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Centennial Greetings Governor General of Canada, Prime Minister of Canada, President of Israel, Prime Minister of Israel, Ambassador of Canada to Israel, Ambassador of Israel to Canada


CHW in the XXI Century: Global Jewish Responsibilities Debbie Eisenberg

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Redefining Philanthropy Alina Ianson

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World Wizo Esther Mor

Assaf Harofeh Dr. Benny Davidson Canadian Young Judaea Risa Epstein Hadassah International Joyce Rabin Hadassah Medical Organization Prof. Zeev Rotstein

World Wizo Prof. Rivka Lazovksy Letter to the Editor Judy Zelikovitz


CHW Timeline History of CHW


CHW’s Influence on Women in Agriculture Esther Carmel-Hakim

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Sustainer Profile Lily Fixler

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Children: CHW Gives Care Guy and Yahel Healthcare: CHW Gives Hope Dr. Benny Davidson *Includes poem written for CHW* Women: CHW Gives Worth Gila Almagor Centennial Gala Featured Entertainer: Lior Suchard “Celecation” Itinerary CHW Centennial Trip 100 Faces of CHW Inspiring the World for One-Hundred Years Woman/Man of Distinction Lenny & Faigel Shapiro In Conversation Lynn Gillman Woman of Valour Mildred Sonshine ORAH Magazine Summer 2017


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Challah Recipe CHW Netanya Technological High School Patisserie Progam CHW Legacy Circle Claire Conrad CHW Memories Project Sandy Martin, Terry Schwarzfeld, Marla Dan, Claudia Goldman, Debbie Eisenberg CHW Insider Membership News and Information CHW Members Bulletin Board Updates for CHW Members Get to Know Your CHW Professional Team CHW Project Visit Guide Visit CHW Locations CHW in Canada Community Partners Update E-Fundraising CHW Mosaic Project CHW Coast to Coast Updates from CHW Centres across Canada


CHW Events Calendar What’s coming up at a CHW Centre near you!


CHW SHUK Centre and Chapter Fundraisers



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PUBLISHER Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW) EXECUTIVE EDITOR Debbie Eisenberg National President EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Alina Ianson National Executive Director ART DIRECTOR Kevin Gonzalez MANAGING EDITOR/COPY WRITER Rebecca Bowslaugh ISRAEL CORRESPONDENT Haley Burkes 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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I am pleased to extend sincere congratulations to the staff and members of Canadian Hadassah-WIZO gathered to celebrate its 100th anniversary. Canadians are known throughout the world for their compassionate efforts to make a difference in the lives of others. As a country, we would not have this reputation without the tireless work of people like you who have committed themselves to making their community a better place. All those involved in building this organization into what it has become today deserve to be recognized for their skills and dedication; your generosity, both of time and heart, is truly remarkable. Let this occasion be an opportunity to recognize the values of service and friendship that you so frequently demonstrate and to which we all aspire. I wish you a most enjoyable celebration as you mark this momentous milestone.

David Johnston June 2017

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Dear Friends: I am pleased to extend my warmest greetings to everyone celebrating the 100th anniversary of Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW). For a century, CHW has worked to improve the lives of women, children and families in Canada and Israel. Through its support of quality education, advanced medical care and ground-breaking research, the organization has offered countless individuals a solid foundation on which to build a hopeful future. I would like to commend all those associated with CHW for their commitment to making the world a better place. As you look back on all that you have accomplished and set goals for the future, you can take pride in knowing that your efforts are helping to improve the lives of others. Please accept my best wishes for a memorable anniversary celebration and for continued success in the years to come. Sincerely,

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bassador to Israel, it is my honour to wish Canadian Hadassahery happy Centennial Birthday.

years, CHW has worked tirelessly in Canada and in Israel to of women and children in the fields of education, health and

As Canada’s Ambassador to Israel, it is my honour to wish Canadian HadassahWIZO (CHW) a very happy Centennial Birthday. fected the lives of so many families and the fact that this is a ganization makes me proud as an Ambassador but also as a For the past 100 years, CHW has worked tirelessly in Canada and in Israel to . improve the lives of women and children in the fields of education, health and childcare. w, Canada too is celebrating a big birthday this year, its 150 ughout our history, our country has also worked to improve the Your work has affected the lives of so many families and the fact that this is a including for the first time ever, gender parity in the Canadian Canada-based organization makes me proud as an Ambassador but also as a abinet. Canadian woman.

vernment have much in common in terms of our focus on helping As you may know, Canada too is celebrating a big birthday this year, its 150 ren at home and abroad. anniversary. Throughout our history, our country has also worked to improve the status of women, including for the first time ever, gender parity in the Canadian nd 150 years respectively, CHW and Canada have made some Government’s Cabinet. plishments and I am sure that we will achieve much more in the

r anniversary.

CHW and our government have much in common in terms of our focus on helping women and children at home and abroad. In the past 100 and 150 years respectively, CHW and Canada have made some wonderful accomplishments and I am sure that we will achieve much more in the years to come. Mazel tov on your anniversary.

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CHW in the XXI Century:

Global Jewish Responsibilities Debbie Eisenberg National President Dear Friends, The Summer 2017 issue of ORAH magazine is dedicated to CHW’s Centennial year. As we celebrate CHW’s 100th Birthday, it is only fitting that we pay tribute to CHW’s Past National Presidents. Beginning with our first National President, Lillian Freiman, their leadership, vision, dedication, hard work, and determination has driven our organization forward and allowed us to achieve all that we have. For 100 years, CHW has been making a positive and lasting impact on the very fabric of Israeli society. As it is often said “Change is the only constant in life.” Our mission of passionately supporting Children, Healthcare, and Women in Israel and Canada remains constant; however, global shifts in volunteerism trends require us to be flexible and nimble, as we plan for the next 100 years. In response to these changing times, we at CHW are becoming agents of change. By investing in people, CHW is changing the world we live in. This is the most powerful tool we possess. You, our members and friends, recognize the importance of this tool, and are leading the way with your support.

Redefining Philanthropy Alina Ianson National Executive Director

Dear Friends,

CHW has been investing in Israel for 100 years, not By investing in people, not only are you improving lives in just changing Israeli society, but the world around us. Israel and Canada, you are also improving lives worldwide. We know that for 100 years, we’ve been doing We are not only celebrating CHW’s 100th Birthday, we are also something right! As we honour our 100-year history, celebrating 100 years of visionary leadership, community support, celebrate this milestone year, and look forward and generous donors. Since 1917, CHW has been involved in all to a vibrant future, I thank you, CHW’s loyal aspects of Israeli society, from daycare centres and schools to hospitals, supporters, for your continuing support. women’s centres and programs for the elderly. CHW’s influence has changed and improved the lives of women, children, and families from around the world. Todah rabah!

Debbie Eisenberg National President

In this commemorative issue, we give you a glimpse of the impact made by CHW’s projects over the past century. Read about CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village, where Guy and Yahel were first encouraged to express themselves through music, and where Israeli actor Gila Almagor, was encouraged to follow her dreams. Read about Assaf Harofeh Medical Centre, where Dr. Benjamin Davidson not only saves lives, but had his own life saved in return. Read about the more recent CHW Presidents in the final installation of the CHW Memories Project. And throughout this issue, read about all the generous supporters, members, and volunteers that work hard every day to make the world a better place.

CHW is looking to the future with optimism. We know our future depends on members, volunteers, and supporters like you, and we are grateful for everything you have done for the last 100 years and look forward to everything you will do in the next 100. Kol Hakavod and Todah Rabah!

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Give a student the opportunity to prepare for a bright future. CHW schools offer each child a range of educational programs and services designed to meet their specific needs.

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Create a secure space for children to hang out and have fun, while their parents are at work. Children enjoy recreational activities with their friends, as well as receive tutoring and a wholesome meal.




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Support a single-mother who is concerned about her child. A specially trained volunteer will offer her a listening ear, support, and direction, ensuring that both she and her child thrive.


women & community centres

Provide our healthcare teams with the modern tools needed to perform today’s complex surgeries so that patients facing urgent care are never turned away.

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.

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Hadassah Hospital and Assah Harofeh Medical Centre provide lifesaving treatment that can mean the difference between life and death for victims of terrorism.

Help families reach their full potential through social programs, recreational activities, and support groups, so they can lead productive, independent lives.


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Greetings from our affiliates

My Dear Friends of Canadian Hadassah-WIZO, It is my privilege and pleasure to be writing to congratulate you on the 100th Birthday of Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW).


Director General & CEO Benny Davidson, MD

Since my first days at Assaf Harofeh Medical Center (recently renamed Yitzhak Shamir Medical Center), I have been overwhelmed by the generosity and friendship of CHW. The numerous projects, beginning so many years ago – the Hydrotherapy Pool, the Physiotherapy Institute, the Departments of Ophthalmology and Vascular Surgery, the Cardiac Rehabilitation,

the Comprehensive Breast Institute, and latterly the state-of-the-art Neuroradiology Institute – have made an invaluable difference to the lives of our patients, literally saving lives, in so many domains of medicine. Your involvement is unmatched, and we are truly grateful. Wishing you many more years of good deeds in good health. Benny Davidson, MD Director General & CEO

Dear Friends,

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Mazel Tov to CHW for reaching its 100th year milestone. CHW has been a leader in the Jewish community, Israel engagement, philanthropy, healthcare, and education for a century. CHW’s loyal support of Canadian Young Judaea has enabled us to stand strong alongside you since 1917. CYJ’s mission is based on five pillars: Dugma Ishit (Personal Example), Mishpacha Yehudit (Jewish Community), Centrality of Israel, Jewish Identity and Tikkun Olam. We believe that these core values are shared with CHW and that is what makes our connection so relevant in today’s society.

We could not be prouder of our affiliation with CHW and we hope to continue working together to train the leaders of the future, build strong connections with Israel, and understand the need to give back to our community. Kol Ha’Kavod on CHW’s 100th Birthday and here’s to the next 100! Chazak Ve’Ematz

Risa Epstein National Executive Director

There’s MoreThere’s more than one way Than One Way to To get engaged Get Engaged! Become a Member of CHW… And help CHW provide essential services to children, women, and families at CHW programs and services in Israel and Canada. By joining CHW, you not only create a positive impact, you become part of a network that extends from your local community, across the country, and around the world.

So Many Reasons to Join Meet new people and make life-long friends in your local Centre and across Canada. Mentorship, leadership and skills development, and participation within CHW at Chapter, Centre, and National levels. Voting privileges at CHW’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), for those 18 and older. Receive a fully-paid subscription to ORAH, CHW’s national magazine. Personal enrichment and meaningful participation through volunteer, committee, Chapter involvement...and much more!

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HWZOA National Chair of Hadassah International Joyce Rabin

Dear Friends, Imagine what your founder, Lillian Freiman, would be thinking of the accomplishments of CHW at your Centennial!

take you to new heights as you plan for the future – to continue to ensure the essential needs of children, women, and families at your projects!

Imagine how many lives have been impacted by the dedicated efforts of you, the members and leaders, through 100 years of support for your lifesaving, lifegiving projects in Israel.

Just imagine!

Imagine the completion of your current commitment to Hadassah Medical Center to fund and dedicate the Nursing Control Stations on the Lower Level Surgical Centre in the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower. Imagine how many members have been inspired to assume the leadership roles that have enabled CHW to reach this milestone today! Let your imagination



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Congratulations on your Centennial, with best wishes as you begin your next century of success!

Joyce Rabin HWZOA National Chair of Hadassah International

Children Healthcare Women

Thank You! Your support is the most powerful tool you have to help change the world.

A sincere thank you to all members, donors, volunteers, and friends who

supported the Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW) 2017 Annual Campaign! Your generosity helps CHW invest in people to change the world. Thanks to your support, CHW continues to make a difference for Children, Healthcare, and Women in Israel and Canada.

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Dear Friends, It is with great pleasure that I write to congratulate you on the Centennial year of Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW).

HADASSAH MEDICAL ORGANIZATION Director General Professor Zeev Rotstein

Words cannot express the gratitude owed for your unwavering partnership over the years – and particularly this year, in fully equipping two Nursing Control Stations in the Surgical Centre of the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower. By putting values to action over the past century, you have expressed a vital commitment to the future of Hadassah Hospital, to a future of health and of well-

being. It is my hope that together, over the years to come, we can continue to provide the best that medical care has to offer to all those in need. In the name of Hadassah’s staff, leadership and, mainly, in the name of our patients and those benefiting from Hadassah’s medical research, I thank you and co6 ngratulate you. In gratitude and friendship, Professor Zeev Rotstein Director General

Dear Friends, Mazal Tov. On behalf of World WIZO and its members worldwide, I would like to congratulate CHW, on reaching its Centennial, a remarkable achievement.

WORLD WIZO President Esther Mor


Since before the State was established, WIZO and CHW have played a predominant role in advancing society in Israel. In our joint WIZO/CHW projects – six Day Care Centres, CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village, CHW Nahalal Youth Village,Youth Clubs, Community Centres, and Women’s Centres – together we are committed to providing each child, youth, and woman


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with education and opportunities, thus reducing gaps and differences and breaking the cycles of illiteracy and poverty, to improve prospects for the future. Special care is provided for children with handicaps and special needs, victims of domestic violence, and immigrants. In 2020, WIZO will reach its Centennial. May CHW and WIZO continue, together, always promoting and strengthening society in Israel. Esther Mor President World WIZO


Chairperson of the Executive Prof. Rivka Lazovsky

”Home is where the heart is.” Dear Friends, On behalf of the World WIZO Executive, and on my behalf, I would like to extend our warm congratulations on the occasion of the 100th Birthday of Canadian HadassahWIZO. The year CHW was established was a remarkable year for the Jewish people. It was on this year that the landmark Declaration of Balfour was published, stating loud and clear for the first time in history the Jewish people’s right to establish a national home in the land of Israel. This national dream has since turned into a blossoming reality, thanks to the endless efforts and devotion of CHW, WIZO, and many other Zionist friends and peers.

