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CHW 101

By supporting Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW), you are funding life-changing programs and services for thousands of Children, Women, and Families in Israel and Canada.



A child of working parents requires a safe and enriching environment during the school-day. Children receive nutritious hot meals and snacks, making sure they can focus on learning, playing, and growing.


Schools offer students a diverse range of educational programs and services designed to meet each learner’s specific needs.


Colleges provide career-focused and innovative teaching methods, as well as a diverse culture for students. A high level of academic training will prepare students for careers that promise a better future.


Youth Clubs promote a safe, fun, and educational space for children to hang out in while their parents are still at work. Kids enjoy recreational activities, a wholesome meal, and personalized tutoring.


Send a Canadian child to a Jewish summer camp. Open up a world of discovery as campers explore their Jewish roots, make friends, enjoy what nature has to offer, and discover hidden talents.


Hospitals heal patients who have experienced medical trauma. They will have immediate access to life-saving care and a chance for full recovery.


Hadassah Hospital and The Shamir Medical Centre (Assaf Harofeh) offer life-saving treatments that can mean the difference between life and death to victims of trauma.


Resources provide healthcare professionals with state-of-the-art technology and tools, and healthcare students with the education required, to ensure patients with urgent care are never turned away.


Experts provide support to women including single-mothers who may be concerned about their child’s behavior. Trained volunteers offer a listening ear, support, and direction, ensuring mother and child thrive.

WOMEN’S & COMMUNITY CENTRES Support a woman who is struggling day-to-day to feed her children. She receives guidance and job skills training, empowering her and her family. Help families reach their full potential through social programs, recreational activities, and support groups, so that they can lead productive, independent lives.

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Giving with Purpose: Marilyn Libin, National President


Redefining Philanthropy: Alina Ianson, National Executive Director


Greetings From Partner Organizations: Canadian Young Judaea Hadassah Academic College Hadassah International CHW Netanya Technological High School The Shamir Medical Centre (Assaf Harofeh) World WIZO


CHW in Canada


CHW Shuk


CHW Project Visit Guide


CHW Coast To Coast


CHW Events Calendar


CHW Offices Across Canada


CHW Professional Team


Children: Healing with Horses


Healthcare: Dr. Yonatan Shapira


Women: A Different Kind of Courage


Sustainer Ann Davis Secter


Woman/Man of Distinction Carole Zucker


Woman of Valour Kayla Shoctor


Legacy Circle Sharon and Abe Flower



CHW Incoming Directors Why I Aspire to be a CHW Director Up Close & Personal CHW Neri Bloomfield Academy of Design - Bar Elboim


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See you in September? Coping with COVID-19 On and Off Campus 5 Days That Changed My Life by Lynn Gillman Grilled Vegetable & Herb Focaccia Recipe from CHW Netanya Technological High School Patisserie Program



PUBLISHER Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW) EXECUTIVE EDITOR Marilyn Libin National President EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Alina Ianson National Executive Director ART DIRECTOR Daniel Pike LOCAL CONTRIBUTER Jennifer Ierullo CHW ISRAEL LIAISON Rachel Lasry Zahavi The articles which appear in ORAH Magazine, while representing the opinions of the authors (or issuing agencies), may not necessarily reflect the official views of Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW). We welcome any letters or comments regarding the contents of ORAH Magazine.

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“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” ―H. Jackson Brown Jr.

It seems only yesterday that Sandy Martin, Past National President, installed me as CHW’s 24th National President at the AGM in Toronto. It is truly hard to believe that my term is coming to an end this fall. This has been an exciting and gratifying journey! The last two years have been filled with amazing experiences and wonderful, caring people. During my tenure, I have grown to know and appreciate our projects in Israel even more, and made personal connections with extraordinary people in Israel and here, in Canada. I am grateful for the support of our devoted volunteers and donors, who invest in our mission of passionately supporting programs and services for Children, Healthcare, and Women in Israel and Canada, and work hard to help achieve it. As we were achieving new heights with over five million dollars raised last year, the COVID-19 pandemic struck. Once we recovered from the initial shock of all our event cancellations from coast-to-coast, we began to adapt to a new reality. We ventured into the less familiar territory of Zoom meetings and virtual events. We had to move very quickly in order to ensure that our organization not only survives during these unprecedented and challenging times, but also provides critical support to the frontline workers at our projects and services in Israel and Canada. I am extremely proud to let you know that we wrapped up our fiscal year on June 30th with four million dollars raised!!! I would like to take this opportunity to thank our dedicated Board of Directors, who held monthly meetings to ensure appropriate strategy during the pandemic; the Budget and Finance Committee, who worked very closely with Alina Ianson, National Executive Director, on a contingency plan and resource management; as well as all of you, our loyal supporters. Without your support, CHW would not be able to touch the lives of so many people. For over 100 years, CHW has been making a positive and lasting impact on the very fabric of Israeli society and improving lives all around the world. This is why we exist, to improve lives and ensure our Jewish Homeland is a secure and flourishing place. Every individual deserves to live in security, where they will have the opportunity to thrive. CHW is helping to make that dream a reality, thanks to all of you. Thank you for being such wonderful and generous supporters. Your philanthropy, vision, dedication, and support of Israel is changing the world. L’hitraot and Todah Rabah!

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“From the heart, it has come, to the heart, it shall go.” ―Beethoven

Every two years, the CHW Board of Directors spends a full day working on the organization’s short-term strategy and routinely goes through a SWOT exercise: strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Weak economic conditions are always a threat we consider. However, who could ever think of a global pandemic with a full lockdown for over three months! During these unprecedented times, when businesses suffer and some close down, charitable organizations are particularly vulnerable. Not only is the stream of charitable giving depleted due to economic downturn, but additionally, the timing of the COVID-19 pandemic left many charitable organizations fighting for survival. Spring is a prime fundraising period for charities, and the lockdown and further physical distancing protocols have forced the cancellation of every single group-based fundraising event from coast-to-coast. At times like this, coming together is crucial, and teamwork and flexibility are paramount. As National Executive Director of this truly legendary 100-year old organization, I am in awe of our volunteers and supporters, who despite being consumed with concern for the health and wellbeing of our families and friends here at home, found the time and strength to ensure we were supporting essential services in our Jewish Homeland. Teams of CHW volunteers quickly turned to Zoom for meetings and virtual events. Annual Campaign canvassers worked tirelessly to solicit gifts in support of front line workers and services for Children, Healthcare, and Women. CHW’s national leadership held frequent meetings to ensure our organization remained solid and stable beyond this pandemic. As always, big needs are answered by big hearts! From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your tremendous dedication, generosity and incredible commitment. By supporting Israel’s most vulnerable, you truly change the world. Toda Rabah!

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Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW) is a non-political, non-partisan national network of dedicated volunteers and professionals who strongly believe that the advancement of childcare, education, healthcare, and women’s issues transcends politics, religion, and national boundaries.

Our Mission CHW passionately supports programs and services for Children, Healthcare, and Women in Israel and Canada.

Our VISION Our vision is to be the best Canadian philanthropic organization supporting social services, programs, and projects in Israel and Canada. We strive to be recognized as leaders by our members and friends, donors, partners, and our beneficiaries in Israel and Canada. We strongly believe that every human being deserves to achieve their full potential, while living in safety and security. Our support of excellent education, advanced medical care, and groundbreaking research benefits people globally, improves lives, and provides hope. By providing donors and volunteers with a vehicle to effect meaningful change through their philanthropy, CHW enables its supporters to make the world a better place.

Our VALUES Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW) is a philanthropic organization proudly committed to: • • • • • • • 8

Supporting and improving the lives of families in Israel Enriching the lives of Canadians Empowering women to reach their full potential Offering education and leadership opportunities Embracing social change Operating with integrity and fiscal responsibility Ensuring a legacy for future generations ORAH Magazine Summer 2020

Greetings From our Partner Organizations: Dear Friends, There is no question that the last few months have been some of the most difficult times that we as organizations have had to navigate.

CANADIAN YOUNG JUDAEA National Executive Director Risa Epstein

With the cancellation of many of our in person programs and events we are searching for new ways to engage our membership and increase our outreach. The virtual world has become our new campground, and our team has been working diligently to navigate our new space, be innovative and adaptable.

Our community has rallied behind us like never before. Whether it is attending a Kabbalat Shabbat, purchasing DIY kits for their children or a kindly worded email, Judaeans are stronger than ever. However, we would be remiss to not acknowledge the immense support we receive from CHW. Your support means we will be able to open our doors to and welcome over 2000 participants in September. We at CYJ wish you all a wonderful summer filled with health,happiness and joy. Chazak Ve’Ematz (with strength and courage) Risa Epstein

Dear Friends,


Prof. Bertold Fridlender

We are proud of the involvement of HAC staff and graduates during the coronavirus pandemic. Many of our teaching faculty from our Departments of Medical Laboratory Sciences and Biotechnology were called upon recently to help diagnose those affected by the virus. We’re using the catchphrase “Always Essential” to characterize how these disciplines, among others at HAC, enable our students to integrate into a variety of critical healthcare and research positions upon graduation. Recently, senior students in our

CHW Centre for Clinical Training & Community Care have renewed the provision of paramedical services for the public - an important part of their clinical training. And, The DAN Department of Creative Human Design has been extremely helpful by devising innovative protective devices to enable these services to comply with strict new health guidelines. We thank you for being our committed partners, wish you continued good health, and hope to see you again soon in Jerusalem. Prof. Bertold Fridlender ORAH Magazine Summer 2020


Dear Colleagues,


Robert Dorfman

On behalf of Hadassah International, I want to congratulate our partners in Canadian Hadassah-WIZO for achieving the goals of your Annual Campaign. During these tumultuous times, with the coronavirus raging worldwide, it is gratifying to know that our International family remains committed to fulfilling its mission of support for the projects that depend upon us. To meet the unexpected demands of COVID-19, Hadassah International sprang into action with the development of its Global International Crisis Response Team, “TOGETHER WE LIVE”, which connects the Hadassah Medical Organization with the HI community in an urgent and intimate way. During this crisis, with the great thirst for medical knowledge, there is an ongoing role for us to play in getting Hadassah Medical Organization’s “best in class” medical professionals in front of the international community

which has been characterized in a series of Webinars over the past few months attracting thousands of participants from 18 nations. In addition, the Hadassah Manual of Protocols for COVID-19, available in English, Spanish and Russian, is now in its third printing, becoming an international resource for medical communities around the world. We are especially proud of HMO’s response to COVID-19, with its dedicated floors in the Round Building to isolate patients with the disease from the general hospital population, to the ramping up of research efforts to develop treatment protocols and vaccines to conquer this deadly virus. It is my fervent hope that our individual efforts, along with our ongoing support of HMO, will lead us to a brighter and healthier future in the months and years ahead. Sincerely, Robert Dorfman

Shalom from Israel, We are very proud of all the wonderful accomplishments of our students. This has been a challenging year, disrupted by of the coronavirus pandemic but thanks to the support of our dedicated team and CHW’s support, our students succeeded!


I would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to CHW your ongoing commitment to our students, especially during difficult times like these.

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Your devotion and generosity has helped ensure that our students, especially those in the Patisserie Program, have the best facilities, equipment and training to embark on a meaningful career and life path. Thank you for bringing hope to our children and making their dreams come true. We feel very blessed!

Benny Shay

Dear Friends, As much as I would love to tell you all about our new projects and adventures here at The Shamir Medical Center (Assaf Harofeh), 2020 will be always remembered as the ‘COVID-19 Year.’ Our hospital has made an enormous effort in fighting the virus: we prepared isolated areas from three converted departments for Covid-19 infected patients, we increased the number of respirators in each Director General Dr. Osnat Levtzion-Korach department, and we launched unprecedented precautions among our staff.


In short, we basically shifted operations at the Medical Center into an emergency mode. In addition, we began refurbishment works on our new underground emergency department, which is expected to accommodate COVID-19 patients, within the next year. Aside from our COVID-19 patients, we are treating and saving lives of our regular, ‘Non-Corona’ patients and are now operating at full capacity. Last week, I was privileged to see firsthand how a 77-year-old woman arrived at the hospital with a stroke, paresis and unable to speak or comprehend. She was immediately treated at the CHW Marla Dan Stroke and Invasive Neuroradiology Institute.

