Our Mission

The Canadian Friends of Haifa University (CFHU) strives to raise awareness and funds for the University of Haifa to maintain its outstanding reputation in education, research, and community outreach. CFHU works to build connections and foster relationships between the University, its supporters, alumni, and partnering institutions in Canada.

Most importantly, we seek to support the University of Haifa to achieve all its objectives: to have outstanding academic excellence, attracting and retaining human capital (top scholars, researchers and instructors) as well as having state of the art physical and research infrastructure.

Our Impact

The University of Haifa has been a world-class academic institution for 50 years, renowned in fields such as public health, law, and education. With a diverse student body of 17,000, it is the most pluralistic higher education institution in Israel and the largest research university in northern Israel. The University is preparing for the challenges of the 21st century by expanding its disciplinary profile and focusing on interdisciplinary, problem-based research, and creating new campuses. The expansion will drive positive change in northern Israel, attracting students, faculty, and staff and fostering partnerships, creating jobs and opportunities. With the support of partners and supporters, the University aims to become the most impactful university in Israel in the next decade.

President's Report 2024

Executive Team & Board of Directors

Canadian Friends of Haifa University was founded in 1973 by the late Ray Wolfe.

Board members in the early years included such well-known community leaders as: David Azrieli, Donald Carr, Sam Crystal, Dr. Arnold (Bucky) Epstein, George Cohon, Michael Davis, Mike Feldman and Marvin Sadowski.

Ariel Karabelnicoff

National Executive Director

Ari Kashton


Elham Farah

Vice President

Dr. Arnold Aberman

Vice President

Tony Comper


Ephry Merkur


Canadian Honorary Doctorate Recipients

Over the years, the University has bestowed its highest academic honours on worthy individuals around the world, and Canada has had its share of deserving recipients of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Honoris Causa). 

To see the full list of Honorary Doctorate degrees conferred by the University of Haifa, click here.

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