WIZO is proud of the wonderful journey we have made with our Canadian sisters. Through our partnership, we have developed this vision to offer not just a national home, but a loving and caring home to those who need us in Israeli society. Since pre-State days, our CHW Nahalal and Hadassim Children and Youth Villages have served as a safe home, offering quality education and care for Jewish youth from Israel and from abroad. After the birth of Israel, our CHW daycare centres have become a caring second-home, where every child, whatever her/his background, gets an equal chance in life. Each of our CHW centres is an empowering home

for women from every age group and all walks of life. My dear friends, I would like to thank and congratulate you on 100 years of support and love for the Jewish people and the State of Israel. As Canadian Hadassah-WIZO begins its countdown into its second centennial, I wish you another century of commendable work and support, leading the way in Zionist philanthropy and endeavors. Happy Centennial Canadian HadassahWIZO!

Prof. Rivka Lazovsky, Chairperson

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Letter to the Editor Hello, I finally had a chance to finish reading the Winter ORAH. It’s full of so many inspiring personal stories, which made me recall many wonderful times. As I reflect on my 35 years as a member, first as a new bride in Sudbury (much of Evelyn’s words could be my own), to participation at many of the events articulated in Sandy’s history, all the way to Debbie’s installation at the AGM, I’m filled with pride. I recall the discussion and vote to embark on our Sustainer’s project and kicking off our rebranding efforts as we entered the 21st century. Probably one of my fondest memories, in addition to my years as CHW Toronto Centre President, would be my time serving as World WIZO’s Aviv Representative (Canada’s first) and chairing the International Aviv conference in Israel, followed by an address to the full plenary at the EGM. My mom joined our CHW group for the journey and attended several of the sessions. It was to be our last trip together as she was diagnosed with cancer a few months later and died about 6 weeks before the CHW Aviv Meeting and Convention. (I think she timed her departure so that the meetings were just after her shloshim, allowing for my participation.) Some of my dearest friendships resulted from my participation at CHW. Some of my proudest moments have been seeing the results of our work in Israel, meeting the beneficiaries of our fundraising efforts, and witnessing the work of a new cohort of CHW leaders, many of whom I mentored and encouraged over the years. We are truly a remarkable organization, and I’m thrilled to be around to celebrate our Centennial year. Here’s to continued success! Best, Judy Zelikovitz Past National Director

L-R: Judy, Marion Mayman, and Judy’s mother, Frances Olin, at the World WIZO Plenary in January, 1996.



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Every human being deserves to achieve their full potential. Our support of excellent education, advanced medical care, and ground breaking research benefits people globally, improves lives, and provides hope. By providing donors with a vehicle to effect meaningful change through their philanthropy, CHW enables its supporters to make the world a better place.

This year, consider becoming a member of one of our new categories of giving.

Women for Women

This year, when you give a gift of $1,800, you will receive a beautiful Women for Women pin recognizing your gift, which we know you will wear with pride.

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As a member of the Double Chai category, you will receive a beautiful Ketubah-style certificate designed in Israel, in recognition of your $3,600 gift. We know this certificate will make a great addition to your home or office.


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CHW timeline

Since 1917, CHW has been improving the lives of women, children, and families in Israel and Canada. To mark this momentous occasion, let’s take a trip down memory lane to get inspired and celebrate 100 years of achievement. 1917 – Inspired by a visit from Henrietta Szold, the first official chapter of Hadassah is established in Toronto by Anna Selick (later Anna Raginsky). 1918 – At a Zionist convention, Lillian Freiman was approached to become the first National President of Canadian Hadassah

Henrietta Szold, founder of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America

1919 – The first Junior Chapters of Hadassah are formed. 1920 – Rebecca Sieff of Britain founded the Women’s International Zionist Organization (WIZO) and is elected its first President. 1921 – First National Canadian Hadassah Convention is held in Montreal. Lillian Freiman is officially elected the first National President of Hadassah Organization of Canada. • Canadian Hadassah affiliates with World WIZO. • Canadian Hadassah’s name is changed to the HadassahWIZO Organization of Canada. 1923 – Canadian Hadassah-WIZO becomes an official sponsor of the Chana Maisel Shochat Agricultural School at Nahalal. 1924 – The first Hadassah-WIZO Bazaar is held in Toronto.

Anna Raginsky

1933 – Youth Aliyah is established, and Canadian Hadassah-WIZO soon becomes its official sponsor in Canada. 1934 – The first group of 43 Youth Aliyah children were received by Henrietta Szold in Israel. 1939 – CHW supports wartime services in England, Canada, and Palestine. Much work is done to provide emergency care for refugees. 1940 – The death of Lillian Freiman ends her fruitful 21 years as CHW President, and Anna Selick Raginsky becomes the second National President.

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1945 – CHW coordinated an ambitious emergency program for the care and rehabilitation of thousands of war refugees, and took on the role of rebuilding the basic structure of WIZO in Israel.

1946 – The first WIZO Conference after WWII is held. 1947 – Rosa Singer becomes the third National President. • CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village is established to meet the needs of refugees from war-torn Europe. 1948 – The State of Israel is proclaimed, with David Ben-Gurion as the first Prime Minister. • CHW begins its affiliation with Hebrew University. 1949 – The first Israeli Consulate opens in Montreal. CHW helps to furnish the office.

CHW members at the 1946 WIZO Conference

1950 – Youth Aliyah had welcomed over 5,000 children and was credited with saving 100,000 children. 1951 – Sally Gotlieb becomes the fourth National President. 1953 – Canadian Hadassah-WIZO affiliates with Assaf Harofeh Medical Center and the Canadian Hadassah-WIZO Rehabilitation Centre is established. 1955 – Canadian Hadassah-WIZO becomes involved with Magen David Adom • Lottie Riven becomes the fifth National President. 1956 – The Sinai Campaign – Egypt at war with Israel. • CHW provides funding for the Eilat Hospital. 1960 – Canadian Hadassah-WIZO publishes the first issue of its official national magazine: The ORAH. • Nina Cohen becomes the sixth National President.

The State of Israel born in 1948: The Palestine Post annoucement

1961 – Canadian Hadassah-WIZO opens an office in Tel Aviv. 1964 – Anne Eisenstat becomes the seventh National President. 1965 – The Hadassah-WIZO Canada Research Institute for emotionally disturbed and mentally handicapped children is established in Jerusalem under the directorship of Professor Reuven Feuerstein. 1966 – Dedication and ground-breaking for additional buildings at Assaf Harofeh Medical Center. 1967 – CHW celebrates its Golden Jubilee 50th Birthday.

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1968 – The first National Executive Leadership Mission goes to Israel. • Blanche Wisenthal becomes the eighth National President. ORAH Magazine Summer 2017


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1970 – World WIZO celebrates its 50th Anniversary. 1972 – Neri Bloomfield becomes the ninth National President. • Canadian Hadassah-WIZO Neri Bloomfield Community College is established. • The Abe and Sophie Bronfman School in Nehalim is established. • Acco Youth Village is undertaken by Canadian HadassahWIZO and is later named the Hofim Youth Village. 1975 – The first Canadian Hadassah-WIZO Pro-Am Golf Tournament is held in Montreal.

Mission to Israel in 1968

1976 – Clara Balinsky becomes the 10th National President. 1978 – The restoration of Independence Hall in Tel Aviv is undertaken by Canadian Hadassah-WIZO, as a tribute to Israel’s 30th birthday. 1979 – The first Annual Southern Conference is held in Florida. 1980 – Mirial Small becomes the 11th National President. 1981 – “Project Enrichment,” a new major-gift category of $10,000, is launched by Ofira Navon, wife of Israeli President Yitzhak Navon, during her Montreal visit. 1982 – Canadian Hadassah-WIZO sends a delegation to the first WIZO International Seminar in Israel, for members under 45 years of age.

Naomi Frankenburg and Cecily Peters at Installation in Israel

1983 – Witnessed the establishment of a Canadian Affairs Department to ensure CHW’s involvement with other organizations, including the National Council of Women, United Nations, Human Rights and Status of Women. • Cecily Peters becomes the 12th National President. 1985 – The Canadian Committee for Soviet Jewry presents the National Award to Canadian Hadassah-WIZO for “their noble endeavours in rescuing Soviet Jewry.” • A new category of major donors is established: “Chai Life Trustees,” for gifts of $18,000.

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1987 – Canadian Hadassah-WIZO is recognized and welcomed in both the Canadian House of Commons and Senate in honour of its 70th Birthday. In turn, the organization endows bursaries in women’s studies at universities across Canada. • The first National Aviv Conference is held in Toronto with 200 women in attendance from across Canada. • Naomi Frankenburg becomes the 13th National President.

1989 – Hundreds of thousands of immigrants from the Soviet Union are brought to Israel by the Jewish Agency, bringing with them a wealth of expertise, helping to create an economic boom in Israel. 1990 – Canadian Hadassah-WIZO affiliates with Hadassah International and becomes the sole representative in Canada of the world-famous Hadassah Hospital at Ein Kerem, Jerusalem. • The Canadian Hadassah-WIZO Foundation is inaugurated, with two donation categories: Founders at $25,000 and Members at $5,000. • Esther Matlow becomes the 14th National President.

Hadassah Hospital, Ein Kerem

1992 – Jerusalem marks 25 years of re-unification. • CHW celebrates its 75th Birthday. 1993 – The 34th National Convention is held in Israel, with a record 550 participants from 28 Canadian Centres in attendance. • Judy Mandleman becomes the 15th National President. 1994 – The new “Women for Women” program is inaugurated with proceeds going to services for battered women. • The Canadian Hadassah-WIZO Human Umbilical Cord Blood Bank is instituted at Hadassah Hopsital – the first of its kind in Israel. 1995 – The first National Leadership Training Course is held in Toronto.

Celebrating 75 years of CHW in Ottawa

1996 – At the 35th National Convention, the Women of Achievement Award is established. • Patricia Joy Alpert becomes the 16th National President. • Canadian Hadassah-WIZO becomes a sponsor of Ben Yakir Youth Village. 1997 – 100th Anniversary of the birth of Zionism. 1998 – 50th Anniversary of the State of Israel. 1999 – Two new major categories of cumulative giving are established: the CHW Society of Sustainers ($50,000- 99,000) and the CHW Society of Major Donors ($100,000+) • At Hadassah Hospital, the Artificial Heart Pump Program is established. • Marion Mayman becomes the 17th National President.

CHW Human Umbilical Cord Blood Bank at Hadassah Hospital

2000 – The new CHW M. Fanny Breast Care Institute opens at Assaf Harofeh Medical Center. The Institute offers the first multi-disciplinary service for breast healthcare in Israel. ORAH Magazine Summer 2017


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2001 – Construction starts at CHW Nahalal Community and Comprehensive School on an elaborate new education complex, comprised of an auditorium, library, sports stadium, covered pool, laboratories, and additional classrooms. 2002 – Rochelle Levinson becomes the 18th National President. 2003 – Canadian Hadassah-WIZO and CHW Toronto Centre finance a medical exchange program between doctors at Hadassah Hospital and Sunnybrook and Women’s College Health Services in Toronto.

M. Fanny Comprehensive Breast Care Institute

2005 – Sandy Martin becomes the 19th National President. 2006 – Canadian Hadassah-WIZO establishes the Sustainers Program across the country – Ensuring the Future Today! • New branding is introduced with a double meaning for CHW: Canadian Hadassah-WIZO and Children, Healthcare, Women. 2007 – “Celebrating Achievement” launched coast-to-coast in the celebration of CHW “90 Years Strong!” 2008 – World WIZO receives Israel Prize. • Terry Schwarzfeld becomes the 20th National President.

Sunnybrook surgeons on an exchange at Hadassah Hospital

2009 – CHW receives the Jerusalem Prize from the Canadian Zionist Federation (along with Emunah Canada and Na’amat). • Construction begins on the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower at Hadassah Hospital. • Marla Dan becomes the 21st National President following Terry Schwarzfeld’s passing. 2010 – In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the M. Fanny Breast Institute at Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, CHW commits additional support for improved mammography treatment. • The CHW Legacy Circle is introduced recognizing future gifts today.

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2011 – Marla Dan is officially elected the 21st National President. • CHW Woman and Man of Distinction major giving category is introduced. • CHW Neri Bloomfield Academy of Design celebrates 40 years. • CHW Rebecca Sieff Award presented to CHW Netanya Technological High School Principal Jonathan Quart at CHW’s 40th National Convention in Toronto. 2012 – The CHW Fertility Unit is inaugurated at Hadassah Hospital in the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower.

Presenting the Woman of Achievement Award in 2011

2014 – Claudia Goldman becomes the 22nd National President. 2015 – CHW commits to fully equipping a Lower Level IV Operating Room in the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower at Hadassah Hospital. 2016 – The Claudia Goldman Dormitory Hey at CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village re-opened, providing opportunities for more students to feel at home and excel in their studies. • Debbie Eisenberg becomes the 23rd National President. 2017 – CHW celebrates its 100th Birthday with a “Celecation” Trip to Israel, special events across the country, an extraordinary Centennial Gala, a Centennial necklace memento, and a special edition of ORAH.

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How CHW Influenced Women’s Role in Agriculture Below is an informative timeline showing the history of women’s Zionist organizations in relation to agricultural training for women in the early 1900s. From Esther Carmel-Hakim’s book, “Chana Maisel: Agricultural Training for Women,” this timeline shows how CHW’s involvement in Israel helped shape the role of women in the agricultural field. CHW’s first President, Lillian Freiman, envisioned a plan for CHW that included agricultural training for women in Israel. Established in 1923 (originally as a school for women), not only was Nahalal Children and Youth Village CHW’s first project in Israel, it was an agricultural school for girls, which was unheard of at the time. Agriculture was traditionally thought of as being a male occupation, due to the hard labour involved. Therefore, Nahalal played a historic role in both the State of Israel and the history of CHW as a Canadian women’s Zionist organization.

