benefiting the

Canada Fund to Advance Brain Research at BGU

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featuring Emmy & Golden Globe nominated Israeli actress


with greetings from Professor Daniel Chamovitz, President,
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
and moderated by Senator Linda Frum

CABGU National Virtual Gala 2021 Event Chairs

Montreal: Gail Palevsky
Ottawa: Natalie Stern & Sussanah Dalfen
Toronto: Tamara Fine & Naomi Oelbaum
Vancouver: Adrian Cantwell & Shula Klinger
Winnipeg: Aaron Migie

Fundraising Committee Members

Montreal:Jack Altman, Eric Bissell, Naomi Bissell, Peggi Cohen-Rabinovitch, Reuben Croll, Gordon Echenberg, Robert Elman, Carl Frymel, Leanne Gur-Esh, Arthur Levine, Janis Levine, Richard Levy, Morty Lober, Gurit Lotan, Arnold Ludwick, Toby Morantz, Larry Nachshen, Orly Nahmias, Allen Quallenberg, Ofer Yifrach-Stav, Richard Vineberg

Toronto: Eric Beutel, David Dulberg, Ronda Goldberg, Elliot Kohn, Mitchell Oelbaum, Susan Rose, Ronen Schuster, Ralph Shepherd, Michael Spigelman

Vancouver: Jay Eidelman, Rachelle Delaney

Winnipeg: Amy Brawerman, Ari Floom, Daniel Moscovitch, David Davis, Debbie Estein, Diandra Etkin, Elliot Olin, Gayle Charach, Marsha Palansky, Maury Steindel

An ‘Unorthodox’ National Virtual Gala for Brain Research presented by the Oelbaum Family will raise money for the newly created Canada Fund to Advance Brain Research at BGU. The fund supports research at the Zlotowski Centre for Neuroscience related to neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, ALS, Epilepsy and Stroke.

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Shira Haas,
Award winning Israeli actress

Rising star Shira Haas was recently nominated for Golden Globe and Emmy awards for her role as Esty in Netflix’s hugely popular mini-series UNORTHODOX (2020). She currently stars in the standout role of Ruchami on the international popular hit series SHTISEL, which just returned to Netflix for a third season. Haas will soon go into production on the highly anticipated limited series “Lioness.” Produced by Barbara Streisand, the series tells the story of Golda Meir and her rise to becoming Israel’s prime minister. This June, Haas will be seen as the star of ASIA, an Israeli feature for which she recently won an Ophir (the Israeli Academy Award) for Best Supporting actress as well as Best Actress in an International Narrative Feature at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival. On the big screen, Haas co-starred opposite Jessica Chastain in Niki Caro’s 2017 film THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE and appeared in Natalie Portman’s A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS.

Professor Daniel Chamovitz,
President, BGU

Professor Daniel A. Chamovitz, Ph.D. was elected President of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in August, 2018. Professor Chamovitz is a native of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. He studied at both Columbia University in New York City and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he obtained a Ph.D. in genetics. Professor Chamovitz is an internationally recognized activist promoting plant sciences and their contribution to feeding the growing world population.

The Honourable Linda Frum,

The Honourable Linda Frum was appointed to the Senate of Canada in 2009. She is a member of the Conservative Senate Caucus and is the former Conservative Senate Caucus Chair. She currently sits on the Committee of Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament and the standing Committee for the Library of Parliament. Senator Frum successfully introduced the Canadian Jewish Heritage Month Act (Bill S-232) which designates the month of May as an officially recognized month to honour the contributions of Canada’s Jewish community. We are thrilled that Senator Frum has accepted the role of Moderator!

Ben-Gurion University

Through creative thinking, a commitment to excellence and a desire to innovate and transform, BGU is breaking down traditional barriers and creating a dynamic learning environment. BGU hosts 21,000 students at its three campuses in Be’er Sheva, Sde Boker and Eilat and serves as a bridge between academia and industry, between Israel and the developing world. The university has 61 interdisciplinary research centres and 51 academic departments and units. BGU has been voted Israel’s top place to study by the Israeli Union of Undergraduate Students for 6 years running.

Canadian Associates of Ben-Gurion University

CABGU is a not-for-profit organization focused on sustaining the vision of David Ben-Gurion – a vision for creating a world-class institution of higher education and research in Israel’s Negev desert. CABGU’s main function is to raise funds for and awareness about Israel’s Nation Building University, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU).

July 7th, 2021 | 5:45 pm ET | 4:45 pm CT | 2:45 pm PT