Volunteer Leadership and Professional Team

Mitchell Oelbaum

MESSAGE FROM THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT

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 1969 practically in the middle of nowhere. Beer-sheva 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, Beer-sheva, as the capital city of the Negev, has a population of over 250,000 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.

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My relationship with Ben-Gurion University goes back many years through my grandparents, who were early founders of this great institution, having become involved in the early 1970’s not too long after its founding, and through my late father Ronald z”l who was president of both the Toronto Chapter and the National Board of Directors, and my mother Annette, who is a member of the current National Board of Directors and Board of Governors. I recall asking my Bar Mitzvah guests to celebrate with me by making donations to a BGU child care facility in 1976, and my own children have continued the tradition by asking their B’nei Mitzvah guests to consider supporting the University.

I am so proud to have been elected to serve as the National President of the Canadian Associates of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. 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 Beer-sheva and Israel.

The unique Advanced Technology Park (ATP) has helped BGU become the Cyber hub of Israel and one of the most important Cyber research centers in the world. Our ATP, started only 4 years ago, now has over 2,000 people working in its three buildings housing some of the most important technology companies of the world.

BGU represents David Ben-Gurion’s dream to see the Negev bloom. It is an integral part of life throughout the Negev, but probably no more so than in Beer-sheva. I am proud to say that the students not only enjoy the number one student experience in Israel, but that they also give back to the country which has done so much for them and their families. BGU students volunteer in the neighborhoods of Beer-sheva and deal with the most dire and vulnerable socio-economic issues. We like to say that a gift of scholarship funds to BGU is a double mitzvah because not only does it help the student recipient get a first-class education, but that student is also going to pay this opportunity forward by helping a child, a family, and even a neighborhood in Beer-sheva.

Here in Canada we are doing our best to support all of these efforts, by encouraging more Canadian students to study at BGU, by making the Canadian community aware of the great things happening at the University and by raising funds to contribute to the future of Ben-Gurion University.

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

Regards,
Mitchell Oelbaum, President
CABGU National

MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Dear Supporters and Friends,

I am thrilled to welcome you all to our new and improved website that will communicate all the exciting things going on at CABGU (Canadian Associates of Ben-Gurion University) and BGU (Ben-Gurion University). I am so proud of the fact that we have made some outstanding and innovative inroads in each of the communities where we have offices. From “Sea to Sea” we are becoming partners with some outstanding regional institutions in joint major fundraising campaigns – such as St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg and Dalhousie University in Halifax. We have just completed a record financial year in Canada and I know that the years to come will only be better.

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I firmly believe that we at CABGU represent Israel’s finest and most dynamic university, Israel’s Nation Building University, and I truly am convinced of the almost ‘holiness’ of our mission: to help raise funds to support the cutting-edge research being conducted at BGU as well as to provide scholarship money for the thousands of students who need it. Please peruse our newly redesigned site and learn about the fascinating areas of scientific research being conducted at BGU. As Israel’s fastest-growing university with over 20,000 students presently enrolled, I know that it’s just a matter of time until Nobel Prize winners will hail from BGU.

I look forward to some exciting events that will be soon taking place across Canada and I hope that you will join us as we promote Israel’s embodiment of David Ben-Gurion’s dream of developing the Negev Desert. Please join us at our annual Board of Governor’s meeting in Beer-sheva or arrange for a visit to our unique campus. May we all continue to go from “strength to strength”.

B’Yedidut rabah,
Mark Mendelson, CEO
CABGU National

Howard Kay
Mark Mendelson
Eric Beutel

MESSAGE FROM THE TORONTO PRESIDENT

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MESSAGE FROM THE MONTREAL PRESIDENT

Shalom!

For over twenty years I have travelled regularly to Israel to visit family. During these years, I have witnessed the miracle of education transforming the Israeli economy, Israeli culture and society as a whole. This transformation is especially true in Beer-sheva, where Ben-Gurion University has spearheaded the development of the entire Negev.

To be part of this remarkable change is my motivation for assuming a leadership role at CABGU.

I invite you to join me in learning about BGU, meeting faculty members and students, participating in CABGU events and, especially, providing support to Israel’s Nation Building University.

Jack Altman, President

CABGU Quebec Region

Jack Altman
Diandra Etkin
Aaron Migie

MESSAGE FROM THE WINNIPEG CO-PRESIDENTS

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MESSAGE FROM THE VANCOUVER PRESIDENT

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Metro Vancouver is the youngest chapter of CABGU, encompassing all of regions BC and Alberta.

I believe that Ben-Gurion University represents the best of modern day pioneering spirit. That spirit has helped build both the University and its place in Israeli society. With cutting-edge research and innovation, community outreach and scholarship programs, BGU has become Israel’s most popular university among undergraduate students for more than 6 years.

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I am pleased to lead Metro Vancouver’s Chapter of this dynamic world-class university that ranked 18th in the top 50 universities under 50 years old.

Together with our local board and our executive director, David Berson, an alumnus of BGU and a seasoned community professional, we are seeking to widen the academic and technological horizons of both British Columbia and Alberta.

