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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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Giving with Purpose: Marilyn Libin, National President


Redefining Philanthropy: Alina Ianson, National Executive Director


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


CHW in Canada


CHW Shuk


CHW Project Visit Guide


CHW Coast To Coast


CHW Events Calendar


CHW Professional Team


CHW Offices Across Canada


Children: Alma’s Story


Healthcare: A Sister in Arms


Women: Zehavit


Sustainer Stephanie Caplan


Woman/Man of Distinction Marla & Aubrey Dan


Leadership In Conversation Betty Sherwood


Legacy Circle Gina Grant


Up Close & Personal Fleur Hassan-Nahoum Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem


Following Your Dreams Yonatan Doron


iChange Gala & National Conference Programme & Event Highlights


CHW Donor Report Highlights of Income Where Your Money Goes


Chocolate Tart Recipe CHW Netanya Technological High School Patisserie Program


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

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“Home isn’t where you’re from, it’s where you find light when all grows dark.” — Pierce Brown Dear Friends, Home is where the heart is… The theme of this year’s CHW Annual Campaign cannot ring any truer. Canada is a wonderful country to live in. Whether you were born here, immigrated, or are searching for refuge from violence and oppression, Canada is a safe and secure place to be. But, what is the definition of home? More than a place to reside, it’s where the heart rests rightfully and at peace. I am a proud Canadian, but Israel is our Jewish Homeland. As part of the Jewish Diaspora, we care deeply about Israel and its people. It is where our hearts live. I recently returned from Israel with a group of CHW Directors and our National Executive Director, Alina Ianson, where we attended the WIZO Centennial EGM. We also visited our CHW projects, and witnessed first-hand what’s happening on the ground. No matter how many times I’ve been to our projects, I never cease to be amazed. We were all awed and moved by the incredible stories of passion, strength, and determination. This is why we all work so hard as supporters and volunteers. I can tell you unequivocally, that your giving positively impacts and saves thousands of lives. As the CHW National President, I am honoured to represent and promote our organization’s mission to passionately support programs and services for Children, Healthcare, and Women in Canada and Israel. Seeing the results in action makes the efforts incredibly worthwhile. We do however, have much more to do as there are many people that need our help. Together, we have the powerful ability to give the displaced a true home, and guide them toward a better future. Thanks to your generous support, we will continue molding a better future and building a strong system of support through philanthropy, leaders, and volunteers. With best wishes,

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REDEFINING PHILANTHROPY “The magic thing about home is that it feels good to leave, and it feels even better to come back.” — Wendy Wunder

Dear Friends, I am often asked the question, ‘Why should I give to CHW?’ I respond that the number one reason people make a charitable gift and contribute to our cause, is to make a difference and create an impact. Our supporters not only dream of a better future, but they are building it by investing in our projects for Children, Healthcare and Women in Israel and Canada. Oftentimes, we report on what charitable gifts can purchase; however, it is much more important to understand what donations can achieve. The current issue of ORAH includes incredible stories about such achievements: the lives touched by CHW, and the care and generosity of every single CHW supporter. This edition includes our in-depth conversation with Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, a Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem, who is leading the charge to empower women and the city’s disadvantaged populations (Pg 14); a candid chat with Prof. Asnat Wolfisch, Head of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus who shares her vision on women’s healthcare (Pg 28); and a profile on Yonatan Doron, an educator, family counsellor, musician and author, who came to CHW Hadassim Children & Youth Village as a struggling teen, and is now is giving back by working with children at Hadassim (Pg 20). “Whoever saves a life, saves the world.” Imagine the impact your help and generosity is making through CHW, if last year alone, CHW improved the lives of more than 170,000 people! Think of the ripple effect your support is creating not only in our community, but also in Israeli society. We are truly grateful to our CHW supporters who believe in tzedakah, a culture of philanthropy, making the world a better place, and improving our Jewish Homeland. Ultimately, Home is where the Heart is. Todah Rabah! Alina Ianson

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

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

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

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

Dear Friends,


The year 2020 marks the beginning of a new decade for the Shamir Medical Centre. Due to geographical changes in our region, we are on the verge of a profound transformation which will turn us, in the next few years, into Israel’s largest hospital, serving a population of over 1.5 million people.

Realizing this mission to the fullest requires the significant backing of visionary partners, such as Director General Dr. Osnat Levtzion-Korach CHW, with whom we are walking together for more than half a century.

Our recent collaborations - The Debbie Eisenberg & Gary Levene Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, The Marla & Dan Interventional Radiology Institute and the Marilyn and Stephen Sinclair Biopsy Unit have already proved themselves, as we see more and more patients hospitalized in our facilities, and we very much look forward to our next joint projects. I would like to wish all of you, on behalf of your friends at The Shamir Medical Centre, a happy new year and happy new decade, full of challenges and success, and full of happiness with your beloved ones. Sincerely, Osnat

Dear Friends,

CANADIAN YOUNG JUDAEA National Executive Director Risa Epstein

I have just returned from Israel and as I do each time I am there, I learned something new about that beautiful country and diverse community. This summer CYJ will be sending 120 participants to Israel which is our largest cohorts in many years. Like Israel, the participants come from diverse parts of the country. We are so excited that we have 12 participants coming from the Atlantic Region, over 15 from Vancouver, 20 from Eastern Region and the rest from the GTA and other communities around Canada. Eighty of these participants will also be joining us in Poland on a one week extensive tour learning about life in Poland before World War Two and the horrors of the Holocaust. CYJ also offers an Adult Mission to Poland that coincides with Biluim Israel.

As you can imagine, the costs of these trips is high and for some of our families out of reach. However, this year, thanks to the support of CHW , we have been able to offer scholarships to many of our families to ensure their child does not miss out on this opportunity. Each year it is a struggle as costs increase, but with the support of CHW, and our Alumni, we have been able to meet the demand. We all understand the impact of an extensive educational program in Israel is on a young person. They are our future community leaders, philanthropists and members. By supporting them now we are ensuring our future. Thanking you once again for your support of CYJ and our members. Risa Epstein National Executive Director ORAH Magazine Winter 2020


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Prof. Bertold Fridlender

We are excited about your on-going involvement in the CHW Centre for Clinical Training & Community Care at HAC. Please join us in welcoming Prof. Avi Besser as the incoming Chair of our Department of Communication Disorders.

With lecturers from universities in the UK, Cypress, and Israel, the conference addresses the communication needs of children who arrived to Israel from other cultures, and those of individuals with various special communication needs.

Active in training and research, Avi brings a unique perspective to the critical role played by effective communication in the development of personality and the healthy functioning of individuals in society.

We are proud of our mandate to train professionals who work towards the betterment of all of Israel’s diverse communities, and to provide expert care for people with special needs.

This month, the Department is hosting our 10th annual conference entitled “Communication Disorders in Multilingual and Multicultural Populations.”

Prof. Bertold Fridlender President

Dear Friends,

Our joint programs ensure that youth can finally thrive and succeed as they embark on a new path, both personally and professionally.

We are deeply grateful for the longstanding partnership we have with CHW. We recognize the incredible work you do both in Canada and Israel.


Thanks to your support, our children and youth can finally fulfill their potential and realize their dreams. Your support over the years has helped our youth find their strengths and special talents.


Benny Shay


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We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate CHW and thank you for bringing new hope and opportunities to our youth. We feel blessed to have such devoted partners and friends. Thank you! Benny Shay Principal

Dear Friends, It is with great pleasure that I bring greetings from the worldwide community of Hadassah International. We are so grateful for your continuing support of the Hadassah Medical Organization, a reflection of your abiding commitment to your projects serving children, women and families in Israel. Your Annual Campaign assures that all the essential needs are met and exceeded. In Jerusalem, the stamp of Canadian HadassahWIZO is evident at the Hadassah Hospitals at Ein Kerem where your most recent commitment was dedicated to the Maternity Ward. When Hadassah undertook the building of the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower to replace the original Round Building at Ein Kerem, it was understood that the next step in development of the campus would be the renovation of that iconic space.

And so the 360 Degree Campaign was born. Many of our units around the world have pledged their support to bring this to fruition. Across the city, at our Mount Scopus Hospital, Hadassah International has undertaken the building of a sorely needed Rehabilitation Center to serve the wounded and disabled. Just this past December, at an exciting evening in Miami, the Rehabilitation Campaign was launched. Donors and prospects President from Israel, Latin America and Robert Dorfman the United States responded generously with pledges totalling $9 million US. We invite you to join in this humanitarian undertaking. Hadassah International thanks each of you for your support and looks forward to increased participation of CHW in charting our future. May 2020 be a year of peace, good health and fulfillment for all.


Warmly, Robert Dorfman President

Dear Friends, As the newly elected Chairperson of World WIZO, it is my absolute pleasure to send warm greetings to our valued Canadian partners and friends. CHW Canadian Hadassah WIZO has always played an important role in WIZO, and your support and devotion is deeply acknowledged. In January 2020, we welcomed CHW representatives at the launch of WIZO’s centennial celebrations in Israel. What an incredible experience we shared as we commemorated 100 years of “Doing What Matters”, the theme of our EGM.

While the EGM paid tribute to our devoted supporters from all across the globe and highlighted the success of our WIZO work, it also created opportunities to address our future goals. Fueled with renewed energy and inspiration in my new role as Chairperson, I look forward to working with CHW as we continue to move ahead, making a significant impact on Israeli society.

WORLD WIZO Chairperson Anita Friedman

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Dear Friends In the third week of January 2020, WIZO launched its Centenary celebrations, an outstanding milestone for any movement, and held its 27th quadrennial Enlarged General Meeting. Within the framework of the EGM, I was re-elected for a second term as President of World WIZO.

WORLD WIZO President Esther Mor

Leading WIZO into its second century, our goal is that WIZO should continue to prosper and grow in every corner of the world - women gathering, uniting, and strengthening WIZO and Israel together, wherever they live. It is what we call the ‘WE’ in WIZO and it is built on mutual trust and respect, as well as, the value of appreciation, donor recognition, developing and nurturing togetherness, friendships and partnerships, like the one we share with CHW. We must reinforce the ‘WE’ in WIZO. That is the key to our future and success. It is attainable, but only if ‘WE’ work – all of us, as a team, for those who depend on us, to change their lives for the better.


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Three years ago, CHW celebrated their Centennial and graciously invited me to their celebrations, where I met many CHW Executives and members, who also came to celebrate our Centennial in January. We look forward to seeing CHW taking part in additional WIZO Centenary celebrations that will be held later this year. I am very pleased that the first official meeting held in my second term, was with Marilyn Libin (National President) and Alina Ianson (National Executive Director) of CHW. For over a century, CHW and WIZO have achieved amazing things for the children, youth and women in Israel. Together - WE achieve even more. In friendship, Esther Mor President


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FLEUR HASSAN-NAHOUM Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem

Fleur Hassan-Nahoum grew up in Gibraltar and studied law at Kings College, London University. She qualified as a barrister in Middle Temple in 1997 and practiced in London before immigrating to Israel in 2001. In Israel, she worked at JDC in resource development for Europe, and later become the Executive Director of Tikva, a non-profit organization saving abandoned and abused Jewish children from the Former Soviet Union. In 2011, she set up her own communications consulting business, Message Expert, and worked with large corporations, as well as non-profit organizations on effective communications strategies. In May 2016, Fleur became a City Councilor in Jerusalem, and in February 2017, the leader of the Opposition. In November 2018, Fleur was re-elected to the Jerusalem Municipal Council, and was appointed Deputy Mayor for foreign relations. Fleur is currently the only British politician in Israel, and is involved in the advancement of women’s rights and marginalized population groups in the city, in economic development, and the fight for a pluralistic Jerusalem. Marilyn Libin, CHW National President and Alina Ianson, CHW National Executive Director met with Fleur Hassan-Nahoum in Jerusalem for an in-depth discussion about Jerusalem, multiculturalism, and the impact of CHW on Israeli society today. 14

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CHW: When we last met, you were a featured speaker at our iCHW National Conference last fall. We were so happy to have you join us. Your keynote address was informative and inspirational. Thank you for meeting with me today to share your insights with our ORAH readers. Let’s begin with you… How did you get involved with politics? FHN: That’s a good question, because I think you have to be a ‘little nuts’ to be a politician. There are two reasons for the most part. The first, is that I grew up as the daughter of a politician. I knew what public service looked like from a young age after seeing how my father helped people, and secondly, I have always been socially aware. When I moved to Israel, I didn’t speak Hebrew, so I believed that politics wasn’t a possibility for me. After a number of years, while working as a communications consultant, I was asked by a small political party to help with messaging and communications. I found myself getting swept into the engaging work of city politics. I liked the idea of working in local government, as it deals with real people and everyday problems. I found that many people didn’t really understand how local government affects their day-to-day lives much more profoundly than national politics. And so, in 2016, I decided to run for city council, and to my delight, I was elected. Following the election in 2018, I was reelected and appointed the Deputy Mayor for Foreign Relations. CHW: How did you happen to focus on Foreign Relations for Jerusalem? FHN: I believe that Jerusalem, which is an international city, and the capital city of Israel, is the heart and soul of the Jewish people, and needed an international leader dealing with its foreign relations. I didn’t grow up here, I speak several languages, and I thought it was a good fit for me. I understand the importance of the Diaspora communities, and for having good diplomatic relationships between cities. I know how to communicate with different people from different places, and this is why I believe foreign relations is the best use of my talents.

