100 Alumni We Love - Gayla Sarner

Reflections on my time at HU

By Galya Sarner, Toronto

I have vivid, positive memories of interacting with students from different backgrounds as well as stimulating lectures. I remember attending classes dealing with special needs children. This experience was a real eye opener. Of course, I also remember the physical beauty of the campus – especially the breathtaking view of Mount Scopus and the surrounding area.

I was inspired by my professors’ leadership, their commitment to the subjects they taught and their dedication to their students. My professors encouraged me to open my mind and expand my horizons. One professor in particular, Michal Govrin, taught theatre. I use her methods in the Mifgash Theatre, a theatre group I helped found. It is the only Hebrew-speaking theatre in Toronto. Its activities help bring Israeli culture and language to the broader Jewish community here. Overall, my experience at Hebrew University gave me a great basis for approaching life after I graduated — as a wife, mother, professional and a human being.

  • Galya Sarner is the director of the Israeli–Canadian Project of the UJA and The Schwartz/Reisman Centre. She’s a married mother of three who lives in Toronto and Israel. Born and raised in Jerusalem, she attended Hebrew University from 1982 to 1985 and from 2002 to 2004.