Canadian Friends in Montreal Celebrate an Eventful Year

From missions to movies, 2012 was a year of varied and exciting activities
27 January 2013
David Azrieli 90th birthday
TAU benefactor & honorary doctor David Azrieli celebrates his 90th birthday in Montreal

New President for Montreal


Philanthropist and esteemed community leader, Irwin G. Beutel,  stepped into the position of President of Canadian Friends of Tel Aviv University (CFTAU), Montreal and Eastern Region at the July Annual General Meeting hosted by Grace and Joe Alter. Irwin Beutel has won the respect and affection of the Montreal community for his exemplary dedication to both Israel-based and local organizations. He has served as: Montreal President of the Jewish National Fund; National President of Canadian Friends of Magen David Adom;  National Chair of Canadian Institute of Jewish Research; and is Past President of Kiwanis Montreal, St. George Club.



Mission 2012

The Canadian Friends of Tel Aviv University 2012 June Mission, Archeology 101, proved to be a great success. Accompanied by TAU’s Dr. Norma Franklin, CFTAU members visited with archeologists at Tel Jezreel and Megiddo to learn about current excavations and extraordinary findings. Mission Chair was Claire Dalfen.



TAU Filmmakers

CFTAU Montreal rolled out the red carpet for five TAU filmmakers whose short films premiered at the August Montreal World Film Festival. An eclectic group of young film enthusiasts, local filmmakers, journalists, and CFTAU members and supporters gathered at the iconic Saint Sulpice Pub for a cinq á sept reception and the opportunity to meet the up-and-coming Israeli directors.  A screening followed the reception.

Pictured from left: Gil Weinstein, Eti Tsicko, Itay Tal, Irwin Beutel (CFTAU Montreal President), Shlomi Ben Chayil, Dekel Nitzan, and Paula Weitzman (CFTAU Montreal Executive Director)


David Azrieli 90th Birthday Celebration

Close to 100 members and supporters gathered at the Sochaczevski country home for a summer's day of celebration in honor of TAU benefactor David Azrieli’s 90th birthday. Generously hosted by Judy and Amos Sochaczevski, guests were treated to a sumptuous    feast and a memorable time. Accompanied by Berta Rozenohl on piano and Luis Grinhauz on violin, Sharon Azrieli entertained the guests with a moving rendition of opera and favorite Israeli songs. Humor was injected when executive members, dressed in costumes, performed the can can in honor of Azrieli and elicited considerable laughter. In attendance were TAU’s Meir Buber and five visiting TAU student filmmakers.

Pictured from left: Donald Seal, Alan Stein, Michael Levenson, Irwin Beutel, David Hazan, and Theodore Goloff


Discussing Anti-Semitism in the Middle East

Prof. Esther Webman of TAU's Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies was the September guest lecturer of the Vered Israel Cultural and Educational Program in Ottawa where she presented an overview of anti-Semitic trends in Middle Eastern countries. The following evening, Tina and Max Smart hosted an elegant dinner in their Montreal home for Prof. Webman and more than 60 CFTAU guests.

Pictured from left: Prof. Esther Webman, Irwin Beutel (CFTAU Montreal President), Judge Barbara Seal (CFTAU National President), Donald Seal, Max Smart, and Tina Smart


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