Hebrew U & Dalhousie U: Canada/Israel Exchange 2015

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Students from Hebrew University and Dalhousie University had the experience of a lifetime recently when they participated in The Canada / Israel Exchange Program, presented by the Gerald Schwartz & Heather Reisman Foundation. The exchange program is a partnership between The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Dalhousie University offering students from a variety of backgrounds the opportunity to explore both Israeli and Canadian business markets and practices.  Currently in its inaugural year, a group of ten Dalhousie University students and seven Hebrew University students began their journey throughout Israel and Canada. Here is a highlight of their adventures.

The program began with the group arriving in Canada to visit three successful businesses in Toronto.  The first stop one was to Ozery's Pita Break where they toured the factory and had a Skype meeting with the American VP of Sales.

The students at Ozery's Pita Break factory.

The second visit was to Klick Health where the students were received by Leerom Segal, one of the company’s co-founders and author of the New York Times best-selling book “The Decoded Company.” Klick has been recognized as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies, 50 Best Employers and 50 Fastest Growing Companies.

The students with Leerom Segal at Klick Health.

The third visit was to Roots Canada where the students were received by Michael Budman, co-founder of Roots, and Robert Sarner, the company’s Director of Communications and Public Affairs. The students also had the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes tour of how leather products are produced at Roots.

The visits allowed students to immerse themselves in Canadian business strategies and market concepts.

“I was able to learn so much more than I could have ever learned in a textbook. I will never be able to explain in words how much of an effect this program had on my life,” said student Carolyn Silver of Dalhousie University.

The students touring the Roots Factory.

Along with touring several companies, the group enjoyed a private meeting with the Israeli Consul General, DJ Schneeweiss and the Israeli Consul for Economic affairs, Mr. Michael Khoury.

The students with the Israeli Consul General, DJ Schneeweiss and the Israeli Consul for Economic affairs, Mr. Michael Khoury.

The group was also graciously extended an invitation by Gerald Schwartz and Heather Reisman to attend the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University gala, The Einstein Legacy Awards. While celebrating, the students had the opportunity to meet Menahem Ben-Sasson, President of Hebrew University.

The students at The Einstein Legacy Awards with Menahem Ben-Sasson, President of Hebrew University.

During the second part of the program, students experienced the culture, business landscape, and the history of Israel. Throughout the thirteen days of touring the country, the students visited the Hebrew University campus, explored landmarks, and met local business leaders, journalists and politicians.

A group of students at The Hebrew University Amphitheatre

The students pose for a photo overlooking Jerusalem.

The student during their visit to the Dead Sea.

As a final part of the program, students teamed up to develop a plan to bring a Canadian company into the Israeli market. The culmination project required students to apply their knowledge and experience of the Canadian and Israeli business sectors.

The students during a Hebrew University lecture.

“This journey has been so far the most meaningful experience in the four years of my studies. The opportunity to interact with leading businessmen in Canada, Israeli diplomats, educators, and entrepreneurs really expanded my horizons and has been a priceless experience.”  said Nir Shaaltiel of Hebrew University.

This is one of the many examples of CFHU’s successful partnerships between Canadian institutions and Hebrew University. To learn more about our partnerships visit:

For more details about The Canada / Israel Exchange Program, presented by the Gerald Schwartz & Heather Reisman Foundation program, please click here.

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