Mount Carmel Dinner - May 1, 2016
Robert Lantos receives honorary doctorate degree from the University of Haifa

Lantos produced such critically acclaimed films as the Oscar-nominated Being Julia, Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominated, Barney’s Version, Golden Globe nominee Sunshine, and Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated Eastern Promises. He also received the Canadian Academy’s Best Picture Award for Black Robe, The Sweet Hereafter, Sunshine and Ararat.

In a powerful, moving and inspiring speech to 550 guests gathered at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto, Hungarian-born, Lantos, addressed current attitudes towards Israel, comparing pre-war Hungary to modern day Jew hatred.

University of Haifa President Amos Shapira, and Vice President for Development and External Relations, Yariv Sultan, presented the Honorary Doctorate degree to Lantos. Heather Reisman delivered a warm tribute to Lantos and Simcha Jacobovici and Gerry Schwartz performed the“hooding”. Also participating in the program, were Canadian Friends President, Dr. Arnie Aberman and Dinner Patron, Tony Comper.

Robert’s children, producer Ari Lantos and stills photographer, Sabrina Lantos, attended the event, together with leaders from the Toronto community and guests from the entertainment world including Honorary Tribute Chair, celebrated Canadian filmmaker, Atom Egoyan.

Dinner proceeds  established “The Robert Lantos Scholarship Fund” for students enrolled in the University’s Israel advocacy program,
“Ambassadors Online”.

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Dr. Arnie Aberman Receives Honorary Doctorate Degree at
2015 Mount Carmel Dinner

On Sunday, April 19, the Canadian Room at The Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto, was filled with 650 guests paying tribute to Dr. Arnie Aberman. Arnie received the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (honoris causa) from the University of Haifa in recognition of his lifetime contribution to Canadian medicine, his support of the State of Israel, and his outstanding efforts on behalf of the University of Haifa and its Canadian Friends.

Extended applause and a standing ovation followed the conferment of the Honorary Doctorate degree by University President,
Amos Shapira and Rector, Prof. David Faraggi.  Assisting with the hooding was Honorary Dinner Chair, Dr. Lou Siminovitch and Tribute Chair,  Tony Comper.

Dr. Michael Baker
delivered a warm tribute to Arnie who responded with a moving and inspiring speech.

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