I attended the procedure, and I was amazed as I watched Dr. Shani Kalmanovitz navigating a wire through the blood vessels, reaching the thromboses (clotting) and removing them. A day later, I visited the patient and was thrilled to see she was talkative, mobile and eager to go home. This is just a small glimpse to what happens here daily. We could not have done any of this without CHW’s help and we are – together with every Israeli hospitalized in our facility - very grateful for your support and for your ongoing partnership. As for the future, we are continuing to juggle between preparedness for the next stage of the coronavirus outbreak and continuing to develop the hospital in other areas. We are definitely more ready than ever and hopefully, we will be able to beat the virus and return to our normal routine as quickly as possible. I hope things are well under control in Canada as well. Take good care of your loved ones and let us pray together for better times. With much appreciation, Warm Regards, Osnat Levtzion-Korach

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Dear Friends,

WORLD WIZO President Esther Mor

“Home is where the heart is” has taken on a completely new meaning over the past few months. The coronavirus quarantine and lock-downs allowed us to spend quality time with our spouses and families. For some women it proved to be more dangerous and fatal than the virus. The confinement and close proximity intensified dysfunctional and stretched relationships, and there was a rise in domestic violence towards women and children. This led women to beg for help. WIZO Israel heard the cry and responded in true WIZO tradition, by opening an Emergency Shelter for battered women and their children.

Many times “home” is taken for granted. WIZO is very proud that its service recipients often call our Daycare Centres and Youth Villages their second home or “home away from home.” This proves that by giving from the heart, as well as providing education, instilling values and social skills, creates a safe and nurturing environment where they can flourish. CHW Hadassim and CHW Nahalal - our joint projects are such safe havens. Home is definitely, where the heart feels safe. My warmest regards to all CHW members and friends. Have a healthy, happy and safe summer. Looking forward to seeing you again. Esther Mor

Dear Friends,


Chairperson Anita Friedman


I send you warm wishes, and hope that you are keeping safe and healthy. The outbreak of the Corona pandemic continues to impact on every one of us, and yet at the same time it has created new opportunities for unity, heightened awareness and social responsibilities. Despite the challenging times, CHW and our WIZO federations worldwide have displayed exemplary solidarity, and support. The Clara Balinsky Montreal Daycare Centre based at The Shamir Medical Centre (Assaf Harofeh) continues to provide exceptional daycare services for

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babies and toddlers, enabling essential medical staff to carry on vital services. At CHW Hadassim and Nahalal Children and Youth Villages, “Naaleh” teenagers who have made Aliyah on their own, are cared for with love and support. Together we have been able to address the increasing needs faced by women and children fleeing violence. Thank you so much for your support which is having a significant impact on the lives of Israeli women, children and youth every day. Anita Friedman


Ensures children will have a safe place to call home while receiving nutritious hot meals and snacks, so they can focus on learning, playing, and growing.


Helps heal a patient who has experienced a stroke by providing access to life-saving surgery and a chance for a full recovery.


Supports a woman with guidance and job skills training, empowering her and her family.

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Why I aspire to be a

CHW Director: Lynn Gillman ( CHW Ottawa)

Two years ago, I was asked why I aspired to be a CHW Director. When I recently looked back on my response, I was happy to see that the two reasons - being part of a great team and getting a deep dive into a lot of issues, was still what drove me to want to be part of another session as a member of the board. I encourage all members, who are looking for an experience that will enrich your life, enjoy meeting interesting people, appreciate learning about the organization, have a sense of developing ideas and programs and want to give back to CHW, to consider joining the Board of Directors.

Marcia Glick (CHW Kitchener-Waterloo) CHW has quickly evolved to keep up with the fast-paced digital world in which we live. Without forgetting our roots, our Board of Directors has made forward looking decisions to make sure we continue to fulfill our ultimate mission to support Children, Healthcare and Women in Israel and Canada. As a Sustainer, Major Donor, and Legacy Circle member, I want to offer my time and expertise to continue the history of dynamic decision making. I sincerely hope we can live up to the past leadership that has led us to be the premier charitable organization that we are today.

Sarah Granatowicz (CHW Toronto) I aspire to be a CHW Director as my love for CHW takes me back many years ago to Sao Paolo, Brazil. Ever since moving to Canada, becoming a member of CHW, as well as Toronto President has been one of my biggest accomplishments. I want to empower women to continue to stand behind all that CHW stands for. I feel lucky and honoured to share my knowledge of the future with our devoted members.

Roslyn Joseph (CHW Montreal) To me, a National Director gives meaning to being at the forefront of furthering the work of CHW. I look forward to continue working with these remarkable women on the path that leads to benefiting our projects in Israel. CHW has played a major role in my life, and I am honoured to continue on the Board of Directors.


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Elayna Latsky (Toronto) Incoming National President

This will be my fourth term on the Board of Directors and it will be my privilege to lead this team of accomplished and dedicated volunteers. My two terms as National Treasurer and last term as Vice President have shown me how far CHW has come both in recent years and in our 100 year history. I am ready to do MORE and do my part to continue to support our beloved projects in Israel and in Canada.

Stephanie Rusen (CHW Vancouver) In December 2005 l went to my first CHW meeting, immediately felt at home, and never looked back. I knew about CHW, even volunteered at the Bazaar in Calgary and Vancouver, but never belonged. Once l joined l found out about our projects and how we help. I began volunteering wherever l could, moving up the ladder until l became Vancouver Centre President. Becoming a Director is the next step in my CHW journey as l will be a part of shaping the path CHW will take into the future. CHW changes lives, bringing hope to everyone we touch. It is up to us to make sure our organization continues to grow. I look forward to working with these dedicated women!

Linda Senzilet (CHW Ottawa)

In the nearly 40 years since joining this wonderful organization, I have held executive positions at both the Chapter and Centre levels. In 2014, I participated in a mini-mission to Israel. Seeing first-hand the enormous difference that CHW makes in so many lives was a lifechanging experience. Upon my return, I became the Co-President of CHW Ottawa, and have remained very active since. With all of my experience and my strong belief in the extraordinary value of CHW, I feel that now is the right time to take my participation to the next level and become a member of the National Board of Directors.

Brondell Shapiro (CHW Toronto)

I would like to be a member of the Board of Directors of CHW in order to be a part of the decision making process with like minded committed persons. We support amazing projects and services which bring Israeli families the necessities of life. We also provide them with outstanding hospitals and welcoming, vital daycare centres. Women are able to find safety from abusive situations. Educational institutions such as the Hadassah Academic College teach women vital skills often their first time at that level and integrate them with different members of Israeli society. Almost all graduates are able to find employment and thus contribute to society. We make a difference in the lives of Israelis and give them hope for the future.

Tova Train (CHW Toronto) This is my opportunity to gather all that I’ve learned in my chapter and in the CHW Toronto Centre and help navigate our organization’s national initiatives. I am so proud to be affiliated with an established and responsive charity. I believe that we impact the future of Israel by nurturing its citizens. I also believe that working for the State of Israel nurtures my soul, our souls, here in Canada. These are the reasons why I aspire to be a CHW National Director. ORAH Magazine Summer 2020





From Bauhaus to Tik Tok: The Summer Trends We’ve All Been Waiting For!

Fashion Design students at the CHW Neri Bloomfield Academy of Design drew new inspiration from the iconic Bauhaus movement, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. In true ‘COVID-style,’ students showcased their final ‘mix and match’ collections over Zoom, following a memorable academic year of distance learning and lock downs. It’s a dramatic shift from the elaborate fashion shows hosted on campus at the end of each year. However, the virtual presentations did not disappoint: they exuded the creativity, tenacity, and flare of each aspiring young designer! Kicking off the inaugural “Marathon month of back-to-back Zoom presentations” was Merav Lavie, Head of the Fashion Department, and a proud graduate of the program herself. Merav noted, “The 2020 academic year has been one of the most challenging years for our students. Yet, we’ve also seen how ready they are to re-imagine and reshape the fashion industry, like never before!”

Bar Elboim’s conceptual design for an urban backpack

Bar Elboim was among the first of many talented students to present her collection to a guest panel of senior lecturers and designers. Drawing her inspiration from the abstract artist, Wassily Kandinsky, Bar expressed, “I feel like I collaborated with Kandinsky throughout the entire creative process!” Her inspiration board, geometric patterns and primary color block echo the famous artist’s design philosophy, where “opposites and contradictions” come together to create true “harmony.”

Bar Elboim modelling a shirt she designed inspired by the Bauhaus Movement ORAH Magazine Summer 2020


Using her tech-savvy skills, Bar chose to digitally sketch her fashion designs using Adobe Illustrator and showcase the evolution of her collection on an Instagram account titled: ‘My Kandinsky Bauhaus Shirt’. Translating the classic Bauhaus style into a modern look required an out-of-the-box approach. Bar brilliantly showcased her final collection via Tik Tok, a social media platform that has attracted billions of young followers through punchy, 15-second micro-videos. With limited access to design facilities and the closure of fabric stores, Bar had to re-think many of her original ideas. “It was a period of trial and error. I had to constantly adapt as we continued to study and work from home. To achieve the final look I was aiming for, I had to actually draw directly on the fabrics, instead of sewing colorful inserts.” Bar’s final presentation earned her welldeserved praise from the expert panel. Her fresh and fashionable summer collection couldn’t be timelier.

Upon a closer look, you can see the fine work that went into designing the material on the shirt from scratch

“I wanted to create pieces that made the person wearing them feel beautiful.” After weeks of lock down, Bar admits, “I never expected that I would actually model my own collection, but it definitely felt good!”

Featured on the front cover, this photograph of Bar Elboim at the beach features her beautifully designed bathing-suit cover-up 18

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Bar Elboim’s digital art designed in Adobe Illustrator

Bar Elboim presenting her project over ZOOM as the CHW Neri Bloomfield Academy of Design now offers digital e-learning in the wake of COVID-19 ORAH Magazine Summer 2020


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Coping with Covid-19, On and Off Campus

The buzzing lecture halls, vast social networks and packed events are what draw students to a college. But, they are also what make campus life a hazard during a pandemic. Following the first confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Israel, a state of emergency was declared and all educational institutions were forced to halt in-person classes, indefinitely.

Four months on, campuses are still off limits. Students have yet to hear if they will be able to return to campus in the fall, as authorities and educational leaders continue to assess if, when, or how they might be able to safely resume classes in the upcoming academic year. Yet, new data from a recent study conducted at Hadassah Academic College (HAC) can shed important light on the issue. Professor Avi Besser, Head of the Department of Communication Disorders, was actively involved in the swift transition to synchronous, online classes. And while the technicalities of the switch were seamless, within the first few weeks of distance learning, Professor Besser began to notice growing signs of distress and anxiety among many students, or so it seemed. As an educational psychologist, Professor Besser was highly attuned to the negative impact prolonged uncertainty and stress can have on individuals. He spent years examining the communities bordering Gaza to assess the effects of the complex emergency, including daily rocket attacks. Quick in crisis situations, Professor Besser immediately set out to investigate the impact of the pandemic on locked-down students. While much of the focus around COVID-19 was initially based on preventing the spread of the virus and maintaining one’s physical health, Professor Besser was keen to understand the impact of the pandemic on the mental health and coping strategies of students.


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Computers donated to HAC for E-Learning in the wake of COVID-19 An online questionnaire was sent to thousands of students across a number of academic institutions in Israel with a quick turnaround of 1,217 responses. The survey clearly revealed that the sudden shift to distance learning was, in fact, negatively impacting the overall cognitive abilities, emotional wellbeing and mental health of the vast majority of students. In comparison with face-to-face classes, the fresh data demonstrated that students felt higher levels of stress, anxiety, frustration, helplessness and even boredom. They also felt a decrease in their sense of optimism, satisfaction and enjoyment around learning. Without access to a vibrant campus life, students felt a greater sense of loneliness and lost their sense of ‘belonging’. Students also felt largely ignored, less visible and unimportant as they struggled to sit through an average of 7-10 Zoom classes per week.

The vast majority of students stated a significant decrease in their levels of attention and concentration. Their ability to retain information and apply the material being taught was hampered. Additionally, students admitted they felt less committed to learning and related a sense of frustration, as they did not feel they were able to meet the goals they had originally set for themselves. The analysis factored in the background of students, such as age, gender, marital status, employment and financial status. It also took into account student living arrangements and whether they lived alone or with others during lock down. In doing so, the research debunks many assumptions as to who was faring better during the pandemic: introverts or extroverts. While social media was flooded with posts about lock down being an ‘introvert’s paradise,’ the findings suggests otherwise. The research carefully examined the relationship between the personal characteristics of students, (such as introversion, extroversion, perfectionism) and their adaptive characteristics. Although introverts may prefer staying home more, extroverts, who thrive on social connections, were faring slightly better during the lock down, as they still managed to seek out and initiate social connections.

The prolonged and growing uncertainties around COVID-19, is causing significant damage to the self-esteem and self-efficacy of many students.” Post-pandemic, Professor Besser advises, “We will likely need to deal with many aspects related to the mental health of students- emotional, cognitive and behavioral.”

Professor Avi Besser Professor Besser believes that academic institutions must do more to help students through the pandemic by prioritizing not only their academic achievements but also their emotional wellbeing. The full study, Personality, Adaptability and the Experience of Online Synchronous Learning, co-authored by Professor Bessner with Professor Gordon Flett of York University and Professor Virgil Zeigler-Hill of Oakland University, has already attracted international attention. Informed by the findings, a growing number of institutions are expanding COVID-19 health and safety plans to include programs and services that cater to the emotional and mental health of students.