Sincerely,

Si Brown, President

CABGU British Columbia-Alberta Region

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PRESIDENT

  • Mitchell Oelbaum, ON

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

  • Mark Mendelson

VICE PRESIDENT

  • Robert Elman, QC

SECRETARY

  • Larry Nachshen, QC

TREASURER

  • Eric Beutel, ON

DIRECTORS

  • Sylvain Abitbol, QC
  • Jack Altman, QC
  • Eric Beutel, ON
  • Regina Boxer, BC
  • Si Brown, BC
  • Sidney Chelsky, ON
  • Nechemia Cohen, BC
  • Reuben Croll, QC
  • Susannah Dalfen, ON
  • David Dulberg, ON
  • Gordon L. Echenberg, QC
  • Jay Eidelman, BC
  • Victor Elias, BC
  • Debbie Estein, MB
  • Diandra Etkin, MB
  • Gary Fine, BC
  • Thomas O. Hecht, QC
  • Elliot Kohn, ON
  • Adam Korbin, BC
  • Lianne Leboff, ON
  • Janis Levine, QC
  • Barry Lipson, ON
  • Morty Lober, QC
  • Aaron Migie, MB
  • Toby Morantz, QC
  • Larry Nachshen, QC
  • Annette Oelbaum, ON
  • Gail Palevsky, QC
  • Peggi Cohen Rabinovitch, QC
  • Ralph Shepherd, ON
  • Michael Spigelman, ON
  • Natalie Stern, ON
  • Mark Zlotnik, BC

 

PAST PRESIDENTS

  • Gary Fine, Immediate Past President and Special Advisor
  • Barry Lipson, ON
  • Sidney Chelsky, ON
  • Rabbi Jordan Pearlson, ON*
  • Ronald Oelbaum, ON*
  • Melvin Zwaig, QC*
  • Gordon L. Echenberg, QC
  • Eric Flanders, QC*
*deceased

STAFF

  • Rhona Veisfeld Modugno, Executive Assistant to the CEO

REGIONAL
BOARDS

TORONTO

PRESIDENT

  • Eric Beutel

EXECUTIVE CABINET

  • David Dulberg
  • Elliot Kohn
  • Mitchell Oelbaum
  • Ralph Shepherd
  • Michael Spigelman

MEMBERS OF THE BOARD

  • Sharyn Costin
  • Claudia Faierman-Shulman
  • Tamara Fine
  • Ronda Goldberg
  • Nuri Katz
  • Eliane Labendz
  • Lander Michael
  • Lianne Leboff
  • Barry Lipson
  • Brian J. Medjuck
  • Josh Morry
  • Naomi Oelbaum
  • Ronnie Ollo
  • Susan Rose
  • Andrea Siegel
  • Laura Wyse

STAFF:

  • Shimmy Wenner, Executive Director, Toronto and Atlantic Provinces
  • Alysse Mathalon, Executive Administrator
WINNIPEG

CO-PRESIDENTS

  • Diandra Etkin
  • Aaron Migie

MEMBERS OF THE BOARD

  • Amy Brawerman
  • Gayle Charach
  • David Davis
  • Debbie Estein
  • Ari Floom
  • Daniel Moscovitch
  • Elliot Olin
  • Marsha Palansky
  • Maury Steindel

PAST PRESIDENTS

  • Dr. Allan Becker
  • Marshall Freed
  • Stephen Freed
  • Jeff Gindin
  • Mark Kantor
  • Erna Kimmel*
  • Paul Leinburd
  • Sidney Spivak* Q.C.
  • Ed Vickar*
  • Marion Vickar*
  • Harry Walsh* Q.C. LLD O.C.
  • Irene Walsh*
  • Sheldon Zamick
*deceased

STAFF:

  • Zach Ostrove, Executive Director
MONTREAL

PRESIDENT

  • Jack Altman

MEMBERS OF THE BOARD

  • Sylvain Abitbol
  • Rachelle Alkallay
  • Trudy Asch
  • Nadine Barchechat
  • Dr. Esther Benezra
  • Eric Bissell
  • Benny Cohen
  • Peggi Cohen-Rabinovitch
  • Reuben Croll
  • Leora Cukier
  • Gordon L. Echenberg
  • Robert Elman
  • Miriam Ferstman
  • Carl Frymel
  • Jennifer Gold
  • Leanne Gur-Esh
  • Arthur Levine
  • Janis L. Levine
  • Richard S. Levy
  • Lois E. Lieff
  • Morty Lober
  • Gurit Lotan
  • Alison Miller
  • Dr. Toby Morantz
  • Fred Moss
  • Larry Nachshen
  • Orly Nahmias
  • Gail Palevsky
  • Allen Quallenberg
  • Nadine Renaud-Tinker
  • Miriam Roland
  • Richard Schnurbach
  • Ethel Smith
  • Dr. Julie Snyders
  • Eva Stelzer
  • Bracha Tritt
  • Richard Vineberg
  • Ofer Yifrach-Stav

PAST PRESIDENTS

  • David Asch*
  • Diane Bronfman*
  • Fran Croll*
  • Gordon L. Echenberg
  • Robert Elman
  • Gerald Feifer*
  • Marvin L. Kwitko, M.D.*
  • Janis L. Levine
  • Lois E. Lieff
  • Dr. Toby Morantz
  • Larry Nachshen
  • Harold Pascal*
  • Cyril Reitman*
  • Miriam Roland
  • Ofer Yifrach-Stav
  • Melvin C. Zwaig*, F.C.A.
*deceased

STAFF

  • Simon Bensimon, Executive Director
  • Rhona Veisfeld Modugno, Executive Assistant
BRITISH COLUMBIA – ALBERTA

PRESIDENT

  • Si Brown

MEMBERS OF THE BOARD

  • Mark Bichin
  • Regina Boxer
  • Adrian Cantwell
  • Nechemia Cohen
  • Rachelle Delaney
  • Dr. Jay Eidelman
  • Aeron Evans
  • Shuli Gortler
  • Murray Isman
  • Eli Joseph
  • Adam Korbin
  • Albert Lo
  • Dr. T. Oberlander
  • Rinat Sneg
  • Martin Thibodeau
  • Noga Zilberberg
  • Mark Zlotnik

PAST PRESIDENTS

  • Victor Elias

STAFF:

  • David Berson, MSW, Executive Director

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