The Henry and Sylvia Waks Family Floor at IMRIC, Ein Kerem
Sylvia and Henry Waks loved to be together. Through 57 years of marriage, they not only lived and raised children together, but loved to travel together. Sylvia and Henry Waks passed away within a year of each other: she in December of 2009 and Henry the following December. The Waks’s shared a passion for philanthropy which they passed on to their sons. To honour the memory of his wife, Henry Waks established the Henry and Sylvia Waks Family Foundation which made a $1 million donation to IMRIC. Henry Waks’s affinity to the Hebrew University spanned three generations: his father-in-law, Luzer Dzialoszynski, was an early supporter and his son Jay spent several years as a member of Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University's Toronto board. Jay’s brother, Freddie, is also active in Jewish charitable causes, such as the UJA campaign, and is an upcoming Negev dinner honouree. An ardent Zionist, Henry Waks believed in the importance of the Hebrew University to Israel’s well-being and secure future. IMRIC’s Canadian ties and its focus on cutting-edge solutions to worldwide medical problems resonated with the Holocaust survivor who said that his life began when he immigrated to Canada in 1949.