HAC faculty and students learning in an online classroom. As educational institutions in Israel and around the world develop new strategies, Professor Besser believes his research can help inform decision and policy makers. “Planning ahead for online teaching needs to take into consideration the heavy toll it has on both lecturers and students.

As a second wave of the pandemic looms over Israel, HAC is ready to address the critical areas highlighted in the research. Professional staff are working around the clock to offer students immediate access to a whole basket of services, including guidance, counselling and even financial assistance. Whether through Zoom, capsules, or a hybrid of in-person classes, HAC is determined that when students resume their classes in the fall, they will feel more supported than ever. ORAH Magazine Summer 2020



In late August 2019 at a Board of Directors meeting, Marilyn Libin, CHW National President, announced that the World WIZO General meeting to be held January 2020 in Tel Aviv was to be an EGM (Enlarged General Meeting) and it would be to launch WIZO’s Centenary. Encouraged by Marilyn to attend as one of CHW’s nine delegates to the WIZO EGM, I decided to go by the time I sat down on the train to return to Ottawa. To be honest, I felt I needed to go as I had not visited a CHW project in a while and we would have time to arrange a visit plus as World WIZO is one of CHW’s partners, it would be good to get an inside view. As well, leaving Ottawa in the middle of the winter for sunny Israel was certainly appealing. I was about to learn that WIZO had “pulled out all the stops” for a once in a lifetime experience. I had no idea the scope and effort of WIZO for the EGM but soon realized very quickly while walking into the Grand Ballroom at the Hilton in Tel Aviv with the delegation from CHW, that this was going to be a special experience. Over 770 women from across the world were attending as either a delegate or observer. You saw huge swaths of women from every corner of the globe waving their country’s flag. I think what hit me immediately was that this is not our grandmother’s WIZO but a modern women’s organization taking on the commitment to change the lives of those in need in Israel.

CHW Delegation and Staff attending the World WIZO EGM in Tel Aviv. (L-R): Elayna Latsky, Reeva Waksberg, Brondell Shapiro, Cathy Williams, Marilyn Libin, Daniel Pike, Alina Ianson, Debbie Eisenberg, Lynn Gillman, Roslyn Joseph 22

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A very proud moment for our delegation was a ceremony where Debbie Eisenberg, Immediate Past National President, and Claudia Goldman, Past National President, both received Honorary Life Memberships from World WIZO. The first speaker of the event was one of the most dynamic speakers I have ever heard. Full of energy and Israeli chutzpah, ex CEO of El Al and Retired General Elyezer Shkedy gave a stirring speech about leadership, Zionism and Jewish values. After that I was not sure anyone could top him; however, each and every speaker came ready and eager to deliver their message full of passion, insight, and innovation. It was impossible not to feel inspired and encouraged to go back home and to become more committed to CHW. During one session we heard from past graduates of WIZO’s schools that have gone on to be incredible and important citizens. Now these graduates are giving back to WIZO to help. Showing the strength and power of Israeli women, there was also a session to highlight four courageous women who had become great leaders by overcoming obstacles. A crowd favourite, Daniel Birnbaum, CEO of SodaStream, focused on transforming organizations and how he puts the sparkle back in his company every day. Everyone was listening and taking in each and every word from him.

One of the days was devoted to visiting outstanding WIZO institutions. Fourteen buses headed out for an adventure early one morning. My bus’s first stop was a visit to a WIZO community centre in Hadera where we heard gut wrenching stories from women who had escaped abuse, and their heroic fight for their lives and the lives of their children. Later we went to CHW Nahalal Children and Youth Village where it was time for the Canadians to show off certainly, one of the star projects of World WIZO. Undoubtedly, the highlight of the visit was hearing from the students and so many of them came up to the Canadian delegation to tell each of us the impact of our support on their individual lives. Without any prompting, each student was eager to relay their story and wanted us to deliver a message to the supporters back home, about their gratitude and the difference that CHW had made to their lives. Each day of the EGM, you went to bed with a full heart and mind. I couldn’t help but think how fitting our Annual Campaign theme this year “Home is Where the Heart is”, encapsulated my trip to Israel. I certainly left my heart in Israel at our projects but also the inspiration from these few days made me see WIZO and CHW with a whole new heart.

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Healing With Horses Rebekka’s Story

Rebekka Dullman, Head of Therapeutic Riding and Stables at CHW Nahalal Children and Youth Village tells us about the positive impact of the Na’aleh Program. Rebekka Dullman Britain has come full circle as the new Head of Therapeutic Riding and Stables at CHW Nahalal Children and Youth Village. Her journey to Nahalal, filled with twists and turns, began when Rebekka moved from the city of Bonn, Germany, to the desert town of Be’er Sheva at the age of 14. It took Rebekka some time to get over the culture shock, but eventually, she found her path: a path, guided by her deep love and appreciation for the ‘magic and mystery’ of horses; a path, which she is now delighted to share with children as they navigate through the obstacles in their lives and cope with a world of uncertainties.

“I really believe you can help a child through a positive educational experience. They can learn so much by experiencing life and not just by reading textbooks. The stable is a perfect setting for learning because it is a microcosm of the real world, yet it still feels safe and protected. By taking care of horses, children learn responsibility. They learn to regulate their emotions, by overcoming their frustrations when a horse doesn’t respond to their commands. Horses communicate with the children and give them immediate feedback.”

Rebekka shares: “It was very hard for me to adjust to a new life in Israel. I didn’t even want to learn Hebrew. I was pretty miserable until I found a stable in the neighbourhood where I could ride a horse again. I always loved horses and horse riding offered me stability and an outlet.” Once she started enjoying herself again, Rebekka was ready to face her challenges, including Hebrew! She started learning ‘essential’ words, such as saddle, harness and reins! Rebekka’s passion for riding became her mission in life. At the age of 17, Rebekka completed her instructor’s course and became a certified horse trainer. At that point, Rebekka knew she wanted to help other children find their path in life as well. She earned an MA degree in Experiential Education, which complimented her degree in Therapeutic Riding.

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Since her very first job at CHW Nahalal over 20 years ago, Rebekka has gained invaluable experience and has trained dozens of other therapeutic instructors across the country. She has helped hundreds of children and youth through some of the most difficult periods in their lives. When the Coronavirus spiked in Israel, Rebekka sprung into action! Dozens of students from the Na’aleh program who intended to travel home for Passover holidays suddenly found themselves stranded in Israel, due to new travel restrictions and international border closures. Yet, the incredible staff, led by Galia Alef, the Director of the Village, created a safe-haven for over 60 Na’aleh students, as full lock-down measures began to take effect. Rebekka says: “During lockdown, the stable felt like the only island of sanity! COVID-19 didn’t affect the horses, their routine continued. They had to be fed every morning and every night. We actually needed the kids more than ever. We needed their help to run the stable and care for the horses. Most of the students were upset that they couldn’t return home, but with time, I could see how relieved they were to be in a safe place. The daily routine at the stable helped them to better cope with the chaos of the pandemic.” In fact, the entire Agriculture Track, which CHW Nahalal is renowned for, was bustling with activity during COVID-19. Rebekka saw positive changes among many of the students who rolled up their sleeves every morning to help out on the farm, but one student really stood out for Rebekka. “I really connected with Sonia and took her under my wing. This was her first year in the program, and her first time away from her family. CHW Nahalal couldn’t be more different than her home, a small city in Siberia called Irkutsk! When Sonia arrived, she was very shy and didn’t feel comfortable expressing herself. If she wanted or needed something, she wouldn’t ask.”


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“However, since joining the horse riding programme, Sonia has learned to take charge. There are so many skills developed in the horse riding programme that can be adapted to everyday life. Simple skills, like speaking up and communicating clearly, are so important! If you want to make it in Israel, you need to be more assertive and use your voice. We practice this on a daily basis by communicating with the horses. I’m delighted that after a few months, Sonia feels comfortable to speak up now! She understands that it’s ok to ask for help.”

Sonia riding at CHW Nahalal Children & Youth Village

“The aim of our Therapeutic Program is not solely to train our students to become better riders. Our goal is to train them for life and give them tools and skills to overcome their challenges, and we set individual goals with each student. For the Na’aleh students, the stable is a place where they can come and feel connected and develop a sense of belonging. It’s their home away from home.”

Reflecting on her experiences during lockdown, Sonia shares: “During lockdown, I had more free time, so I decided to come to the stable. The more I went, the more the place felt like home. It felt warm and inviting. I got to know so many wonderful people, like Rebekka, and made new friends. I’m so happy to be a part of this special group. Everyone has been working together to improve the conditions at the stable. There’s still more to be done, but everything looks and feels so nice right now. I feel really grateful. I really miss my parents, but everyone cheers me up and makes me feel like a part of the family. I love them all!” Although Israel has officially lifted many COVID-19 restrictions, there is still a lot of uncertainty and fear around a possible second wave of infections, which may lead to another lock down and travel restrictions. Rebekka points out: “Students are clearly stressed right now. They’re unsure if they will be able to travel home this summer. For many, it will be a full year since they’ve seen their family!” Rebekka and a core team at CHW Nahalal are gearing up for every possible scenario. Their mission to provide a safe and secure home for children and youth has never been more important. Rebekka will be working closely with all the students over the summer to ensure their wellbeing during this difficult time. She feels confident she will succeed, with the help of many loyal horses. “You can see whatever is going on inside a student’s mind as they begin to ride. If someone is stressed or upset, the horse will react accordingly. Even with all my years of experience, sometimes the horse picks up things that I might miss. The horse really completes the picture for me. Horses feel your body language and your body language does not lie. In the eyes of a horse, you see yourself. You can see your reflection in their big, warm eyes.”

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Dr. Yonatan Shapira

COVID-19 at The Shamir Medical Centre (Assaf Harofeh)

Dr. Yonatan Shapira was only a few months into his role as Head of the newly established Internal Medicine Department at The Shamir Medical Centre (Assaf Harofeh), when discussion around a possible pandemic began. As Israel set up a national Coronavirus emergency plan, The Shamir Medical Centre was among the first hospitals to establish a designated Coronavirus Unit, headed by Dr. Shapira. Born in the United States, Dr. Shapira moved to Israel with his family at the age of 15. He pursued his passion for medicine at The Hebrew University - Hadassah Medical School, and completed his Internal Medicine residency at Shamir Medical Centre. As his career expanded, Dr. Shapira held several senior roles within Israel’s most prestigious hospitals. Dr. Shapira currently resides on a moshav in central Israel, and is the proud father of four. Q: How did Shamir Medical Centre prepare for the Coronavirus and what actually transpired during the first few weeks of the pandemic? At the end of February, we started preparing for COVID-19 by converting the Internal Medicine Department into the Coronavirus Unit. Yet, after hearing about the high rates of infection around the world, we quickly realized we needed to keep expanding. We transformed a second, adjacent department into another Coronavirus Unit, and then added another area. Therefore, by the end of March, we converted three departments within the hospital, in order to have the capacity to treat all of the COVID-19 patients admitted to the hospital. It definitely wasn’t business as usual! We worked 12-hour shifts and as such, needed support of additional doctors and nurses from other specialized departments. There was a point when we all felt like we were heading out to the battle fields.

Q: What were some of the main challenges you and your team encountered? The biggest challenge for us was that we all had to deal with so many unknowns. We simply didn’t know what treatments might be best for the patients. We still don’t know exactly what works, but we definitely know more. At the beginning there were no recommended medications and we started using different treatments that proved to be successful elsewhere in the world, like Remdesivir, which is an antiviral drug that showed very promising results. We also started using plasma from people that were sick and recovered from COVID-19. It’s actually become one of the more popular treatments.

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One of the hardest aspects of this pandemic was that family members were not able to come and visit with our patients.”

Q: Have you had to adapt as new information and data about treatments became available? So many changes have happened in real time! We’re not used to this kind of medicine. Usually we know what to do and have 97% of the information we need available. For example, the whole idea of how to oxygenate patients was critical. There was a big shift a few weeks after we started treating patients. At the beginning, the protocol was to place all difficult cases on a respirator. That’s what everyone did around the world and that’s what we did here. But then we realized, it’s actually not ideal, because it’s very hard to wean them off. Now we’re doing just the opposite- we actually try not to respirate our patients. On the one hand, you could say all of this is very exciting and interesting, especially as new articles are constantly coming out from the medical community around the world. However, on the other hand, it’s very difficult to stay on top of the most up-to-date discoveries while you’re in the midst of a pandemic, inundated with very ill patients. Q: What was it like to treat patients in the midst of Israel’s full lock down? We had to quickly adapt to a new way of connecting and communicating with our patients. It was very difficult while we’re dressed in full protective gear. Aside from the fact that you’re hot and sweaty, our patients could barely see us behind our face masks and shields. We came up with some creative ways to overcome the barriers. For instance, we printed name tags with pictures of our smiling faces! Our patients were very happy and told us it made a huge difference that they could ‘see’ who they were speaking with.


