Ralph Halbert was born in 1930 to Hyman and Faye Halbert. He is eldest brother to Dr. Gerald Halbert and Mrs. Rhoda Brown (nee Halbert). Gerald Halbert was born in 1935, and Rhoda Brown (nee halbert) was born in Their mother Faye was Sylvia Schwartz's cousin on her mother's side.
Ralph Halbert graduated from North Toronto Collegiate in 1948 and went on to attain his medical degree from the University of Toronto.
Since the early 1960s, he has been actively involved and supportive of the UJA and the Jewish community both in Toronto and Israel. In 1977, as the President of the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University, Ralph and his wife Rosyln established the Programme of Canadian Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 1995 it was renamed The Halbert Centre for Canadian Studies. The centre fosters research and promotes the understanding and knowledge of Canadian civilization in all its aspects among Israeli academics and the public at large. The Halbert Centre for Canadian Studies activities focus on research, publications, public lectures, visiting professors program, courses in Canadian Studies, Library Resources, and Conferences.
Gerald Halbert received his medical degree in 1960 from the University of Toronto. He was married in 1960 to Sandra ("Tootsie") (nee Sukerman) and they have two daughters: Wendy and Michelle. Around that time he became very involved in the Jewish community, first volunteering for the UJA in 1960 and then traveling to Israel on a UJA Young Leadership Mission in 1962. Inspired and awed by the country, his lifelong commitment to the community was solidified. Since that time he has held many volunteer leadership roles within the Toronto community, including: chair and/or co-chair for three UJA Federation Campaigns and President of United Israel Appeal of Canada and of Canadian Friends of Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has also been active in the development of the Wolfond Centre for Jewish Campus Life at the University of Toronto.
Outside of the Jewish community, he has helped to raise funds for and establish several research chairs at the University of Toronto and University Health Network and is a member of the Mount Sinai Hospital Board of Governors. He is a member of the Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, where he has volunteered significant time to a number of fundraising initiatives including the Spark of Life and Neurosurgery Chair Campaigns. He is also Board Champion for the Krembil Neuroscience Centre’s Krembil Discovery Tower and Krembil Neuro Program.
In 2002 he was awarded the Order of Canada for his lifelong commitment and contributions to his community.
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