CHW: Why are you so passionate about Jerusalem? FHN: Jerusalem is the place where our people created a functioning government, and where they would communicate with our G-d. I passionately believe that Jerusalem is the beating soul of our people. I have no doubt that it will be the arena for finding the solution to our problems in Israel. Today, Jerusalem is the most diverse city in the country with 37% Arab, 25% UltraOrthodox Jews, approximately 20% Modern or Traditional Orthodox, 20% Secular Jews, and 2-3% Christians. Due to the diversity of our city, our challenges are much more ‘in-your-face’ and pronounced. CHW: At the iCHW National Conference, you spoke about the multiculturalism of Jerusalem today. How does this relay to the demographics of Israel? FHN: In approximately 20 to 30 years, the demographics of Israel will mirror that of Jerusalem today, and so, the conditions that we face here and now will serve as a prime example for the country. This is why it’s important to develop solution models for a shared society, including what economic development for disadvantaged communities will look like, how we see Shabbat in a public space, and how we reconcile the UltraOrthodox with our modern liberal society. Everything is much more prevalent here, and, therefore, I believe that the models for a solution are right here in Jerusalem.

Fleur speaking at the iCHW National Conference 2019

CHW: What are the complexities of navigating and managing diversities within your demographics? FHN: It’s complicated. You want to be in a situation where you respect everybody, manage cultural sensitivities, and at the same time, move traditional communities forward, so they don’t get stuck in poverty and are left behind. With the Arab community, we are sensitive to ensuring that we only employ local people, other Arabs, in employment initiatives. I can’t come from the top and say: “this is what you’re going to do.” It is much easier to employ people who are from the same communities. Within the UltraOrthodox community, it is exactly the same. We need to ensure that we engage leaders of each community, and not come from a paternalistic place, where we determine what they should follow. This is how you navigate the sensitivities. You source the leaders within each group that are willing to lead their population forward, rather than come in and enforce your own values on other people. CHW: People who attended the iCHW National Conference in Toronto, remember your comment about Jerusalem as ‘a brand for the future’? Can you elaborate on this for our readers? FHN: Jerusalem is, actually, a stronger brand than Israel, believe it or not. Perhaps it’s because of its history. Jerusalem has always been here, and Israel is a relatively young country. The brand, however, has many components associated with it. I believe that if we focus on all the positive attributes of Jerusalem, such as history, culture, archaeology, technology, and the City of the Book, we can leverage what is already known about Jerusalem, and the positive feelings people have towards the city and the entire state of Israel.


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CHW: How do you suggest we improve our Society? FHN: In general, I think the first thing we have to do is give women more power. Women have to TAKE more initiative, because nobody will just hand over the power to them. I believe that we live in an unbalanced world when it comes to gender equality. Women make up 50% of society, but are not in the 50th-percentile of the decision makers. I work very hard to represent women in all levels of government. I truly believe that we could improve the world if there were more women in decision making positions. Part of what I do is mentor, be a role model, and get involved in leading many initiatives to encourage women to participate in politics, community, neighbourhood, and city leadership roles. All I ask is that they step up to the plate, don’t be scared, and take a seat at the table. Women have to be at the table and I believe that’s one of the things we can do to improve society. We would notice an instant improvement. CHW: Why do you think that CHW is important for the state of Israel and generally, what is the impact of an organization like ours on Israeli society? FHN: I think that your organization is a shining example of what happens when women are in leadership positions. You find the gaps and the sensitivities in Israel related to women, children and families, which is the bedrock of any society. You source the areas in the country that are not meeting the needs of divided families, be it CHW Hadassim, or in academics, or at the hospitals you support. You find the core of people’s well-being with sensitivity and empower them to get out of their difficult situation and move forward to become contributing members of society.

I met a wonderful musician at your National Conference, named Yonatan. He is an amazing example. He shared the shocking story of his family with me. He was living in a cult for three years, and your school, CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village, saved him. And what is he doing today? He’s giving back to the school he was raised in – providing what he received as a child to help other children facing difficult situations. It’s unbelievable! In the modern state of Israel, you have children in such dire need and you have people like Yonatan. You save the world, you save a human being, you save a person, you save the world… Your organization saved an entire world by saving Yonatan, and he is now saving many worlds. I believe this is how we measure that type of impact, because every person that you save is a world.

population groups in the city – Arabs and Ultra-Orthodox Jews. What they’re doing is empowering the lifeline for these young students to get out of the situation they were born into and give them a better future. And that’s extremely important. I’ve been to HAC many times. They are my neighbours, I help them as much as I can, and when I can. They are an important part of how we see the future of Jerusalem. HAC is educating students from underprivileged backgrounds and giving them the future that their parents never had. CHW: What qualities are required for leadership, from your perspective? FHN: I think you need a lot of empathy to best understand people’s problems, have the courage to take a stand, and show people a positive vision. I don’t think a pessimistic person should go into politics. What would they be offering to their people? I believe that important qualities for leadership are optimism and offering constituents a roadmap and pathway to a better tomorrow. CHW: What are leadership qualities that are unique to women?

Fleur enjoying the iChange Gala 2019 performance

CHW: Thank you. CHW is more than 100 years old. The first partner for our new, second century is Hadassah Academic College (HAC), which is located near your office. The school has a diverse population of students and faculty. How does this represent your view of the city? FHN: Amazing! I think Hadassah is the ‘lighthouse of the city’ and I’ll tell you why. A significant challenge in our city is the nonworkforce participation of Arabs and UltraOrthodox Jews. We have 80% of Arabs, and 50% of Ultra-Orthodox Jews living below the poverty line. When you look at the students at HAC, the majority are from the two poorest

FHN: I talk about this a lot. I believe that there are two types of feminists – those who say, ‘We’re just like men, we’ve just been raised differently’, and others who say ‘We are intrinsically different, but we should be equal’. I’m the second type of feminist. We are different than men, and I’m happy that we’re different. I think women bring a completely different perspective, and if you want to look back at the establishment of Israel, and note the differences between male and female leadership, you will see that men tend to advocate diplomatically for state, as we saw with the men who organized underground movements to fight the British. Women were on the ground opening hospitals and wellbaby clinics, and becoming farmers, because the country couldn’t afford for women not to work. So, you see, it’s not better or worse. What women should do, is leverage their own feminine characteristics in order to bring forth a feminine leadership. ORAH Magazine Winter 2020


FHN: In other words, I don’t want to be like a man, I don’t want to lead like a man, I want to lead like a woman. This is why I need a seat at the table. When male leaders offer decisions for constituents, I offer my input which is generally a different perspective. I provide a practical, sensitive, and empathetic perspective that always puts people first. I’m not saying men are not empathetic, but I feel women have a particular way of empathizing, communicating, creating shalom (peace), and compromise. I think these are important leadership qualities that should be around any table and that’s why I fight for women to be represented up to 50% at any table. CHW: Absolutely. Thank you. And what is the message you would like to give to Canadians about CHW, and also the city of Jerusalem? FHN: CHW is a unique model that I haven’t seen anywhere else. It has an affiliation with Hadassah and WIZO, the two largest women’s organizations in the world. Forget the fact that they are Jewish, Hadassah and WIZO are the two largest women organizations, and they generally compete with each other. Canada is the only country globally where they are together in one organization!

It’s incredibly impressive and doesn’t happen a lot in the Jewish world! I think you’re very lucky to have had founders that were practical and had the foresight that joining forces was better than a division. Canadians should be aware that this is a unique trait amongst any other country. Regarding Jerusalem, my message is that Jerusalem is the capital, not just for Israelis, but for Jewish people around the world. Every Jew should see themselves in Jerusalem. King David chose this area, which today we call Jerusalem, as the place to set up the capital of his kingdom, because it never belonged to one tribe. He put the temple here so that all the tribes living around Judaea, Samaria, and the rest of Israel, could come and gather in one place that was neutral, and home for everybody. What I want Canadians to know, is that Jerusalem is a place for everybody to travel here here as tourists, to enjoy, live, experience, and see the beauty of the place where our people were born. CHW: Thank you very much for your time and great conversation! FHN: Yes, it is my pleasure! Thank you for coming to see me.

L-R: Alina Ianson: CHW National Executive Director, Marilyn Libin: CHW National President, Fleur Hassan-Nahoum: Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem, Rosyln Joseph: CHW Board Member and National Treasurer Attention Toronto Readers: CHW Toronto Tzedakah Chapter proudly announces that Fleur Hassan-Nahoum will be the inspirational keynote speaker at the 17th annual At Our Table event on Monday, June 1, 2020. 18

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YONATAN DORON Graduate and Music Teacher, CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village Yonatan Doron is an educator and family counselor, having received his training from Israeli television star, Michal Daliyot. Yonatan is an educational consultant for staff in public schools in Israel, as well as informal educational institutions. Yonatan manages a unique educational framework for children with behavioral difficulties, both for elementary school aged children in the city of Bat-Yam, and for youth living in boarding schools. At the age of 10, Yonatan found himself as a child at-risk, and at the age of 14 he arrived at CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village. It was there that he found renewed strength and reclaimed his life. Yonatan has more than 20 years of experience working with a wide variety of children and youth at-risk. As a graduate of CHW Hadassim, it held great meaning to return to the youth village to help the children from the dormitories and family units. At CHW Hadassim, Yonatan is the music coordinator. Yonatan is a published author who has written a guide for parents and education in the new age. The English version of his first book, ‘What Every Child Needs’, was recently released, translated from Hebrew. The guide is written in the format of a diary, with a personal story that is revealed to be Yonatan’s own incredible journey. He recently released his second book ‘Back to the Enchanted Forest of Our Childhood’. We recently caught up with Yonatan Doron, who was a featured performer at the CHW iChange Gala in Toronto. 20

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When did you first start writing and how did your craft evolve? It all started when I was just 4 years old. We had a tape recorder in the house and I would conduct interviews with myself. I would go back and forth, role playing. I also made up songs and loved to doodle and draw comics. I kept myself entertained for hours as a child. I found my voice at CHW Hadassim. That’s where I started to write songs. I did it from a therapeutic place. I had so many feelings bottled up and I needed an outlet. I’m lucky, I found my outlet in writing. I spent most of my teenage and adult years writing songs. I’ve written 8 albums and started a band with my brother, Yahel. I am very privileged to have worked with so many talented musicians, including Idan Raichel. Writing songs and poetry has always been a big part of my life. I had grand musical aspirations as a teen and wanted to become Israel’s Bruce Springsteen; but I also loved working with children and youth. I worked in various educational settings and pursued the course to do things that I love and matter to me. I began writing articles and books just two years ago. I spent most of my life living in and working for various educational institutions. I gained a lot of experience, and I had a lot to say about what worked and what needed to change. It started with my posting thoughts and ideas on Facebook. I was surprised when my educational posts garnered more attention than my posts about music.

What type of a book did you set out to write? I had my ‘A-Ha!’ moment, right after that visit. I wanted to write a book that clearly outlined my approach to working with kids. I wanted it to be personal, and based on my experience as a child and youth educator in various formal and informal settings. My primary work experience is with at-risk children and youth, who are vulnerable, have behavioural issues and challenging family dynamics. I felt that writing a book would help me and I wanted to share it with others. What did you do next? I went on to write the book! It didn’t take long. When it’s your story, you don’t need to use a lot of imagination -- and I didn’t take off a year to write it in a secluded villa in Tuscany! Luckily, I’ve always been tech-savvy and I love innovation. I found that a crowd funding campaign would be the best way for me to self-publish the book. It was very personal for me and I intended to keep it within my inner circle. I wanted to print just enough copies for my family, friends and social media following, as well as have extras on hand for anyone who approached me after a talk or conference. A year later, I’m proud to say I’ve sold 12,000 copies! I’m now in my fifth round of publishing and my book is now available at bookstores across Israel!

I didn’t have aspirations to become an author, and thought I’d stick to postings on Facebook, but after I shared my story with a group at CHW Hadassim, a woman approached me and asked if I had a book about my life journey. She said she’d pay anything for it! I was completely caught off guard by her comment and interest. She inspired me to write a book. And so, my journey began as an author. Yonatan’s Book “What Every Child Needs” ORAH Magazine Winter 2020


Your target audience has grown to include not only educators but also parents. Why? Approximately 7 years ago, I decided to study and become a family counselor and professional coach. At this time I also started my own family. Given my difficult upbringing, I wanted to be a different kind of parent than what I experienced. It’s not that my parents were ‘bad people’, but I wanted to ensure my children would have a different fate. I thought it was silly that we learn to become good drivers, but we don’t learn to become good parents. I was fortunate to gain so many life lessons and survival tools at CHW Hadassim that really helped me start in a new path. Along the way, I met so many children and youth who had limited opportunities. My book deals with difficult issues such as teen suicide, parent abandonment of the home, and violence in schools. Educators have come to realize that they must work closely with parents to ensure successful outcomes for the child. Recently, I was put to the test myself. I bought my young daughter, Emily, a lemon popsicle which broke and fell on the floor. She cried and demanded that I buy her another one. I knew it would upset her, but I decided I would not buy another popsicle. Although I had the change in my pocket, I felt this was a lifelesson that sometimes life throws you ‘lemons’ and disappoints. I hugged her and told her I loved her, but I also stood by my principles -as parents we are often expected to provide instant gratification. We also see issues pertaining to children who demand more screens and screen time. Although it’s difficult in the moment, living by our values will pay off in the long run.

make sure they’re always happy. I don’t think that’s the right direction we should be taking. We shouldn’t be afraid if our children are perplexed or challenged. We need to be there for them during tough moments, so we can guide and help them learn and grow from the experience. Parents need to take the lead in their family. How can the education system better support children and youth today? The education system has fundamentally stayed the same for the past 100 years. Of course, there have been some changes, but the overall objective placed on kids is still to get good grades in school. Today, we live in an age where talent and knowledge is what gets you ahead and not necessarily academic smarts or a Master’s Degree. In the age of Google, students feel that they don’t learn a great deal from standing in front of a board. This has caused many problems. I’m not criticizing the education system, but I believe that we need to take a hard look at what currently works well in the system and what could be improved.