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One of the hardest aspects of this pandemic was that family members were not able to come and visit with our patients. It was heartbreaking to see so many lonely elderly patients, because their children were not allowed to be with them. In fact, it was so difficult, we decided to rethink our entire approach. We realized if we could see patients and protect ourselves using full body gear, then so could family members. Obviously, we didn’t want to cause any harm, but it was so important to give families this option. We now allow up to two family members to suit up and go into the Coronavirus Unit, if they would like. Some families don’t feel comfortable doing this, but once they understand the severity of the situation, they usually do. We also heavily relied on iPads, FaceTime and WhatsApp to connect our patients with their families. It made all the difference. I remember how happy and grateful the daughter of a patient was when I connected her to her father. Although her father was on a respirator and could not speak, his eyes lit up when he saw his daughter on the screen. It was a touching moment.

Spirits are high with hospital staff despite the global pandemic

Q: How severe were the cases that you’ve seen? Unfortunately, some patients didn’t survive, especially at the beginning of the pandemic, when there were so many unknowns. We still think about one of our younger patients who, sadly, passed away. Perhaps, if she were hospitalized a month later, we might have been able to save her life. As medical professionals, we’ve seen our fair share of tragedies and people passing away. This pandemic was exceptionally hard on our staff. It was impossible to beat the virus at the very beginning. We feel much better now, especially as the numbers of infected people eventually went down. The number of COVID-19 deaths remained under 300, when restrictions in Israel began to ease by mid-May. Q: There is a lot of talk about a second wave of COVID-19 infections. What is your opinion? Will the health system be able to cope again, especially during the Flu Season? It won’t be easy, but I believe we will be able to cope with it. Today, patients with mild or no symptoms are correctly being sent home and quarantined. Back in March, almost everyone was hospitalized. Before Coronavirus, nobody would have considered hospitalizing someone because of a cough. We have much more experience, especially in our emergency rooms and in our community health clinics. I think fewer people may be hospitalized, but the cases will likely be more severe. Thankfully, we have better treatments and techniques, and fewer patients need to be on a respirator. We’re definitely thinking about the winter and flu season. It’s a real issue because we just don’t know, if a patient can get both the flu and Coronavirus. We don’t know if a patient with Coronavirus is protected against the flu or just the opposite. It’s all very fascinating, but we need to be prepared for the worst case scenario. We are trying to predict the number and prepare on a national level for what may be a very difficult winter season. The good news is that elderly patients may fare much better than in the past, because they’re so well protected right now. I see that the older patients, in my own community, are protecting themselves. They take it very seriously, which is an important part of the overall solution to curbing the pandemic.

Q: What is your take on the overall response to the pandemic? Looking back, I feel a great deal of satisfaction; mainly, because we experienced a whole new way of practicing medicine. Doctors often rely on all kinds of algorithms and protocols, which they base their decisions on. Given the fact that there were so many unknowns during COVID-19, we needed to consider the particular situation and rely on our gut feeling. I personally believe in an individual approach. It makes it difficult, because the burden is on you and your decision making. On the other hand, I believe this is the right way to practice medicine. I also enjoyed working as part of a close-knit team. We always collaborated well, however, during this difficult period, teamwork became paramount. Q: Were there any special patients that you will always remember from this period? I firmly believe in connecting with patients. If we, as doctors, were unsure about what was unfolding at the outset of the pandemic, can you imagine what our patients were feeling? I remember there was a young man in his early thirties who was admitted in serious condition. He was so anxious, and kept thinking he was going to die. To be honest, he might have been right. We just didn’t know. I remember coming to his room every day and sitting with him. I didn’t even do much. I just kept telling him, ‘you’re going to be fine, you’re doing great. We’ll get through it.’ In the end, that’s what happened, but it could have ended differently. Encouragement and positive thinking make a huge difference. From time to time, we encountered very difficult cases, but we have to be there for our patients and their families during the good moments and the bad moments. That’s what we do. It’s the essence of medicine and it became even more obvious for me during COVID-19. This is why we chose to be Medical Doctors and this is our ultimate mission in life.

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A Different Kind of Courage Rising Domestic Abuse During The COVID-19 Pandemic How did an Orthodox Jewish mother of three, a Bedouin mother of five, and a new immigrant from the Ukraine with two sons find themselves under one roof? What brought them together in the midst of the COVID-19 lockdown? The truth is strikingly shocking: they all fought for their lives. And, luckily, they all found safety at WIZO’s Emergency Shelter, the first and only shelter of its kind to open in response to a spike in domestic violence since the Coronavirus pandemic hit Israel. Trapped with their abusers, many women and children felt unsafe and desperate. During lock down in Israel, the number of domestic violence cases rose by over 30%, while calls to emergency help lines soared by over 300%. Leanne,* a mother of two at the shelter, shares: “Coronavirus made everything worse. Something changed over Shavuot, when my husband punched me in the face and said, if I opened my mouth, it would be the end of me. The way he said this made me feel more scared than I had ever felt before. The punch didn’t hurt, I was used to the punches. I simply realized that if I waited for my husband to put an ‘end’ to this story, it would be a tragic one. If I wanted to stay alive, I had to end things right away.” Leanne is among 45 women and 66 children who sought refuge and received much needed help once the WIZO Emergency Shelter opened in May. The facility can accommodate 12 women at a time, together with their children; however, the need is substantially greater. In the midst of a full lock down, Zehavit Grossman, an active WIZO Israel member, and a survivor of domestic violence herself, was called in to assist with the operational management of the Emergency Shelter.

“Every single day some families leave the shelter, and the same day, other families arrive. Police officers bring women and children to the shelter in the middle of the night. When they arrive, I want to hug every woman. I know exactly how they feel and how scared they are. I remember when I was still living with my abusive husband, I was dreading the weekends when he was at home and not at work. So imagine what these women were going through during COVID-19 while they were trapped inside with their abusers. The already difficult situation was further aggravated by economic and employment insecurity during the pandemic. Adding financial stress to these situations is like adding fuel to the fire!”

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Mina,* a mother of two, relates her experience: “Since we arrived, my youngest daughter began to draw and express her sadness. My eldest daughter started to write about her life. Yesterday she turned to me and said, ‘But who will believe me?

A child and shelter worker engage in a craft activity Given the significant increase in domestic violence during the lockdown in Israel, the WIZO Emergency Shelter offers women and children immediate assistance for a twoweek period, on a rotation basis. WIZO’s trained professionals work around the clock in coordination with social service and government agencies to ensure that women receive full support, including much needed financial assistance.

I’m only 13 and so much has happened to me.’ One of the advantages of being at the shelter is that my girls can connect with others and not feel isolated. They also see that, sadly, what happened to them, happens in some other families as well.”

Zehavit relates a true picture of the way the women arrive at the shelter, and shares: “Women arrive here with only a bag with their essentials, including minimal clothing. Some of them don’t even have shoes. Some appear weak and hungry; some are malnourished, like they haven’t eaten properly for years. Abuse can be physical, emotional and/or financial. It’s all about control over a woman. We need to provide these women with proper tools and equip them to deal with what lies ahead.” The shelter felt an outpouring of love and support from local volunteers, who collected and delivered clothing and shoes, ran a toy drive, and brought furnishings for babies. Volunteers also baked homemade treats, and dropped off personal hygiene items and creams to help women heal from their bruises. Tremendous efforts were made to support not only the mothers, but also the children who are often left confused and traumatized by a sudden move and drastic change of environment. 36

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Zehavit, a domestic abuse survivor herself, now works inside the shelter to help others.

Once women and children arrive at the shelter, WIZO’s team immediately makes contact with all relevant employers, schools and even family members on behalf of the women, without disclosing any details that may put them at risk. By the end of the two week-stay, a more permanent shelter is secured for each woman, where she can receive long term care and rehabilitation, together with her children. Zehavit recognizes that the women she meets are just at the start of a very long and difficult journey: “Women are safe and protected as long as they’re in a shelter. But the day that they leave, they become exposed again. Sometimes their abusive partners track them down and sometimes women return. Unless you’ve been in the situation, it sounds incomprehensible as to why a woman would return to her abuser. But it’s a mindset. You need to keep telling yourself, like a mantra, that you won’t go back, until you yourself begin to believe it. It took me 7 years to leave. But when I left, it was so clear that I would never return. However, I meet a growing number of women here who insist that they will never return and they mean it. They’re ready to move forward. I tell them we’re here to help. I tell them how brave they are, over and over again, like a mantra.”

Zehavit bringing some much-needed supplies into the WIZO Emergency Shelter

It takes tremendous courage: physical, social, moral, emotional and spiritual, to not only overcome domestic abuse, but also to break free and start all over again. These women and children have just started discovering how courageous they are! *Names changed for privacy

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CHW is known for passionately supporting programs and services for Children, Healthcare, and Women in Israel and Canada. Here are a few of the different organizations, from coast to coast, supported locally by our CHW Centres.

CHW CALGARY Chanukah Toy Drive

For over 17 years, CHW Calgary has held a toy drive prior to Chanukah. The toys are given to Jewish Family Services (JFS) and the Alberta Children’s Hospital (ACH) for distribution to families who cannot afford any extras. CHW Calgary is proud that the 2019 Toy Drive provided toys, movie passes, and gift cards at the ACH and JFS. This mitzvah project supports the local community and reflects CHW’s values in investing in Children, Healthcare, and Women.

Scholarship at Mount Royal University

CHW Calgary has established a scholarship at Mount Royal University to enable a fulltime student enrolled in the Bachelor of Business Administration with a minor in Social Innovation and Non-profit Studies to continue their studies. The first award was presented in September, 2017, in honour of CHW’s Centennial year.

CHW EDMONTON Terry Horwitz Memorial Bursary

Since 2009, CHW Edmonton has proudly sponsored the Terry Horwitz Memorial Bursary. The Bursary celebrates Terry’s life, and honours her work with children in the early learning years. The $1,500 annual bursary is awarded to full-time, second-year students enrolled in the Early Learning and Child Care program at MacEwan University in Edmonton. Terry Horwitzz’l graduated from the program in 2004.

Award in Women’s and Gender Studies

For over 25 years, CHW Edmonton has provided the University of Alberta with $4,000 annually to support student bursaries and scholarships. The Hadassah WIZO Canada Award is bestowed upon undergraduate students, enrolled in the Women’s and Gender Studies program at the University of Alberta, based on academic achievement and financial needs.

CHW TORONTO The Jerome D. Diamond Adolescent Centre (JDD)

Last fall, CHW Toronto Centre launched a new local commitment -- The Jerome D. Diamond Adolescent Centre (JDD), a mental health centre that provides services to teens between the ages of 12 and 17 who are experiencing psychological, 38

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behavioural and/or academic challenges. Classroom instruction and counselling services are provided to students, while parents, legal guardians, siblings, and other family members receive required support. Services help manage students’ issues, with the goal of rejoining the mainstream with newfound competence and skills. CHW Toronto Centre is proud to support the Experiential Learning Programs at the JDD and ensure mental healthcare needs for local youth are met.

Canadian Young Judaea (CYJ) JOLT Program

CHW Toronto Centre supports the JOLT Program at CYJ. JOLT, or Jewish Outreach Leadership Training, is CYJ’s flagship program for youth tikkun olam, or community outreach. Participants in the program receive a minimum of 20 hours of community service and have the opportunity to engage in active, social causes and receive hands-on experience volunteering in the community. The main educational objectives of the JOLT programs are: leadership, tikkun olam, development of Jewish identity, and developing ties to their kvutza/community. CHW Toronto Centre is proud to be connected with CYJ and helping to make a difference in the lives of so many young adults.

CHW MONTREAL MADA Community Center

MADA is a volunteer-based organization whose central purpose is fighting poverty in the Montreal community. Providing a safe haven for those in need, MADA offers many social and crisis services free of charge to its patrons. CHW Montreal lends a helping hand throughout the year by contributing non-perishable food items at Chanukah and when other opportunities arise. Volunteers have proudly participated in the Shabbat to Share Program.

CHW Montreal Pro-Am Supports Camp Jackie

CHW Montreal’s Pro-Am For Kids Golf Tournament is proud to partner with a free nondenominational bereavement camp for children and teenagers, ages 6 to 17, grieving the death of a parent or sibling. This camp provides a traditional, fun, and high-energy camp experience, combined with grief education and emotional support.

CHW OTTAWA Maureen O’Neil Award in Women’s Studies

Offered through Carleton University, this award was endowed in 1985 by CHW in honour of Maureen O’Neil, Coordinator, Status of Women Canada. It is awarded annually, when merited, to a student enrolled in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research who is doing work in Women’s Studies.