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Sustainer Profile Lily Fixler Why I Became a


“I felt that this was the least I could do for the State of Israel, which welcomed my parents and me to the city of Haifa in February 1949.� I became a Sustainer a few short years after the program was adopted by the Board of Directors. As an Israeli who has lived in Canada for almost forty years, I felt that this was the least I could do for the State of Israel, which welcomed my parents and me to the city of Haifa in February 1949. As I watched some of my school friends taking the bus to the WIZO school in central Haifa, I decided to pursue a different route; academia. The WIZO school taught some of them secretarial skills, while others learned how to sew, or studied Home Economics. When I arrived in Calgary, just before Rosh Hashanah in 1977, I realized immediately that I needed to help with projects connected to Israel. That fall, Gert Cohos and Sophie Kettner coached me in canvassing for UJA. I proceeded to join the EJI Chapter of CHW and became President of CHW Calgary. Israel has always been at the forefront of my thoughts because my whole family lives there. My mother, who is 98 years old,



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raised me to be a proud Jew wherever I live. The State of Israel plays a crucial role in ensuring the safety of Jews all over the globe. Becoming Sustainers made both George, my husband, and I very proud. Our children Sharoni, Yossi, and Ari are proud of my contributions as a volunteer for CHW. The concept of Tzedakah and Tikkun Olam are part and parcel of our beings. As a Sustainer and Past-President of CHW Calgary, I have had the honour and good fortune to visit all of our projects. George and I, now both Sustainers, recently visited Hadassah Hospital, Assaf Harofeh Medical Centre, and Hadassim Children and Youth Village. What a gift! The children and the women that I have met regularly since 2007 have put a smile on my face. As our 40th wedding anniversary approaches, our commitment is stronger than ever, and we hope to keep contributing to CHW while our three beloved grandchildren, Levi, Amari, and Nia, are learning about Tzedakah.

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Mrs. Roslyn Gould z’l, Vancouver Carole Grafstein, Toronto Gina Grant, Ottawa Janice Gray-Edell, London Malka Green, Toronto Sue Green, Toronto Carol Greenberg, Ottawa (In Memory of Fagaz’l & Eugene Gardnerz’l) Ellie Greenberg, Ottawa Jeannette Greenhut, Vancouver Saryl Gross, Montreal Bonnie Grossman, Toronto Lynda Grossman, Montreal Sharon Grossman, Toronto Dr. Ralph & Sheila Gurevitch, Calgary Andrea Halperin, Toronto Jackie & Hayim Hamborger, Calgary Bonnie Helper, Winnipeg Barbara Hershberg, Vancouver Florence Hertzman, Toronto Jennifer Hesselson, Battleford Catherine Hiller, Winnipeg Sonya Hirsch, Toronto Helen Hoffman, Vancouver Jeannette Hoffman, Edmonton Sarah Hutman, Montreal Alina Ianson, Toronto Mrs. Barbara Joffe, Calgary Roslyn Joseph, Montreal Bernyce Kalifer, Toronto Robert Kaminsky, Ottawa Michelle Kaplansky, London Margo & David Kardish, Ottawa (In Memory of Tessie Zelikovitz z’l & Eva Kardishz’l) Judy Katsof, Montreal April & David Katz, Victoria Susan Kendal, Victoria Dora Kichler, Toronto Mrs. Fay Kifer, Edmonton Sandi Kirschner, Toronto Mrs. Lisa Klinger, London William & Lea Kohn, Calgary Mrs. Max Konigsberg, Montreal Zelda Korenblum, Toronto Ethel Kostman, Halifax Katty Kraizel, Toronto Sara Krengel, Toronto Marci & Jason Kroft, Toronto Sharon Kroft, Toronto Beatrice B. Krupp, Montreal Gail E. Ksienski, Calgary Esther Kulik, Ottawa (In Memory of Lolaz’l & Mordecai Lipszycz’l) Mrs. Connie Monson Kussner, Toronto Harriette Laing, Toronto Lana Landa, Vancouver Mrs. Sonja Langburt, Montreal Elayna Joy Latsky, Toronto Leila Lax, Toronto Betty Laxer, Montreal Lillian & Arthur z’l Lerman, Toronto Charlotte Levene, Kitchener Shirley & Ronald Levene, Waterloo Maxine Levin, London Rochelle Levinson, Vancouver

Rhona Lewinshtein, Ottawa (In Memory of her parents) Harriet & Phil Libin, Calgary Marilyn Libin, Calgary Lisa Linden-Wiseman, Toronto Helen Linkletter, Victoria Sharon B. Lipman, Toronto Bertha Lipson, Toronto (In Memory of Bertha Doranz’l & Jenny Lipson z’l) Jeffrey H. Lipton, Toronto Charlotte Lubin, Montreal Fran Luborsky, Toronto Patsy Mallek Royer, Ottawa Agi and Jack Mandel, Toronto Beulah Martin, Calgary Lorraine Martin, Regina Sandy Martin, Calgary Anne Matlow, Toronto Leanne Matlow, Toronto Irving & Estherz’l Matlow, Toronto Linda Matlow, Cambridge Hedda Medjuck, Halifax Shirlee Medjuck, Halifax Pearl Mendel, Montreal Roslyn Mendelson, Toronto Karen Meyerowitz, Toronto Miriam Milavsky, Calgary Luba Miller, Montreal Ruth Milne, Toronto Betty Mintzberg, Vancouver Vivian Molnar, Regina Anita Morris, Montreal C. Rochelle Moss, Vancouver Dr. Michele A. Moss, Calgary Reva Nathanson, Sydney Kathie & Mickey Norris, Waterloo Damaris Notte, Victoria Vita E. Novick, Montreal Mr. & Mrs. N. Olyan, Edmonton Al Osten, Calgary Ellen Ostofsky, Toronto Linda Papernick, Toronto Myra Paperny, Calgary Lola Pawer, Vancouver Ruth M. Pink-Irving z’l, Yarmouth Nora Pivko, Toronto Sharon Pollock, Toronto Sylvia Polsky, Vancouver Sarah Pomerantz, Montreal Dr. Ana M. Porzecanski, Victoria Nancy Poslunsz’l, Toronto 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, Montreal Marlene Richardson, Toronto Murray Robins, Calgary Sarah Rochwerg, Hamilton Sheila Rother, Toronto Annette Rose, Victoria 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 Phyllis and Alexz’l Rubin, Calgary Sharon Rubin, Moncton Shirley Rubin, Toronto Gail Rudderham-Chernin, Sydney Dundi and Lyon Sachs, Montreal (In Honour of Debbie Eisenberg) Karen Sacks, Toronto Leyla Sacks, Vancouver Helen Saipe, Ottawa Sharon Cookie Sandler, Toronto Bea Schachter, Montreal Evelyn Bloomfield Schachter, Montreal Tracey Schonfeld, Vancouver Diana Schwartz, Sydney Diane Schwartz, Sydney (In Memory of Terry Schwarzfeldz’l, Ottawa) Ann Secter, Edmonton Ilse Seetner, Toronto Dr. Esther Kathleen Segal, Regina Maxine Segal, Regina (In Memory of Beaz’l & Harry Segalz’l) Marcy Segall, Montreal Susan Segal, Toronto Harold & Marsha Shabsove, Toronto Jane Shadley, Vancouver Elaine Sharfe, Saskatoon Brondell Shapiro, Toronto Evelyn Sheftel Shapiro, Calgary (In Memory of Bella Sheftelz’l) Faigel & Len Shapiro, Calgary Vivien Sharon, Toronto Betty & Jack Sharp, Calgary Linda Shaw, Saskatoon (In Memory of Clarice Buckwoldz’l) Jackie Sheiner, Montreal Betty Ann Sherwood, Calgary Lindy Shortt, Victoria Deborah Siegel, Toronto Judith Silver, London Ruth Simon, Toronto Myrna Singer, Waterloo Beverley Siskind, Toronto Dorothy Smith, Calgary Hilda Smith, Calgary Dr. Stan & Carey Smith, Calgary Mrs. Hyman Soloway, Ottawa Fran Sonshine, Toronto Mildred Sonshine, Toronto Julie Spira, Toronto (In Memory of Elizabethz’l and Leslie Herczogz’l) Marilyn Springer, Kingston Esther Starkman, Edmonton Mrs. Harriet Star, Montreal Haya Stein, Calgary Charlotte Steinberg, Toronto Dr. Blema Steinbergz’l, Montreal Rosslyn Steinberg, Calgary Joyce Strauss, Waterloo Barbara Sugar, Toronto

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Israel’s Award-Winning Singing Duo: Guy and Yahel Guy and Yahel’s story began in 1997 when they were just 12 years old. The boys met one another at CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village. Both Guy and Yahel came to CHW Hadassim in need of a loving home environment. Yahel was born on an Air Force base in Israel. His father was a pilot; often leaving him alone with his mother and his brother, Yonatan. When Yahel was four years old, his parents divorced. Yahel and Yonatan moved with their mother to a small town in the south of Israel. Shortly after moving, Yahel’s mother re-married. The man Yahel’s mother married did not like Yahel or his brother, and Yahel recalls his stepfather ruled the house with an “iron first.” Yahel and Yonatan were often exposed to mental and physical abuse. In 1994, Yonatan went to a music festival where he saw the famous Israeli musician Aviv Geffen perform. During his performance, Aviv stopped and gave a speech. He said that for any child in the audience who feels unsafe at home, there are places to help them. Yonatan felt as if Aviv was speaking directly to him. Following the concert, Yonatan left home and sought refuge at CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village.

While at CHW Hadassim, Guy and Yahel recall that they were always encouraged to dream big. When they expressed an interest in music, the staff ensured they received instruments and music lessons. Both Guy and Yahel found their way through music. They learned to play many instruments and how to express themselves through music. After Guy and Yahel graduated from CHW Hadassim and completed their army service, they moved to Tel Aviv together to pursue their music careers. Together they composed, played, and produced music for other artists, while working on their own album. Then they decided to go on the Israeli version of “The Voice,” where they had the opportunity to personally meet Aviv Geffen; the very person who brought them together! Since then, Guy and Yahel’s music has soared to the top of the charts; with two Hebrew and one English album. The duo has won numerous music awards in Israel. Guy and Yahel look back on their time at CHW Hadassim as an extremely positive experience; giving them the opportunity to pursue their goals, aim high, and fulfill their dreams.

Three years later, Yahel followed in his brother’s footsteps and moved to CHW Hadassim. When Yahel arrived at CHW Hadassim, Yonatan introduced him to Guy. The two remember it being a true friendship right from the moment they met, and they quickly became like brothers. Guy and Yahel recall their time at CHW Hadassim as being like “Never-Land from Peter-Pan.” It’s a place where many children come together, and are able to become friends quickly because everyone has an understanding of what the others have been through.

Guy (left) and Yahel (right) at CHW Hadassim

Guy remembers his arrival at CHW Hadassim as a magical time: surrounded by orange groves, in a brand new home, with staff who were there 24 hours a day to give all the care and love he needed. Guy and Yahel Today

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How the Doctor Became the Patient The impact that CHW has had on my life, the hospital, and the State of Israel is immeasurable. I have been the Director-General of Assaf Harofeh Medical Center since February 1998, for nearly two decades. During this time, I have seen the hospital grow before my very eyes and CHW’s unwavering loyalty and commitment has played an important role. It is challenging to convey how CHW’s support has impacted our hospital and aided in its evolution over the years. One can merely look at photos to see the difference in the buildings from then to now; and we have progressed far beyond this. CHW has established state-of-the-art facilities and provided some of the most advanced equipment and technologies, enabling our physicians to perform cutting-edge procedures. CHW has enabled our hospital to perform research and medical advances that impact lives in Israel and around the world. Through this support, CHW has directly enabled us to save thousands of lives. One of the most outstanding facilities established by CHW has been the CHW Marla Dan Stroke and Invasive Neuroradiology Institute. The Institute not only saves lives, but reduces the risk of life-long disabilities. We saw CHW establish the M. Fanny Comprehensive Breast Care Unit, the first in the country of this nature, and the most advanced, which provides sameday results and treatment plans to ensure that every woman’s healthcare needs are looked after without delay. The Esther Matlow Ophthalmology Department is a continuum of advancing technologies that restore patient’s eyesight. These are but a few of the CHW projects. Wherever one moves around in the hospital, one will see a CHW plaque illustrating CHW’s steadfast dedication. Personally, I was able to appreciate and fully realize the impact that CHW has on our patients and families when I, myself, became a patient in the Sylvia and Lorne Cristall Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit. They say that doctors make the worst patients; yet I spent one year of my life receiving a level of quality care that I had never been exposed to before. As a patient, I was made to feel comfortable and well looked after by

my nurses, physicians, and psychologists. The facility is well equipped to care for the needs of every type of cardiac patient, whether patients have had a heart attack, undergone heart surgery, and so on. This Unit’s professionals created a customized treatment program comprised of exercise, a balanced diet, and ongoing education on how to look after myself once I completed my cardiac rehabilitation. In Israel, the insurance provider offers three months of complimentary rehabilitation; however, I was enjoying my experience so much that I opted to stay for a full year and pay the remainder out of my own pocket. During this time, as the fellow patients I was in rehab with did not know that I was the Director-General of the hospital, I was able to learn first-hand how our patients felt about this Unit and Assaf Harofeh’s quality of care. I was honoured to hear mostly positive feedback; many people shared that they prolonged treatment at their own expense because they felt they were truly benefitting from the treatment received from our facility. Prior to the establishment of the Sylvia and Lorne Cristall Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit, there was no such facility of this nature for cardiac patients at the hospital. This was established solely by CHW with thanks to the Cristalls and all the other generous donors. Little did I know at the time of its establishment, that one day I would become a patient there. In summary, it is safe to say that CHW’s impact on people’s lives is immeasurable. The Sylvia and Lorne Cristall Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit serves a specific population that is in need of care. Over and above that, I have seen CHW become intertwined in our hospital and become a part of our daily lives. Over the years, we have enjoyed building a strong and fruitful relationship; knowing that without the support of CHW, the hospital would not be the world renowned facility that you now know. Today, I congratulate CHW on its 100th Birthday and look forward to continuing to grow together in the future. BENNY DAVIDSON, MD Assaf Harofeh Medical Center

