Mount Carmel Dinner - October 22, 2017
Avi Benlolo and Dr. Peter Rosenbaum honoured by University of Haifa

More than 550 guests filled the Canadian Room at The Fairmont Royal York on October 22nd, to pay tribute to Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center's President and CEO, Avi Benlolo. and Professor of Pediatrics at McMaster University, Dr. Peter Rosenbaum.

Avi was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate degree in recognition of his leadership as a prominent human rights activist and his accomplishments in Holocaust education and combating antisemitism. Peter received the Carmel Award of Merit in recognition of his lifetime achievements in childhood disabilities research.

Chairman of the University of Haifa's Executive Committee, Mooly Eden, and Vice President for External Relations & Resource Development, Dr. Dan Tchernov, presented the awards. Participating in the academic procession were Dr. Arnie Aberman, President of Canadian Friends of Haifa University; Tony Comper, Life Member of the University's 8oard of Governors and former Honorary Doctorate degree recipient; Prof. Hanan Alexander, Ph.D., Dean of the Faculty of Education; Dr. Gabriel Ronen, Professor of Pediatrics at McMaster University, who delivered the tribute to Dr. Peter Rosenbaum; Hon. Irwin Cotler, who delivered the tribute to Avi Benlolo, and Dr. Peter Rosenbaum. Carmel Award of Merit recipient.

Consul General Galit Baram brought greetings from the State of Israel and David Cynamon acted as master of ceremonies for the evening.

Mooly Eden entertained the guests with an amusing and informative presentation on little known facts about the University and its new direction. As Israel's first multiversity, the multi-campus expansion, which will include the Ort Braude College of Engineering and the NB Haifa School of Design (WIZO). will provide a world-class education in a wide range of subjects including health sciences and STEM.

In his acceptance speech, Avi 8enlolo spoke about his commitment to the Jewish community: "Our responsibility - our place in this world as a people - is to warn humanity about the consequence of conflict and hate" said Benlolo after outlining how studies have shown that one billion people harbour antisemitic views. "We have earned the legitimacy and moral right to speak out; and we must grow our tent to include everyone who believes in civil rights, freedom and democracy - core principles in Judaism."

Dr. Peter Rosenbaum addressed three themes relating to childhood learning disabilities: learning about his field; the larger canvas of human experience, and approaches to all aspects of childhood disability. He noted: "There is a recognition, at long last, of the roles and expertise of so-called 'patients' (and in our field parents and families) - with the expectation that we engage in partnerships and address their issues in the context of their values ... This is both challenging and remarkably liberating!"

Proceeds from the event  established the "Avi Benlolo Scholarship Fund in National Security Studies".

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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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