Jewish Family Services Agency

CHW Vancouver has proudly partnered with various local organizations over the years. CHW Vancouver continues to provide new and gently used toiletries and cosmetic items to women in need through the Salvation Army Homestead, The WISH Drop-In Centre, and Jewish Family Services. ORAH Magazine Summer 2020


SUSTAINER Ann Davis Secter

I do not think I am the oldest CHW Sustainer – but at 91 years old – I could be close! When I immigrated to Edmonton, post WW II as a Holocaust Survivor, joining a chapter of “Hadassah” was a way to make new friends and become part of my new community as a young bride and new mother. I attended chapter meetings and over the years volunteered at the famous Edmonton Hadassah Bazaar. Whether it was modeling in the fashion shows or demonstrating making roly poly, it was enjoyable and a way to connect and contribute.



It gives me great satisfaction to contribute annually to CHW and to know that I am continuing to help others. I may not bake or model any longer – but giving financially is how I can still make a difference.

I may not bake or model any longer - but giving financially is how I can still make a difference.”


Many years later, my youngest daughter – Stephanie Hendin – became incredibly involved in Edmonton Hadassah WIZO and eventually became a CHW National Director. It was while she was on the Board with Marla Dan serving as National President, that Stephanie encouraged me to become a Sustainer.

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Please join me in supporting CHW by becoming a Sustainer.

To learn more about the Sustainers program, please visit: www.chw.ca/sustainers

When you become a Sustainer,* You are changing lives, providing hope and building futures.

Sustainers are the heartbeat of CHW, enabling change and improving lives. Your Sustainer’s gift will lead the way and provide significant support. Help us answer the growing needs for all who depend on our collective help, showing them just how much we care. Your generosity makes all the difference. Thank you!

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Ruth Aaron, Ottawa (In Memory of Fredaz’l & Benjamin Feinsteinz’l) Shirley Abramsky, Kingston Doreen Abugov, Calgary Leonda Adler, Victoria Phyllis Adler, Toronto Sheila Alexander, Toronto Anonymous, Calgary (2) Anonymous, Edmonton (2) Anonymous, Hamilton (1) Anonymous, Montreal (3) Anonymous, Toronto (12) Anonymous, Vancouver (4) Anonymous, Winnipeg (1) Pamela Austin, Toronto Azrieli Foundation - Azrieli Family, Montreal Susan Balinsky, Montreal Anne Bank, Toronto Debbie Bank, Toronto Lori Barer, Vancouver Linda Barron, Calgary Shelley Baruch, Toronto Renna Bassal, Montreal Tali Baum, Toronto Sharron Beder, Toronto Mr. & Mrs. Sam Bell, Calgary Lauren Bellon, Toronto (In Memory of Eleanor Lambertz’l) Bonnie Belzberg, Vancouver Frances Belzberg, Vancouver Carol Berall, Montreal Judith Berg, Toronto Patricia (Lala) Berkovic, Toronto Heather Glassman Berkowitz, Vancouver Eleonora Berku, Montreal (Honouring great grand- children, Adam, Raina, Eva & Kiren) Sonia Bickman, Calgary Pam Bierstock, Waterloo Marjorie Blankstein, C.M., O.M., Winnipeg Erika Bloch, Toronto Kathy Bloom, Toronto Pearl Bloom, Toronto Esti Bonkowski, Waterloo Bernice Brownstein, Montreal Clarice Brownstein Kolomeir, Montreal Orah Buck, Toronto 42

Gladys Buckler, Toronto Lynda Budd, Kitchener-Waterloo Frieda Bugis, Edmonton Gloria Burnett, Montreal Bailah Burnsz’l, Toronto Pauline Burns, Oshawa Marion Caplan, Montreal Stephanie Caplan, Toronto Beverley Carley, Toronto Sandy Chernoff, Vancouver Arlein & Dovz’l Chetner, Calgary Glenda Chetner, Calgary Aviva Cheuk, Calgary Diane E. Cohen, Montreal Lorraine & Marvin Cohen, Ancaster Marlene Cohen, Vancouver Nancy Cohen, Toronto Paula Cohen, Toronto Esther Cole, Toronto Tamara Collier, Edmonton Claire Conrad, Vancouver Gail Cooper, Toronto Jean Cooperberg, Vancouver Leba & Jack Cooperstone, Montreal Beverley Corber, Vancouver Mollie Corber, Montreal Hazel Cosman, Calgary Stephen A. Cotsman, Ottawa Sylvia Cristall, Vancouver Shirley Croll, Montreal Marla Dan, Toronto Ann & Morris Dancyger, Calgary Joanne Davidson, Victoria Evelyn Davisz’l, Sydney Rozlyn Druckman, Montreal Rhoda Dubin, Montreal Ruth Dvorkin, Calgary Frieda Lewin Dym, Montreal Wendy Eisen, Toronto Debbie Eisenberg, Kitchener Bina Ellen, Montreal Corinne Engel, Toronto Diane Erlick, Toronto Karen Farkas, Edmonton Shelley Fine, Toronto Molly Finkelstein, Toronto Faye Firestone, Toronto Randi Fisher, London Phyllis Flatt, Toronto

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Mandy Fleischer, Toronto Marilyn Fraiberg z’l, Calgary Rachelle Wolynetz Frankel, Toronto Naomi Frankenburg z’l, Vancouver Ruth Freeman, Vancouver Nora Freund, Toronto Helen (Elly) Freund-Bell, London Patricia & Allan Friedland, Toronto Lois Friedman-Fine, Toronto Edith Galfi, Toronto Ruth Garbe, Toronto Naomi & Arnold z’l Garber, Montreal Corinne & Mark Gelfer, Vancouver Rita Gerstein, Toronto Lynn Gillman, Ottawa Daniella Givon, Vancouver Rose-Marie & Leon Glassman, Vancouver Barbara Gleiberman, Edmonton Marcia Glick, Waterloo Shirley Glick, Toronto Vera Glube, Ottawa Bea Goldberg, Vancouver Debbie Goldberg, Toronto Helen Goldberg, Toronto Janice Goldberg, Toronto Leo & Shirley Goldfarb Foundation, Montreal Claudia Goldman, Vancouver Glory Goldman, Toronto Diane Goldstein, London Ellen Goldstein, Toronto Carole Grafstein, Toronto Sarah Granatowicz, Toronto Gina Grant, Ottawa Janice Gray-Edell, London Sandra Green, Montreal Jeannette Greenhutz’l, Vancouver Saryl Gross, Montreal Bonnie Grossman, Toronto Lynda Grossman, Montreal Sharon Grossman, Toronto Dr. Ralph & Sheila Gurevitch, Calgary Andrea Halperin, Toronto Jackie Halpern, Calgary Jackie & Hayim Hamborger, Calgary Florence Hertzman, Toronto Jennifer Hesselson, Battleford Catherine Hiller, Winnipeg Sonya Hirsch, Toronto

Eva & Gordon Hoffman, Calgary Helen Hoffman, Vancouver Jeannette Hoffman, Edmonton Rhonda Hoffman, Toronto Sarah Hutman, Montreal Alina Ianson, Toronto Mrs. Barbara Joffe, Calgary Roslyn Joseph, Montreal Michelle Kaplansky, London Margo & David Kardish, Ottawa (In Memory of Tessie Zelikovitz z’l & Eva Kardishz’l) Judy Katsof, Montreal April & David Katz, Victoria Dora Kichler, Toronto Mrs. Fay Kifer, Edmonton Sandi Kirschner, Toronto Mrs. Lisa Klinger, London Laurie Koch, Toronto Rochelle Koffman Freedman, Toronto William & Lea Kohn, Calgary Ethel Kostman, Halifax Katty Kraizel, Toronto Sharon Kroft, Toronto Beatrice B. Kruppz’l, Montreal Gail E. Ksienski, Calgary Mrs. Connie Monson Kussner, Toronto Harriette Laing, Toronto Lana Landa, Vancouver Mrs. Sonja Langburt, Montreal Elayna Joy Latsky, Toronto Leila Lax, Toronto Elizabeth Laxer, Montreal Lillian & Arthurz’l Lerman, Toronto Charlotte Levene, Kitchener Sheila Nemtin Levine, Montreal Rochelle Levinson, Vancouver Marleen Levy, Toronto Harriet & Phil Libin, Calgary Marilyn Libin, Calgary Lisa Linden-Wiseman, Toronto Sharon B. Lipman, Toronto Bertha Lipson, Toronto (In Memory of Bertha Doranz’l & Jenny Lipsonz’l) Jeffrey H Lipton, Toronto Glynnis Louis, Toronto Charlotte Lubin, Montreal Fran Luborsky, Toronto

To learn more about the Sustainers program, please visit: www.chw.ca/sustainers

Evelyn Thaw Maizen, Kingston Ruthe Mann, Toronto Beulah Martin, Calgary Lorraine Martin, Regina Sandy Martin, Calgary Anne Matlow, Toronto Irving & Estherz’l Matlow, Toronto Leanne Matlow, Toronto Linda Matlow, Cambridge Hedda Medjuck, Halifax Shirlee Medjuck, Halifax Roslyn Mendelson, Toronto Karen Meyerowitz, Toronto Miriam Milavsky, Calgary Florence & Sheldon Miller, Montreal Luba Miller, Montreal Ruth Milne, Toronto Michelle Moll, Toronto Anita Morris, Montreal Joan Morris, Montreal Dr. Michele A. Moss, Calgary Madelon E. Niman, Toronto Lucy Nisker, Montreal Kathie & Mickey Norris, Waterloo Vita E. Novick, Montreal Al Osten, Calgary Linda Papernick, Toronto Myra Paperny, Calgary Lola Pawer, Vancouver Sharon Pollock, Toronto Sylvia Polsky, Vancouver Sarah & Joseph Pomerantz, Montreal Dr. Ana M. Porzecanski, London Sandy Posluns, Toronto Dr. Lorne & Mrs. Beth Price, Calgary Marsha Ptack, Montreal Lyle Pullan, Vancouver Sharon Pupko, Toronto Merle Rachlin, Toronto Lailla Rapoport, Toronto Dorothy Reitman CM, Montreal Marlene Richardson, Toronto Murray Robins, Calgary Susan Rose, Toronto Vivian Rosen, Toronto Gloria Rosenberg, Toronto Barbara Rosenstein, Toronto Dr. Stuart & Mrs. Irene Ross, Calgary Molly Ross, Calgary

Marilyn Rotenberg, Toronto Sheila Rother, Toronto Shelley Rothman, Ottawa Sonia Rowan, Toronto Patsy Mallek Royer, Ottawa Phyllisz’l & Alexz’l Rubin, Calgary Dundi & Lyon Sachs, Montreal (In Honour of Debbie Eisenberg) Karen Sacks, Toronto Leyla Sacks, Vancouver Sharon (Cookie) Sandler, Toronto Bea Schachter, Montreal Evelyn Bloomfield Schachter, Montreal Diana Schwartz, Sydney (In Memory of Terry Schwarzfeldz’l, Ottawa) Ann Davis Secter, Edmonton Ilse Seetner, Toronto Maxine Segalz’l, Regina (In Memory of Beaz’l & Harry Segalz’l) Susan Segal, Toronto Marcy Segall, Montreal Dr. Harold & Marsha Shabsovez’l, Toronto Jane Shadley, Vancouver Brondell Shapiro, Toronto Evelyn Sheftel Shapiro, Calgary (In Memory of Bella Sheftelz’l) Faigel & Len Shapiro, Calgary Vivien Sharon, Toronto Linda Shaw, Saskatoon (In Memory of Clarice Buckwoldz’l) Jackie Sheinerz’l, Montreal Betty Ann Sherwood, Calgary Deborah Siegel, Toronto Judith Silver, London Ruth Simon, Toronto Myrna Singer, Waterloo Joanna Sinukoff & The Lindy Green Chairitable Foundation, Toronto Beverley Siskind, Toronto Dr. Stan & Carey Smith, Calgary Fran Sonshine, Toronto Mildred Sonshine, Toronto Carol Lou Spiegel, Toronto Julie Spira, Toronto (In Memory of Elizabethz’l & Leslie Herczogz’l) Mrs. Harriet Star, Montreal Haya Stein, Calgary

Suzanne Stein, Toronto Dr. Mireille Steinberg, Montreal Joyce Strauss, Waterloo Barbara Sugar, Toronto Beverly Suliteanu Fowler, Montreal Eunice Swadron, Toronto Beverly Swedko, Ottawa Pamela & Marvin Tarek, Toronto Mary Taub, Calgary Maidy Teitelbaum, Montreal Louise Tenenbaum, Toronto Harriet Train, Toronto Tova Train, Toronto Miriam Trehearne, Toronto (In Memory of Annettez’l & Louis Gordonz’l) Ruth Ullman, Calgary Robyn Ulster, Toronto Martha Vajdaz’l, Toronto Evelyn Viner, Calgary Susan Wainberg, Montreal Cynthia Borovoy Warren, Toronto Mary Waterman, Calgary Marilyn Weinstein, Vancouver Zees Wenger, Montreal Janet Werger, Toronto Dr. Robert Wienerz’l, Montreal Judy Winberg, Toronto Dr. Sam & Randi Winter, Vancouver Sirky Wolynetz, Toronto Sylvia Wortsman, Toronto Gloria Wunder, Toronto Gwendolyn Yacht, Toronto Toby R. Yan, Ottawa Yonge Vision, Toronto Corinne R. Zagerman, Ottawa Judy Zelikovitz, Toronto Mrs. Rose Zivot, Calgary Daniel & Briana Zur, Waterloo

All Sustainers receive this unique sterling silver pin made in Israel!