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Yonatan and his family

What do you think can help children and youth today? I believe children and youth need to feel seen, heard, and have a sense of belonging; as well as feel loved, capable, and empowered. That’s the winning formula I like to share with parents and educators. There’s no such thing as a ‘bad’ child. There are merely children who feel badly. Children need adults in their life to not see them as difficult or a ‘monster’. A child wants to be a child, and genuinely wants to behave well. There’s a lot of discussions around how screens have negatively impacted our relationships. Do you agree? The roles have all changed. There are more mothers today pursuing careers and more fathers involved in domestic care. The little time that we have left at the end of a hectic day has complicated the family dynamics. Parents have less patience and they don’t have the strength for arguments. They’re often just want to maintain peace and quiet. Too often, this means parents and children retreat to their smartphones and spend hours on social media.

I see past the ‘hoods’. Each child is different and an individual. I searched, but couldn’t find anything written about this phenomenon, so I decided to write a poem about it. Why do you write poetry? There are many ways to make a difference. I started writing because I thought it might be useful to share my years of experience. I’m definitely not a preacher, but I am a songwriter and a poet deep down. When I get inspired, especially from my work with children and youth, I need to write down my thoughts and impressions. This is why I choose to write my books as journal entries from my journey as an educator. I believe we’re all on a journey. An airline pilot can take a person from one point to another on earth. An educator, on the other hand, can take a child from a dark place to a brighter future. I hope my writing inspires all of us to be positive role models, especially for the children in our lives.

At the end of one of my recent talks, a woman asked me for just one practical tip she could apply to her life. I suggested that she just needs to be there for her children. She brushed it off and told me that wasn’t real advice. I then added that she should not only be there, but also enjoy it. You recently wrote a poem about youth who hide under their ‘hoodie’. How are you able to reach out to youth that so many people have given up on? I see so many young people hide behind their ‘hoodie’. They’re hiding their feelings and their fears. It’s a real phenomenon, especially with teens. Their bodies change, hormones kick in, and everything suddenly changes. Many are just not prepared for all the changes. Yonatan speaking at the iChange Gala 2019 ORAH Magazine Winter 2020




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Healing Broken Families Alma’s Story Yael Franco, Head of Psychosocial Services and the ‘Healing Broken Families’ program at CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village shares Alma’s * journey.

It was early one rainy December morning when Alma* arrived at CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village with the intense fears and frustrations that have accompanied her throughout her turbulent childhood. Alma never felt understood, or that she fit in anywhere. For as long as she could remember, she struggled to keep up with her peers at school and at play. Despite her best efforts, there was a constant feeling of despair and incompetence amidst everyone around her.

As her behaviour and language grew more hostile, so did her isolation from her peers. After one particular lonely day at school when her former friends had excluded and ostracized her, Alma unleashed her rage at home.

At school, her teachers criticized her for not trying hard enough, and believed she could do better if she simply applied herself. She believed that she would never amount to anything of significance in her life. At home, Alma felt ignored, misunderstood, and alone. She hesitated to reach out to her parents, and the thought of it made her feel worse and anxious.

Alma needed urgent help, but her parents were at a loss. They didn’t know how to help their daughter, and why she was so distraught.

Alma’s feelings of discontent gradually grew into anger. She became increasingly embroiled in conflicts and screaming matches with peers at school, and at home with her siblings and parents. Alma and her parents were constantly yelling and blaming each other.

They consulted a social worker who recommended CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village as the remedy to help Alma. At first, Alma’s parents were concerned about sending their daughter away from home, but they changed their mind once they heard more about the ‘Healing Broken Families’ program at CHW Hadassim. They desperately wanted to rebuild trust, save their daughter, and their family. They understood it would not be easy, but they knew this was their best option.

She was suspended for her ongoing outbursts and her vulgar use of language, which only added to her deep feelings of hurt, anger, and aggression towards anyone who challenged her in any way.

The situation was only getting worse as Alma progressed through her teens. In the days leading up to her 14th birthday, her mother noticed Alma’s left arm was covered with selfinflicted cuts. She was horrified and terrified.

This was beyond simple encouragement and kind words. Beyond medical attention, Alma needed to be in a safe environment if she was to ever heal.

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A year on, CHW Hadassim has become a second home for both Alma and her family. Thanks to the ‘Healing Broken Families’ program, Alma and her parents found the support they needed. Much of Alma’s anger dissipated when she was removed from her toxic school environment. She felt she could catch her breath in her home away from home. The therapeutic team prepared Alma for the ‘fresh start’ she was desperately seeking, with regular counseling sessions and informal activities to rebuild her self-esteem. The team addressed her many emotional and social challenges, and helped Alma to overcome them. Alma was relieved to be away from her parents. So much so, that she didn’t want to go home on the weekends or see them when they came to visit her at CHW Hadassim. Her interaction with her parents, even over the phone, continued to feel hostile. She didn’t want to be anywhere near them. Alma’s parents on the other hand, longed to see their daughter. They eagerly awaited each counselling session with the therapeutic team, as they began to unravel what was at the core of their problems. With time, Alma’s parents learned to listen to Alma’s frustrations and understand what was behind the aggressive demeanor and harsh language. They responded calmly and they tried to soothe their daughter instead of retaliating when they felt blamed or under attack.

For the first time, Alma began to hear positive and encouraging messages from her parents - and it felt genuine. This was the turning point. Alma started to believe in herself again. With this solid foundation of trust, Alma began to flourish! Alma began to excel in her studies at CHW Hadassim. Her social life is thriving as she is no longer on the defensive, but rather reaches out and is eager to engage with others. This new found confidence and self-esteem has given her much hope. She is aiming high and plans to complete her high school diploma and graduate with honours. Despite her many challenges, Alma is finally experiencing the joys of hard work and success. Alma is still learning techniques that can help her better communicate with her parents and peers, but feels she is making good progress. For now, she’s happier and reveling in the fact that she has the love of her parents and the support of her CHW Hadassim family. * Name and details were changed for privacy reasons Learn more online: www.chw.ca/children

They also began to understand more about the efforts Alma made at school, which were constantly unrecognized or ignored. They discovered that she had learning disabilities, which resulted in frustrations, struggles, and outbursts at school. They understood that many families deal with such issues, and learned how to manage in a productive way. Instead of focusing on the things that Alma could not achieve, her parents learned to support the many areas that Alma could succeed in. CHW Hadassim Children & Youth Village 2020 26

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Professor Asnat Walfisch A Sister in Arms Professor Asnat Walfisch is the Head of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus. ORAH Magazine recently caught up with Dr. Walfisch to learn more about her incredible work as an advocate for women’s health, and dedication to empowering women. Thank you for taking the time to share your insights about women’s health and the new Labour and Delivery Rooms at Hadassah Hospital. Let’s begin with your remarkable journey! I was born in Jerusalem to an Orthodox Jewish family. I’m the second of four children. My father is a doctor and two of us grew up to follow in his footsteps. As a child, my family left the big city for the peripheral town of Be’er Sheva in the Negev. My parents were ideological and wanted to be part of a community that would ‘make the desert bloom’. My father worked at Soroka Medical Centre, the largest Hospital in the south. I basically grew up there. He was on call all the time, so I remember having Shabbat meals in the hospital dining room. We were immersed in the hospital atmosphere and saw first-hand what it was like to be a doctor. My family also spent time in New York and in Toronto, while my father was working on fellowships.

Where did you receive your medical training? I attended medical school at Ben Gurion University in the Negev. After graduation, I conducted the first part of my residency in OBY/GYN at Soroka Hospital, and the second at Sheba Hospital, outside Tel Aviv. My husband, a cardiac surgeon, received a position there, so I transferred. I also did my fellowship in Fetal Maternal Medicine in Toronto. Following extensive experience in the field, my focus became Pregnancy Complications, and I worked at several hospitals across Israel. I joined Hadassah Hospital a year ago as the Head of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at Mount Scopus. Today, my husband is the Head of the Cardiac Surgery Department at Shaare Tzedek in Jerusalem. Although we still reside in the south, we both travel to Jerusalem for work. We hope to move to Jerusalem next year.

Moving from the periphery of Israel to North America is a big change. What were your impressions? I look back and laugh, because the tallest building in Be’er Sheva was 14 stories high and I thought it was the tallest in the world! When we arrived in Manhattan, I was shocked. I realized that everything is a matter of perspective. It was an eye opener!

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My mother represented feminism for me. She told me that I can do whatever I wanted in life.”

What was your experience like in Canada as a fellow? I loved working in different departments and with top doctors at St. Michael’s Hospital, The Hospital for Sick Children, and Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. Can you tell us more about the department you head at Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus and the Rady Mother and Child Centre? This department is like a ‘pearl’, and is the perfect size. I’ve worked in large and small departments, but here it feels like a family and a home. Everyone knows each other, but it’s still large enough that we are exposed to both interesting and complicated cases. I love that we’re constantly developing and rebuilding. We just finished building the new Labour and Delivery Rooms, and now we’re starting to renovate the outdated and overcrowded Maternity Unit. We have a spectacular Ultrasound Unit, headed by Professor Simcha Yagal, who also heads the Departments at Hadassah Ein Kerem and Mount Scopus, and we have a Laparoscopy Unit as well. We have all the disciplines we need, right here and on-hand. Can you tell us more about your team? Our team is made up of 17 residents and 17 senior doctors. The residents are typical Millennials, and they’re exceptional. They love changes and challenges, but are also family conscious. They’re different than my generation was when we first started out. 30

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They’re aware of their rights and spending time with their family, but they’re also brilliant! Once I understood and accepted this, we were able to work well together. We meet regularly to hear about their needs, goings on, and plans. The residents spend six years with us, which is a very tough and demanding time for them. When I was a resident, the Head of the Department was completely inaccessible. There was no communication between us. Today, our approach is different. We practice a shared management style and have a great work environment. How do you juggle the work / life balance that so many people struggle with today? My husband and I have three children who are in elementary school through to the army. I think we’re typical ‘helicopter’ parents. We may not always be around, but I hope we are good role models for them. They understand that if we’re not at home, we are with them, and that we are doing something important. We try to set an example, but it’s difficult to be the ideal family person and career person. We have to make choices where and when to compromise. For me, there are times when I focus on family and times when I focus on career. You can’t be everywhere at the same time. Even at home, sometimes my mind is elsewhere - thinking about other things. I’m sure many people struggle with this. Who were your role models? Did you have inspiring female role models? At home, my father was my professional role model. He taught me that this is not a profession, but a way of life. It is a ‘shlichut’ or a life mission. My mother represented feminism for me. She told me that I can do whatever I wanted in life. She encouraged me to dream and achieve my dreams. She also set an example. I come from a religious family and my mother represented women at the ‘Beit Din’ or Rabbinical Court who were going through a divorce.

She’s all for girl power and women’s rights! She’s an author who has written several books about her experiences. She recently finished a book about what it means to be a grandmother, called ‘In Grandmother’s Eyes’. She interviewed 15 grandmothers from diverse backgrounds, including a Bedouin woman, a judge, and another in jail. She wrote it because she felt that she was immersed in her career and not always around for her grandchildren, and that perhaps she wasn’t a good enough grandmother. She decided to meet and interview different grandmothers to understand how they see themselves in the role. She has always been an incredible role model and tells me that nothing should ever stop me from moving forward. Who else inspired you along the way? My first boss. When I was a resident, he taught me how to be a medical investigator, and the importance of curiosity. He helped me understand research. In Toronto, I had a mentor who showed me how research helps patients. He was researching depression during pregnancy and the effects of antidepressant drugs. He described that many women shared that they didn’t mind suffering from depression, if it meant that taking medications could harm their baby. He empowered them to make informed decisions by showing them the research behind safe medications. He advised that being a depressed mother isn’t good for the baby and educated women about the importance of taking care of themselves, as well as the baby. Today, this is a more common approach. Why did you specifically choose this field? I couldn’t see myself doing anything else! It’s the most beautiful profession. It combines medicine, which is the only way of life I’ve known, with helping women. I think women don’t get opportunities that they should. My interactions with women have always fascinated me. This profession connects me with people during the most exciting times of their lives -- pregnancy, delivery, and building a new family.

