by BGU World Board of Governors member Regina Boxer, who presented the award together with Mark Mendelson, CEO, Si Brown, Regional President and David Berson, Executive Director.

A short talk was delivered by BGU Professor Tal Svoray following testimonies by Ephraim Nowak, NSERC scholarship intern in mechanical engineering at UBC Okanagan, and Windsor high school student Vivian Osiek, who described her recent visit to BGU.

Vancouver - Alzheimer’s, Dementia and You 

CABGU’s Alzheimer’s, Dementia and You event held on June 5 featured a star-studded panel of experts and a world-class moderator.

The presentation and panel discussion provided insights to both those seeking information and those seeking support.

Dr. Deborah Toiber of Ben-Gurion University’s Department of Life Sciences, described her unique approach to viewing neurodegenerative aging as the key factor in understanding diseases like Alzheimer’s. She captured the crowd with her brilliance and enthusiasm!

The panel represented a wealth of experience with SFU’s Professor Emerita, Dr. Gloria Gutman, skillfully navigating among the participants.

Dr.  Janet Kushner Kow, a geriatrician associated with Providence Health Care and UBC, answered questions from the medical perspective. Laura Feldman, with ten years of grassroots experience at the Alzheimer Society of BC, spoke eloquently about the need to seek knowledge and support. Joanne Haramia recounted how families she has cared for through Jewish Family Services have found it easier to cope when they received support from the community.

People stayed after the event to mingle and talk to the panelists and ask more questions about this very compelling subject.

Event sponsors and partners enjoyed a lovely reception prior to the event, catered by Nava’s Kosher catering. CABGU is grateful for the support of its sponsors: InstaFund, Annie Du and Aeron Evans of National Bank Financial; its co-sponsors: Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver, Jewish Family Services, Louis Brier Home & Hospital and Jewish Seniors Alliance; and for the participation of its community partners: Alzheimer Society of BC and SFU Gerontology Research Centre, as well as its media partner, the Jewish Independent.

Photo credit: Jocelyne Hallé

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