Canadian Friends of Hebrew University Announces 2011 Scopus Award Recipient and Research Collaboration with University of Manitoba

WINNIPEG, Feb. 28 /CNW/ - The Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University (CFHU) and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem will honour business leader and local philanthropist Joe Bova with the 2011 Scopus Award at a gala dinner at the Winnipeg Convention Centre on Monday, May 16. The Scopus Award is the highest honour conferred by Hebrew University to individuals who demonstrate leadership and involvement with humanitarian causes throughout their careers, and who have excelled in their respective fields. Named for Mount Scopus, where The Hebrew University of Jerusalem's first cornerstones were laid in 1918, this award has come to symbolize the University's highest ideals. Hebrew University president Menachem Ben Sasson will personally present the award to Mr. Bova.

Mr. Bova is being presented the 2011 Scopus Award in tribute to ''his lifelong dedication to cultural philanthropy, his leadership in fostering community renewal, his extraordinary professional career, and for his concern and respect for the Jewish people. Our community and The State of Israel have a stalwart friend in Joe, as demonstrated by his tremendous interest in and generosity toward Jewish and Israeli causes," states Faith Kaplan, CFHU Winnipeg Chapter President. "We are delighted Joe has accepted this overdue honour, and look forward to celebrating his many achievements in the company of his friends."

Dinner hosts Gisele MacDonald and Abe Anhang are enthusiastic about the Scopus Gala dinner. "We are honoured to be hosting an event where one of the most generous and giving individuals we know will be recognized. Joe is a gentleman whom we are both proud to claim as a dear friend. The Scopus Gala dinner is an opportunity to recognize an individual whose quiet leadership has improved the lives of so many people." Honourary co-chairs Gail Asper and Nathan Jacobson concur.

CFHU National Director Rami Kleinmann, Israel's Consul General for Toronto and Western Canada Amir Gissin, the Honourable Dave Chomiak, Minister of Innovation, Energy and Mines, and University of Manitoba's Associate-Vice President (Research) Dr. Gary Glavin announced details related to the Scopus Award dinner and funding for a collaborative research project between Hebrew University and the University of Manitoba to explore the possibility of preventing or reducing the incidence of FASD pregnancies. Laboratory research into FASD at the Hebrew University's Institute for Medical Research Israel - Canada (IMRIC) has been ongoing for 12 years, and this international collaboration is a first for the research team led by Dr. Abraham Fainsod in Jerusalem. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Canadian Friends of Hebrew University have committed to match the Province of Manitoba's funding for this collaboration, for a total commitment of $1.5 million over the next 5 years. The upcoming Scopus Award Gala dinner will be the first major fundraiser for CFHU toward that goal.

About the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University:
Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University (CFHU) is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the awareness, leadership, and financial support of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  CFHU also facilitates medical research collaborations through the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMRIC).  IMRIC, at the Hebrew University brings together the world's greatest scientists from across disciplines and across countries to create innovative approaches to meet the challenges of medicine in the 21st century.

Founded in 1944, CFHU has chapters in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver, and has been an integral force in Hebrew University's rise to international prominence.  For information, see www.cfhu.org

About the Hebrew University of Jerusalem:
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is a multidisciplinary institution of higher learning and research where intellectual pioneering, cutting-edge scientific discovery, and a passion for learning flourish. Ranked among the world's leading universities, the Hebrew University is a teaching and research center of international renown, with ties extending to and from the worldwide scientific and academic community.  Faculty and alumni of The Hebrew University have won seven Nobel Prizes in the last seven years. At the Hebrew University, Israelis of all backgrounds receive a university education where excellence is emphasized, and where special programs and conferences attract students and academics from around the world. 

The Hebrew University opened in 1925, 23 years before the State of Israel was established. The first Board of Governors included Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Martin Buber and Chaim Weizmann.

SOURCE Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

For further information:

Sharon Zalik
Executive Director, Manitoba Region
Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University
204-942-3085
szalik@cfhu.org.


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