The Mission of
the Canadian Friends of Bar-Ilan University

The Canadian Friends of Bar-Ilan University (CFBIU), working in cooperation with the Global Development Office of Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel, seeks contributions at all levels of giving from individuals, families, foundations and businesses who embrace the university’s mission (unique among Israeli universities) to provide students with high-level educational experiences in an academic environment infused with Jewish values and a love of the State of Israel. Your support furthers the academic programs, research activities, and future growth of the university.

CFBIU maintains a National office in Toronto. Gifts to Canadian Friends of Bar-Ilan University qualify for charitable donation receipts under the guidelines of the Canada Revenue Agency.

CFBIU welcomes your inquiries. If you wish to be regularly informed about events locally or on campus, we would be pleased to add your name to our mailing list.

Tal Shaish-Fackenheim, Harold Heilbut, Freya Morrison, and Gabi Weisfeld

Message from our President

Dear Friends,

Canadians were integral to the founding of Bar-Ilan University and can take great pride that since its inception, Bar-Ilan has played a meaningful role in educating the scientists and scholars who have made, and continue to make, a significant mark on all aspects of Israel’s progress and growth. Through the remarkable work being carried out in the fields of exact and life sciences, business, law, and Jewish studies, the excellence achieved at Bar-Ilan University has led the way to help build, enrich, and secure a strong Israel.

We here in Canada can be proud of our numerous contributions. The Begin-Sadat (BESA) Center for Strategic Studies, The Dafna Izraeli Center for Gender & Women’s Studies, The Martin (Szusz) Land of Israel Studies Department, The Arnold and Leona Finkler Hall for Human Rights, The Norman and Johanne Sternthal Torat Eretz Yisrael Program, the Gabi and Louis Weisfeld School of Social Work, and the new Azrieli Faculty of Medicine are just a few of the many contributions that Canada has made to make Bar-Ilan the institution it is today.

You too can share this commitment to academic excellence and unite with Israel’s brightest and talented minds by joining me in supporting Bar-Ilan University. The Canadian Friends of Bar-Ilan University links you with the University. Through a variety of lectures, seminars, and conferences, the Canadian Friends of Bar-Ilan University will continue to help educate and enrich our community.

Looking forward to welcoming you to the Bar-Ilan family,

Gabi Weisfeld

National President
Canadian Friends of Bar-Ilan University


Harold Heilbut


Harold Heilbut became Chief Executive Officer of CFBIU in December 2017.

Tal Shaish-Fackenheim

Director of Development

Tal Shaish-Fackenheim recently joined the CFBIU as its new Director of Development.

Freya Morrison

Administrative Director

Freya Morrison has served as Adm. Director for CFBIU since 2011.

Our Board

Samuel Gewurz

Harold Heilbut

Joseph Shier

Norman Sternthal

Rabbi Roy Tanenbaum

Oren Vered

David Walerstein

Gabi Weisfeld

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