This year’s Mount Carmel Dinner in Toronto took place on April 19 at Fairmont Royal York Hotel. The purpose of the event was to award to Prof. Arnie Aberman the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (honoris causa) in recognition of his lifetime contribution to Canadian medicine, his support of the State of Israel and his outstanding efforts on behalf of the University of Haifa and its Canadian Friends.
The event was sold out, with all tables occupied by academics, politicians and other Canadians, who came to honour Prof. Aberman. The dinner started with an introduction by the MC Robert S. Prichard. He was followed by the Consul General of Israel in Toronto D.J. Schneeweiss, who delivered the greetings of his government.
The University of Haifa President Amos Shapira talked about the contributions of Prof. Aberman and speech by the President of Canadian Friends of the University Gerry Weiner provided additional details about his work.
The confirmation ceremony opened with a tribute to Dr. Aberman by Michael A. Baker, which was followed by hooding and presentation of scroll of the degree and a response by Prof. Aberman.
Among the people present at the event were the previous recipients of the degree Jason Kenney and Bob Rae.
Through all the speeches and written materials provided at the diner, it became clear that Prof. Arnie Aberman had a long and distinguished career in the field of medicine, both as a physician and an administrator. He has served as Physician-in-Chief at Mount Sinai, Toronto General and Toronto Western hospitals. He also served as the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto from 1992 to 1999 and in that period of time he helped improve the coordination among the University’s health facilities. He has a long and distinguished career in medicine, contributing to its advancement for more than 30 years. Through his academic work he helped make Critical Care Medicine its own independent specialty. He has over 60 publications on the management of shock and other problems facing critically ill patients. He has lectured throughout the United States, Canada and many other countries. Finally, a couple of years ago he was made a member of the Order of Canada.
Another side of his life is his political activism. He has been involved for a long time in political action to support the State of Israel. He is an outspoken critic and opponent of anti-Semitism, the Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions (BDS) movement, which is just a new shape of the old anti-Semitism. Prof. Aberman has contributed significantly to the fight against the delegitimization of Israel. He has supported the University of Haifa in different ways for many years, especially its Elizabeth and Tony Comper Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism and Racism and its Israel advocacy program – “Ambassadors Online” (the proceeds from that evening went to the Center and its programs as beneficiaries).
And here are a few more photos from the event:
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