*Sustainers to August 10, 2020

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Carole Zucker When my sister Wendy Eisen and I were growing up, Hadassah (now CHW,) was a household name. Each fall, Wendy and I eagerly looked forward to the Hadassah Bazaar. Our mother, Allie Herman, an active Member of Ruth Chapter, held positions of leadership in the 1950’s as Chairman of Hadassim and Chairman of Bazaar. Our grandmother, Rose Herman was a member of the Western Chapter and every summer, grandma would collect $5 from her friends and neighbors in Jackson’s Point for her chapter tea in the fall. In the early 1960s, my sister Wendy was Chair of the Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter in Montreal, which she had helped form with her newly married friends. In 1957, my mother assisted me to found CHW Toronto Noar Chapter with a group of young brides. I held the office of President for two years. Mom, Lil Gold, and Bobby Wilson became our mentors. Noar quickly became a chapter to be reckoned with. We girls were enthusiastic and fun. We planned avant garde fundraising events and there was many a time that ‘our mentors’ were brought before the Executive Board to plead our case on our behalf. Our Noar girls loved my mother, and it was only many years later that I learned from many of them that they would frequently call her for advice, knowing they could trust her. In the fall of 1964, I went on my first trip to Israel with my parents.


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My mother and I experienced a wonderful visit to the CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village, which had been established in 1947 to provide a home for orphaned children following World War II. This emphasized to us how lucky we were to be living safely in Canada with our children during the war. It inspired us to do everything we could to help these children grow up to be solid Israeli citizens Working for Hadassah was the beginning of my career in philanthropy. Hadassah gave me the confidence to enter my family business in 1970, and take on future leadership roles in other organizations in the community.

For 62 years, I have had the good fortune to work alongside the many wonderful women of Noar Chapter. In those days, The Hadassah Bazaar, which took place in November, at the Automotive Building at the CNE was the most exciting fundraising event of the year. Noar had a double booth, selling toys, costume jewelry, shoes and clothing – anything imaginable. In the 1970’s, I co-chaired the Bazaar’s Auction for more years than I can remember, and I then went on to chair Noar’s Fashion Show Auction at Bazaar. For many years, Noar was one of the top chapter money raisers – money which went to The CHW Nahalal Children and Youth Village in Israel. Noar’s interest in Arts and Crafts began in the late 70’s, when I co-chaired a craft show 2 years in a row at Yorkdale Shopping Centre. This evolved into Noar’s famous Art Day in which I actively participated. Art Day continued until about 5 years ago*. All funds that were raised went to Youth Aliyah. In 2003, Noar presented me with a star on the Braun Wall of Honour. This experience influenced me greatly and it gives me great pleasure to be able to continue to help CHW projects, like CHW Hadassim. Since then it has grown and evolved into a safe haven for children in need. The Healing Broken Families program receives referrals from the Child Welfare Authority and children who are unable to live at home are placed in CHW’s Family Units and dormitories which provides programs for them.

The children receive emotional, social and educational support and are encouraged to stay in contact with their parents through specialized therapy sessions and family excursions. Healing broken Families are saving lives of Israeli children with their life-saving services at CHW Hadassim.

This experience influenced me greatly and it gives me great pleasure to be able to continue to help CHW projects, like CHW Hadassim.” *CHW Toronto Machar Chapter took the reins from Noar and continued the tradition of Art Day, and it is just as popular as ever!

To learn more about the Woman/Man of Distinction program, please visit: chw.ca/support-us/major-gifts/womanman-of-distinction

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Kayla Shoctor I have been a member of Hadassah (now CHW) for some 60 years and always supported various causes, thinking one day I would make a substantial donation to my favorite cause; and behold, I have reached that wonderful time. What really was the instigator was my last trip to Israel—my sister, her husband, and children made Aliyah some 40 years ago and I have visited Israel many times, and since they moved there—each time seeing projects supported by CHW. It was during my last visit that I saw a Youth Village and I was really impressed and felt a strong need to support it. Which goes to prove that “One look is worth more than a thousand speeches.”

To learn more about the Woman of Valour program, please visit: chw.ca/support-us/major-gifts/woman-of-valour


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Woman of Valour

Gifts of $10,000 to $100,000 apply to CHW’s commitment to WIZO, including our daycare centres, schools, WIZO Shelters and parental hotline.

Woman/Man of Distinction

Encompasses gifts of $10,000 to $50,000 for CHW’s commitments to The Shamir Medical Centre (Assaf Harofeh), Hadassah Hospital and CHW Netanya Technological High School.

Woman of Valour Ruth Aaron Tali Baum Lauren Bell Lauren Esther Bellon Frances Belzberg Marla Dan

Frieda Dym Debbie Eisenberg Karen Farkas Phyllis Flatt Ruth Freeman Daniella Givon

Marcia Glick Claudia Goldman Shirley Greenberg Roslyn Joseph Connie Monson Kussner Eleanor Lambert z’l

Woman / Man of Distinction Anonymous, Vancouver Anne Bank Tali & Jeff Baum Lauren & Samuel Bell Frances Belzberg Caroline Cohen Diane E. Cohen Robyn B. Cohen Marla & Aubrey Dan Debbie Eisenberg & Gary Levene Karen Farkas

Raizi & George Fleischmann Daniella Givon & Bernard Pinsky Beryl Goldman & Ralph Goldman z’l Claudia & Paul Goldman Mona Goldman z’l Rhonda & Stanley Gordon Gina & Howard Grant z’l Roslyn Joseph Mrs. Fay Kifer Elayna J. Latsky

Marilyn Libin Beulah Martin Sandy Martin Esther Matlow z’l Mariann Molnar z’l Sandy Posluns

Faith Riback z’l Shelley Rothman Terry Schwarzfeld z’l Brondell Shapiro Kayla Shoctor Mildred Sonshine

Enid Lesser z’l Charlotte & Martin Levene z’l Rochelle Levitt z’l & Joseph Levitt Marilyn Libin & Jed Gaines Sandy Martin Shirlee Medjuck Kathie & Mickey Norris Georgina Rigor z’l & Eva Barton (in honour of their parents Ezra Ignac Rausnitz z’l & Minke Hermina Klein z’l)

Carol Lou Spiegel Julie Spira Haya Stein Martha Vajda z’l Gabi Weisfeld

Susan & John Rose Perla Rozen Ilse Seetner Brondell Shapiro Lenny & Faigel Shapiro Sam Switzer z’l Adina & Elias Toby Carole Zucker

For more information on becoming a Woman of Valour or Woman/Man of Distinction, please contact CHW National Office at 1-855-477-5964 or 416-477-5964



Sharon & Abe Flower By Cynthia Flower My parents, Sharon and Abe Flower, came from a typical Montreal Jewish immigrant family. Their parents escaped the pogroms in Russia at the turn of last century, getting on a boat with absolutely nothing, ending up in Montreal. It was their only chance to have a future for themselves and their later offspring. My parents were born and raised in the Jewish immigrant ghetto of St. Lawrence Street. Like most in the neighbourhood, they were traditional Jews, growing up in a household steeped in tradition, fluent in Yiddish and English. Respect, education, helping others, were always key points. As young adults, then as a newly married couple, this was already a part of their lives. Charity means more than giving money; it is also giving of yourself, your time, your abilities. As I was growing up, this quietly continued, setting an example. We had a tzedakah box to fill with spare change whenever possible, but volunteering continued to be the key. The last four years of their life together, my parents still felt a need to help those worse off than themselves. Although Abe was quickly losing his health, and Sharon was already clearly losing the battle with Alzheimer’s, community still mattered. Almost daily, they trekked the slow, arduous one hour walk to Maimonides, the local Jewish eldercare hospital. They had a nosh, ate lunch at the cafeteria, and then spent all afternoon each visiting with anyone who they saw was alone and needing company. 48

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Despite needing myself and a caregiver to provide their basic daily needs, they still felt compelled to help those who were worse off than themselves. Just like when they were growing up, they were grateful for everything that they had, and offered of themselves, their time, effort, compassion, until their end, which is why they chose to join the CHW Legacy Circle. I am also a Legacy Donor. The decision was simple to make. I discovered that by supporting a CHW youth village, I can help immigrants in Israel, who previously had no future, no hopes for a safe or decent life, often persecuted for their religion. Hmm, this sounds exactly like my grandparents... We have come full circle. Please become part of the Legacy Circle. Provide others with the opportunities that we received; this is the true blessing of charitable giving. It is our turn to continue the circle and set a good example for those to come.

CHW Legacy Circle Members*

The ongoing growth and success of Canadian HadassahWIZO’s (CHW) projects depend increasingly on the generosity of those who help us plan for the future. A gift in your will today will help build a better t omorrow. The CHW Legacy Circle honours those who have included CHW in their estate plans or wills. A planned gift to CHW can be made in one or more of the following ways: • Bequest of cash, securities, real estate, art, or other property • Designation of CHW as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy • RRSP, RRIF or a Charitable Insured Annuity • Gift of residual interest • Creation of a charitable remainder trust or a donor-advised fund CHW Legacy Circle Benefits As a member of the CHW Legacy Circle, you receive a Legacy Circle pin, which we know you will wear with pride. Your name also appears in the ORAH magazine. We respect your privacy, should you wish to not have your membership publicized. To learn more about the CHW Legacy Circle, please visit: www.chw.ca/support-us/legacy-circle For more information, or if you have already provided for CHW in your will and would like to be included in the CHW Legacy Circle, please contact CHW National Office: 1-855-477-5964 or 416-477-5964 or by e-mail: info@chw.ca

Anonymous, Montreal Freda Abugov, Edmonton Luba Allen, Edmonton Debbie Baylin, Ottawa Bonnie Belzberg, Vancouver Gloria Burnett, Montreal Robin Chernick, Ottawa Anetta Cherninz’l, Halifax Sandra Chernoff, Vancouver Helen Cohen, Toronto Claire Conrad, Vancouver Miriam Cooper, Edmonton Ruth Cooperstock, Victoria Beverley Corber, Vancouver Shirley Croll, Montreal Marla Dan, Toronto Joanne T. Emerman, Vancouver Karen Farkas, Edmonton Margaret Farkas, USA Shelley Fine, Toronto Cynthia Flower, Montreal Sharon Flowerz’l, Montreal Ruth Freeman, Vancouver Corinne Gelfer, Vancouver Lynn Gillman, Ottawa Daniella Givon, Vancouver Marcia & Bernie Glick, Waterloo Lila Goldinz’l, Vancouver Claudia Goldman, Vancouver Gina Grant, Ottawa Helen Greenfeld, Montreal Sharon Grossman, Toronto Roslyn Joseph, Montreal Sharon Kroft, Toronto Bea Kruppz’l, Montreal Judith Levinez’l, Hamilton Rochelle Levinson, Vancouver Marilyn Libin, Calgary Anabel Louisz’l, Montreal Evelyn Maizen, Kingston Judy Mandleman, Vancouver Lorraine Martin, Regina Esther Matlowz’l, Toronto Marion Mayman, Toronto Eunice Mouckleyz’l, Toronto Miriam Peletz, Montreal Sylvia M. Pollockz’l, Winnipeg Joyce Raymond, Toronto Bea Schachter, Montreal Marcia Schnoor, Toronto Brondell Shapiro, Toronto Jackie Sheinerz’l, Montreal Judith Silver, London Melissa Singer, Montreal (In memory of Phyllis G. & Leo Singer) Carol Lou Spiegel, Toronto Julie Spira, Toronto *Consent given to disclose name(s) at time of print.

Grilled Vegetable & Herb Focaccia Patisserie students at CHW Netanya Technological High School developed this delicious Grilled Vegetable and Herb Focaccia as their final project of the school year! Dough 2 1/2 Cups 1/4 Cup 1 Tsp 1 1/2 Cups 3 Tsp

Preparing the Dough (Approx 4-5 Hours): Flour Sugar Dry Yeast Warm Water Salt

Toppings: 1 Onion


3 Potatoes


1 Zucchini

Sliced or Grated

1 Pepper 5 Tbsp

Any Colour, Chopped Olive Oil

1/2 Tbsp


1/2 Tbsp


1/2 Tbsp

Mint (optional)

Place all Dough Ingredients (but not the salt) in a mixer with dough hook on low, or hand mix in a bowl. Slowly add the salt while mixing for 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and cover with a tea towel. Let dough rise for 1.5 hours until it doubles in size. Knead the dough and then cover with a tea towel for another 1.5 hours. Remove dough and create medium size balls (150 grams each/about the size of a tennis ball). Place dough balls in fridge for 3 hours.

