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:
Executive Director, Manitoba Region
Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University