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CHW - Mainly Love !!! If I’m to be honest while hiding my vanity, I admit - I really and truly doubt my sanity. How a Romanian born, Israeli raised, Sabra wannabe, Dares rhyme in English hoping it won’t flop shamefully. Please believe I am not a con-artist or a dream-peddler, I’m not trying to impersonate actors like Adam Sandler, My motivation and the force that drives me on, My raison d’être, my reason of being, is love alone, For love and love alone or so I guess, Caused King Edward to leave his throne, but I digress, While Belafonte was a great singer, god rest his soul, I did not come to bury Harry, but to praise you all. You warm and kind Canadian Hadassah-WIZO ladies Serious businesswomen able to laugh or cry like babies. It is your kindness that made me leave my nest and fly, To cross oceans and continents and that is why, I dared dream I am to sweep you off your feet, So I will make your dream become complete, By becoming the keynote speaker of the century, Using tales of overcoming sickness and healing injury By convincing you of the immenseness of our gratitude, While stretching to the limit my linguistic aptitude, I have come to sing your praise and not in prose, I hope I made a good impression or so I suppose, I’m here to absorb all the friendship you can give, So first we’ll take Toronto, then we take Tel Aviv. Assaf Harofeh is me and I am Assaf Harofeh my dears, So I would like to wrap it up before we burst into tears, My lovely ladies of proud CHW let me say aloud Being here makes Assaf Harofeh and me so very proud. Dr. Benny Davidson, MD Director-General Assaf Harofeh Medical Center *Originally recited in Toronto at the National Leaders Assembly in March, 2017. 36


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Dreams Come True Although she is relatively unknown in North America, Gila Almagor is one of the most beloved actors and writers in Israel. She was even bequeathed with the loving title “Queen of Israeli Cinema and Theatre.” Her story and what earned her this remarkable reputation began when she arrived at CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village, as a child.

While at CHW Hadassim Gila became inspired to pursue her dream of acting. She later moved to Tel Aviv to pursue a career in acting, and in 1963 she married Yaakov Agmon, with whom she had two beautiful children. Although Gila has appeared in dozens of Israeli feature films, plays, and television shows, she remains connected to her past. She even wrote two autobiographical books to share her story.

Gila was born in 1940, in pre-State Israel. Her father, Max, was an immigrant from Germany, and her mother, Chaya, immigrated to Palestine to escape the Nazi regime. Gila’s parents were married and lived in Haifa until Max was killed by an Arab sniper while on duty as a policeman, leaving Chaya, who was five months pregnant with Gila, alone.

Her first book, The Summer of Aviya, in which she discusses her relationship with her mother and her experiences living at the youth village, has experienced widespread success and acclaim. Her second book, Under the Domim Tree, which focuses on her time at CHW Hadassim and the impact it had on her life, was later made into a film that won the Vulgin Prize at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

Chaya struggled with the loss of her husband and the psychological devastation of losing much of her family in the Holocaust. As a result of these traumas, Chaya was institutionalized. And so, at the young age of 13, with no one to care for her, Gila went to CHW Hadassim. At the time, CHW Hadassim had just been established by Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW); specifically to take in children who had been orphaned because of the Holocaust, as well as children at-risk. When Gila first arrived, she remembers meeting these children. Learning about all they had been through really put Gila’s life into perspective. Until she arrived at CHW Hadassim, she thought she was the most miserable and unlucky kid in the whole world. “Those children had been through devastating things that I could not even imagine; this helped me to understand and appreciate what I had in my life,” she said.

To this day, Gila still feels CHW Hadassim was one of the most important experiences in her life. “It was a paradise for me. The values, life lessons, and support that I received from there made me who I am today. I am forever grateful.” For 70 years, CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village has been an unwavering pillar in Israeli society; taking in children in desperate need of love and care. Gila is one of thousands of children whose lives were saved as a result of CHW Hadassim. Initially, opening its doors to Hungarian and Polish orphans as well as Israelis, CHW Hadassim has evolved over the years and today is home to children from around the world, including the former Soviet Union, France, Latin America, Iran, Ethiopia, and many other countries.

During her time at CHW Hadassim, Gila finally felt like she really had a home, friends, and love. She was able to heal and grow. One of Gila’s favourite memories from CHW Hadassim was spending her afternoons working the land. Gila found solace and peace while working in the garden. “CHW Hadassim planted the seed and helped me grow, because of them I flourished,” she said. At CHW Hadassim, she learned values that would define her character forever. Gila began to appreciate the life she had been given, to fight for her future, and to understand the importance of friendship. It was at CHW Hadassim that Gila made lifelong friends and met her first love.

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Hadassim Helps To celebrate, we are launching a fundraising initiative with three positive messages to show the students at CHW Hadassim that they are not alone: Aim High Just Don’t Quit Do What You Love, Love What You Do

As we celebrate CHW’s Centennial year, we are also celebrating CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village’s 70th Birthday. This incredible milestone marks years of dedication helping atrisk children receive a quality education in a nurturing and safe environment, providing them with the opportunity to thrive and succeed.

These words will be featured on a mural (shown at left), created to encourage and inspire everyone who reads it. The oversized mural will be hung in a location of prominence: the Social Room at CHW Hadassim.

CHW Hadassim was established in 1947 by CHW, to house orphaned children after World War II. Over the years, CHW Hadassim has grown and evolved into a safe haven for children in need.

Usually, a plaque is offered at one of our projects in Israel for a gift of $10,000 or greater. However, this year, to celebrate these exceptional milestones, for a gift of $1,000 you can send a positive message to a Hadassim student AND have your name inscribed on the donor panel below the beautiful mural.

Not only is there a high school, there is also a boarding school for disadvantaged children and children who have been admitted to CHW Hadassim following domestic abuse. CHW Hadassim also continues to be a place of refuge for children seeking a safe home due to increasing anti-Semitism and violence in countries across Europe. Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW) Hadassim Helps Yes, you can count on me with my gift of:




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Monday, October 16, 2017:

Focus: Arrival, Registration, & Kick-Off of the Centennial Trip Celebrations! • Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, assistance provided by an Ayelet Representative • Transfer to The Royal Beach Hotel in Tel Aviv for Check-In • Registration for the Centennial Trip at our hotel • Welcome Dinner and Festive Program • Addresses by VIP Guests • Entertainment by the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra with CHW Hadassim Students Overnight at the Royal Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv


Tuesday, October 17, 2017: Focus: Ancient Israel & CHW’s Northern Projects

• Breakfast at our hotel • Visit the CHW Terry Schwarzfeld Ottawa Daycare in Akko • Lunch at the renowned Chef’s restaurant, Uri Buri (kosher style menu) Winner of Trip Advisor’s “Best Restaurant in the Middle East 2016” • Visit the city of Akko, where we explore the Crusader-era fortifications, the Citadel, British Prison, and learn about the current challenges the city faces as a mixed Jewish/Arab city. • We drive north to Haifa and enjoy a gorgeous panoramic view from Mt. Carmel • Visit and Dinner at CHW Nahalal Youth Village • Opening Night Event with VIP Participants and Entertainment Program featuring Guy & Yahel Overnight at the Royal Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv


Wednesday, October 18, 2017:

Focus: Israeli Entrepreneurship & CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village • Breakfast at our hotel • Visit CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village and enjoy lunch at the facility • Meet with successful entrepreneur and CHW Netanya Tech graduate Adi Avital. Owner of Anita, a popular and quickly growing international chain of gelaterias, Adi, with his former teacher and mentor, Nurit Peled, will be on hand to meet with you to share his story, and some of his delicious gelato. • Enjoy the balance of your day at leisure in Tel Aviv • Dinner on your own, Ayelet Host can assist you with reservations Overnight at the Royal Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv

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Thursday, October 19, 2017:

Focus: Assaf Harofeh Medical Center & Reception Hosted by CHW Netanya Technological High School • Breakfast at our hotel • Explore the work of physicians, nurses and staff at Assaf Harofeh Hospital and enjoy lunch at the facility • Hor D’oeuvres and Dessert Reception hosted by CHW Netanya Technological High School Patisserie Program at Royal Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv • Dinner on your own, Ayelet Host can assist you with reservations Overnight at the Royal Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv



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Saturday, October 21, 2017:

Focus: Time to Relax: Wine & Dine (Farewell to 5-Day Trip participants) • • • •

Breakfast at our hotel Check-Out of The Royal Beach Hotel Departure from Tel Aviv Visit Barkan Winery for a tour of this award-winning modern winery. Enjoy wine tasting, followed by lunch at the winery • Check-In to Cramim Resort & Spa and orientation upon arrival • List of Spa services will be provided prior to departure. Pre-booking is required • Time to relax before Shabbat • Optional: Shabbat Candle Lighting available at our hotel • Shabbat Dinner in a private room at our hotel Overnight at the Cramim Resort & Spa, Kiryat Anavim

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Breakfast/Brunch at our hotel (breakfast is available for us until 12:30 today) Free morning for Shabbat services or to relax Spa services available all day, pre-booking is required Optional tours, see below: Optional Tour 1: Walking tour of Kibbutz Kiryat Anavim, including the historic military cemetery and the refet (Dairy Cowshed) No additional cost. • Optional Tour 2: Visit to Har Adar, named Radar Hill, the World War II British anti-air radar military installation for the protection of Jerusalem. The installation was handed over to the Jordanian Arab Legion on May 10, 1948, prior to the second phase of the War for Independence. 23 attempts by the Palmach’s Harel Brigade to conquer it failed. Continue on to Al-Qastal, a key position on the Jaffa-Jerusalem road, used by Arab forces to attack Jewish relief convoys. We hike Sataf in the Jerusalem Hills and explore its ancient agricultural terraces. No additional cost. • Optional Tour 3: Visit Masada and the Dead Sea. Additional cost applies. • Optional Tour 4: Spend a day biking through wide valleys endless vineyards of the Judean Hills, on a tour led by DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co. Studded with archaeological and historical sites traversed by great biking roads, the Judean Hills set the scene for a fantastic day of biking, complete with a picnic lunch and a wine tasting at a local winery. Additional cost applies. • Dinner together at our hotel Overnight at the Cramim Resort & Spa, Kiryat Anavim Children

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Sunday, October 22, 2017: Focus: Jerusalem Then & Now


• Breakfast at our hotel • Check-Out of Cramim Resort & Spa Hotel and drive towards Jerusalem • Upon arrival in Jerusalem, we stop to recite a special “shehecheyanu” blessing overlooking the City of Gold • Meet Anat Hoffman, Director and founding member of Women of the Wall, and the Israel Religious Action Center, for an update on some of the societal struggles that Israel is grappling with in defining the type of nation it will become in the future. • Tour the Old City where we explore the Jewish Quarter and the Western Wall • Lunch in the Jewish Quarter together • Tour of the Israel Museum where we visit two of the main exhibits in the Archaeological Wing and the Judaica Collection • Check-In to The David Citadel Hotel & relax until dinner • Dinner and High Profile Speaker Program Overnight at The David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem

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Monday, October 23, 2017: Focus: Healing & Technology in our Jewish Homeland

• Breakfast at our hotel • A behind the scenes visit to Hadassah Hospital, followed by lunch at the facility • Visit Mobileye, one of Israel’s leading global technology companies, to experience Israeli technical achievement and ingenuity firsthand, including driverless cars • Enjoy dinner together at one of the hip local restaurants Overnight at The David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017:

Focus: Experience Life as a Soldier in the IDF • Breakfast at our hotel • Army Interaction – Enjoy interacting with IDF soldiers and navigate through the desert while learning Krav Maga (Israeli Martial Arts) followed by an exciting hands-on equipment demonstration (located near Jerusalem) • Lunch at an army base with soldiers and commanders • Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon on your own in Jerusalem • Dinner on your own, Ayelet Host can assist you with reservations

Overnight at The David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem

Wednesday, October 25, 2017: Focus: Arts & Culture

• Breakfast at our hotel • Enjoy an in-depth tour of the Supreme Court, exploring the symbolism contained within its architecture • Exclusive visit to City Hall, hosted by Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem • We participate in the new WhatsApp web-based game in Nachlaot neighbourhood, experiencing the richness and vibrancy of Jewish life in Jerusalem • Lunch on your own • Free afternoon for last minute shopping and packing • Farewell Dinner and Program at Modern, Israel Museum’s Restaurant • Featuring guest speaker Gil Troy, Professor of History at McGill University, popular author, and political commentator • Entertainment by Assaf Harofeh Medical Center Choir

Overnight at The David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem

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Thursday, October 26, 2017: Focus: Departure •

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When you send a card, you help protect a child at-risk by giving them a safe place to call home while receiving nutritious meals, ensuring they can focus on learning, playing, and growing.