Pre-Cook the Toppings: Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Boil potatoes until tender and slice when cool. Toss remaining vegetables in a bowl with olive oil, herbs, and salt & pepper. Grill in oven for 30-40 minutes until tender. Set aside to cool when done.

Final Baking: Preheat oven to 230 degrees Celsius. Roll out each ball of dough into long strips (approx 40 cm long). Place grilled vegetables on each strip and brush with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and additional herbs to taste. Place in oven and bake for 25 minutes until dough is golden brown. Cool on wire rack before serving. Serves 6 -10

Liron, Grade 12 This delicious Focaccia Recipe was prepared by Liron, a Grade 12 Student currently enrolled in the CHW Netanya Technological High School Patisserie Program. This savoury delicacy is sure to enrich your home for small gatherings, or for family time on weekends.


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Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Canadian Charities were some of the hardest hit businesses affected by this pandemic. CHW needs your help. Right now CHW Centres across Canada are offering a wide variety of interesting products and items that are sure to bring a little extra joy into your life! By purchasing any of these items, you are positively impacting the lives of Children, Healthcare, and Women, in Israel and Canada.



To order call CHW Calgary at 403-640-1100 or email: info@calgary.chw.ca

To order call CHW Ottawa at 613-699-0802 or email: info@ottawa.chw.ca

CHW Calgary Commemorative Book – $18

Stuffed Animals – $5 to $10

Look back on 100 years of CHW success (19172017) with the CHW Calgary Centennial Commemorative Book! Also available online: chw.ca/calgarycommemorative-book

CHW Ottawa Amit Chapter is selling unique stuffed animals with hand-crocheted kippot. Available in small, medium, and large. Price depends on the size.

Mahjong Items – $5 to $20

CHW LONDON To order from CHW London:

Kol Hashalom CHW London Holiday Honey – $18 First Jar – $15 Each Addiational Jar How it works: Order honey for your local friends and family in London. Each recipient will receive one jar of honey with a card noting all the donors who have sent honey to them. Contact Sande Marcus to order: sande_sande@hotmail.com 52

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CHW Ottawa Amit Chapter is selling handcrafted bags to hold mahjong racks, tiles, and cards.

Table Linens, Quilts, and Other Crafts – $10 to $60 CHW Ottawa Amit Chapter is selling wine bags, matzo and challah covers, quilts, adult and children’s aprons and bibs, and many other beautiful crafts in Jewish-themed fabric.

CHW MONTREAL To order call CHW Montreal at 514-933-8461 or email: alanna@montreal.chw.ca Say It With Chocolate! Montreal’s Favourite Rosh Hashanah Chocolate Tins – $54

Wish your family and friends a happy and healthy New Year with delicious chocolate treats. We are selling 1 kg of kosher white, milk and dark chocolate bark and other assorted chocolate goodies or pareve tins with a mix of dark chocolate almond bark, crisped rice bark and cranberry clusters*. Always delicious…Always appreciated. $54 each, includes taxes and local Montreal delivery. Order early, as we sell out quickly. Call the CHW office at 514-933-8461 or order online chw.ca/rosh2020

*Tins may not appear exactly as shown.


CHW Montreal is selling personalized Mahjong Bags for a limited time. This natural canvas flat pouch is the perfect way to carry around your Mahjong card and winnings. It fits easily into any bag and can be personalized with your name. It features a black zipper, laminate lining and gusset and measures 8″ x 5.5″ x 2″. The order deadline is August 21 and the bags will be available for pick up the week of September 8 at the CHW Montreal office. Only $20 each. Place your order today! 514-933-8461 or online chw.ca/mahjongbags

“A Treasure For My Daughter” – $36

This updated 14th printing “Handbook for the Jewish Home” features a comprehensive blessings chapter, traditional recipes, and explanations of the Jewish Holidays. Also available online: chw.ca/montreal

Montreal Celebrates Local Artists – $15

CHW Montreal is selling beautiful card packages with original artwork by Montreal artists Peter Krausz, Michael Litvack, Dina Podolsky, Lynda Schneider Granatstein, and Immediate Past Montreal President, Sheila Nemtin Levine. The packages are presented in an organza bag and include 10 cards and envelopes. A great gift idea!

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When you send a card to a special person in your life, you are changing the lives of children, patients, and women who rely on the generosity of Canadian Hadassah-WIZO’s (CHW) members and friends, like you.

Gift cards and certificates are personally inscribed with your message and mailed to the recipient on your behalf. Cards can also be purchased in a bundle of 8, without inscription.

CHW will send a beautiful card (min. $10 donation) or certificate (min. $50 donation) on your behalf, which includes your personalized message. Tax receipts are issued for all card donations. CHW offers a complete selection of any occasion cards and certificates, to recognize lifecycle events, such as:

CHW also offers e-cards. All online orders receive an electronic tax receipt issued for donations of $10 or more.

• Bar/Bat Mitzvah • Birth • Birthday • Rosh Hashanah, Chanukah, & Passover • Mazel Tov • Sympathy • Todah Rabah 54

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Order your card online at www.chw.ca, through your local card representative or a CHW Centre near you: CHW Calgary CHW Edmonton CHW Montreal CHW Ottawa CHW Toronto CHW Vancouver

403-253-4612 780-444-6985 514-933-8461 613-699-0802 416-630-8373 604-257-5160



*Please note that due to COVID-19 pandemic, project visits are temporarily not available until further notice.

Project / Location

Distance from


Visiting Hours


Tel Aviv


Clara Balinsky (Montreal) Daycare Centre - Zerifin

15 km

70 km

9 am to 11 am Sunday to Thursday Closed August; holidays

Rose Dunkelman (Toronto) Daycare Centre - Neve Sharet

15 km

80 km

9 am to 11 am Sunday to Thursday Closed August; holidays

Judy Mandleman Vancouver Daycare Centre - Holon

15 km

70 km

9 am to 11 am Sunday to Thursday Closed August; holidays

Sandy Martin Alberta Daycare Centre - Ramat Hasharon

15 km

80 km

9 am to 11 am Sunday to Thursday Closed August; holidays

Nina Cohen Atlantic Provinces Daycare Centre - Katamon

70 km

5 km

9 am to 11 am Sunday to Thursday Closed August; holidays

125 km

175 km

9 am to 11 am Sunday to Thursday Closed August; holidays

Train is best option via public transportation; $5 cab ride from station.

35 km

100 km

9 am to 3 pm Sunday to Thursday Closed summer; holidays

Only accessible by car.

100 km

150 km

9 am to 3 pm Sunday to Thursday Closed summer; holidays

Only accessible by car.

CHW Neri Bloomfield Academy 95 km of Design - Haifa

160 km

9 am to 3 pm Sunday to Thursday Closed holidays

Hours vary in summer. $15 cab ride from bus or train station.

CHW Netanya Technological High School - Netanya

40 km

100 km

9 am to 3 pm Sunday to Thursday Closed summer; holidays

Hadassah Academic College, Jerusalem

70 km

5 km

9 am to 4 pm Sunday to Thursday Closed holidays

Assaf Harofeh Medical Center - Zerifin

15 km

70 km

9 am to 3 pm Sunday to Thursday Closed holidays

Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem

65 km

10 km

9 am to 3 pm Sunday to Thursday Closed holidays

CHW Calgary Bat Yam Women’s Centre - Bat Yam

10 km

70 km

Meets early morning; schedule changes often

Terry Schwarzfeld Ottawa Daycare Centre - Acco CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village - Hadassim CHW Nahalal Youth Village - Nahalal

Transportation Key:

Private, rental, or hired car



From bus stop, a 10 minute walk on the grounds to daycare.

From bus stop, a 10 minute walk on grounds to hospital.


CHWNATIONAL Coast to Coast CHW Snowbirds LuncheonCelebrating the Power of Women On Sunday, March 1, 2020, we celebrated the Power of Women at the CHW Snowbird Luncheon in Bal Harbour, Florida. Many thanks to Roslyn Joseph for generously hosting the event in her lovely home; Zehavit, for travelling all the way from Israel to share her incredibly moving experience as a domestic abuse survivor and how she was saved by a WIZO Shelter for battered women; and all those who joined us at this sold out event!

L-R; Zehavit with Marilyn Libin, Roslyn Joseph & Alina Ianson

Art and Healing: Mandala Painting Workshop with Zehavit On June 11, 2020, Zehavit, a domestic abuse survivor, shared her story and inspired others to use their creativity. She also shared some inspiring and relevant stories from her first few weeks working at the WIZO emergency shelter, where she is also conducting art workshops with the mothers and children. Over 50 participants registered to unleash their inner artist.

Zehavit teaching CHW Supporters the art of Mandala Painting via ZOOM.

Father’s Day Zoom BBQ- With Comedian Joel Chasnoff On June 21, 2020, over 100 participants registered to spend Father’s Day laughing together from the safety of their own home. “Virtual burgers” were donated in honour of the special men in people’s lives, and the crowd was treated to a special live show by comedian Joel Chasnoff. Funds raised from this virtual Father’s Day BBQ will help the hospital workers at the Shamir Medical Centre (Assaf Harofeh) and Hadassah Hospital in Israel who are working tirelessly on the frontlines in the battle against the coronavirus. 56

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Comedian Joel Chasnoff gives a private performance sponsored by CHW Toronto Centre President Tova Train

CHWCENTRES Coast to Coast COVID-19 has vastly impacted how businesses and charities hold fundraising events, but our CHW Centres, Canvassers, Supporters and Volunteers have all risen up to the challenge and managed to plan and execute several ONLINE EVENTS that were a big success! Check out the CHW Events Calendar on Page 64 to make sure you don’t miss out on some exciting new virtual events coming up!


On March 4, a group of 25 members met at JCC. Cathy Williams gave us a report on her visit to Israel projects from January 22 to 30, 2020. Highlights were: attending World WIZO Festive Dinner and Celebration of a Lifetime; visits to Terry Schwarzfeld Daycare Centre in Acco; High Tech Program for Girls in Jaffa; Tel Aviv Foundation Partnership Launch with Tel Aviv Mayor; The Shamir Medical Centre (Assaf Harofeh); Hadassah Medical Organization; Hadassah Academic College; CHW Netanya Technological High School; CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village; CHW Nahalal Children & Youth Village; and Neri Bloomfield Academy of Design; as well as meeting Zehavit Grossman, a survivor of domestic abuse, who was assisted at a WIZO Women’s shelter in Jerusalem. Time was spent interviewing and filming staff, students, parents, and patients. She expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to visit the CHW projects, spending time with and getting to know other staff and Board members.

CHW Calgary Tikvah Chapter Night

with Guest Author Sharon Butala

On March 12, 2020, members of the CHW Calgary Tikvah Chapter met at Lila Mydlarski’s home with a wonderful discussion about women and aging with guest author Sharon Butala as portrayed in her recent book of short stories “Season of Fury and Wonder.” We had the pleasure of hosting Sharon a few years ago after an earlier book of short stories was published in Hebrew and she Author Sharon Butala and her Book attended the launch in Israel.

Social Distance Meeting with CHW Calgary Centre President Betty Sherwood An outdoor meeting was held at Betty Sherwood’s home on June 24 to bring everyone up to date on the National and local picture. It was agreed that all present would take part in a plan to ensure each Annual Campaign donor be sent a hand written thank you note. These notes have been very well received! Despite the pandemic, Calgary hopes to carry on its fall activities in a revised form, plans are being discussed. ORAH Magazine Summer 2020


CHW KITCHNER-WATERLOO Major Donor Virtual Appreciation Tea On May 13, 2020, CHW Kitchener-Waterloo held a virtual Tea in appreciation of our major donors. A dozen attendees, including former KW residents who now live in Toronto and Muskoka, dressed up in their finery, fancy teacups in hand, to listen to National First Vice-President Elayna Latsky speak about donor impacts on CHW projects. Afterwards we enjoyed schmoozing. A good time was had by all!


COVID-19 impacted many of CHW Montreal Centre activities this spring and summer. Our Annual Passover Basket project was quickly converted to Passover donation cards and raised over $31,000. The CHW Mahjong Game Night in honour of Hildie Gossack was cancelled but we look forward to hosting the event in 2021. Our guests kindly donated their tickets in lieu of the event and raised close to $2,000 for CHW projects. And finally, our marquis event, the 46th Annual Pro-Am for Kids Golf Tournament, was cancelled but our sponsors and players still rallied to the cause and raised over $55,000 to support our youth in Israel. We look forward to hitting the links next year on July 15, 2021.

