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.
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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