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Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (CFHU), founded in 1944 by Canadian philanthropist Allan Bronfman, promotes awareness, leadership and financial support for The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

CFHU facilitates academic and research partnerships between Canada and Israel as well as establishing scholarships, supporting research, cultivating student and faculty exchanges and recruiting Canadian students to attend the Rothberg International School.  CFHU has chapters in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver.

In 2008 CFHU undertook a major fundraising iniative to raise 50M for the Institute for Medical Research Israel - Canada (IMRIC) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University  is dedicated to supporting IMRIC through direct funding and by being the catalyst in developing key collaborative medical research parnerships between Canada and Isreal.


  • A study published by Prof. Elihu Richter, head of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the Hebrew University medical school in Jerusalem, researcher Or Nativ of the Hebrew University and researcher and engineer Michael Peleg of Rafael Advanced Defense Systems revealed that soldiers and defense industry workers who are exposed to radio frequency radiation are at increased risk for contracting cancer, mainly the various cancers of the immune system. The risk of contracting more than one type of cancer is also higher than average.
  • When it comes to wooing the ladies, male brown widow spiders don’t always make the best decisions. On paper, younger females are the better option—they don’t demand a lengthy courtship and they’re more fertile than their older counterparts. They are also much less likely to eat their mates alive. Yet when given a choice, male brown widow spiders opt for older females, according to new research puvlished in Animal Behaviour.
  • Today is the International Day of Happiness, marking the 6th year after being first celebrated on March 20, 2013. To help understand what exactly constitutes ad happiness and what makes it eternal, a study was undertaken to shed some light on the unrealistic expectations that many people have about their own feelings, said lead researcher Maya Tamir, Ph.D., a psychology professor at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
  • An international team of neuroscientists and researchers, including those from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, have discovered a basic molecular mechanism that sheds light on the disease process underlying amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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CFHU is dedicated to supporting IMRIC through direct funding and by developing key collaborative medical research partnerships between Canada
and Israel.

National Board of Directors

Monette Malewski

Immediate Past Chair
Murray Palay

President & CEO
Rami Kleinmann

Executive Vice President
Merle Goldman

Chapter Contact Info

4950 Yonge Street
Suite 1202
Toronto, Ontario
M2N 6K1
t: (416) 485-8000
f: (416) 485-8565


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