Professor Asnat Walfisch tells a story about a Women willing to sacrifice her life for her baby: A few years ago, a woman came to see me who had an artificial heart valve. She told me that in her previous pregnancy, she was advised to take medication for the valve, but was afraid it would harm the pregnancy, and she decided to stop taking it. As a result, she suffered cardiac complications that caused her to lose the baby. With this second pregnancy, she didn’t want to make the same mistake, but was afraid for her baby. She suffered from the inner-conflict that so many women face -- ‘How do I take care of myself, and not harm the baby?’ The medication she needed would help her, but could complicate the pregnancy. We discussed the risks at-length and she understood that she first of all had to be healthy. We told her that we’d do everything possible to care for her and the baby and encouraged her to take the medication. She made the brave decision to move forward with treatment and we monitored her throughout her pregnancy. We were relieved that her valve and her pregnancy progressed. I operated on her and delivered a beautiful baby! I’ll never forget her as she demonstrated the conflicts that mothers face. Sometimes the interests of the baby and the mother are not aligned, and that’s difficult. She had already paid the price when she lost her first baby.

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Zehavit A Domestic Abuse Survivor Zehavit is a domestic abuse survivor who received assistance and rehabilitation through WIZO’s Shelter for battered women in Jerusalem. This is a personal account of her experience, and how she found the courage to pick herself up after years of abuse and trauma, make a change, and inspire other women to rise. The first punch came a day after our wedding.

After two months of marriage, I became pregnant. Everything was back to being wonderful. At least, that was until our son Up until that moment, we had what I believed was born. Suddenly, there was a new person to be a wonderful relationship. A Domesticin our home who needed my love and I was of course, completely shocked and Survivor attention. I had to care for our baby and he Abuse confused by this. I didn’t understand what felt neglected. And this is when the trouble had happened. Who was this person? began again in full force. The physical and Why did he raise his hand to hurt me? mental abuse was immediate, intense, and In retrospect, I presume that up until our frequent. The quiet periods in between the wedding day, he had something to lose by punches were getting tighter and shorter. He exposing this side of him. But after we were was mindful in conducting the physical abuse married, he saw me as his property and could in our home only. No one would suspect that do whatever he wanted. Back then, I had he would be hitting his wife and mother of his never heard of a husband hitting his wife or son. He was also very calculative on where he knew anyone who experienced this kind of hit me, as the bruises were only visible where abuse. My role models, my parents, had a nobody could see them. fantastic and respectful relationship, and this is what I expected from my marriage. Back then, there was no public discourse or awareness of domestic violence – especially When it happened, he told me he was sorry in my community. I had never even heard and that it wouldn’t happen again – and I the term. I felt trapped and alone, all the believed him. while, making excuses for staying put and keeping quiet. I really wanted a family, and I truly wanted to believe him. I loved him. And convinced myself that things would improve as they say, love is blind. I was considered and he would stop. ‘older’, in my mid-thirties when we met and more than anything, I wanted to start a When I got pregnant again, I was thrilled and family. He was interesting, successful and just optimistic, as having children had been my seemed right for me – although my parents greatest dream for so long. did not want me to marry him. Things, however, began to spiral down He was 23 years older than me and they quickly. He would not allow me to didn’t think that he would be a good partner communicate with my parents. He didn’t for me. allow me to have friends. I became more ORAH Magazine Winter 2020


and more alone and isolated than ever, but I still couldn’t imagine leaving him and our home. We had three beautiful children, who are the center of my world - two sons and one daughter. As they were so young and depended on me for everything, my life was all about taking care of them. As time went on and the children were in school and growing up, I realized more and more that his behavior towards me and the abuse was affecting my enjoyment with the children. The thought of leaving him had crossed my mind on numerous occasions, but he was so successful in convincing me that if I dared to, he would take the kids and I would lose them.

The thought of leaving him had crossed my mind on numerous occasions, but he was so successful in convincing me that if I dared to, he would take the kids and I would lose them”

My isolation worsened when we moved to his hometown in northern Israel, far away from our home in Jerusalem. The physical abuse continued along with psychological, emotional, and economic abuse. All the while, he insisted that he lead a very social life and would entertain his old friends and family at our home. He was incredibly demanding and a perfectionist. He insisted and ensured that I had everything arranged and prepared to his idealistic specifications – from my cooking and baking to how I appeared and interacted in front of others. And yet, I still couldn’t imagine leaving him. By then, I now had four children to care for. 34

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Ironically, when the Katyusha rockets were fired from Lebanon into northern Israel, it was, for me, a blessing in disguise. The IDF demanded that all northern border communities evacuate the area immediately. He wanted to stay, but allowed me leave with the children. During times of war, Israelis open their hearts and their homes. We were invited to stay with a family I had never met before in Caesarea. This was the turning point for me. I was suddenly in the comfort and security of strangers. With no end to the hostilities in sight, our host family insisted that we continue to stay and that my children enroll in the local school until things calmed down in the north. I found myself with nothing to do for the first time in my life. I could take a breath, rest, and finally think about my situation. I was far away from him and I could take care of myself without worries of violence in my home or violation to my body. We stayed with the family in Caesarea for 3 weeks and we became good friends. I didn’t share any details about the abuse at the hand of my husband. I did realize however, that the distance and time away from him confirmed that I had to leave. But I just didn’t know how. The family was very supportive when we needed it and I wanted to return the hospitality. I was able to help them out with sewing required in the home -- from curtains to alterations. I soon took on additional sewing projects to make extra income -- for economic and personal independence, which is something I desperately needed. When we returned to northern Israel, I was ‘given permission’ to stay in touch with our host family. I was uneasy going back in to the matrimonial home, and decided it was time to share my situation with the only people I thought could help me. Following careful thought and consideration, I turned to our host family and shared everything. My incredible friend was shocked by my story and recognized the

dangerous repercussions and complexity if I was to leave. She knew how delicate the matter was, given the fact that children were involved and I didn’t want to lose them. She immediately arranged a meeting for me with WIZO in Haifa. We needed to turn to professionals with experience in this matter to ensure that everyone is protected and safe. We met with the most amazing, caring and knowledgeable social workers, and received legal advice and support. I thought it would be best to wait a few weeks before I left with the children, so they could finish the school year. But, then the unimaginable happened… After a book was slightly torn in the midst of child’s play, he hit our three-year old daughter and sent her outside. She cried in the backyard for 2 hours, until finally I insisted that I bring her back inside the house – and that I didn’t care what he would do to me if I did so. I decided to leave immediately and called my host family to let them know. It was an emergency – and enough was enough. I decided to wait until the following evening as he had a birthday and was going to be out of the house celebrating. As soon as he left the house, I gathered a few belongings for the children in one suitcase, including some clothes and Lego, and nothing for myself. I wasn’t sure where we would go. My host family / friends drove for several hours to my home that fateful evening to pick us up. My kids did not understand what was going on. My son cried in fear, stating that ‘Daddy is going to be mad at us.’ I was just as scared, but I promised my son that from this day onwards, things would only get better and that we would be OK. Of course, in the heat of the moment, that did not sound very reassuring. So, I promised them all that I would buy them new bikes, and this seemed to give them a more tangible reason to be hopeful.

When we arrived at a WIZO shelter in the middle of the night, I felt an immediate sense of relief, as I knew we were in capable and caring hands. Rivka Noiman, the social worker that took us into the shelter, guided me through the most intense rehabilitation process. I wanted nothing more than to move forward and heal from the years of abuse. It wasn’t easy at first. I felt all alone in a shelter with 4 small children. They felt torn at the time and tried to convince me to return because “daddy promised not to hit anymore.” The weeks at the WIZO shelter turned into months. The children were enrolled in a school and I volunteered to help other women who entered the shelter. I worked odd jobs to earn money as well. I reached out to my parents, who immediately offered to help us. I told them that all I wanted was a good lawyer to ensure my kids are not taken away. Although my husband eventually found us and was granted visitation rights, he refused to provide any financial assistance for the children. By this point, I felt empowered and strong. I was working, and managed to save enough money to rent a small furnished apartment. Mine is an optimistic story. I had two options, either continue to believe I was helpless or pick myself up and make a change. The worst mistake is to stay in a marriage because of the kids. I left with nothing, but I eventually carved out a new life for myself and my children. We were able to heal with the support of family, friends, and WIZO. Today I am proud to say that I work, volunteer, and lead the WIZO chapter in Modi’in. I have 2 children that are happily married and 2 children that are in loving relationships. I am the now the happiest person in the world! Learn more online: www.chw.ca/women

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


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.

CHW CALGARY Chanukah Toy Drive

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

Scholarship at Mount Royal University

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

CHW EDMONTON Terry Horwitz Memorial Bursary

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

Award in Women’s and Gender Studies

For over 25 years, CHW Edmonton has provided the University of Alberta with $4,000 annually to support student bursaries and scholarships. The Hadassah WIZO Canada Award is bestowed upon undergraduate students, enrolled in the Women’s and Gender Studies program at the University of Alberta, based on academic achievement and financial needs. 36

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

Last fall, CHW Toronto Centre launched a new local commitment -- The Jerome D. Diamond Adolescent Centre (JDD), a mental health centre that provides services to teens between the ages of 12 and 17 who are experiencing psychological, behavioural and/or academic challenges. Classroom instruction and counselling services are provided to students, while parents, legal guardians, siblings, and other family members receive required support. Services help manage students’ issues, with the goal of rejoining the mainstream with newfound competence and skills. CHW Toronto Centre is proud to support the Experiential Learning Programs at the JDD and ensure mental healthcare needs for local youth are met.

Canadian Young Judaea (CYJ) JOLT Program

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

CHW MONTREAL MADA Community Center

MADA is a volunteer-based organization whose central purpose is fighting poverty in the Montreal community. Providing a safe haven for those in need, MADA offers many social and crisis services free of charge to its patrons. At our Chanukah Party, CHW members and friends answered the call by contributing non-perishable food items that were directly delivered to MADA for their holiday food baskets. In addition, we have proudly participated in the Shabbat to Share Program by packaging food.

CHW Montreal Pro-Am Supports Camp Jackie

A portion of the proceeds from the 2020 Pro-Am For Kids Golf Tournament will be donated to Camp Jackie (formerly known as Camp Erin). Camp Jackie is a free nondenominational bereavement camp for children and teenagers, ages 6 to 17, grieving the death of a parent or sibling. Camp Jackie provides a traditional, fun, and high-energy camp experience, combined with grief education and emotional support. CHW Montreal takes pride in its partnership with Camp Jackie as its mission is exemplary - provide children with a safe space to honour a loved one who has died and to process their grief.

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

Offered through Carleton University, this award was endowed in 1985 by CHW in honour of Maureen O’Neil, Coordinator, Status of Women Canada. It is awarded annually, when merited, to a student enrolled in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research who is doing work in Women’s Studies. ORAH Magazine Winter 2020 37

The Roslyn Joseph Auditorium at the CHW Neri Bloomfield Academy of Design is Officially Open! On January 21st, the CHW Neri Bloomfield Academy of Design hosted the inauguration of the much-anticipated Roslyn Joseph Auditorium with an elegant Ribbon Cutting ceremony. Faculty and students alike will be amazed by the design and function of the collaborative, interactive, state-of-the-art, and multidisciplinary environment. The auditorium is available to all programs at the Academy of Design.

Faculty and students will be able to run academic conferences on-site, and communicate with external researchers and lecturers as per top universities and colleges. “Learning environments are changing their designation and are becoming more purpose centered, dynamic and interchangeably adaptive to various learning content, innovative pedagogies, and advanced technologies.” shared Professor Shimon Amar, President of CHW Neri Bloomfield Academy of Design. “The new Roslyn Joseph Auditorium is an attractive and modern workspace that will allow for personal and team-focused learning and visionary opportunities with shared outcomes. The space is part of a new chapter for the Academy.”

L-R: Alina Ianson: CHW National Executive Director; Marilyn Libin: CHW National President; Roslyn Joseph: CHW Director; and Prof. Shimon Amar: President, CHW Neri Bloomfield Academy of Design

Roslyn Joseph, CHW National Director, was on hand to ceremoniously cut the ribbon with Professor Shimon Amar, President of the CHW Neri Bloomfield Academy of Design, along with Marilyn Libin, CHW National President, and Alina Ianson, CHW National Executive Director. “I am proud to dedicate the leading edge auditorium at this creative and auspicious school,” stated Ms. Joseph. “Neri Bloomfieldz’l was as an exceptional woman, leader and past National President for CHW. She truly was a role model and inspiration to me, and I’m honoured to be part of her legacy to help advance higher learning within an imaginative and artistic environment.” The new 152-square meter learning space features 105 seats, and the capability to divide into smaller studios for breakout seminars.

Roslyn Joseph, CHW Director

The CHW Neri Bloomfield Academy of Design is one of the leading design institutions in Israel, in the fields of Architecture, Graphic Design and Visual Communication, Photography, Film, and Fashion Design. It is recognized by the Israel Council for Higher Education. The student body is comprised of more than 850 Israelis, including Jewish, Christian, and Muslims, as well as more than 350 students participating in nonacademic diploma studies.

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

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

*CHW Sustainers pledge an annual gift of $1000 or more in perpetuity.

Yes, I would like to become a CHW Sustainer! Please complete the following: Name:

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Please mail completed form to: Canadian Hadassah-WIZO, CHW National Office, 638A Sheppard Avenue West, Suite 209, Toronto, ON M3H 2S1 Call 1-855-477-5964 or 416-477-5964 for information or to enroll by phone

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SUSTAINER Stephanie Caplan

Growing up in Montreal, my parents instilled in me a deep commitment to philanthropy. I was raised on the principals of Tikkun Olam, that it is each of our responsibility to do our part to ensure a safeguard to those who may be at a disadvantage. My personal journey of philanthropy began with my involvement with CHW. After graduating from University and working full time as an accountant, I joined CHW with a group of friends. In 1998, I made the move down the 401 and headed west to Toronto. After a few years away from CHW, I met Shayla GunterGoldstein and she encouraged me to renew my affiliation, and join the CHW Toronto Atid Chapter.



