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       Avi Benlolo to receive the degree of
       Doctor of Philosophy (honoris causa)
       from the University of Haifa  

       Sunday, October 22, 2017
       The Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto

       Mount Carmel Dinner Announcement


The University of Haifa is proud and honoured to announce that Avi Benlolo will receive the University of Haifa’s highest accolade, an honorary doctorate degree at our Mount Carmel Dinner on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at The Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto.

The President and CEO of Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies, Avi will receive the award in recognition of his leadership as a prominent Canadian human rights activist dedicated to promoting tolerance education, democracy and human rights, and his outstanding accomplishments in support of Holocaust education and combating antisemitism.

In his role as the leader of one of the top Jewish human rights foundations in Canada’s organized Jewish community, Avi regularly publishes commentary in leading Canadian newspapers. He is widely interviewed by the media for his thoughtful perspective on a wide range of issues, including analysis of world events, foreign and national policy, human rights and social justice. He is among the top Canadian speakers and writers advocating the empowermentof young Canadians to help make the world a better place for everyone.

Avi’s academic focus included in-depth research on the Holocaust, antisemitism and racism. Through his work on genocide studies he documented survivor testimony from multiple genocide events around the world. In 2012, the Government of Canada appointed him to the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education. The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario awarded Avi with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to Canada and his community.

In 2015, The Canadian Jewish News selected Avi among “The Jewish community’s movers and shakers – Influencers . . . who make the Jewish community tick”.


Avi is the founder and guiding force behind the annual Spirit of Hope Benefit, Freedom Day, the Tom and Anna Koffler Tolerance Training Center, “Compassion to Action” Holocaust education
missions, the pioneering Tour for Humanity mobile Tolerance Education Center and Speakers Idol. He has produced top educational videos including “Unless” and “Never Again.” He moderated two Toronto Mayoral debates in 2010 and 2014, and his educational programs, which focus on human rights and respect for diversity, are attended by over 100,000 people every year.

Avi Benlolo regularly confers with Canadian political leaders at all levels and senior officials in law enforcement and education, as well as leading journalists and thought-leaders. Most recently, he was asked to testify to Parliament about Bill-C51, and contributed a chapter in a recently published book on combating antisemitism called “Tackling Hate".

"It is a true honour to have been chosen to receive this degree from the University of Haifa; this recognition is really a tribute to the ongoing work of our leadership and members of FSWC, who are so supportive of our efforts to foster greater tolerance and respect for diversity in Canada", Avi commented.

"The City of Haifa and the University are unquestionably models of vibrant inclusivity, and I am so honoured to be acknowledged by an institution which practices in a very concrete manner the values advocated by FSWC. I have to admit this is all very exciting", he added.

Dinner Chair is Tony Comper, C.M. and David Cynamon will be the Master of Ceremonies.  Tribute Co-Chairs are: Allan Gordon, M.D., Carol Gordon, Ellis Jacob, C.M., Mo Lidsky, Ephry Merkur, Q.C., David Nathanson, Q.C.,  Robert Robinson  and Thomas J. Weisz.

Proceeds will establish the “Avi Benlolo Scholarship Fund in National Security Studies”.

Read interview with Avi Benlolo - City of Vaughan magazine


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