Human rights advocate Yude Henteleff honoured by Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Bronfman Award presented and new scholarship fund introduced

WINNIPEG, May 1, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (CFHU) honoured human rights advocate and lawyer Mr. Yude M. Henteleff, C.M., Q.C., LL.D. (Hon.) on April 30 at a reception at The Fort Garry Hotel. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the newly established Yude Henteleff Mishpatim Scholarship fund, a recent initiative of the CFHU. The Mishpatim Law Program is a new educational partnership between the University of Manitoba and the Hebrew University.

Mr. Henteleff was recognized for his outstanding dedication to community service. For over 40 years, Mr. Henteleff has made significant contributions to both Canada and Israel as a champion of human rights, democracy, the environment, and individuals with special needs.

Ms. Faith Kaplan, President of the Winnipeg Chapter, CFHU, presented Mr. Henteleff with the Bronfman Award for Meritorious Service. Internationally renowned designer of the new Canadian Museum of Human Rights, Mr. Ralph Appelbaum, delivered the keynote address, while local jazz great Ron Paley and his jazz trio performed during the evening. Ms. Gail Asper and Mrs. Dee Buchwald were Honorary Co-Chairs.

"I am so very honoured to receive this award," said Mr. Henteleff. "The efforts by both the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and by CFHU to establish mutually nourishing relationships with a variety of organizations across Canada have created a climate of understanding, mutual respect and sharing. This is of enormous benefit to both countries. This scholarship fund can only help to keep this effort moving forward."

"We are thrilled to recognize the achievements of Mr. Henteleff," said Ms. Kaplan. "His contributions are so wide-reaching, it seemed only fitting that we would create the Mishpatim Scholarship Fund in his name. Mr. Henteleff's interest in championing law, human rights, and democracy in Israel and Canada mirrors the fundamental goals of the Mishpatim Program. The Fund will ensure the future participation of law students in this program for years to come."

About Mr. Yude M. Henteleff

Yude Henteleff is a founding partner and senior counsel of the legal firm of Pitblado LLP.  He is a Past Chair of the CFHU Winnipeg Chapter, Vice-President Board of Directors of the CFHU, and Associate Governor of the Board of Governors of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is currently affiliated with the Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights (CLAIHR) and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR). At CMHR, he is a member of the Campaign Cabinet, Past Chair of the Content Advisory Committee, and member of the Human Rights Advisory Committee.

About the Mishpatim Program

Created in 2011 by Dr. Bryan Schwartz, the Mishpatim Program provides law students from the University of Manitoba with the opportunity to travel to the Hebrew University in Israel for an intensive 3-week program allowing students to experience the country's legal system, its unique history, and its social issues.

About the Canadian Friends of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Canadian philanthropist Allan Bronfman founded the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (CFHU) in 1944 to proactively seek out and broker academic and applied medical and scientific research partnerships between Canada and Israel for the benefit of all. A national not-for-profit organization with chapters across Canada, CFHU creates platforms to stimulate and share new ideas between the leading minds of both countries on a global scale, while supporting this exchange through fundraising and public awareness campaigns.  In addition, CFHU establishes scholarships and recruits Canadian students to attend the Rothberg International School. For more information, please visit:

About Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, founded in 1925, is Israel's first university. The university's founders, including: Albert Einstein, and Sigmund Freud, were leaders, thinkers and humanitarians whose genius inspired their vision of a great university that would have no limits or borders. Ranked as one of the world's leading research universities, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem's faculty and researchers are at the forefront of the international scientific and academic communities. Many top prizes and awards have been won by its graduates and faculty including eight Nobel Prizes and the Fields Medal in Mathematics. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is a pluralistic institution where science and knowledge are advanced for the benefit of humankind in an atmosphere free of discrimination and prejudice. For more information, please visit:


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