My financial commitment to CHW is an important illustration of my confidence in the organization and my commitment to its mission.”

Over the years, I have had the opportunity through my involvement with CHW to take part in many conferences and events, which have allowed me to grow personally, but also deepen my commitment to CHW, the projects, and programs which we support. It was an honour to be part of the National Leadership Forum during Claudia Goldman’s term. As Chair of the Young Leadership Committee, I tried to bring a different perspective to the Board and highlight both the benefits and challenges of recruiting new supporters and increasing our donor base. The fast- paced nature of the lives of the younger generation is a huge challenge. More families have both spouses working outside the home, and women find it really challenging to find time to devote to philanthropy, especially when they’re in their prime working years, and raising young families. As a member of the Toronto Centre Executive, I have spent many years volunteering to helping ensure that the organization remains relevant as it enters its second century of passionately supporting programs and services for Children, Healthcare and Women in Israel and Canada. My financial commitment to CHW is an important illustration of my confidence in the organization and my commitment to its mission. Please join me in supporting CHW and continue the important work of the organization, and honour the legacy of all those who built the foundation from which we will continue to grow and evolve.

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CHW SUSTAINERS Ruth Aaron, Ottawa Sandy Chernoff, Vancouver (In Memory of Fredaz’l & Arlein & Dovz’l Chetner, Calgary Benjamin Feinsteinz’l) Glenda Chetner, Calgary Shirley Abramsky, Kingston Aviva Cheuk, Calgary Doreen Abugov, Calgary Lorraine & Marvin Cohen, Ancaster Leonda Adler, Victoria Marlene Cohen, Vancouver Phyllis Adler, Toronto Nancy Cohen, Toronto Sheila Alexander, Toronto Paula Cohen, Toronto Anonymous, Calgary (8) Esther Cole, Toronto Anonymous, Edmonton (3) Helen Coleman, Vancouver Anonymous, Hamilton (1) Tamara Collier, Edmonton Anonymous, Montreal (3) Claire Conrad, Vancouver Anonymous, Ottawa (3) Gail Cooper, Toronto Anonymous, Toronto (15) Jean Cooperberg, Vancouver Anonymous, Vancouver (9) Leba & Jack Cooperstone, Montreal Anonymous, Victoria (1) Beverley Corber, Vancouver Pamela Austin, Toronto Mollie Corber, Montreal Azrieli Foundation - Azrieli Family, Hazel Cosman, Calgary Montreal Stephen A. Cotsman, Ottawa Susan Balinsky, Montreal Sylvia Cristall, Vancouver Anne Bank, Toronto Shirley Croll, Montreal Debbie Bank, Toronto Marla Dan, Toronto Lori Barer, Vancouver Ann & Morris Dancyger, Calgary Linda Barron, Calgary Joanne Davidson, Victoria Shelley Baruch, Toronto Evelyn Davisz’l, Sydney Renna Bassal, Montreal Rozlyn Druckman, Montreal Tali Baum, Toronto Rhoda Dubin, Montreal Mr. & Mrs. Sam Bell, Calgary Ruth Dvorkin, Calgary Leona Bell, Calgary Frieda Lewin Dym, Montreal Lauren Bellon, Toronto Wendy Eisen, Toronto (In Memory of Eleanor Debbie Eisenberg, Kitchener Lambertz’l) Bina Ellen, Montreal Bonnie Belzberg, Vancouver Corinne Engel, Toronto Frances Belzberg, Vancouver Catherine Epstein, Vancouver Carol Berall, Montreal Sylvia Epstein, Toronto Judith Berg, Toronto Karen Farkas, Edmonton Patricia (Lala) Berkovic, Toronto Shelley Fine, Toronto Heather Glassman Berkowitz, Faye Firestone, Toronto Vancouver Randi Fisher, London Eleonora Berku, Montreal Lily & George Fixler, Calgary (Honouring great grand- Phyllis Flatt, Toronto children, Adam, Raina, Mandy Fleischer, Toronto Eva & Kiren) Marilyn Fraiberg z’l, Calgary Sonia Bickman, Calgary Rachelle Wolynetz Frankel, Toronto Pam Bierstock, Waterloo Naomi Frankenburg z’l, Vancouver Marjorie Blankstein, C.M., O.M., Ruth Freeman, Vancouver Winnipeg Nora Freund, Toronto Erika Bloch, Toronto Helen (Elly) Freund-Bell, London Kathy Bloom, Toronto Patricia & Allan Friedland, Toronto Pearl Bloom, Toronto Lois Friedman-Fine, Toronto Esti Bonkowski, Waterloo Edith Galfi, Toronto Bernice Brownstein, Montreal Ruth Garbe, Toronto Clarice Brownstein Kolomeir, Naomi & Arnold z’l Garber, Montreal Montreal Corinne & Mark Gelfer, Vancouver Orah Buck, Toronto Rita Gerstein, Toronto Gladys Buckler, Toronto Lynn Gillman, Ottawa Lynda Budd, Kitchener-Waterloo Daniella Givon, Vancouver Frieda Bugis, Edmonton Rose-Marie & Leon Glassman, Gloria Burnett, Montreal Vancouver Bailah Burnsz’l, Toronto Barbara Gleiberman, Edmonton Pauline Burns, Oshawa Marcia Glick, Waterloo Marion Caplan, Montreal Shirley Glick, Toronto Stephanie Caplan, Toronto Vera Glube, Ottawa Beverley Carley, Toronto Bea Goldberg, Vancouver

Debbie Goldberg, Toronto Helen Goldberg, Toronto Leo & Shirley Goldfarb Foundation, Montreal Claudia Goldman, Vancouver Glory Goldman, Toronto Diane Goldstein, London Ellen Goldstein, Toronto Carole Grafstein, Toronto Gina Grant, Ottawa Janice Gray-Edell, London Sandra Green, Montreal Jeannette Greenhutz’l, Vancouver Saryl Gross, Montreal Bonnie Grossman, Toronto Lynda Grossman, Montreal Sharon Grossman, Toronto Dr. Ralph & Sheila Gurevitch, Calgary Andrea Halperin, Toronto Jackie Halpern, Calgary Jackie & Hayim Hamborger, Calgary Mrs. Naomi Hashman, Calgary Bonnie Helper, Winnipeg Florence Hertzman, Toronto Jennifer Hesselson, Battleford Catherine Hiller, Winnipeg Sonya Hirsch, Toronto Eva & Gordon Hoffman, Calgary Helen Hoffman, Vancouver Jeannette Hoffman, Edmonton Rhonda Hoffman, Toronto Sarah Hutman, Montreal Alina Ianson, Toronto Mrs. Barbara Joffe, Calgary Roslyn Joseph, Montreal Michelle Kaplansky, London Margo & David Kardish, Ottawa (In Memory of Tessie Zelikovitz z’l & Eva Kardishz’l) Judy Katsof, Montreal April & David Katz, Victoria Dora Kichler, Toronto Mrs. Fay Kifer, Edmonton Sandi Kirschner, Toronto Mrs. Lisa Klinger, London Laurie Koch, Toronto William & Lea Kohn, Calgary Mrs. Max Konigsberg, Montreal Ethel Kostman, Halifax Katty Kraizel, Toronto Marci & Jason Kroft, Toronto Sharon Kroft, Toronto Beatrice B. Kruppz’l, Montreal Gail E. Ksienski, Calgary Esther Kulik, Toronto (In Memory of Lolaz’l and 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 Elizabeth Laxer, Montreal Lillian & Arthurz’l Lerman, Toronto Charlotte Levene, Kitchener Shirley & Ronald Levene, Waterloo Sheila Nemtin Levine, Montreal Rochelle Levinson, Vancouver Marleen Levy, Toronto Harriet & Phil Libin, Calgary Marilyn Libin, Calgary Lisa Linden-Wiseman, Toronto Sharon B. Lipman, Toronto Bertha Lipson, Toronto (In Memory of Bertha Doranz’l & Jenny Lipsonz’l) Glynnis Louis, Toronto Charlotte Lubin, Montreal Fran Luborsky, Toronto Evelyn Thaw Maizen, Kingston Ruthe Mann, Toronto Beulah Martin, Calgary Lorraine Martin, Regina Sandy Martin, Calgary Anne Matlow, Toronto Irving & Estherz’l Matlow, Toronto Leanne Matlow, Toronto Linda Matlow, Cambridge Hedda Medjuck, Halifax Shirlee Medjuck, Halifax Roslyn Mendelson, Toronto Karen Meyerowitz, Toronto Miriam Milavsky, Calgary Florence & Sheldon Miller, Montreal Luba Miller, Montreal Anita Morris, Montreal Joan Morris, Montreal Dr. Michele A. Moss, Calgary Sheila Nemtin Levine, Montreal Madelon E. Niman, Toronto Lucy Nisker, Montreal Kathie & Mickey Norris, Waterloo Vita E. Novick, Montreal Mr. & Mrs. N. Olyan, Edmonton Al Osten, Calgary Linda Papernick, Toronto Myra Paperny, Calgary Lola Pawer, Vancouver Sharon Pollock, Toronto Sylvia Polsky, Vancouver Sarah & Joseph Pomerantz, Montreal Dr. Ana M. Porzecanski, London Dr. Lorne & Mrs. Beth Price, Calgary Marsha Ptack, Montreal Lyle Pullan, Vancouver Sharon Pupko, Toronto Merle Rachlin, Toronto Lailla Rapoport, Toronto Dorothy Reitman CM, Montreal Marlene Richardson, Toronto Murray Robins, Calgary Susan Rose, Toronto Vivian Rosen, Toronto

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

Haya Stein, Calgary Suzanne Stein, Toronto Dr. Mireille Steinberg, Montreal Joyce Strauss, Waterloo Barbara Sugar, Toronto Beverly Suliteanu Fowler, Montreal Eunice Swadron, Toronto Beverly Swedko, Ottawa Pamela & Marvin Tarek, Toronto Mary Taub, Calgary Maidy Teitelbaum, Montreal Louise Tenenbaum, Toronto Sharolynne Toma, Edmonton Harriet Train, Toronto Tova Train, Toronto Miriam Trehearne, Toronto (In Memory of Annettez’l & Louis Gordonz’l) Ruth Ullman, Calgary Robyn Ulster, Toronto Martha Vajda, Toronto Evelyn Viner, Calgary Susan Wainberg, Montreal Zohar Wallach, Calgary Cynthia Borovoy Warren, Toronto Mary Waterman, Calgary Marilyn Weinstein, Vancouver Janet Weisz-Asa, Hamilton Zees Wenger, Montreal Janet Werger, Toronto Dr. Robert Wienerz’l, Montreal Judy Winberg, Toronto Dr. Sam & Randi Winter, Vancouver Rachelle Wolynetz Frankel, Toronto Sirky Wolynetz, Toronto Sylvia Wortsman, Toronto Gloria Wunder, Toronto Gwendolyn Yacht, Toronto Toby R. Yan, Ottawa Yonge Vision, Toronto Corinne R. Zagerman, Ottawa Judy Zelikovitz, Toronto Sheila J. Zive, Halifax Mrs. Rose Zivot, Calgary Daniel & Briana Zur, Waterloo *Sustainers to February 18, 2020

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



Marla & Aubrey Dan

To date, Marla has dedicated more than 30 years to CHW, and is a passionate supporter of the organization’s mission, vision, and values. Before her, Marla’s grandmother and mother were active members in her hometown of Edmonton, and she has a strong reverence for the Hadassah-WIZO Bazaar in Edmonton. Marla originally joined CHW in Toronto to meet people. Her intention was social, and she was not seeking a leadership role, which was her eventual destiny. “When I moved to Toronto, I felt it was important to meet people in the community and connect,” she explained. New to the city at 24 years old, she was busy working full-time for a bank, and it was difficult to meet like-minded women. Her roommate heard about a new CHW chapter starting up, and they went to the first meeting together.

Marla and Aubrey Dan are long-time supporters of CHW’s projects and programs. Marla Dan was the CHW National President for an unprecedented 6 years (2009 –2014), and continues to provide indispensable leadership and mentorship. Aubrey Dan is a Canadian businessman, as well as a Tony-Award® winning theatre producer (MEMPHIS). He is the principal of Dancap Family Investment Office. Together, they are very generous philanthropists, who make high impact, transformational gifts in healthcare, community, and education in Canada and Israel through the Aubrey & Marla Dan Foundation (AMDF). Their daughter, Alyse is involved with CHW, and is the Executive Director of AMDF. As donors and major supporters of CHW, Marla and Aubrey Dan invest financial resources, as well as a great deal of their personal time. 42

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Although her roommate didn’t attend beyond the first meeting, Marla joined the group of ‘wonderful women’ who were eager to connect and make a difference. They were from all across the country, including Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Ottawa. Those from Toronto, were just returning from out of town schools, and were looking for ways to reconnect. That first meeting was more than 30 years ago, and many of the original group of women are still her good friends today. “We put a lot of thought into our chapter name, Tamid, which means ‘always’, and I feel that we all grew up together with the organization, and will always be connected,” describes Marla. “We were all single, with small apartments. We watched each other date, get engaged, get married, have children, celebrate bar/bat mitzvahs, weddings, and some of us are now having grandchildren.”

