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Page 4 – Ottawa Jewish Bulletin – June 16, 2008

L’hitraot to Ambassador Alan and Dalia Baker By Shelli Kimmel Canadian Friends of Hebrew University My first encounter with Alan Baker set the stage for our future relationship. I was on Mount Scopus, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, for the dedication of a Torah from the students of McGill Hillel in memory of the Hebrew U students who died in the bombing of the


Frank Sinatra Cafeteria. One of the addresses was delivered by Israel’s newly appointed ambassador to Canada. I introduced myself and we spoke for a few minutes. Two months later, I was privileged to welcome Ambassador Alan Baker and his wife, Dalia, to Ottawa at a Federation event and then at a luncheon in their honour hosted by the executive of the Ottawa Chapter of Canadian Friends of Hebrew University (CFHU). As alumni of Hebrew University, both the ambassador and Dalia have a strong connection to the institution. Dalia maintained her connection through her professional

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career, working for the School of Business Administration, the Rothberg International School and the School for Applied Sciences. The Bakers are warm and welcoming and have opened their home and their hearts to both CFHU and State of Israel Bonds (SIB). Shortly after arriving in Ottawa, Dalia hosted a CFHU donors’ lunch where she spoke passionately about the students at Hebrew U and their needs. State of Israel Bonds Canada, too, has enjoyed their hospitality. The installation of officers and the Golda Meir pinning have been held at Kinneret, the ambassador’s residence. The ambassador has a great appreciation for the importance of State of Israel Bonds and was helpful in generating a diverse spectrum of investment support for Israel that has transcended the Jewish community, serving as the honourary chair for To Build and Be Built, an inter-faith event held in the fall. It is with great sadness that Baker’s term-of-office is coming to an end. Both CFHU and SIB have had a close relationship with the Bakers and they will be missed in Ottawa. As a result, the two organizations have teamed up to host a farewell dessert reception. Given the ambassador’s love of music, it is only fitting that the evening be filled with music including performances by Ottawa jazz saxophonist Nathan Cepelinski and

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Toronto’s Hallelujah Drummers. CFHU and State of Israel Bonds have invited the community to join in bidding L’hitraot to Ambassador Alan and Dalia Baker. The event will take place at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, June 25, at Agudath Israel Congregation. Tickets are $25 per person. Net proceeds and additional donations from the evening will be used to purchase an Israel Bond to fund the Alan & Dalia Baker Endowed Scholarship for Perpetual Student Aid in Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The recipient will be alternatively a student from the Kiryat Shmona or Sderot area, where there are fewer opportunities to attend University. Tickets may be purchased and contributions to the scholarship fund made online at, by calling the Ottawa office of CFHU at 613-829-3150 or the Ottawa office of State of Israel Bonds Canada at 613792-1142.

Ottawa will bid L’hitraot to Ambassador Alan and Dalia Baker June 25.

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Wednesday, August 27th, 2008 at Cedarhill Golf & Country Club To honour the memory of Sid Rothman: community worker, philanthropist, lawyer, family man, businessman, jokester, golfer and bowler extraordinaire All proceeds to benefit the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Barbecue lunch, shotgun start, followed by a steak dinner and buffet, as well as silent and live auctions, and lots of door prizes Only $150 per golfer (if registered before June 15th, 2008) Please register online at: or contact us at or by calling 613-727-5418

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