Reflections on my time at Hebrew U

By Lorne Persiko – Toronto

I went to Hebrew U on the One Year Program in my second year at University of Toronto in 1983-84 and loved my experiences there. It really shaped who I would become in the future. I made lifelong friendships and developed a great love for Israel. I was so taken with Hebrew U that upon my return to Toronto, I have been volunteering in one capacity or another for the last 35 years! I am co-chair of the annual Alumni Online Madness Sports Tournaments fundraising campaign and I am a member of CFHU’s National Board.

My family and I wanted to provide other Canadian students with the life changing opportunity that I had, so we a created a scholarship fund in memory of our parents to help send deserving Canadian students to study at Hebrew U. To date, I am proud to say that we have awarded over 45 scholarships from the Bernard & ElinorePersiko Merit Scholarship Fund. Mazel Tov to Hebrew U on your 100th anniversary.

  • Lorne is a Managing Partner at Westhaven Capital in Toronto.