Marla met Aubrey soon after she moved to Toronto in 1988. They were neighbours, and became good friends before falling in love and getting married. By coincidence, their fathers knew each other from their university days. Marla’s father was originally from Glace Bay, Nova Scotia and Aubrey’s was from Hungary. They were both members of the Faculty of Pharmacy fraternity in Toronto. Her father studied law, but this was the only Jewish fraternity in Toronto. While at Osgoode, the fraternity allowed him to live at the house. They also both shared a common roommate at different times, named Herb Gray, who later became a Member of Parliament and the deputy prime minister of Canada (1997-2002). As many of the chapter members got married, they introduced their husbands to the organization, and this included Aubrey, who was more than happy to help out from the start. The husbands bonded as they supported their wives and the cause, and they too have developed great friendships that have lasted throughout. Although both Marla and Aubrey visited Israel in their teens (on their own, but at the same time), they first went to Israel together in 1993, for CHW’s 75th Anniversary trip. Joined by 500 people from across Canada, this was a deep dive into the organization for the young couple. On the airplane, they were impacted by the CHW signs posted for all to see, and to meet Esther Matlowz’l, the CHW National President at the time. It was their introduction to the national leadership on a grand scale, attending inspiring meetings and listening to incredible, passionate, committed and strong women give meaningful speeches. Both felt that they belonged to the organization, and to part of something significant. It was an eye-opening experience that changed their lives forever. Aubrey says that it was Marla who influenced him to become involved with CHW. As they became committed philanthropists, they were increasingly inspired by the legacy and history of the organization. Motivated by giving to Israel, a love for the country, and for everybody to understand of the need for Israel’s existence, CHW provided a vehicle to effect meaningful change and enabled them to make the world a better place.

According to Aubrey, CHW has always been a separate organization with an affiliation with both Hadassah and WIZO, but they also have their own projects and mandate. It is a “portfolio of different projects”. For more than 100 years, the organization has supported children, healthcare, and women. The original essence was to help displaced children in need of a home, especially after times of war and strife, and there was a strong focus on daycares. But CHW has evolved dramatically. There are multiple projects. Today, CHW supports hospitals, schools, colleges, women’s shelters and more -in addition to daycare centres across Israel. Marla and Aubrey believe that it’s good to support an organization and fundraise, but it is important to also go to Israel and see the impact of what they are supporting -- to truly understand. Marla explained, “We’ve met many people who are in need of our help. Some people ask us ‘why do you do this?’ or ‘you have kids of your own, so why do you leave them to come to Israel to help other kids?’ We tell them that we’ve seen the need and the impact of support first-hand. It’s also an opportunity for us to teach our kids about giving back, as well as demonstrate to those we support that there are people far away who care and give. If you ask anybody who has gone to the CHW projects, they will tell you ‘I went and that’s when I knew I was making a difference’.”

If you ask anybody who has gone to the CHW projects, they will tell you ‘I went and that’s when I knew I was making a difference” ORAH Magazine Winter 2020


Marla has had the opportunity to visit Israel in many different capacities, including as a CHW Toronto Centre President, as the CHW National President, and as an Aviv Co-Chair for WIZO. She has met amazing people and developed relationships with those who run the different CHW projects. She has been inspired by the dedication and commitment to their respective organizations. Their passion for what they do and for making a difference rubs off when they speak -- making it easy for a CHW supporter to connect to the program or project. In 2017, Aubrey and Marla returned to Israel together, as co-chairs of the 100th anniversary celebratory and educational trip. They felt honoured to program the itinerary and lead the group on the journey. Marla truly enjoys seeing Israel through the eyes of a first timer, appreciates how people react to Israel and the CHW projects, and is moved by how they are affected and touched by the experience. The gifts provided by Marla and Aubrey Dan are designed to either heal people or are aspirational. They go above and beyond providing a financial donation to a designated project. They are passionate philanthropists, and get involved in all aspects of the investment allocation by providing invaluable expertise and input. Seeing the impact of the commitment is always their greatest part of the process. To the Dan’s, it is about the impact. When asked which CHW project is most special to them, Marla and Aubrey both responded “All of them”. They have been inspired and moved by so many over the years including CHW Nahalal Children and Youth Village, Hadassah Academic College, and CHW Netanya Technological High School. Marla smiled as she described the ‘WOW factor’ she receives when seeing the amazing accomplishments of the kids and teachers in the beautiful industrial kitchen.

Thanks to her input regarding the benefits of selling their delicious baked goods, the students are now more involved with their community and in raising money for their school. When asked what they would tell someone who is thinking of becoming a Woman/Man of Distinction, they said, “You have to look at CHW as an investment in Israel. As opposed to helping one specific key area, you get a diversified portfolio. You are helping multiple programs in Israel and Canada that save or improve lives and provide hope. You’re affecting hundreds of people. Part of the gift is ensuring the longevity and the survival of the people in Israel. In many cases, on the cutting edge of technology. If you look at the investment, you want to invest with your heart, but also be pragmatic and invest to realize that your dollars will maximize their return. And part of it is the many subcategories. For example, The Shamir Medical Centre (Assaf Harofeh) is planning to triple or quadruple in size in just a few short years. So the social impact that they will have as a footprint will be massive. Every single dollar will help move that process along.” According to Marla and Aubrey Dan, “CHW is welcoming and encourages its supporters to visit the programs they support and share. We’ve met doctors, teachers, kids, and patients whose lives we’ve helped save, and women who have ended up in shelters because they were there to help. We’ve seen it all. We would say give with your heart and give with your head. Then go to Israel -- pack your bags and go see where the money ends up. Don’t just write the cheque. Get involved.”

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


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Woman of Valour

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

Woman of Valour Anonymous, Toronto Ruth Aaron Tali Baum Lauren Bell Lauren Esther Bellon Marla Dan

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

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

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

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

Woman/Man of Distinction

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

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

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

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

Carol Lou Spiegel Julie Spira Haya Stein Martha Vajda Gabi Weisfeld

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

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

On Saturday, November 2nd, CHW hosted the iChange Gala in support of CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.

L-R: Alina Ianson, National Executive Director; Marilyn Libin, National President

L-R: Event Co-Chairs, Barb Rosenstein (Toronto) and Brondell Shapiro (National)

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CHW Hadassim serves both immigrant and Israeli children from disadvantaged families. Many of the children live in dormitories and come from families unable to care for them. Children at CHW Hadassim have experienced emotional and physical abuse or anti-Semitism in their home countries. It is the hope that by living in this vibrant environment, the children will feel at home and excel in their studies. Gala attendees were welcomed by Alina Ianson, National Executive Director; Marilyn Libin, National President; and Event Co-Chairs, Brondell Shapiro (National) and Barb Rosenstein (Toronto). CHW was proud to receive official greetings from Galit Baram, Consul General of Israel to Toronto and Western Canada, and the Honourable Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, a Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem. The event was emceed by 21 year old, Michelle Shimonov, a rising music star and actress from Rishon LeZion, Israel, and graduate of CHW Hadassim. Her humour and elegant poise put the audience at ease as she introduced speakers to the podium. After a fabulous 3-course dinner, Michelle returned to the stage accompanied by musician, Yonatan Doron, for a dynamic and heart-warming concert performance. Yonatan is the Musical Coordinator at CHW Hadassim and also a graduate (see his profile in ORAH, page 20). Both shared moving stories about their difficult family hardships, how they found CHW Hadassim, their experiences living and learning at the school, and what they are doing now. They performed original music, and beloved Hebrew songs, but the audience was truly touched by the debut of a stunning ballad written especially for CHW. Following the event, the centre pieces, comprised of a variety of non-perishable food items, were proudly donated to a local charity.

Marilyn Libin & Jed Gaines I am honoured to be President of CHW and take part in the exceptional work being done by the CHW Organization both in Israel and in Canada.

Brondell Shapiro

Congratulations to CHW Supporters for their continuing efforts on behalf of CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village. I am proud to support all of CHW’s extraordinary programs and services.

Carole & Bernie Zucker and Family Congratulations to CHW! We are proud to always support you in your endeavours.

EL AL Canada is proud to support CHW and the hard work they have done in both Israel and Canada.

The P. Austin Family Foundation

Debbie Eisenberg & Gary Levene

The P. Austin Family Foundation is honoured to be a part of the CHW iChange Gala in celebration of the dedicated work of so many to improve the lives of Women, Healthcare, and Children.

We are always pleased to support CHW’s projects for Children, Healthcare, and Women in Israel and Canada.

Ab & Phyllis Flatt Endowment Fund

Shirley & Martin Glick

Mazel Tov to CHW! It’s been our pleasure to support this incredible organization and we are proud of all that they have accomplished to help Women, Children, and Healthcare.

We are very proud to support CHW and its mission to improve the lives of Children, Women, and the state of Healthcare in Israel and Canada. Mazel Tov!

Debbie & Ian Goldberg

Roslyn Joseph

We are proud to support CHW and wish all the best to the organization and its programs!

Very proud to be a part of the CHW iChange Gala and support the dedicated work the organization does to advance Healthcare and improve the lives of Children and Women in Israel and Canada.

Elayna & Jonathan Latsky

Susan & John Rose

Mazel Tov to CHW! Proud to support its projects to improve the lives of Children, Healthcare, and Women in Israel and Canada.

Mazel Tov on a tremendous year! We are honoured to support CHW.

Barb & Jerry Rosenstein We are honoured to be part of the CHW iChange Gala in support of the essential work to improve the lives of families in Israel and Canada.

Tova & Marshall Train


Gala Highlights

Galit Baram, Consul General of Israel in Toronto and Western Canada offers greetings from Israel.

Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, a Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem offers salutations from Jerusalem.

Both of us are proud to say “iChange people’s lives.” We are honoured to support CHW! Michelle Shimonov and Yonatan Doron perform a song written for CHW by Michelle.



On November 3rd, CHW hosted the iCHW National Conference and AGM at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. The full-day event featured CHW project news and reports conducted by the CHW Leadership Team; as well as motivational and inspirational speakers from Israel and Canada.



1 - Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, a Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem 2 - Galia Alef, Director, CHW Nahalal Children & Youth Village


3 - Dr. Iris Morag, Director of Neonatology, The Shamir Medical Centre (Assaf Harofeh) 4 - Mark Kachuck, National Education Director, Canadian Young Judaea (CYJ)

Each of our speakers offered an impactful presentation about their respectful areas of expertise that had attendees mesmerized, informed and at times, in tears.


CHW also held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on this day, where Marilyn Libin: National President, Alina Ianson: National Executive Director, and Brondell Shapiro: National Board Member, all offered updates and news from our projects and celebrations. Fred Fuchs: CPA, CA, presented financial information about CHW.

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Donor Report 2019 533% 528% 52.5%

Highlights of Income MAJOR GIFTS






TOTAL INCOME: $5,133,929 *Must be invested in the Endowment Fund and only interest income is to be distributed for charitable purposes

23.2% Administrative & General $1,040,415

Administrative Expenses TOTAL: $1,191,662

Leadership Development, including National Meetings $142,467

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Amortization & Moving Costs $8,780

Fundraising Costs TOTAL: $985,036

Where Your Money Goes Canadian Young Judaea (CYJ) World WIZO Hadassah Academic College (HAC) Assaf Harofeh Medical Centre Hadassah Hospital

Canadian Young Judaea (CYA)


World WIZO


Hadassah Academic College (HAC)


Assaf Harofeh Medical Centre


Hadassah Hospital



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Chocolate Maple Tart Patisserie students at CHW Netanya Technological High School developed this mouthwatering Chocolate Tart with a Canadian Twist! Everyone will be fighting over who gets the last peice of this sweet delight! Tart / Crust 1 Stick 2 Cups 3/4 Cup 1 Tsp 1 2 Tbsp 1/4 Cup

Butter White Flour Confectionary Sugar Salt Egg Yolk Cocoa Powder Water

Chocolate Maple Filling 1/2 Cup 2 Tbsp

Semi-Sweet Chocolate Butter

1/4 Cup

Maple Syrup

2 Tbsp

Brown Sugar

1 Tsp 2 1/4 Cup

Vanilla Extract Large Eggs Finely Chopped Walnuts

Preparing the Crust: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place chopped butter, flour, confectionary sugar, cocoa powder and salt into mixer and pulse until coarse. Add egg yolk and pulse until dough just comes together. Add small amounts of water as needed until dough is smooth. Place dough in plastic bag or wrap and refrigerate for one hour until firm. Once chilled, roll out dough over lightly floured surface and transfer dough onto 12 inch round baking pan. Line crust with parchment paper and add pie weights (or dried beans). Place crust in oven and bake for 20 minutes until golden brown around the edges. Set aside to cool.

Preparing the Chocolate Maple Filling: Prepare a double boiler. Begin melting the chocolate, then add the butter, maple syrup, brown sugar and vanilla until consistency is melted and smooth. Beat eggs and pour into mixture. Add walnuts and mix well. Pour the filling into tart shell and bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes until surface of filling appears glossy. Cool before serving. Serves 8 -10

Adir, Grade 11 This delicious chocolate maple tart was prepared by Adir, a Grade 11 Student currently enrolled in the CHW Netanya Technological High School Patisserie Program. The recipe was specially developed by the head of the program, Eval Levy, a renowned Israeli pastry chef.


