It is with great sadness and sorrow that we learnt of our dear and esteemed colleague and friend Irving Abella’s death.
Irving was a member of the Halbert Advisory Committee from its very inception. He had a great influence on the path we followed with good advice, concern, kindness, and caring. We will miss his presence, suggestions, critical comments, support, and good, solid, and sound advice. Irving visited Israel many times, and during his last visit he gave a talk about Antisemitism in Canada during the first half of the 20th century, expanding on the book he and Harold Troper authored - None Is Too Many: Canada and the Jews of Europe 1933-1948. The Canadian Ambassador to Israel attended the talk, as well as an audience that filled the lecture room, and was clearly captivated by the lecture.
We will miss Irving and send our condolences to Rosie and his family. May you know no more sorrow.
David Cameron, Chairman, the Advising Committee of the Halbert Center For Canadian Studies
Nachman Ben-Yehuda, Director, The Halbert Center For Canadian Studies
July 6, 2022