Support the CHW Montreal Anna Zaitchick Chapter Walk The Members of the Anna Zaitchick Chapter are on the road again‌After postponing their annual CHW Walk in June, the ladies are going to walk while respecting social distancing guidelines on Sunday, September 13. The team goal is to raise $15,000 for CHW projects. To sponsor a walker, visit www.chw.ca/walk2020

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CHW MONTREAL CONTINUED CHW Art Auction goes ONLINE! CHW Montreal’s Annual Art Auction will be online this year! Stay tuned for a link to bid on an amazing collection of artwork ranging from trendy street art to eye-catching, colourful still-life. We look forward to reaching a whole new market of enthusiastic art buyers.

Volunteers presenting artwork at a previous auction


CHW Ottawa Spring Phantom Tea 2020 The CHW Ottawa Annual Spring Tea 2020 was turned into the CHW Ottawa Phantom Tea. With some fast thinking and hard work, the Phantom Tea on June 7 was held over Zoom with an attendance of almost 100 donors and members. This year’s honouree was Lawrence Wall and with the event being held over Zoom, it allowed friends and family from across Canada, the US and the UK to attend. Lawrence is a well known CBC announcer and volunteer. It was a great success and 3 local artists donated pieces to be won.

ZOOM tea participants enjoying each other’s digital company!


CHW Toronto Major Supporters Event On February 27, 2020, CHW Toronto Centre held a Major Supporters Event to kick-off our Annual Campaign, which launched on March 1. Graciously hosted by Sheryl and Kevin Sherkin, we welcomed Zehavit, a survivor of domestic abuse and recipient of assistance and rehabilitation at a WIZO Shelter for Battered women in Jerusalem. Thank you, Zehavit, for sharing and thank you to everybody who attended the event.

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CHW TORONTO CONTINUED CHW Toronto B’Yachad Chapter Paint Night

On March 5, 2020, CHW Toronto B’Yachad Chapter held a Paint Night in support of CHW. Attendees learned to artistically express themselves by painting their own masterpieces, while schmoozing with friends, and enjoying delicious refreshments. Thank you to everybody who attended! The awe-inspiring art work was bold, vivid and beautiful! Kol Hakavod!

The group members showing off their DIY art

2020 Annual Campaign Canvasser Launch Dinner On March 5, 2020, CHW Toronto Centre held its Canvasser dinner to officially kick-off the 2020 Annual Campaign. The evening included a presentation by CHW National Executive Director, Alina Ianson, who shared insights into CHW programs, projects and fundraising goals. Details were provided about the Campaign, followed by a delicious dinner. A special thank you to our CHW Toronto Annual Campaign Chair and VP, L-R: Alina Ianson, Judy Zelikovitz, Barb Rosenstein, for hosting the event in her lovely Melanie Rosenblum, Barb Rosenstein, home, as well as to our wonderful volunteers. Debbie Goldberg and Fran Luborsky Home is where the Heart is!

CHW Toronto Dor L’Dor Spin-a-thon CHW Toronto Dor L’Dor chapter was planning to hold their 5th annual Spin-A-Thon, but put the brakes on the event due to COVID-19. The members of Dor L’Dor Chapter still managed to successfully raise funds for CHW ahead of time, and plan to jump back on their bikes to spin when CHW Toronto Dor L’Dor Chapter at a previous the time is right! year’s event

CHW Toronto Tamid Chapter Presents: Great Night Out (GNO)! Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CHW Toronto Tamid Great Night Out (GNO) scheduled for March 26, 2020, was cancelled. Many people who had purchased tickets to the show converted their tickets into a donation to CHW, and we would like to thank them for their generosity! We hope that GNO can return next year! 60

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CHW TORONTO CONTINUED CHW Toronto Atid Passover Tulips CHW Toronto Atid Chapter had an amazingly successful year selling over 400 pots of tulips for Passover, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they were not able to make the deliveries this year. In lieu of tulips, a beautiful personalized card was sent out to friends and family to show that someone was thinking of them at Pesach Time!

CHW Toronto Tinokot Chapter ‘ZOOM’ba Fundraiser On Sunday, May 3, 2020, Tinokot Chapter hosted their annual Zumba fundraiser, but this year was a little different... it became a ZOOMba fundraiser! Tinokot Chapter members and friends worked up a sweat from the comfort of their own homes. Thank you to everyone who supported Tinokot Chapters’ fundraising efforts to support the Dairy Video Conferencing the Zumba Class Program at CHW Nahalal Children and Youth Village!

CHW Toronto Rimon Works Out via ZOOM On May 14, 2020, CHW Rimon Chapter, along with their friends and families, got together via ZOOM for their annual Rimon Works Out fundraiser. This year, participants were treated to a Krav Maga lesson. This form of self-defense was developed for Israel’s Security and Defense forces, and is a combination of techniques sourced from boxing, The class learns Krav Maga via ZOOM wrestling, aikido, judo, and karate. Thank you to everyone who attended and supported Rimon Chapter!

CHW Toronto Lev Zahav Chapter Mother’s Day Fundraiser This year, the CHW Toronto Lev Zahav’s Mother’s Day Fundraiser looked a little different. In its 11th year, instead of delivering flowers for Mother’s Day, a beautiful personalized card was delivered to over 460 special women! The personalized artwork for the 2020 Cards ORAH Magazine Summer 2020


CHW TORONTO CONTINUED CHW Toronto Tzedakah Chapter At Our Table “Home Edition” Mazel Tov to CHW Toronto Tzedakah Chapter for another tremendously successful At Our Table event! Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Tzedakah Chapter managed to raise over $165,000 for CHW projects. Guests were treated to a delightful program, including cocktail and cooking demonstrations, and performances by talented musicians, Ezra Jordan, and Zoe Sky Jordan, right in the comfort of their own home.

CHW VANCOUVER CHW Vancouver 2020 Annual Campaign 2020: Canvassers Clinic In light of the necessary precautions required during the pandemic, we had our Annual Campaign Kickoff Meeting/Canvasser Clinic using a unique and creative format. This year, we were excited to hold a super Zoom Conference. With the expertise and guidance of fundraiser extraordinaire, Laura Edwards, all our canvassers pushed aside any concerns and were motivated to start calling our donors. Home is where people have been staying safe from COVID-19, and Home Is Where The Heart Is. Thank you so much to all our donors for answering your phones and making your pledges. Thanks for your ongoing support of the CHW Annual Campaign. This campaign is the lifeblood of our fundraising efforts to support all our projects; we could never do it without you!

L-R: Laura Edwards, Lori Barer, Stephanie Rusen, Toby Rubin, Sylvia Cristall, Randi Winter, Debbie Lewin, Bonnie Belzberg, Ruthi Akselrod, Claudia Goldman, Gen Nacionales, Beverley Silver-Corber, Carole Abramson, Connie Permack, Shelley Zimmerman, Ruth Freeman, Dolly Jampolsky.

CHW Vancouver ‘Zoom’ba The Vancouver Centre held our first ever ‘Zoom’ba event on Tuesday, June 4th. Our energetic certified Zumba instructor, Shadia Serrano, got us moving and sweating in this amazing workout.


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L-R: Shadia Serrano, Gen Nacionales, Cindy Wine, Debbie Zeger, Diana Coop, Sari & Jenna Markowitz, France Kraft, Roxie & Debbie Lewin, Lori Barer, and Sara Clodman.

CHW VANCOUVER CONTINUED Scent and Sustainability On Tuesday, May 26th, Master Gardener, Thea Rosenstock, shared her wisdom, knowledge, and passion for the perfect summer garden. Thanks to Thea, our gardens are more beautiful and serene.

L-R: Gen Nacionales, Lori Barer, Thea Rosenstock, Haya Newman, Marilyn Weinstein, Claudia Goldman, Beverley Silver-Corber, Carol Klein, Marilyn Hooper, and Debbie Lewin.

Todah Rabah! Thank you to all of our CHW Centers from coast to coast! Your hard work and dedication helps Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW) continue to support programs and services for Children, Healthcare, and Women in Israel and Canada.

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2020 / 2021

CHW Events Calendar is subject to change without notice. Please check with your respective Centre for current information or on the CHW website at: chw.ca




CHW Vancouver


CHW Toronto


CHW National


CHW National


CHW Calgary


CHW National


CHW National


CHW Toronto

Virtual Walk Launch (ends Sept 06) Board of Directors Virtual Meeting Tikvah Chapter Walk


Gila Gourmet - Series 1 - Dustin Gallagher Virtual Outgoing Directors Meeting Virtual AGM

Virtual Incoming Directors Meeting


CHW Toronto


CHW Toronto


CHW Ottawa

Toronto 04 CHW Gila Gourmet - Series 1 - Sandro Colavecchia


CHW Vancouver

Toronto 18 CHW Gila Gourmet - Series 2 - Lucy Waverman


CHW Montreal


CHW Toronto


CHW Toronto

Virtual Installation Event Gila Gourmet - Series 1 - Zane Caplansky Opening Meeting Virtual Opening Luncheon Virtual Walk

Machar Delicious Dishes - Carolyn Tanner Cohen Gila Gourmet - Series 1 -Harsh Chawla

Share your upcoming events for the online CHW Calendar by emailing: info@chw.ca

Gila Gourmet - Series 1 - Shauna Lindzon



Toronto 09 CHW Gila Gourmet - Series 2 - Uri Buri

JANUARY Toronto 06 CHW Gila Gourmet - Series 2 - Haan Palcu-Chang Toronto 20 CHW Gila Gourmet - Series 2 - Barry Chaim


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CHW BOARD OF DIRECTORS National President: Marilyn Libin Immediate Past President: Debbie Eisenberg Directors: Tali Baum Shelley Fine Lynn Gillman Roslyn Joseph Elayna Latsky Fran Luborsky Kathie Norris Brondell Shapiro National Executive Director: Alina Ianson

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National Executive Director alina@chw.ca 416-477-5964 ext.105 1-855-477-5964

• CHW Governance and NGO Best Practices • CHW Strategic Planning • CEO for all CHW Operations, including Israel Operations • Financial Management and National Budget • Member of Governance and Budget & Finance Committees • Ex-Officio Member of all other National Committees • Chair of Professional Forum


• Accounts Payable • Accounts Receivable • General Ledger • Tax Receipts bookkeeping@chw.ca • Financial Statements 416-477-5964 ext.107 • Internal Audit of CHW Centres 1-855-477-5964 • Member of Professional Forum Contact Vimla for: invoices, income reports, and general finance inquiries.

National Financial Manager


Outreach and Events Coordinator jennifer@chw.ca 416-477-5964 ext.112

• Manage fundraising events including logistics, committee relations and City Wide fundraising programs • Liaise with all Chapter event chairs to ensure successful fundraising events are well executed and serve as a resource for all events • Compile resource kit for chapters to ensure successful events • Email and digital communications and corporate correspondence • Meeting coordination • E-Fundraising, including Peer-to-Peer events • Professional Liaison to all National Committees

Contact Jenny for: Events, Online Fundraising, and Chapter Inquiries

DANIEL JAMES PIKE Graphic Designer / Videographer

daniel@chw.ca 416-477-5964 ext. 106

• ​Designer of CHW promotional materials • Help develop and implement Marketing Communication strategies into CHW operations • Provide counsel to Centres/Chapters on design issues and decisions • Photographer / Videographer for National/Toronto Events • Design Logos and Videos to promote Annual Campaigns

Contact Daniel for: Centre Marketing, Design, and Advertising Related Inquiries.


CHW Montreal Centre Coordinator alanna@montreal.chw.ca 514-933-8461 ext.202


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• Oversee all Centre operations and fundraising events • Advisor to the Centre’s Executive and key liaison on committees • Monitor Centre finances, preparation of budgets, accounts payable, and payroll • Volunteer recruitment and relations • Professional liaison on the National Leaders Assembly • Member of Professional Forum

GENEBELLE NACIONALES • Coordinate major fundraising initiatives and events CHW Vancouver Centre Coordinator


• Process volunteer donations and requests for cards • Arrange outgoing communications for ORAH, Facebook, the President’s Update, and the Highlights Newsletter • Member of Professional Forum



CHW Toronto Cards Administrator

• Manage donation card and certificate stock • Help organize all card orders and related donations • Card and certificate orders

cards@toronto.chw.ca 416-630-8373 ext.115

CATHY WILLIAMS CHW Calgary Centre Coordinator

info@calgary.chw.ca 403-253-4612


• Oversee all Centre operations and fundraising events • Advisor to the Centre’s Executive and key liaison on committees • Monitor Centre finances, preparation of budgets, accounts payable, and payroll • Volunteer recruitment and relations • Professional liaison on the National Leaders Assembly • Member of Professional Forum

• Liaise with CHW National Office, partner organizations and CHW projects in Israel • Manage CHW Israel Office, including weekly Activity Reports • Project Management • Oversee CHW disbursements and allocations • Coordinate Donor and Member visits to CHW projects • Ensure proper Donor Recognition • Background information and research

Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW) passionately supports programs and services for Children, Healthcare, and Women, in Israel and Canada. ORAH Magazine Summer 2020




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