CHW Cards and Certificates 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. CHW will send a beautiful card (minimum $10 donation) or certificate (minimum $50 donation) on your behalf, which includes your personalized message. CHW offers a complete selection of any occasion cards and certificates, to recognize lifecycle events, such as:

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Gift cards and certificates are personally inscribed with your message and mailed to the recipient on your behalf. CHW also offers e-cards. All online orders receive an electronic tax receipt issued for donations of $10 or more. Order your card online at, through your local card representative or a CHW Centre near you:

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Lenny & Faigel Shapiro

Lenny and Faigel Shapiro have been married for almost 65 years.Together they have three daughters and six grandchildren. Not only are they involved with CHW, they also support a list of 24 carefully researched charitable causes and organizations. As Lenny put it: “We have received many rewards from our gifting and philanthropy; we don’t even call it charity because it’s a great feeling when you can look someone in the eyes and know that you’ve helped them.” Despite the fact that CHW is predominantly a women’s organization, Lenny has been an active member for many years. His involvement with CHW began with the help of Ida Eichler and Sophie Kettner. It was Sophie who put Lenny in touch with Lily Frank, and it was Lily who suggested he help build a horse stable for Ethiopian children at BenYakirYouth Village. “To us, it’s important that CHW shows our men that there is a place for them to support children, and the needs of Israel,” he said. According to Lenny, they picked CHW because it was a partnership they could count on. “CHW has some of the most responsible, enjoyable people to work with. In a country like Israel, we all have so many problems finding good investments into people, CHW is a standout; they are there, they are honest, and they’re going to continue being there,” said Lenny.

year. Lenny even makes a yearly trip to Israel to have lunch with the soldiers. “So many of them have so little, and they put their lives on the line,” he said. During his yearly meeting, he is often asked why he feels the need to show his support for Israel and for the soldiers. His response is: “I’m a Zaide, and I love you.” Lenny and Faigel are not only long-standing supporters of CHW, they have also created a matching donation program to inspire others to invest in CHW. “It’s easy for you to give x-dollars, but to get them to give you a match, to come up with money alongside you, that’s a great feeling,” he said. Lenny and Faigel have plans to encourage more matching donations in the years to come. When asked what he would recommend to others who are thinking of making a Woman/Man of Distinction gift, he said: “Take pride in doing something for young people.The rewards are just as fabulous for you—the investor—as they are for the young kids. I think I get more out of gifting than I give!”

CHW Hadassim Children andYouth Village is a project close to Lenny and Faigel’s hearts. “It’s a worthwhile project, and you do so much there,” he said. Since becoming active supporters of CHW, they have tried to visit CHW Hadassim at least every other year. Lenny also has a great love for the combat IDF soldiers, and has set up a scholarship program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for 60 soldiers each

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CHW OTTAWA President In Conversation

Lynn Gillman

CHW Ottawa President A member since 1983, Lynn Gillman comes from a long line of involved CHW family members. She has held every position in her Chapter and on the CHW Ottawa Council, except for Treasurer. Lynn moved to Ottawa to attend university and absolutely fell in love with the city, and with CHW. How did you first get involved with CHW? Well, I was newly married living in Ottawa, my husband was working, but I couldn’t find a job. I had very few friends, and almost no Jewish friends. My sister-in-law called me up and said, “I’m tired of you moping. I’m taking you to my CHW Amit Chapter meeting. Be ready.” It just seemed very familiar. All these things were what my mother talked about at home, and during meetings at our house, so I felt like I already belonged. Terry Schwarzfeldz’l was at the meeting, and she walked up to me, and she didn’t even ask me if I was going to join, she just said, “There’s a new Chapter starting, and you will be joining that Chapter.” And I don’t even know if I said yes, but the next thing I knew I got a phone call and I was at the Bazaar helping. And that was it; I was hooked. All the people I met in the Mollie Betcherman Chapter and Amit Chapter are still my friends today. I became the Vice President of Mollie Betcherman, and later I took over the Presidency. My daughter grew up with meetings at my house, the same way I grew up, seeing me go out to volunteer at different events and fundraising, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. What do you find most challenging about being a Centre President? Trying to start a new Chapter is probably the most challenging. And remembering that CHW is a volunteer organization, run by volunteers. It can be easy to forget that people are volunteering because everyone is working so hard.



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What would you tell someone who is thinking about getting involved with their local Centre? I would really encourage them. I learned a lot of transferrable life skills from CHW. How to make a presentation, organize an event, and how to talk with, introduce, and thank people; a lot of what I do every day at my job I learned at CHW. It was a very good training ground. I would also mention that the friends I made at CHW are the friends that were there for me, through all good and hard times in my life. Friendships can be hard to make, but the ones I made through CHW have withstood the test of time.They were there for me when I was in my twenties, but are also with me as I’m approaching my sixtieth year. What exciting initiatives are underway at the Ottawa Centre? The Amit, Mollie Betcherman, and Ina McCarthy Chapters Annual Tea has grown from a smaller, internal tea, to one of the most exciting events in Ottawa for the springtime.We honour somebody really deserving in the community, and not only do people want to come, but they look forward to the invitation and want to host.We now have a line-up of people who want to offer their homes, which is very exciting. As soon as we finish the tea, everyone is working on the Walk in the Park, which is very important because the money goes to the Terry Schwarzfeld Daycare Centre, and the SchwarzfeldCotsman family are very involved. For us it’s very important to keep that connection with Terry. What would someone be surprised to know about CHW Ottawa? While we have members who are originally from Ottawa, many of our members span from the very east coast of Canada, to the very west coast. And we all bring different perspectives because of that. Ottawa grew very quickly in the 70s, 80s, and 90s; from 5,000 to 15,000 Jews. And it drew people from everywhere; from small towns and from large cities.We’re a large group of very accomplished women: we know each other, we see each other, and we’re friends.

Woman of VAlour Mildred Sonshine Born in Toronto, Mildred has been part of the local community for a long time. At 93 years old, she has many fond memories of CHW and the great work being done here at home and in Israel. Mildred is proud to be passing the CHW legacy down to two of her own daughters, both members of the Samya Chapter, and her granddaughter, who recently joined the Tamid Chapter. Mildred herself is part of the Beth Gan Chapter, and has been for 67 years. She is currently in her second term as Chapter President. “Being a Woman of Valour means that you’re dedicated to the projects of CHW,” she said. One of Mildred’s closest friends was an original member of the Beth Gan Chapter, which was first formed in the same year as the State of Israel – 1948, and she talked Mildred into joining CHW, where she’s been enjoying herself ever since.The members of Beth Gan are a group of very close-knit friends. Although there are only 18 members now, there were once 40 members who met on a regular basis. “We still meet every three weeks.We don’t do much fundraising now, but for 19 years, I hosted a successful fundraiser in my house – we made $10,000 each year by inviting 100 women and charging $100 a ticket,” said Mildred. Mildred has a passion for fundraising, and put her skills to good use whenever she could. On a trip to Israel in 2006, she visited the Rose Dunkelman Day Care Centre, which was in terrible shape. After returning to Toronto, she decided to make the Day Care her personal pet project. Along with her good friend Ilse Seetner, she visited many Chapters to spread the word, fundraising until they had enough money for the renovations, with the exception of the kitchen, which was funded a few years later.

Other than the Rose Dunkelman Day Care Centre, Mildred’s fondest memories revolve around the Bazaar. For more than 50 years, Mildred helped run the restaurant at the Bazaar, which sold 2,000 home-made cabbage rolls each year. “We were known as ‘The Cabbage-Roll Ladies,’” she said. “The local policeman loved those cabbage rolls. Every year they thought we were going to sell out, and they were going to miss out, so they started lining up 30 minutes before we opened.” They didn’t just sell cabbage rolls at Bazaar, they also had a toy booth, a shoe booth, a clothing booth, and ice cream waffles, and each one was a separate booth. Mildred remembers the line-ups for Bazaar being so long they were often featured on TV, so of course she was sad when Bazaar stopped operating. She also remembers how much work there was, and approaches things in a realistic way: “In my day, the women didn’t really work, not unless they had to. The older women worked the Bazaar from 7 a.m. until midnight, but women work now so they can’t do that.” Mildred has always wanted to help in any way she can, so when her friend Ilse became a Woman of Valour, she realized how strongly she felt the need to do so as well. On her 90th birthday, after sharing her wishes with her four children, they presented Mildred with the gift of becoming a Woman of Valour. When asked if she has any advice for someone who is thinking of becoming a Woman of Valour, Mildred said, “You do as much mitzvahs as you can, while you’re alive, and while you can afford it. I would strongly suggest that any woman who can–should, because it would give her a lot of pleasure to know who she’s helping and how she’s helping.When I see the money put to good use, it really makes me feel good.”

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Challah: The Toast of the Town


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2 cups (500 grams) all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon (11 grams) of active dry yeast 3 tablespoons (50 grams) sugar 1 cup (215 grams) lukewarm water 1 egg 4 tablespoons (60 grams) butter (alternatives: margarine or vegetable oil) 7. 1 teaspoon (6 grams) salt 8. 1 large egg yolk (reserve for the egg wash) 9. 1 tablespoon sesame seeds or poppy seeds (optional)

DIRECTIONS: 1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celsius (350 Fahrenheit). 2. Sift the flour into a medium sized bowl. 3. In a separate bowl, mix yeast with water until dissolved. Wait 10 minutes to activate yeast (it should look expanded and foamy). 4. Place flour mixture into electric mixer and knead. Add in the yeast mixture, sugar, and one egg. Knead for 7 minutes on medium speed (if you do not have an electric mixer, you can knead by hand). 5. Add in the butter and salt, knead for another 2 minutes on medium speed (you want to knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, not sticky). 6. Leave dough in bowl, cover with kitchen cloth and let rise for 60 minutes (or until dough has doubled in bulk). Note: this may take longer than an hour. Tip: Leave bowl in warm place (such as the top of the refrigerator) to encourage rising. 7. Remove dough from bowl and place on floured surface. Knead dough again for 1 minute. 8. Evenly divide dough into three parts and roll into long snake-like shapes. 9. Pinch the ends of the three snakes together at the top and braid. At the end of the braid, pinch the bottom ends together as well. 10. Once braided, cover with kitchen cloth and let rise for 30 minutes. 11. Place on a greased baking sheet and put in oven for 30 minutes. 12. Remove from oven and brush on egg yolk. Add sesame seeds or poppy seeds if desired. 13. Place back in the oven for 30 minutes. If getting too golden brown, cover challah with tin foil. 14. Cool for approximately an hour before serving. *Serve as a side at any dinner party, or as a snack with your favourite spreads and toppings.



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CHW Legacy Circle:

Claire Conrad

It’s a Volunteer Life Claire Conrad has been involved with CHW since she first moved to Canada 35 years ago, although her involvement with Israel began even earlier. When she lived in England, Claire was a member of Aviv, the younger group from WIZO, and in 1982 she took a trip to Israel with British WIZO. During the trip she actually spent some time at Hadassim Children and Youth Village. Even though they were looking at British projects, they ended up at Hadassim and Claire just fell in love. “I was just so impressed,” she said. “I thought they were doing an incredible job.” In 1983, Claire, her late husband Michael, and their two young children moved to Canada. Several months prior, Michael had come on his own to visit Vancouver. He called Claire on his very first day in Canada and said, “Well, I’ve seen the mountains and this is where I’m going to live for the rest of my life.” And so the family packed up and headed for the coast. Claire saw CHW as an obvious choice when she first moved to Vancouver. She had made a lot of friends in England, and wanted to do the same in Canada. She knew CHW was where her friend-base would develop, so she got involved right away. She took the initiative and got in touch with the CHW Vancouver Office. “We had a really great membership chairman, Bea Libby, and she worked hard to find me a Chapter that would fit my needs,” said Claire. Claire ended up joining the Yamit Chapter, and has been there ever since. “We’re not terribly active, but we’re still always threatening we’re going to have a meeting,” Claire



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said. Although she retired after 20-plus years in Property Management and Real Estate, Claire doesn’t feel like she will ever retire from CHW. “It’s a sustained involvement,” she said. “It goes on from adulthood until the end.” It’s no wonder that Claire felt the need to leave a lasting gift to CHW by joining the Legacy Circle. She wanted to ensure that CHW projects will continue into the future. The need is always there, and she wanted to do her part to help CHW meet its commitments. “I’m just proud to be part of an organization that goes from strength to strength. It says something about the women [at CHW] that the organization is in such a good place.” Claire knows that for everyone involved at CHW, it’s not just about volunteered time. “It’s a volunteer life,” she said. And with the Legacy Circle, your involvement lives on. Claire wants to make sure that anyone thinking about joining the Legacy Circle knows there is more than one way to do it. “You don’t just have to leave people a substantial sum of money in a will, you can do it by means of an insurance policy, which for many people might be an easier option.” Claire believes in CHW, and the difference being made in Israel and around the world. “I think CHW has the same relevance today for Israel as it’s always had,” she said. Israel is home to Jews from all over the world, and it is necessary for us to give back and show our support however we can. A Legacy Circle Gift is a great way to leave a lasting legacy, provide support for Israel, ensure the continuation of CHW projects, and to help change the world.

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Recognizing future gifts today CHW Legacy Circle Members* Freda Abugov, Edmonton Luba Allen, Edmonton Debbie Baylin, Ottawa Allan Belzberg, Vancouver Bonnie Belzberg, Vancouver Gloria Burnett, Montreal Robin Chernick, Ottawa Anetta Chernin, Halifax Sandra Chernoff, Vancouver 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 Michelle Fine, Toronto Cynthia Flower, Montreal Sharon Flower, Montreal Ruth Freeman, Vancouver Corinne Gelfer, Vancouver Daniella Givon, Vancouver Lila Goldin, Vancouver Claudia Goldman, Vancouver Gina Grant, Ottawa Helen Greenfeld, Montreal Sharon Grossman, Toronto Roslyn Joseph, Montreal Sharon Kroft, Toronto Bea Krupp, Montreal Judith Levine, Hamilton Rochelle Levinson, Vancouver Marilyn Libin, Calgary Anabel Louis, Montreal Evelyn Maizen, Kingston Judy Mandleman, Vancouver Lorraine Martin, Regina Esther Matlow z’l, Toronto Marion Mayman, Toronto Eunice Mouckley z’l , Toronto Miriam Peletz, Montreal Joyce Raymond, Toronto Bea Schachter, Montreal Marcia Schnoor, Toronto Brondell Shapiro, Toronto Jackie Sheiner, Montreal Judith Silver, London Ms. Melissa Singer, Montreal (In memory of Phyllis G. & Leo Singer) Mrs. Carol Lou Spiegel, Toronto Julie Spira, Toronto

CHW Legacy Circle The ongoing growth and success of Canadian Hadassah-WIZO’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 tomorrow. The CHW Legacy Circle honours those who have included CHW in their estate plans. A planned gift to CHW can be made in one or more of the following ways: A bequest of cash, securities, real estate, art, or other property A 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 that 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.