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CHW CALGARY CENTRE PRESIDENT Betty Sherwood has been a proud and committed CHW member since the 1970s. Before becoming the CHW Calgary Centre President in 2018, she enjoyed many years as a supporter, and volunteer. As well, she participated in leadership roles across Canada. Her commitment has helped our organization continue to thrive. How did you first get involved with CHW? I joined CHW in the 1970s, in Toronto. CHW has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. I was inspired by my mother, Ruth Sherwood, and grandmother, Eva Abremovich, who was one of the original CHW members in Winnipeg. What has been your history in leadership roles at CHW? I began as a member of CHW B’not Aviva Chapter. I served as its President and Co-Chaired the Aviva Art Show and the Bazaar. As well, I took part in several committees including Programs, and Archives. When I moved to Calgary in 2009, I continued my involvement with the organization. I chaired the Casino events and Senior Connections (each more than once!) On the national scene, I was on the Board of Directors from 2016 to 2018, and served on several national committees, including Governance. In October 2018, I was honoured to become the CHW Calgary Centre President.


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What do you find challenging about being a Centre President? I am happy to represent CHW in Calgary. I enjoy helping to plan and carry out a variety of events for our supporters, which in turn helps us to fund our projects. I’d say a challenge for me is growing our incredible roster of volunteers and sustaining engagement. We have amazing volunteers who generously devote their time, and I hope they will continue to participate for years to come. We would however, love to have more people take part. Our events are fun, and we enjoy helping others in need at the same time. What would you tell someone who was thinking about getting involved with their local CHW Centre? We’re fortunate to live in Canada during times of peace, prosperity, and freedom. Consider sharing your good fortune to help someone in need in Israel, Canada, and our own community -- while having fun, socializing, and learning something new.

You’d be part of a highly respected national organization, with a heritage of more than 100 years. What was started by strong and smart women, has grown and evolved into a network of dedicated volunteers and professionals, who believe in the advancement of childcare, education, healthcare, and women’s issues in Israel and Canada. We represent Canadian Young Judaea, and locally, we support the Jewish Family Service, and Alberta Children’s Hospital, as well as fund postsecondary scholarships, and special events at Jewish schools. What initiatives are underway at CHW Calgary Centre? We have a lot going on! This year, Calgary will host our largest national event of the year – the CHW Gala, which will honour our National President, Marilyn Libin; as well, we will be hosting this year’s AGM. Some of our annual events in the works include: Connections Tea in the spring; Games Day, an afternoon of fun and friendly competition in the fall; and our Toy Drive in December, when we collect and distribute gifts and cash donations for people in need during the holidays. Each fall, we proudly sponsor the Calgary Jewish Film Festival, with a selected film that tells a meaningful story about children, healthcare, or women. Lily Fixler recently launched the CHW Israeli Lit Book Club, which showcases novels written by Israeli authors (in English). We look forward to some great reads. We just completed an intensive process of selecting hundreds of photos for the Jewish Historical Society of Southern Alberta. We’re planning a display for the AGM.

This year, we will host CHW Coffee and Chat Sessions, featuring presentations related to a CHW project or subject. They will be an inspiring way to learn something new, catch up with friends, and meet new ones!

I’m proud to be an active and longstanding supporter of such a dynamic and highly regarded organization; and to represent CHW in Calgary!”

What would someone be surprised to find out about CHW Calgary? The first recorded CHW meeting in Calgary was held in 1917, and the official charter was received in 1921. To mark the Centennial in 2017, we produced a 100page Souvenir Book, featuring local and national stories. We’re planning a special project to commemorate the 100th anniversary of our charter. Stay tuned! Is there anything else you would like to add to the story? As a former teacher, everything related to children matters to me including their healthcare and their mothers. I’m proud to be an active and longstanding supporter of such a dynamic and highly regarded organization; and to represent CHW in Calgary! The programs and services we support are impactful and help save lives. If anyone has the opportunity or desire to visit or volunteer at a CHW project in Israel, I would highly encourage it. You’ll get so much out of it! ORAH Magazine Winter 2020




GINA GRANT I was a member of WIZO in Leeds, UK, for 7 years before moving to Ottawa in 1982. Once our family settled in, I called CHW to join a chapter and the rest as they say, is history.

It was the perfect way to make friends, and continue my support of Israel. Soon after joining, I became the Ottawa Council Treasurer and enjoyed working with the women from the other chapters. I met some amazing women at that time and have tried to follow in their footsteps. CHW is my link to Israel. I appreciate that there are other organizations that support Israel, but as I have enjoyed being part of WIZO for several years along with my friends, it has always been a big part of my life. It gives me the opportunity to support and connect with our many projects and I appreciate the feedback we receive directly from the projects. It’s important for me to see the benefits that our fundraising efforts can make.

I am often asked by friends why I support Israel through fundraising. ‘Isn’t it a strong and modern country now?’ they ask. My answer is simple – ‘isn’t Canada a strong and modern country?’ and ‘don’t hospitals and long term care facilities in Canada fundraise?’ There is only so much a country’s tax revenue can support and our fundraising dollars go towards all the other things that are needed. I believe it is a privilege to support Israel. The Jewish people need Israel to be strong and stable more than ever.

I joined the CHW Legacy Circle a few years ago. I believe that it is the perfect way to continue supporting the organization that I have volunteered with for most of my life. I hope that when my children and grandchildren see that I have left CHW a legacy gift, this will encourage them to keep supporting CHW.

If anyone asked me if they should join the CHW Legacy Circle, I would absolutely tell them to do it! The gift can be small or large. It will show your family how special CHW is and was to you. It will also show other CHW supporters how special CHW was to you, and hopefully encourage them to join as well.


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CHW Legacy Circle Members*

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

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


CHW MONTREAL CHW CALGARY To order call CHW Montreal at 514-933-8461 or email: alanna@montreal.chw.ca

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

Montreal Celebrates Local Artists – $15

CHW Calgary Commemorative Book – $18

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

Montreal’s ‘Favourite’ Passover Baskets – $50

Back by popular demand, CHW Montreal Shoshanim Chapter will once again be selling their unique holiday baskets. These beautiful baskets are a combination of kosher for Passover food and household items. Guaranteed to be delivered before the 1st Seder by a fabulous team of volunteers. This project sells out every year! Don’t be disappointed - order early!

“A Treasure For My Daughter” – $36

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Look back on 100 years of CHW success (1917-2017) with the CHW Calgary Centennial Commemorative Book! Also available online: chw.ca/calgary-commemorative-book

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

Stuffed Animals – $5 to $10

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

Mahjong Items – $5 to $20

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

Table Linens, Quilts, and Other Crafts – $10 to $60

CHW Ottawa Amit Chapter is selling wine bags, matzo and challah covers, quilts, adult and children’s aprons and bibs, and many other beautiful crafts in Jewish-themed fabric.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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See first-hand the impact you make.

Visit CHW Projects in Israel Planning a trip to Israel? CHW invites all supporter and their families to visit a CHW project in Israel to see the impact of your support first-hand. Please contact CHW at least 8 weeks prior to your trip, and we would be happy to arrange the details. For more information, please contact the CHW National Office at 1-855-477-5964 / 416-630-8373; or visit www.chw.ca; or complete the form below and return to the address provided.

Yes, I would like to know more about how I can visit CHW’s projects in Israel. Please complete the following: Name: Address: City:


Telephone: E-Mail:

Postal Code:

“When you visit our projects you really see with your own eyes what you are working for.”

— Marilyn Libin CHW National President

Please mail completed form to: Canadian Hadassah-WIZO, CHW National Office, 638A Sheppard Avenue West, Suite 209, Toronto, ON M3H 2S1



Project / Location

Distance from


Visiting Hours


Tel Aviv


Clara Balinsky (Montreal) Daycare Centre - Zerifin

15 km

70 km

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

Rose Dunkelman (Toronto) Daycare Centre - Neve Sharet

15 km

80 km

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

Judy Mandleman Vancouver Daycare Centre - Holon

15 km

70 km

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

Sandy Martin Alberta Daycare Centre - Ramat Hasharon

15 km

80 km

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

Nina Cohen Atlantic Provinces Daycare Centre - Katamon

70 km

5 km

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

125 km

175 km

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

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

35 km

100 km

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

Only accessible by car.

100 km

150 km

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

Only accessible by car.

CHW Neri Bloomfield Academy 95 km of Design - Haifa

160 km

9 am to 3 pm Sunday to Thursday Closed holidays

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

CHW Netanya Technological High School - Netanya

40 km

100 km

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

Hadassah Academic College, Jerusalem

70 km

5 km

9 am to 4 pm Sunday to Thursday Closed holidays

Assaf Harofeh Medical Center - Zerifin

15 km

70 km

9 am to 3 pm Sunday to Thursday Closed holidays

Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem

65 km

10 km

9 am to 3 pm Sunday to Thursday Closed holidays

CHW Calgary Bat Yam Women’s Centre - Bat Yam

10 km

70 km

Meets early morning; schedule changes often

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

Transportation Key:

Private, rental, or hired car



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

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


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Coast to Coast

There is always so much going on at CHW Centres across Canada. Find out below what happened over the last few months at the Centre near you. Check out the CHW Events Calendar on Page 75 to make sure you don’t miss out on upcoming events!

CHW CALGARY Luncheon & Games Day

From Canasta to Mahjong, Dorothy Hanson kindly MC’d this on October 23, 2019 for the 130 guests! CHW National President, Marilyn Libin, brought greetings and updates from the National Board, while Betty Sherwood, the Calgary Centre President, thanked everyone for coming and acknowledged our deepest appreciation to Lily Rosenberg’s annual donation of her art work. L-R: Betty Sherwood & Dorothy Hanson

17th Annual Toy Drive Led by Jeanie Groberman, Jackie Hamborger, and Arliss Levine, the committee provided toys for over 160 needy recipients of Jewish Family Services, as well as the Alberta Children’s Hospital. The “toy box raffle” was a new addition this year. The winner received a box filled with toys and a $300 Visa card. We thank Lenny and Faigel Shapiro for a matching grant which truly helped get more on board. Minnie Segal Family Servies

CHW Calgary Tikvah Chapter Chanukah Party On December 26, 18 women from the CHW Calgary Tikvah Chapter gathered for a fun and delicious Chanukah potluck at the lovely home of Toby Friedman. Betty Sherwood, CHW Calgary Centre President, briefed about Centre activities and upcoming events. Leanne Ksienski Rzepa, RN, BN, IBCLC, filled in about an initiative with her Jewish women friends and colleagues - a magazine featuring their careers and accomplishments! 66

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CHW LONDON CHW London Bertha Weinstein Chapter Celebrates Chanukah The annual Chanukkah party was held by the Bertha Weinstein Chapter in December. Everyone who attended the party had fun! There was a gift exchange followed by delicious refreshments which included homemade latkes!

L-R: Miriam Zucker, Ellen Joy Lazarus, Gloria Brock, Gail Simm, Lorna Brooke, Ricky Pasternak, Naomi Sheinbaum


45th Annual PRO-AM for KIDS The dynamic trio of Joseph Balinsky, Gary Hutman and Danny Kaufer once again cochaired and planned what would have been an incredible tournament. Unfortunately, the event was rained out for the first time in recent memory. Our volunteers and players drove up to Hillsdale in heavy rain and were hopeful that the weather would quickly clear up; however it was not meant to be. The good news is that through increased sponsorship and player enrollment, the event raised over $220,000 in support of CHW schools and Camp Jackie (formerly known as Camp Erin). Camp Jackie is a free bereavement camp designed for children and teens aged 6-17, offering traditional fun camp activities coupled with grief education and emotional support. Plans are underway for the 46th Pro-Am scheduled for Thursday, July 9, 2020, and we look forward to sunny weather.

L-R: Event Co-chairs, Gary Hutman, Danny Kaufer and Joseph Balinsky

Our team of terrific volunteers patiently waiting for the rain to subside

35th Annual CHW Tel Hai Bridge, Mahjong & Canasta Luncheon The CHW Tel Hai Bridge, Mahjong & Canasta Luncheon was held on September 4, 2019 at The Chevra. This year the luncheon was dedicated in memory of Anabel M. Louis, a Past President of the CHW Montreal Tel Hai Chapter and a longstanding dedicated member of CHW. Diane Cohen lovingly paid tribute to her mother and proudly conveyed her mom’s memorable devotion to CHW. We were thrilled to welcome many new players to the event with over 200 participants enjoying a fun-filled afternoon. A big thank you to the Luncheon Co-Chairs Carol Seltzer & Jackie Sheiner and Mahjong Co-Chairs Alana Shiveck & Lianne Routtenberg for steering a committee whose efforts raised $30,000.

L-R: Robyn and Diane Cohen posing with the tribute board in memory of Anabel Louis. ORAH Magazine Winter 2020




CHW Art Auction CHW Montreal’s annual Art Auction was recently held at the chic Kandy Gallery and was a huge success. Over $70,000 was raised in support of the Na’aleh Program at the Hadassim Children and Youth Village. This year we honoured the talented John Barkley and there was much excitement with the flurry of active bidding on the artwork that he showcased that evening. In addition to enjoying delicious cocktails, our guests were bidding on the eclectic artwork that was up for auction varying from trendy street art to eye-catching, colourful still-life. A special thank you to the dedicated committee who prepared months in advance selecting the artwork and worked diligently on the gallery setup. We appreciate the talent of our Auctioneer Neil Horowitz, who entertained and encouraged bidding with his wit and humour.

