Reflections on our time at HU

By Lenny Baranek & Ita Kleiner – Toronto

I knew a few people who had done the One Year Program at Rothberg in prior years and each one came back really happy, more independent, and with a strong connection to Israel. It seemed like an ideal match for me and that is exactly what it turned out to be. I went to Rothberg for the year in 1983-84.

I spent the year in the Reznick residences and lived in and enjoyed the great city of Jerusalem (including playing basketball in the hills of Mt Scopus while overlooking the Old City). I studied some courses that deepened my understanding of subjects that I had been (and continue to be) interested in – Middle East Politics, Jewish History, Hebrew and Yiddish.

I was very fortunate to have spent a very formative year of my life at Hebrew U. It allowed me to understand Israel in a way that it is impossible without having physically been there. I also met and made some lifelong friends (including, and especially, my wife, Ita)!

  • Lenny is a Partner in the Commercial Real Estate Department of Minden Gross LLP and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.

I spent one semester at Hebrew U in January – June 1984. I was looking for a way to spend significant time in Israel-to have both a meaningful and fun experience. Hebrew U and its gorgeous campus gave me the ideal opportunity. I was able to further explore and love Jerusalem and Israel. Every weekend was spent discovering it all. During the week- courses, taught by professors who left a huge impact on me, were stimulating and awe inspiring.

The people and friendships I made are still part of my life-especially since I met my husband there – Lenny Baranek. So I can thank Hebrew U for the best gift- a very happy life with Lenny in Toronto.

  • Ita spent many years as a Search Consultant at a Toronto based IT/Executive Search Placement Firm.

Mazal Tov to Hebrew University on its 100 years!!