Contact CHW We would like to hear from you! Should you require further 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 the National Office by telephone at 1-855-477-5964 or e-mail

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CHW Memories Project

Sandy Martin Rebranding 2005-2008

In October 2013, CHW Ottawa launched the “Memories Project,” a historical look into the foundation that made their Centre what it is today. The project was so inspiring that it led to an entire series of articles in the ORAH, leading up to this final installment, just in time to celebrate CHW’s Centennial year. Sandy Martin grew up believing in Israel. Her mother was an active member of CHW Calgary, and her grandmother was a member of the first women’s Zionist chapter in Montreal. Sandy was raised on a healthy diet of community, family, and volunteerism; setting her up for a future of dedicated activism. After majoring in Social Work and minoring in Psychology at San Jose State University in California, Sandy worked at a counseling centre. She loves helping people, and has always searched for ways to actively give back to the community. She soon moved to Vancouver to be closer to home and started the Machar Chapter. She found CHW to be a kind of extended family, nurturing growth and providing opportunities to enact change. After she married her husband, Larry Martin, and moved home to Calgary to start a family, she remained dedicated to CHW. In 2005, Sandy became CHW’s 19th National President, following her time spent as National Vice-President. She began her volunteer career with Canadian Hadassah-WIZO more than three decades ago, and ever since has assumed an impressive range of offices, including Chair of Major Gifts, Programming, and Fundraising. She was also Vice-President and then President of CHW Calgary Centre. 58


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During Sandy’s term as National President, two important fundraising programs were established: Sustainers and Woman of Valour. The goal of the Sustainers program was to generate a perpetual giving program the organization could rely on. The Woman of Valour program recognizes major gifts in support of CHW’s ongoing commitment to WIZO projects. Also during Sandy’s presidency, Canadian Hadassah-WIZO was rebranded as CHW, introducing Children, Healthcare, and Women as an alternative meaning for the CHW acronym. This change, along with the relaunch of the website and ORAH magazine, helped modernize the organization as we know it today. At the end of her term as National President, Sandy was honoured with the naming of the Sandy Martin Alberta Daycare Centre in Ramat Hasharon. This, along with the many ways Sandy is still involved with CHW projects, is a continuation of her commitment to Israel and CHW. “My connection with and love for people has always been the foundation of all that I have done,” said Sandy. “CHW has allowed me to continually be engaged through the interaction with other women and our valuable work for children, healthcare, and women. In turn, I have benefited immensely, in the nourishment of my mind, body, and soul!”

Terry Schwarzfeld Passionate Devotion 2008-2009

Born in Regina to a Zionist family, Terry Schwarzfeld grew up actively participating in the Jewish community. Both her mother and grandmother were CHW members, and Terry always knew she would follow in their footsteps. After graduating from the University of British Columbia in 1972, she moved to Ottawa with her husband, Stephen Cotsman, where she earned her master’s degree from Carleton University. Although she was new to Ottawa, she was soon invited to become a member of the Amit Chapter, where she began her lifelong passion for CHW. Before she became CHW’s 20th National President in 2008, Terry served three years as Vice-President, as well as being a member of the National Executive Board and a former President of the Amit Chapter. She knew so much about the organization that she even participated in the creation of a CHW trivia game. Terry was very passionate about CHW and worked hard to inspire the same passion in others. When she began her term as National President, Terry was more than excited to dive right in to her new responsibilities. In an interview with the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin, she said, “I’ll be away from home a lot. Over my three-year term, I hope to visit each of the centres across the country.” Terry’s enthusiasm was visible to everyone who met her. Terry’s vision for CHW was to enhance cross-functional collaboration and to create synergies in the organization.

In January 2009, Terry visited the Acco Daycare in Israel. After spending time with the staff and the children, she decided the daycare needed to be refurbished and assigned CHW Ottawa the task of making the project a success. When Terry passed away, tragically in March of 2009, the daycare was renamed in her honour. The Terry Schwarzfeld Ottawa Daycare Centre is an enduring memorial to her devotion and commitment to CHW and the children of Israel.

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Marla Dan Agent of Change 2009-2014

Marla Dan has been an active member in the CHW community for 28 years. She was raised in a strong Zionist home, learning at a young age the importance of community involvement. Her mother was a vibrant member in the CHW Edmonton Centre, while her father was President of their synagogue. It is no surprise that the three principles guiding her through life are Zionism, volunteerism, and mentorship. When Marla was 16, she took her first trip to Israel, which cemented the connection between her upbringing and the land of Israel. When she moved to Toronto in her early 20s, it seemed only natural for her to join a local CHW Chapter; to make friends, and to further her desire to give back to the community. As a member and the President of Tamid Chapter, and later as President of CHW Toronto Centre, Marla spent a great deal of time with strong women who not only provided her with the mentorship she needed, but helped her find the path to her own leadership. Marla’s involvement at CHW has only grown over the years, and she has held almost every position available. After her time as President of CHW Toronto Centre, Marla became the 21st National President. She accepted the role in 2009, after the sudden and tragic loss of Terry Schwarzfeld.



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She took on Terry’s three-year plan, working hard to ensure Terry’s CHW legacy continued. She was officially voted in as National President in 2012. During her presidency, several important events occurred: there was a revision of the constitution; including a modernization of CHW’s governance structure, the Legacy Circle was introduced, the Fertility Clinic at Hadassah Hospital was completed, and much needed funding was provided for Assaf Harofeh Medical Center. Also during Marla’s term, two very important partnerships were made with Assaf Harofeh Medical Center’s M. Fanny Comprehensive Breast Care Institute and the Neuroradiology Institute, which is now named the CHW Marla Dan Stroke and Invasive Neuroradiology Institute. Marla’s support has enabled the establishment of the Dan Auditorium at Nahalal Youth Village, and the Patisserie Program at the CHW Netanya Technological High School. She is also currently Co-Chairing the “Celecation” Trip to Israel with her husband Aubrey for CHW’s Centennial Birthday. Marla’s outstanding philanthropy, focused on helping women, children, and families, as well as her leadership and volunteerism, has a far-reaching impact on the lives of everyone involved in CHW projects.

Claudia Goldman Partnership 2014-2016

A second generation Vancouverite, Claudia holds a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of British Columbia (UBC) as well as a B.A. in Art History and Religious Studies from UBC. Over the course of her professional career, Claudia held roles as a Law Firm Librarian, Reference Librarian, and Library Technical Services Head.

CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village. In 2015, during her presidency, CHW committed to fully equip the Lower Level IV Operating Room in the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower at Hadassah Hospital. The operating room is protected from conventional, biological, and chemical weapons, ensuring lives can be saved without interruption.

Claudia has been with CHW for 30 years. Although Claudia initially became involved for the social aspects, she soon realized CHW had become an important and meaningful part of her life. When her children were teenagers, Claudia decided to devote all her energy to volunteerism. She left her job and became a full time volunteer and dedicated philanthropist. She hasn’t looked back since.

Claudia’s other passion project is Hadassim Children and Youth Village. In 2016, The Claudia Goldman Dormitory Hey was re-opened, making room for more French Na’aleh students in need of a safe place to learn and grow. Claudia made it her personal mission to make the building a comfortable, safe, and warm environment for the children who live there.

During her many years at CHW, Claudia developed friendships with people from all over the world. She loves how CHW connects women with each other, and brings together likeminded people. In 2014, Claudia became CHW’s 22nd National President, after having taken on many different roles at the Chapter, Council, and National levels. Claudia has been to Israel numerous times, and has developed a special bond with many of the CHW projects in Israel, specifically Hadassah Hospital and

Claudia is hoping the next generation of women will benefit from the strength and passion of CHW, just like she did, especially now that her daughter is part of CHW Vancouver. “I want to be sure that CHW continues forward and that the friendships, pride, and joy that I have received from being involved will be shared with future generations of women. CHW defines for me the infinite possibilities that women can achieve when they work together and want to make a difference and help people. It’s such an amazing organization and I just want it to go from strength to strength.”

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Debbie Eisenberg Sustainability and Growth 2016-Present

Debbie Eisenberg was born in Brooklyn, New York. Her parents always tried to help those in need. When Debbie was young, she often heard her parents talking on the phone, offering advice and support to family, friends, and colleagues. Her upbringing instilled in her a desire to always do her best, never stop learning, and to lend a helping hand wherever needed. Debbie moved to Kitchener, Ontario with her husband, Gary Levene. The two met while campers and counselors at a wilderness camp in Algonquin Park. After she obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood and Special Education from Syracuse University, as well as a Master of Science Degree in Human Genetics from Sarah Lawrence College, Debbie made the big move to Canada. In 1981, Debbie attended her first CHW meeting, and shortly after, her mother-in-law presented her with a gift of Life Membership, thus beginning her 35-year volunteer journey with CHW. She quickly became involved at her centre, taking on leadership positions at the local and national levels. Debbie loved connecting with other Jewish women in her new home, participating in the local community, and supporting CHW projects in Israel. Debbie was elected CHW National President – the first one from Kitchener-Waterloo – in 2016. During her presidency, she has decided to focus on sustainability and



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growth. “CHW’s support has strengthened, and continues to strengthen, the very fabric of Israeli society. To ensure CHW’s continued growth, we have to remain relevant to our members, friends, donors, partners and beneficiaries. We must continue to nurture and further develop CHW’s culture of philanthropy,” she said. Debbie is ringing in CHW’s Centennial year as National President. Not only is CHW’s Centennial Birthday a reason to celebrate extraordinary past accomplishments, but it is also a time to look to the future with optimism and excitement. The world of volunteerism is changing, so as we move forward, CHW has to grow and change in a way that will resonate with the next generation; building strong relationships and inspiring them to get involved. As Debbie said, “We cannot change the direction of the wind, but we can adjust our sails.” Debbie is helping solidify a legacy which will last for CHW’s next 100 years: “Together we must all work on behalf of CHW and in support of CHW to promote our mission, elevate our profile, and increase our fundraising capacity to ensure that we remain relevant and vibrant for the next 100 years, leaving a lasting legacy for future generations.”

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EVENTS Calendar See What’s Up in Your Local Centre

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Questions? Call the CHW National Office toll-free 1-855-477-5964

Tax Receipts

Mentors & Mentees

As of July 1, 2013, Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW) consolidates all tax receipts. Instead of issuing tax receipts for each donation made, consolidated tax receipts are issued twice yearly following the periods: January 1 to June 30 and July 1 to December 31. A summary of all donations made will be included with your tax receipt.

The CHW National Mentorship Program is seeking Mentors and Mentees across the country to help “build tomorrow’s leaders.”

If you have any questions about your tax receipt, or if you would prefer to receive your tax receipts by e-mail in the future, please contact the National Office toll-free at 1-855-477-5964, ext. 107, or e-mail

Are you 18+ years? All CHW Annual or Life Members in good-standing are eligible to vote. If you are over 18 years of age, we need to know! Call your local CHW Centre or the National Office and advise us of your birth year, so you are included in the voting process.

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Professional Team


National Executive Director E: T: 416-477-5964 ext.105


National Financial Manager E: T: 416-477-5964 ext.107

Shelly Baksh

Development Coordinator, National and CHW Toronto E: T: 416-477-5964 ext. 113

Kate Bevan-Smith CHW Vancouver Centre Coordinator

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If you are interested in participating in this program or would like more information, please contact the CHW National Office by phone at 1-855-477-5964 or e-mail

Connect with CHW Provide CHW with your e-mail address and receive regular up-to-date information about the CHW projects and programs you support.Your e-mail address remains confidential and is for CHW’s use only. To advise us of your e-mail address, contact the National Office by e-mail at, or call toll-free at 1-855-477-5964.

P.S. Don’t forget to let us know if your e-mail address changes so you can keep connected.

