About Us

We Are Canadian Friends of Bar-Ilan University

Canadian Friends of Bar-Ilan University (“CFBIU”) plays a vital role in providing direct funding support for Bar-Ilan University (“BIU”), Israel’s second largest and fastest growing academic institution.

Our mission is to promote the tangible positive impact that BIU, its faculty, students, and alumni are having on Israel and the rest of the world. Every day, the people of BIU are making a difference through innovative academic research, by applying groundbreaking technology to tackle complex real-world challenges, and leveraging new theories to solve urgent problems – all while serving the surrounding community.

Through your gift to CFBIU, you are not only supporting a leading Israeli academic institution, you are strengthening and expanding the significant impact the BIU community makes.

Your financial support of BIU will create a stronger Israel and a better world – not only today, but for future generations to come.

About Bar-Ilan University

Founded in 1955 in Ramat Gan, Bar-Ilan University, now Israel’s second-largest institution of higher education, ranks in the top 2% of all universities worldwide.

Uniquely combining cutting-edge, multi-disciplinary, scientific research with a Jewish-values based education, Bar-Ilan’s impact-driven approach prepares its students to meet and overcome the challenges of the 21st century.

A scientific powerhouse, and Israel’s leader in crucial areas such as renewable and sustainable energy, electrical and computer engineering, and artificial intelligence. Bar-Ilan is helping lead the way to a brighter future for Israelis, Diaspora Jewry and all of humanity.

BIU has created challenge-driven research centers that embrace practical research designed to change and improve the human experience. The university has adopted innovative instructional methods while intensifying global outreach and broadening its discourse and dialogue throughout Israel and the Jewish world.

Our students, researchers, and faculty members represent a mosaic of the State of Israel, providing a unique atmosphere for open exchange of ideas and embracing all individuals and opinions. Diversity is key on the BIU campus with tolerance and respect our basic philosophy. Serving as a bridge between Israel’s diverse sectors, Bar-Ilan University, with its multicultural campus environment, provides a singular forum for free thought and open discussion.

From a starting population of 90 students to over 20,000 today, Bar-Ilan’s achievements in the sciences and humanities and all fields of human endeavour have made an indelible imprint on the State of Israel. Bar-Ilan awards undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and medical degrees and provides unparalleled opportunities for post-doctoral scholars and researchers from around the world.

A microcosm of Israeli society, BIU’s diverse student body includes both secular and religious, Jews and non-Jews, new immigrants, and international students and researchers. BIU’s internationally recognized academic faculty and multifaceted administrative staff round off the BIU family.

“Bar-Ilan is a beacon of knowledge and influence, cultivating groundbreaking research ventures, scientific discoveries and first-rate academic education in the spirit of Jewish values and tradition.”

BIU’s 9 faculties:

  • Medicine
  • Engineering
  • Jewish Studies
  • Law
  • Life Sciences
  • Exact Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Communications

These faculties are active partners in Israel’s national science and technology initiatives, seeking “impact beyond excellence”.

Bar-Ilan also houses an International School offering a degree programs on all levels, taught entirely in English.

BIU By The Numbers

  • 8,000 academic courses
  • 300 laboratories
  • 55 research centres and institutes
  • 825 active grants – do you mean recipients of grants? Projects in process?
  • 29 libraries
  • 52 departments
  • 109 advanced programs
  • 9 faculties
  • 900 international students
  • 130,000 alumni


Leadership Team

Randy E. Speigel, CEO

Leora Heilbronn, Executive Assistant to the CEO

Board of Directors

Harold Spring, Chair
Harold Heilbut
Yedidia Koschitzky
Natty Nashman
Joseph Shier
Norman Sternthal
David Walerstein