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  • The Honouree

    This year’s Negev honouree, Bernie Zaifman, is being recognized for his many years of dedicated work with both the Jewish and greater London community. Born and raised in London, he first started working part-time for Z Group when he was in his teens, then full-time after university. Interested in all the aspects of the construction business, he spent many hours working on the practical aspects before moving into management. His practical skills were well used too, as House Chair of Or Shalom Synagogue, a position he held for many years. He chaired the United Jewish Appeal Campaign for four years and the State of Israel Bonds Campaign for several years. He has been President of London Jewish Federation since 1998. In 2007, he received the David Rubinoff Leadership Award, honouring him for his work in our community.

    In the broader community he was Chair of the London Economic Development Corporation, a position he held for a number of years. He was also very much involved with the London Home Builders’ Association, the London Property Management Association and the London Development Institute.

    Bernie and his wife Beverley have 4 children: Jared is a newly-elected London City Councillor, Pierce works in IT in Calgary, Samara is in Law School at Western and Noa is in an Honours degree program at Western.

    The Project

    Many researchers have come to the conclusion that humans are dependent on nature not only for material needs (food, water, shelter etc.) but perhaps as importantly for psychological, emotional and spiritual needs. There is solid evidence that interacting with nature can reduce a person’s level of stress and pain and in doing so, along with other treatments, provide the body with the mechanisms to heal oneself.

    Herzog Hospital in Jerusalem provides comprehensive, multi-disciplinary and individualized care and treatment to individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases.

    Herzog Hospital will be constructing the Glassman Centre on the campus of the hospital. The overriding principle for the design and construction of the new building is to comply with the highest standard of environmentally friendly “Green” standard of construction. The proceeds from our London Negev Gala in tribute to Bernie Zaifman will create the Parkinson’s Therapeutic Garden Patio (approximately 75 square metres) on the top floor of the Glassman Ambulatory Centre. It will be used by the hospital’s multi-disciplinary team treating Parkinson’s patients on an outpatient basis. In co-operation with the Parkinson’s Society of Israel they operate a weekly Parkinson’s workshop aimed at helping individuals to strengthen their motor skills. The garden patio will allow Herzog to expand its services for those suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

    This therapeutic garden will include shrubbery and flowers but at the same time a pergola will offer protection from the elements. It will be barrier-free and easily accessible. The building overlooks a magnificent view of natural forest and landscape, creating a visual link between indoor spaces and the outside environment at eye level.

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    Entertainment

    A Hilarious Evening With Andrea Martin

    Join Canadian comedic giant Andrea Martin in an intimate, revealing and totally spontaneous evening. Andrea will recreate some of her iconic SCTV characters, perform some of her Tony Award winning Broadway songs, show video clips from her hilarious TV and film appearances and may even take questions from the audience!

    Andrea Martin was born in Portland, Maine, and fell in love with Toronto early on in her career. One of her first “gigs” in Toronto was as a member of the legendary Toronto production of Godspell along with former Londoner Victor Garber. She has appeared in numerous theatre and television productions in Canada, most notably Toronto’s Second City stage show, which led to the critically acclaimed SCTV.

    Andrea is recognized for her scene stealing role as Aunt Voula in the 2002 movie My Great Big Fat Greek Wedding and will reprise that role in the second edition of the movie, set to begin filming in Toronto this spring.

    Ms. Martin has hosted every televised award programme in the country, and has won multiple awards herself, among them, Emmy, Gemini and Tony awards for television, film and stage. She has worked with many other comedic geniuses including Eugene Levy, Rick Moranis, John Candy, Dave Thomas, Catherine O’Hara and Martin Short.

    Most recently, Andrea has written a book entitled Lady Parts, which is a hilarious, entertaining, and often moving memoir, where she shares her fondest remembrances of a life in show business, motherhood, relationships, no relationships, family, chimps in tutus, squirrels, and why she flies to Atlanta to get her hair cut.

    Campaign Team

    NEGEV GALA CO-CHAIRS

    Michelle Bottner • Cathy Perlmutter

    HONORARY CHAIRS

    Sheldon Aaron • Harvey Katz • Howard Katz • Terry Marcus

    Richard Sifton • Emma Sims • David Taylor • Peter Whatmore

    TRIBUTE GIFTS CO-CHAIRS
    Gerald Kleiman • Jeffrey Phillips

    ADVERTISING CO-CHAIRS
    Noam Chernick • Beryl Chernick • Len Silverstein

    GENERAL CAMPAIGN CO-CHAIRS

    Hazel Friedman • Darlene Zaifman-Guslits

    EVENT, FOOD, BEVERAGE AND DÉCOR CO-CHAIRS

    Carol Marcus • Fern Tepperman

    PROGRAMME CO-CHAIRS

    Norine Faulkner • Shelley Sukerman

    RECEPTION CO-CHAIRS

    Janice Edell • Maxine Levin

    TRIBUTE BOOK CO-CHAIRS

    Susan Merskey • Naomi Sheinbaum • Walter Zimmerman

    OUTREACH AND COMMUNICATIONS CO-CHAIRS

    Eric Cartman • Stacey Ublansky

    JNF LONDON, OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

    Marnie Richmond

    REGIONAL ONTARIO, JNF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

    Franklin D. Simkevitz

    JNF LONDON, PRESIDENT

    JACK MALKIN

    CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, JNF CANADA

    Josh Cooper

    When & Where

    Tuesday, June 23, 2015

    Showtime: 7:30pm Sharp

    London Convention Centre

    300 York Street

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    Contact Us

    For further information:

    Marnie Richmond, Office Administrator,
    JNF London

    Tel: (519) 432-2139   Fax: (519) 433-1351   london@jnf.ca

    500-536 Huron Street

    London, Ontario

    N5Y 4J5