• CHW Governance and NGO Best Practices • CHW Strategic Planning/Implementation • CEO for all CHW Operations, including Israel Operations • Financial Management and National Budget • Ex-Officio Member of all National Committees • Accounts Payable • Accounts Receivable • General Ledger • Tax Receipts • Financial Statements • Internal Audit of CHW Centres • Donor Relations and administrative support • Implement Major Gifts Policy by ensuring donor communication • Manage Sustainer Program • Legacy Circle and corporate giving program • Fundraising Proposals • CHW Toronto Fundraising Support • Coordinate major fundraising initiatives and events • Process volunteer donations and requests for cards • Arrange outgoing communications for ORAH, Facebook, the Presidents’ Update, and the Highlights Newsletter

Rebecca Bowslaugh

Marketing Communications Coordinator, National and CHW Toronto E: T: 416-477-5964 ext.111

• Develop and implement marketing, communications, PR strategies • ORAH, e-newsletters, fundraising materials • Cards, certificates, and invitations • Media relations • Centre support for all Marketing and Communications materials, including newsletters

Haley burkes

• Liaise with CHW National Office, partner organizations and CHW projects • 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

Alanna Elias

• 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

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CHW Montreal Centre Coordinator E: T: 514-933-8461 ext.202

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National Marketing Strategist E: T: 416-477-5964 ext.110

• Art Direction of Marketing, Communications, PR • Art Direction and design of major publications, including ORAH, e-newsletters, fundraising and PR materials • Design of major campaign materials, including Annual Campaign, Summer Campaign and End-of-Year Campaign • Design of CHW Cards and Invitations

Brenda Gossack

• Maintain and update Raiser’s Edge data • Weekly bank deposits and batch creation CHW Montreal • Donor relations, card donations, and mailings Administrative Assistant • Assist with Centre fundraising events E: T: 514-933-8461 ext.203

Jennifer IERULLO Executive Assistant

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Andrew Shayo-Mushi National Bookkeeper

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Lieba Rose

CHW Toronto Cards Administrator

• Social Media content creation • e-Fundraising, including Peer-to-Peer events, such as Centre Walks • Website and Front-End content management • Email and digital communications • Member Relations • Meeting coordination • Professional Liaison to all National Committees • Corporate correspondence • Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable • Tax receipts, card processing, and data entry • Provide financial and budget related support to Centres • Prepare financial reports yearly and as required • Generate and maintains schedules for campaigns, Major Gifts, commitment payments, donation source, and expense/income reporting

• Manage donation card and certificate stock • Help organize all card orders and related donations • Mail out any card and certificate orders as needed

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CHW Calgary Centre Coordinator E: T: 403-253-4612

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You’re Israel You’re Invited Invitedto toVisit VisitCHW CHWProjects Projectsin in Israel Are you planning on travelling to Israel in the near future? CHW encourages members and supporters, along with their families, to visit CHW projects in Israel and see the good work that is done through your support. Simply contact your local CHW Centre or the CHW National Office (Telephone 1-855-477-5964 or e-mail at least four weeks in advance of your trip so that arrangements can be made for you to include CHW projects in your own travel itinerary. For more information, please complete the form below or visit online. I would like to know more about how I can visit CHW’s projects in Israel. Name: Address: City: Province:

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“When you visit our projects you really see with your own eyes what you are working for.” - Marilyn Libin, CHW Calgary “As we are so far away in Canada, seeing our projects with our own eyes and the help we provide, makes our work gratifying, reassuring, and reinforces all that I believe in.” - Daniella Givon, CHW Vancouver “The most touching part of my visit was engaging with the children of the daycare and seeing my family, who joined me on this visit, interacting with the children as well.” - Sharon Kroft, CHW Toronto

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Are you planning on visiting CHW projects during your upcoming trip to Israel? Please see the additional information below, in order to help you select which CHW project to visit, based on your own travel itinerary. Please note that all visits must be arranged through the CHW National Office at least four weeks in advance of your trip. Project / Location

Distance from Transportation Tel Aviv Jerusalem

Visiting Hours


Clara Balinsky (Montreal) Daycare Centre - Zerifin

15 km

70 km

9 am to 11 am From bus stop, a 10 Sunday to Thursday minute walk on the Closed August; holidays grounds to daycare.

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

Terry Schwarzfeld Ottawa Daycare Centre - Acco

125 km

175 km

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

Hadassim Children and Youth Village - Hadassim

35 km

100 km

Only accessible by 9 am to 3 pm car. Sunday to Thursday Closed summer; holidays

100 km

150 km

Only accessible by 9 am to 3 pm car. Sunday to Thursday Closed summer; holidays

Neri Bloomfield Academy of Design - Haifa

95 km

160 km

9 am to 3 pm Sunday to Thursday Closed holidays

Netanya Technological High School - Netanya

40 km

100 km

9 am to 3 pm Sunday to Thursday Closed summer; 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

Nahalal Youth Village Nahalal

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

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

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


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CHW offices across canada

CHW national office

CHW calgary

CHW ottawa

Address: 1607-90th Avenue SW Calgary, AB T2V 4V7

Address: 1301 Prince of Wales Drive Ottawa, ON K2C 1N2

Address: 90 Eglinton Avenue East Suite 208 Toronto, ON. M4P 2Y3

Telephone: 403-253-4612 Fax: 403-640-1100 E-mail: Web:

Telephone: 613-699-0802 E-mail: Web:

CHW edmonton

CHW toronto

Address: 10220-156th Street NW Suite 200 Edmonton, AB T5P 2R1

Address: 638A Sheppard Avenue West Suite 209 Toronto, ON M3H 2S1

Telephone: 780-444-6985 Web:

Telephone: 416-630-8373 Fax: 416-630-2370 E-mail: Web:

CHW montreal

CHW vancouver

Address: 6900 Decarie Boulevard Suite 3405 Montreal, QC H3X 2T8

Address: 304B-950 West 41st Avenue Vancouver, BC V5Z 2N7

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Telephone: 416-477-5964 Toll-free: 1-855-477-5964 Fax: 416-477-5965 E-mail: Web:

CHW board of directors National President Debbie Eisenberg Immediate Past President Claudia Goldman Directors Susan Abramowitz Claire Conrad Marla Goodwin-Zipper Gina Grant Beverly Kahn Evgenya Knopov Esther Kulik Elayna Latsky Marilyn Libin Judith Lifshitz Fran Luborsky Gayla Schwartz Brondell Shapiro Betty Sherwood National Executive Director Alina Ianson

CHW in Canada Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW) is known for the good work that is being done for Children, Healthcare, and Women in Israel. However, CHW also partners with many different organizations in Canada, and CHW members in Centres from coast to coast participate in these charitable activities. Here is a peek at a few organizations or initiatives that were recently supported by CHW in our local communities. CHW Calgary Chanukah Toy Drive For over 14 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 2016 Toy Drive provided toys, movie passes, and gift cards at the ACH and JFS. CHW Calgary is proud of this mitzvah project that supports their 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 full-time 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 will be presented in September, 2017, for 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 $1,000 bursary is awarded to full-time, second-year students enrolled in the Early Learning and Child Care program at MacEwan University in Edmonton. Terry Horwitz z’l graduated from the program in 2004. CHW Toronto Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre CHW Toronto has been an active community partner with the Foundation at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, contributing to the funding of a Neonatal Intensive Care Patient Room and currently, the CHW Exam Room in the Louise Temerty Breast Cancer Centre. The Louise Temerty Breast Cancer Centre and its breast cancer experts ease patient anxiety by providing diagnosis and detailed treatment plans in just 24 hours. CHW Toronto is proud to partner with Sunnybrook on these meaningful projects that reflect CHW values and reminds us of the importance of supporting our local communities. Stella’s Place,Young Adult Mental Health Commencing in fall 2017, Toronto Centre will be supporting Stella’s Place,Young Adult Mental Health located in downtown Toronto. Stella’s Place offers a range of community based supports for young adults ages 16-29 who face mental health challenges. CHW will be

specifically supporting an innovative, online peer support app codesigned by young adult volunteers and students at George Brown College. This new app will feature moderated, supervised online peer support available to registered users. Toronto Centre is proud to be connected with Stella’s Place and helping to make a positive difference in the lives of thousands of young adults. CHW Vancouver Jewish Family Services Agency CHW Vancouver has proudly partnered with various local organizations over the years. CHW Vancouver continues to provide new cosmetic items to women in need through the Jewish Family Services Agency in Vancouver. 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 Woman 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. CHW Montreal MADA Community Center MADA is a local community centre whose central purpose is fighting poverty in the Montreal community. CHW Montreal collected nonperishable food items for Chanukah in December 2016 and most recently their volunteers packaged food for their Shabbat to Share Program. In addition, CHW Montreal members recently volunteered to serve dinner at Le Café. Le Café provides hot, kosher meals twice weekly in a warm, respectful environment. CHW Montreal Pro-Am Supports LOVE For 8 years, CHW Montreal has collaborated with Leave Out Violence (LOVE) Quebec, an organization that works with youth aged 13 to 19 by helping them end the cycles of violence in their lives and by training them to become leaders in violence-prevention within their communities. Staff and youth from LOVE volunteered at the event and had a chance to meet the participants. Proceeds from the event were donated to LOVE.

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BE A PART OF THE BIG PICTURE! CHW Toronto Chaverot Chapter Presents: A Centennial Photo Mosaic Project

The Details: On the CHW website, there is an option of uploading either two ($20) or four ($36) photos. Although any photos can be included, the most mosaic-appropriate are portraits and headshots (cropping is encouraged). The images to the left are perfect examples. And the great thing is that all photographs can be uploaded from your phone, tablet, or computer - it’s that easy! Once completed, the mosaic will be emailed to everyone, so you can have a copy of this wonderful keepsake. The mosaic will be officially unveiled at the CHW AGM in November, 2017, and proudly displayed in the CHW Head Office.

To join the fun, visit For more information, call the Toronto Centre at 416-630-8373 or email

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The CHW Centennial Photo Mosaic Project is the perfect gift for all your loved-ones. Make the amazing women and men in your life part of CHW’s big picture, and share this project with your friends and family to make everyone aware of this wonderful opportunity.



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Deadline: Please submit your photos by August 31, 2017.

CHW Coast to Coast CHW Calgary Tikvah Chapter

Connections Tea

Mother’s Day MiniBazaar

L-R: Toto Levitt, Mona Rosenbaum, Norma Nozick, Evelyn SheftelShapiro, and Janet Sherman

Our focus this year has been on learning from our members. In December, Lila Mydlarski shared her life in Yiddish: speaking it, studying it, teaching it, and enjoying it. Then in February, Miriam Trehearne spoke to our Chapter about what parents, grandparents, and schools can do to effectively support preschool and elementary student growth in literacy and how Canadians and especially Albertans are doing in this regard.

As part of our CHW Centennial celebration, our members held a MiniBazaar. Lots of memories were shared. There were local vendors, a food truck, and the usual market tables. Thank you to Aviva Cheuk and Galit Abosh for organizing, and all of the members who volunteered and donated items.

On June 6, at the annual Connections Tea, 27 ladies met for an afternoon of tea and wonderful baking at Maison Senior Living. Aviva Cheuk provided an update on CHW and the Akiva grade one girls entertained with a few songs.

Cocktails and Canapes

Aviva and Steve Cheuk hosted an evening for Sustainers at their home on June 15. Debbie Eisenberg, CHW National President, brought greetings, Alina Ianson, CHW National Executive Direction, spoke about Hadassim, and Dr. Benny Davidson, Director General and CEO of Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, was the keynote speaker.

Aviva Cheuk and Dr. Benny Davidson

Akiva grade one girls singing for the ladies

CHW Guelph Annual Campaign Event L-R: Reesa Girvitz, Edith Dimant, Lauren Bell, Gail Ksienski, Sharon Sattin, Linda Barron, Cathy Williams, Aviva Cheuk, Hanit Tsur-Jacobs, Galit Abosh, Betty Sherwood, Carla Atkinson, Ilona Astiv, Mary Taub

Cassandra Stevens at her Sweetlegs Calgary booth.

The Annual Campaign Launch took place June 20. It was a coffee party at the home of Goldie Barth. CHW Guelph was pleased to welcome Elayna Latsky, National Director, as the keynote speaker at the event. Elayna spoke about a multitude of projects and the social impact CHW has made in Israel. In attendance were CHW members from Guelph and Toronto, as well as many members of the Jewish community.

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CHW Ottawa Annual Passover Fair

The week before Passover, The Amit Chapter (along with two other organizations) held the Annual Ottawa Passover Fair. Each year the Chapter helps to organize the event that brings together Passover items in one central location. This year the Chapter quickly sold out of matzah covers, afikomen bags, table runners, kippot, aprons, wine bags, and other items, such as cook books and stuffed animals.

CHW Kitchener -Waterloo Pelvic Floor Health

The Kitchener-Waterloo March General Meeting was hosted by their under 40 members. Beth Albert, a wellknown physiotherapist, was invited to speak on a topic relevant to all ages. The meeting was held at Seven Shores CafĂŠ, which was opened exclusively for the event.

Members chat over dessert and refreshments. L-R: Abigail Bimman, Diana Park, Kathie Norris, and Judy Ginsler.

Food Sense and Non-Sense Some of the members with cookbooks, Matzah covers, and afikomen bags. L-R: Debbie Baylin, Bobbi Soderstrom, Jan Mattingly, and Una Folkson Singh

Some of our most popular children’s items: stuffed animals with kippot

Annual Spring Tea

The annual Amit, Mollie Betcherman, and Ina McCarthy Chapters Spring Tea was held June 4th at the magnificent home of Elissa and Avraham Iny. This year Naomi Lipsky Cracower was honoured for her contributions to the Ottawa Jewish community. Special guests were National President, Debbie Eisenberg and National Executive Director, Alina Ianson. Naomi spoke passionately about the project she chose to be the recipient of the funds collected: the Therapeutic Centre at the Hadassim Children and Youth Village.

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The evening of June 8 was a complete success with a turnout of almost 120 people. Dr. Joe Schwarcz educated as well as entertained the audience with his talk, debunking many of the myths we have about food. The silent auction was very large and most people went home with something they found. The room was beautifully and creatively decorated with balloons and huge paper flowers made in the CHW colours. Our own CHW National President, Debbie Eisenberg, closed the evening by reminding us of the importance of donating to CHW.

L-R: Co-Chair Debbie Goldstein, National President Debbie Eisenberg, Honouree Naomi Lipsky Cracower, National Executive Director Alina Ianson, and Co-Chair Gina Grant

The Cracower family

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Lev Zahav Mother’s Day Flowers Lev Zahav held their 8th Annual Mother’s Day event, selling close to 400 pots of flowers.

StartUp Your Career

This May, CHW Toronto Centre held their first ever event for young professionals. A panel of five of Toronto’s top young entrepreneurs gave advice on how to land a job that will launch your career. Over 50 young professionals were in attendance, making this event a huge success.

Rimon Yoga in the City

From their beautiful spread of food, to the impressive turnout of yogis, the Rimon Yoga in the City event was a huge success. Over 20 women took part in an hour-long yoga session, followed by a healthy snack bar and friendly mingling.

Girls’ Night Out

Tamid Chapter’s 12th Annual Girls’ Night Out, on March 30 was a huge success. From an incredible selection of vendors, to a delicious buffet and a photo booth, it was the perfect night to catch up with girlfriends and have some fun!

Lev Zahav members and volunteers Some of the beautiful ready to deliver flowers. arrangements provided by Lev Zahav.