Back (L-R): Lianne Routtenberg, Marcy Segall, Alana Shiveck, Alicia Epstein, Marla Goodwin-Zipper, Norma Bassal, Cara Ladenheim, Alanna Elias. Front (L-R): Sarah Hutman (Art Auction Co-chair) and Cheryl Novack


Chanukah Fair with Ottawa Community Each year the Jewish Community of Ottawa holds a Chanukah Fair a few weeks before the holiday starts. The whole community comes out to enjoy the programs and the shuk, where CHW Ottawa sells all their handmade items. We sold Chanukah table runners, placemats, napkins and gelt bags, as well as, children and adult size aprons, baby quilts, kippahs, shoe bags, cookbooks and more. To see some of the items go to the CHW Shuk in this edition.

L-R: Marilyn Schwartz, Anna Chodos, and Frieda Chodos help a customer choose placemats

CHW Ottawa Amit Chapter Annual Pot Luck Chanukah Party This year, the CHW Ottawa Amit Chapter Annual Pot Luck Chanukah Party was held on December 18th. More than 35 people celebrated at the event and enjoyed latkes, and other delicious foots. This year’s entertainment was our own, Patsy Royer on piano and Toby Yan as choirmaster. They led a group in joyous renditions of Chanukah music in Hebrew, English and Ladino. 68

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A few of the members get ready to light the candles

CHW TORONTO CHW Toronto Samya Chapter Rosh Hashanah Chocolates CHW Toronto Samya Chapter had a successful year with their popular Rosh Hashanah Chocolates fundraiser! 700 tins of delicious kosher goodies were packaged and delivered to ensure everyone had a sweet New Year.

These yummy chocolates disappeared quickly!

CHW Toronto Gila Chapter Walk In Support of HAC Thanks to our supporters and friends, the CHW Toronto Gila Chapter Walk in support of HAC was a tremendous success, raising more than $53,000 in support of Hadassah Academic College (HAC) in Israel.

The Gila Girls resting after a very successful walk

CHW Toronto Gila Chapter’s Opening Meeting Shellianne Bedder Green and Warren Green generously offered their charming home as the location for the CHW Toronto Gila Chapter Opening Meeting. Further to the business of the Chapter, Warren Green provided a riveting and well-researched lecture on the subject of antiSemitism.

Shellianne Bedder Green and Warren Green are presented with a certificate from CHW Toronto Gila Chapter

CHW Toronto Centre Helps Feed Kids This past November, CHW presented a food donation to the Toronto Foundation for Student Success for their Beyond 3:30 initiative, a safe and welcoming after-school program for student’s ages 11-14 offering meals, sports, and homework support. The much needed non-perishable food items were donated to CHW by Loblaws (Yonge and York Mills), Metro (Sheppard Plaza), and generously supported by Marlene and Ron Richardson. L-R: Tova Train, Barb Rosenstein,

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CHW Toronto Aterret Chapter Games Day On November 4, CHW Toronto Aterret Chapter held their annual Aterret Games Day at the Amica on the Avenue Penthouse. Fun and laughter was had by more than 40 games enthusiasts, as they participated in a selection of Bridge, Mahj, Canasta, Rummy Q, and Scrabble. L-R: Mena Shupak, Rilla Silber, Rena Levy, Maura Cohen

CHW Toronto Atzmaut Chapter Trivia Night On November 9, CHW Toronto Atzmaut Chapter held their annual Trivia Night at Kehilat Shaarei Torah on Bayview Avenue. The SOLD OUT event was a fun evening of friends, refreshments, and trivia challenges. Teams of men and women showed off their knowledge in the hopes of winning fabulous prizes.

Atzmaut Chapter enjoying their Sold Out Event

CHW Toronto Shoshana Chapter Mahj, Canasta & More CHW Toronto Shoshana Chapter held their annual Mahj, Canasta & More event at the Thornhill Community Centre. A delightful afternoon of friendly competition, participants strategized and competed for prizes, as they connected with old friends and met new people. A Shoshana Chapter game in action!

CHW Toronto L’Netzach Chapter Chanukah Cookies The Chanukah Cookie Drive is always a tremendous success and this year was no exception. CHW Toronto L’Netzach Chanukah Cookies fundraiser sold more than 175 boxes of colourful and delicious kosher cookies for the holidays. Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped package, pick up and prepare the beautiful Chanukah Cookie gift packs! These adorable cookies were all snatched up! 70

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CHW Ambassador Program CHW Toronto Centre is proud to launch the CHW Ambassador Program, a series of learning and engagement sessions designed to educate future leaders about CHW projects and topics affecting CHW, and the community. The inaugural event featured speaker, Judy Zelikovitz, Vice President of University and Local Partner Services at the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), discussing “Why Israel, the ‘Start-Up Nation’, still need us”. Stay tuned for upcoming sessions and speakers including ‘key fundraising trends’ and L-R: Tova Train, Melanie Rosenblum, ‘Israeli society today’. Judy Zelikovitz, Fran Luborsky, & Barb Rosenstein

CHW Toronto Centre Chanukah Party CHW Toronto Centre celebrated Chanukah at the home of CHW Toronto Centre President, Tova Train. Supporters, donors, volunteers, and CHW Staff gathered to enjoy Latkes and L’chaim, catch up with old friends, hear about the latest goings on with CHW Toronto Centre, and cheer on fellow CHW Toronto supporters Stephanie Caplan and Michelle Axler, as they were recognized as a new Sustainer and Women for Women. This whimzical donut cake provided by CHW Toronto Centre President Tova Train was amazing!

CHW VANCOUVER CHW Vancouver Walk to Protect Children The annual CHW Vancouver Walk to Protect Children is a time to get together to walk, schmooze, eat a picnic lunch, and raise funds for children in need. On September 8th, it was held in honour of Dolly Jampolsky, our devoted CHW volunteer. Big thanks to the co-chairs Debbie Lewin, Cindy Wine, and Stephanie Rusen for a great job organizing the event! Dolly Jampolsky and her family

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Opening Luncheon: Heroes Among Us Heroes Among Us, an Opening Luncheon on September 22, honoured Joanna Wasel, President of Camp Hatikvah Foundation; Sasha Gerson, Host and producer of award-winning Radio VERA; and Frances Belzberg, Member of the Order of Canada. Funds raised at the event supported the new CHW Centre for Clinical Training & Community Care at Hadassah Academic L-R: Lori Barer, Toby Rubin, Bev Corber, Frances College (HAC), Israel. Belzberg, and Alina Ianson

Voice of Rebellion Book Launch On October 27, the CHW Vancouver Book Club hosted the launch of the award-winning book by Roberta Staley, Voice of Rebellion: How Mozdah Jamalzadah Brought Hope to Afghanistan, featuring a meet-and-greet of Mozdah. Special thanks to the Book Launch Committee, Ruthi Akselrod-Pinto, Marilyn Hooper, and Randi Winter, and Book Club Chair Bev Corber for organizing L-R: Mozdah Jamalzadah and Roberta Staley this inspiring event.

CHW Vancouver Chanukah Party Celebrating early Chanukah On December 16, CHW Vancouver rocked to the music of 4 singers at the Jewish Community Centre. Tiana Shepelova, Matthew Mintsis, Victoria Kazantseva, and Vlada entertained the guests with their magical sing-along performances. Thanks go to the Committee: Stephanie Rusen, Svetlana Zazulina, Debbie Lewin, and Pavel Mangevich, as well as Lori Barer and Sasha Gerson. It was an extremely joyous occasion!

CHW VICTORIA Jewish Historian Amber Woods Speaks In September 2019, 14 members gathered at the home of Joelle Lake, to listen to local Jewish historian Amber Woods speak about the early Jewish women of Victoria, from 1863. Amber kept us in rapt attention as she regaled us with tales from those early days, and her recently published book A Guide To The Jewish Cemetery. Jewish Historian Amber Woods and her new book 72

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Annual Sukkah Tea In October, we had our annual Sukkah tea at the home of Sharon Fitch. We were blessed with 3 hours of clear skies. We were able to sit in the sukkah, enjoy lovely food, and listen to our local magiddah (storyteller) relate stories about Sukkot. This event has become a popular and most enjoyable get together.

CHW Victoria enjoying tea and company

Chanukah Tea In December, we were back at Sharon Fitch’s home for our Chanukah tea. We sang Chanukah songs, accompanied by Josie Davidson on guitar, played a game where we read out ideas about light, and, of course, ate delicacies and drank tea.

CHW Victoria playing a game at their party

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

Todah Rabah!

A sincere thank you to all to all donors and friends, who supported the Spread The Light of Chanukah Campaign and bringing hope to children, women, and families when they needed it the most. Your generosity helped countless children at CHW daycare centres, patients at CHW affiliated hospitals, disadvantaged women at WIZO women’s shelters, and students at CHW schools and youth villages. Due to the overwhelming support from CHW supporters and friends, we raised more than


during the month of December, which is a 17% increase over the 2018 campaign! On behalf of those who look to CHW for a brighter future, we thank you.




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



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Centre Meeting D’or L’Dor Spinathon Annual Campaign Telethon Round 1 Tamid Chapter Great Night Out (GNO)




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Shoshana Chapter: Speaker Evening: Jewish Girls Who Dream Big Adena Hanesse - Musicology Speaker Evening: Let Us Inspire You Centre Meeting



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Toronto 01 CHW Tzedakah Chapter At Our Table


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Calgary 24 CHW Centre Meeting


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Ottawa TBT CHW Spring Tea


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Passover Tulips (Order by March 10) Annual Campaign Telethon Round 2 Centre Meeting Tinokot Chapter Zumba Event Mahjong Game Night

MAY 05 Machar Art Day

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Toronto 07 CHW Rimon Works Out Toronto 10 CHW Lev Zahav Mother’s Day Flowers Vancouver 13 CHW Aviva Games Day


Montreal 9 CHW 46 Annual Pro-Am For Kids Golf Tournament th

AUGUST Calgary 12 CHW Centre Meeting

SEPTEMBER Calgary 09 CHW Centre Meeting Montreal 09 CHW CHW Tel Hai Bridge, Mahjong, and Canasta Luncheon

Share your upcoming events for the online CHW Calendar by emailing: info@chw.ca ORAH Magazine Winter 2020




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

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


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


National Marketing Communications Manager reeva@chw.ca 416-477-5964 ext.111

• Develop and implement marketing, communications, PR strategies • ORAH, e-newsletters, fundraising materials, proposals • Cards, certificates, and invitations • Donor relations and administrative support • Media relations and Centre support • Member of Professional Forum

Contact Reeva for: marketing, communications, design, and advertising related inquiries.


Donor Communications & Marketing Coordinator a.adams@chw.ca 416-477-5964 ext.117


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


Gift and Office Administrator bette@chw.ca 416-477-5964 ext.110


CHW Montreal Administrative Assistant brenda@montreal.chw.ca 514-933-8461 ext.203 76

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• Donor Relations and administration support • Implement Major Gifts Policy by ensuring donor communication • Manager Sustainer Program • Legacy Circle and corporate giving program • Fundraising Proposals • Content Writing and Copywriting • Website and Front-End content management and Social Media • Oversee all Centre operations and fundraising events • Advisor to the Centre’s Executive and key liaison on committees • Monitor Centre finances, preparation of budgets, accounts payable, and payroll • Volunteer recruitment and relations • Professional liaison on the National Leaders Assembly • Member of Professional Forum

• Office Administration • Maintains office operations, efficiency, and procedures • Meeting Coordination • Maintain and manage data for Toronto Centre • Donor relations and Card Orders Toronto Centre • Member of Professional Forum • Maintain and update Raiser’s Edge data • Weekly bank deposits and batch creation • Donor relations, card donations, and mailings • Assist with Centre fundraising events


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

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

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


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


DANIEL JAMES PIKE Graphic Designer / Videographer

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


CHW Toronto Cards Administrator

• ​Designer of CHW promotional materials • Help develop and implement Marketing Communication strategies into CHW operations • Provide counsel to Centres/Chapters on design issues and decisions • Photographer / Videographer for National/Toronto Events • Design Logos and Videos to promote Annual Campaigns • Manage donation card and certificate stock • Help organize all card orders and related donations • Card and certificate orders

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


Gift & Data Entry Coordinator yvonne@chw.ca 416-477-5964 ext.113

CATHY WILLIAMS CHW Calgary Centre Coordinator

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


• Maintain and manage data in Raiser’s Edge • Weekly bank deposits and batch creation • Generate reporting solutions • Donor relations and card donations • Extract, investigate, and analyze data pertaining to Members and Donors • Oversee all Centre operations and fundraising events • Advisor to the Centre’s Executive and key liaison on committees • Monitor Centre finances, preparation of budgets, accounts payable, and payroll • Volunteer recruitment and relations • Professional liaison on the National Leaders Assembly • Member of Professional Forum • Liaise with CHW National Office, partner organizations and CHW projects in Israel • Manage CHW Israel Office, including weekly Activity Reports • Project Management • Oversee CHW disbursements and allocations • Coordinate Donor and Member visits to CHW projects • Ensure proper Donor Recognition • Background information and research ORAH Magazine Winter 2020






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Address: 638A Sheppard Avenue West Suite 209 Toronto, ON M3H 2S1 Phone: 416-477-5964 Toll-free: 1-855-477-5964 Fax: 416-477-5965 E-mail: info@chw.ca Web: chw.ca

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



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