Our young professionals absorbing career advice from our five panelists.

Our yogis and guests smiling after a rejuvenating yoga session.

The delicious snack bar created by the women of Rimon Chapter.

Tamid Chapter ladies out in full force

At Our Table

On May 29, the 14th annual At Our Table raised a record amount for Canadian Hadassah-WIZO! Tzedakah Chapter wants to thank all the generous guests, donors, and sponsors, including Downtown Porsche and Brettler/ Mintz Foundation for their loyal and generous support. Over 275 guests enjoyed an evening of delicious food and good friends at the stunning home of Liora and Simon Yakubowicz. Jessica Herzig Yakubowicz gave an entertaining and informative presentation on art collecting.

Tzedekah Chapter Co-Chairs, Host, and Guest Speaker. L-R: Terry Yanowski, Suzanne Stein, Liora Yakubowicz, Jessica Herzig Yakubowicz, Cari Weiss, and Nancy Cohen

Tzedekah Chapter, At Our Table event photo

Samya Chapter “Beautiful” Event

Samya Chapter headed out for a night on the town. On June 27, the group met at Mirvish Theatre for the opening night of “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.” It was a night of great music, excellent company, and a whole lot of fun. Samya Chapter Event Chairs surrounded by cast of “Beautiful” ORAH Magazine Summer 2017


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The Anna Zaitchick Chapter hosted their 6th Annual CHW Walk in the Park on June 4. This fundraising walk was an outstanding success; the Anna Zaitchick members surpassed their goal and raised over $10,000! Many thanks to all the friends, family, and colleagues who generously participated in this walk-a-thon to support CHW’s projects in Israel. Kol Hakavod!

What a great turn out at this year’s CHW Walk in the Park

Classical Music Concert

The Golda Meir Chapter hosted a fabulous musical concert on June 11 featuring the talented and charming Edwin Orion Brownell at the Shaar Shalom Synagogue. Guests were entertained with a musical performance that was both passionate and entertaining.

CHW Montreal Volunteers in the Community CHW Montreal volunteers helped to serve dinner at Le Café, a kosher soup kitchen in Montreal, on June 29. It was a memorable and rewarding experience. CHW Montreal looks forward to taking part in more community endeavours in the future.

CHW Montreal Volunteers. Back row L-R: Alicia Epstein, Cindy Burman, Sarah Hutman, Shari Bergman, Jessica Rossito, Harriet Star, Erika Berger, and Renna Bassal. Front row L-R: Eric Freedman, Norma Bassal, Ilana Fine, Sandra Hendlisz, and Marilyn Leighton. Missing from photo: Shelley Ingber

Canadian Movie Encore Presentation: There is Many Like Us

On January 11, CHW Montreal co-hosted an encore presentation of the film There Is Many Like Us with Montreal’s March of the Living (MOL). The film is set in World War II Poland as seen through the eyes of Montrealers Rena and the late Max Fronenberg. The collaboration with MOL was significant and gave us the opportunity to raise awareness for the important projects CHW supports. Sharing this gripping story with MOL participants proved invaluable to their learning experience. The Junior CIT’s of Y Country Camp were also in attendance; they too wanted to learn from Rena and Max’s story of survival and courage. Many thanks to the event chair Susan Bercovitch for all of her hard work and dedication. Her commitment and devotion to this project ensured that the program was both meaningful and successful. 74


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Junior CIT’s from Y Country Camp

Blooms and Lattes

A wonderful evening of floral tips and techniques was presented by Paul Ahkion of Fleurs des Jardins on March 27 at Elna Bistro in Decarie Square. Everyone left with their beautiful creations in vases donated by Stokes. We would like to thank Susan Bercovitch for organizing this beautiful event.

L-R: Sylvie Wizman, Perel Marasow, Devorah Gniwisch

L-R: Alanna Chernofsky, Fran Jacubovic, Mireille Chernofsky, Sonia Gladstein, Susan and Jessica Bercovitch.

Our volunteers working hard on the assembly line.

L-R: Taylor Schick, Sigal Weizmann, Cara Itzkovitz, and Romy Hutman putting on the final touches.

L-R: Marlene Levine, Marsha Ptack, Margo Elman, Dr. Manny Borod, Dr. Betsy Bitzas and Estelle Kalfon

L-R: Marlene Levine, the evening’s moderator, with Dr. Manny Borod and Dr. Bessy Bitzas.

Passover Baskets

The Shoshanim Chapter’s Passover Baskets were a huge success! Once again, these wonderful gifts for the holidays were sold out well in advance. Many thanks to our team of dedicated volunteers who helped to assemble and deliver all 504 baskets throughout the city. Over $35,000 was raised in support of CHW programs and projects. A huge thank you to Alana Shiveck who chaired this fundraising project and ensured that each year’s basket is more beautiful than the previous one.

Nurses Health Forum

The Nurses’ Council Chapter has a reputation for hosting health forums that address current medical topics and this year was no exception. Our guests had the opportunity to hear two outstanding professionals in the field of palliative care discuss “End of Life Decisions:” the dynamic Dr. Manny Borod, Director of the Division of Supportive and Palliative Care Program at the McGill University Health Centre, and the knowledgeable Dr. Bessy Bitzas, PhD Nursing, Head Nurse of the Palliative Care Unit and Herzl Family Practice Centre at the Jewish General Hospital.

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CHW Vancouver Weinberg Ladies

In March, Stephanie Rusen and Bev Corber were delighted to have tea with the CHW ladies who live at the Weinberg Residence. It was very enjoyable schmoozing with these women who have been so active in CHW for many decades. It was a treat to hear their wonderful stories.


At Meducation on April 19, Dr. Joel Epstein was the guest speaker on the topic of “What is My Mouth Trying to Tell Me.” Besides being an accomplished speaker, Dr. Epstein is also related to two members of the Vancouver Executive (he is Toby Rubin’s uncle, and Debbie Rozenberg’s cousin). The evening was enjoyed by all.

Listening to CHW ladies at the Weinberg Centre.

Bev Corber updating the ladies.

Question time from a captive audience.

Aviva Games Day

May 11 was the Aviva Chapter’s Annual Aviva Games Day at the Richmond Country Club, where over 100 women gathered for a day of Canasta, Bridge, Scrabble, Mahjong, and favourite games from childhood, as well as a silent auction. Three Vancouver Past National Presidents, Claudia Goldman, Rochelle Levinson, and Judy Mandleman, cut the cake. Many thanks to the Aviva ladies for their hard work.

Dr. Joel Epstein with Stephanie Rusen.

Game time in the Mahjong room.

The Past National Presidents and the CHW Centennial cake.

Summertime and Wine

On June 20, CHW Vancouver was delighted to host Dr. Benny and Haia Davidson at Sylvia Cristall’s home. It was a fabulous evening for Vancouver’s Sustainers and Major Donors, socializing and learning about how CHW has made a difference to the patients and staff at Assaf Harofeh Medical Center.

Sylvia Cristall and her daughters, Jackie Cristall Morris and Jodi Cristall

Dr. Benny Davidson and the Executive Committee

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Silver Spoon Dinner

Steve Patterson Robin Sasko and Linda headlining “The Debaters” Shaw – Silver Spoon Dinner

Once again CHW Saskatoon’s Silver Spoon Co-Chairs. Dinner on May 8th was a resounding success. The featured entertainment for this women’s gala was the CBC Radio comedy troupe, “The Debaters,” starring Steve Patterson, Kate Davis, and Dave Hemstad. They were hilarious! The 625 women in attendance had a rollicking great time while supporting four charities: CHW, Congregation Agudas Israel, Ronald McDonald House SK, and Saskatoon Interval House. 76


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The Goluboff Family (Sarah, Leila, Shaina and Steven) continuing a long-time CHW tradition started by Grace Goluboff, former CAI National Executive Member.

CHW Victoria Turkey Presentation

Although we have had a cold damp start to the 2017 year, our spirits certainly weren’t dampened with all the varied activities that were held over the past several months. In February many of our members enjoyed a very informative presentation on the Jewish Community in Turkey given by our Hebrew instructor Betsi Bueno. Betsi grew up in Turkey and is a very vivacious beautiful person. It was especially interesting to hear her perspective on the recent unrest within the Erdogan government and the attempted coup that happened there in 2016. Betsi also treated us to a slideshow of beautiful photographs showing off the stunning Turkish scenery.

Annual Campaign Kick-Off

In March our Past President Sharon Fitch kicked off our Annual Campaign with a presentation on her recent trip to Israel. She and her husband Ed enjoyed five weeks in a rented apartment in Jerusalem in Nachlaot, where Machne Yehuda (the main market) is located. We were given an intriguing insight into some of the people that crossed their path; some were family members and some were people whom they hadn’t met before. We were given a unique view into the lives of people living in the Land. One example was Sharon’s cousin who worked in Orthodox Mea Shearim, running a website to sell velvet embroidered Torah Scroll covers, kippahs, and other religious articles. It was very interesting and such beautiful work! Sharon talked about sharing Shabbos meals with people they met at Synagogue. A request was made to Sharon to tell the story of her family’s “Great Grandmother Elke” who emigrated from Bessarabia to Canada in 1914, remaining for years in Montreal, before emigrating again in her later years to Jerusalem in 1928; a fascinating woman. Great Grandmother Elke is buried on the Mount of Olives.

Bridal Shower and Fundraising Lunch

We held an April bridal shower for one of our youngest CHW members and our bride-to-be requested that people not bring gifts but donate to CHW instead. We had a delightful time celebrating Chen’s upcoming wedding and were doubly blessed to raise funds to support our projects in Israel. In April, we also had our first Birthday Fundraising Lunch, when the March/April birthdays were celebrated. Sixteen women enjoyed a lovely afternoon at the Lure Restaurant, situated in a beautiful setting on Victoria’s Inner Harbour. As well as the birthday celebration, we raised funds for a CHW project and had fun catching up with friends.

Walk in the Park

In May we recently completed our own “Walk in the Park” and it was made additionally pleasant because several ladies in our Chapter made picnic lunches for those who participated. After a robust walk in Beacon Hill Park, we enjoyed our picnic lunch, while sitting in the sun enjoying the ambiance. Of much interest were the blue heron nests that are in one particular corner of our beautiful park; a treat that many had not seen before. Our first “Walk in the Park” was dedicated to the memory of one of our members, Raisa Balagur, who passed away in April; a lovely lady whom we all will greatly miss.

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CHW eventS calendar CHW Events Calendar is subject to change without notice. Please check with the respective Centre for current information or on the CHW website at Share your upcoming Centre events by email:

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43rd Pro-Am for Kids Golf Tournament

aUGUST 2017 19-20

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“Celecation” Trip to Israel CHW Calgary

Games Day

Nov 2017

Board of Directors Retreat


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CHW Montreal


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Fundraising Birthday Lunch Walk in the Park 2017

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OCT 2017

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Draw for Negev Chapter’s Annual Phantom Tea

Art Auction

Centennial Gala

National 12 CHW Annual General

Meeting in Toronto

Calgary 30 CHW Council Meeting

CHW Montreal

33rd Annual Tel Hai Bridge, Mahjong & Canasta Luncheon


CHW Calgary


CHW Toronto


CHW Vancouver


CHW Calgary


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CHW Centennial Tea Walk To Protect Children Walk in the Park

Council Meeting Heroes Among Us Children

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DEC 2017 Calgary 1-15 CHW 15th Annual Toy Drive

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CHW montreal CHW Ottawa To order call 514-933-8461 or email

To order email Anna Chodos,, or Marilyn Schwartz,

Artist Cards for Sale – $15 CHW Montreal is selling beautiful card packages with original artwork by Montreal artists Peter Krausz, Michael Litvack, Dina Podolsky, Lynda Schneider Granatstein, and Montreal President Sheila Nemtin Levine. The packages are presented in an organza bag and include 10 cards and envelopes. A great gift idea!

Stuffed Animals – $5 to $10

Rosh Hashanah Chocolate Tins – $45

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.

Wish your family and friends a “Sweet New Year” with delicious chocolate treats. Package includes 1 kg of kosher white, milk, and dark chocolate bark and other assorted chocolate goodies for Rosh Hashanah. Always delicious… Always appreciated. Price includes tax and delivery. Order early, while quantities last.

Amit Chapter is selling unique stuffed animals with hand-crocheted kippot. Available in small, medium, and large.

Mah Jongg Bags – $5 to $15 Amit Chapter is selling handcrafted bags to hold mah jongg racks, tiles, and cards.

Table Linens, Quilts, and Other Crafts – $4 to $60

CHW Toronto To order call Toronto Centre at 416-630-8373 or email

Kinnereth Cookbooks – $20 14th Printing of “A Treasure For My Daughter” – $36 This updated “Handbook for the Jewish Home” features a comprehensive blessings chapter, traditional recipes and explanations of the Jewish Holidays. Also available online:

Beautiful “Ima” pins in gold or silver tone – $36 each These pins are the perfect gift for a new mother, birthdays and mother’s day.

There are 200 NEW recipes in the Second Edition of the best-selling Kinnereth Cookbook. A treasury of recipes designed to tempt every palate. All proceeds in support of CHW projects.

FundScrip Fundraising Program B’Yachad Chapter’s FundScrip Fundraising Program encourages supporters to pay for their everyday expenses and gifts with gift cards bought from FundScrip. Each purchase generates earnings for the campaign. The supporter isn’t out of pocket, and they shop where they would normally shop.

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2017 Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW) ANNUAL AND LIFE MEMBERS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE CHW ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Sunday, November 12, 2017 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Intercontinental Hotel Toronto Centre 225 Front Street West Toronto, Ontario

Agenda will include: • • • •

Audited Financial Statement National President’s Report National Executive Director’s Report Such other business as may properly come before the Meeting

Publications Mail Agreement Number 40062559 / Poste Publication Numéro de Convention 40062559



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