Welcome to CHW Ottawa
I am honoured to be the new President of CHW Ottawa, especially as my term coincides with CHW’s centennial birthday in 2017. I look forward to working closely with my executive, committee chairs, and chapter presidents. I am lucky to have to such an experienced executive, which will prove to be a great asset. So thank you to all of them: Linda Senzilet, Sophie Frenkel, Gina Grant, Esther Kulik, Debbie Goldstein, Marilyn Schwartz, Candice Wilder, Anna Chodos, and Hedy Gutman.
My wish for all our members and volunteers is threefold: that we will collaborate and support one another in our efforts to provide even more funds to our CHW projects in Israel and Canada; that our members will receive leadership and mentorship; and that we will all become even more engaged in this remarkable organization.
We have had a busy fall and winter.
CHW Ottawa Centre Opening Meeting held Sept 20th
Ottawa held its opening meeting in late September. Dr. Nadav Berkovitz, who is now living in Ottawa for the next 2 years, gave an inspiring presentation about strokes and the new technology that CHW sponsored at the Asaf Harofeh Medical Centre in Israel and how it has helped many patients. Also the new CHW Ottawa Executive led by new president Lynn Gillman was installed.
Amit Chapter Meeting Oct 6th
At a meeting for the Amit Chapter, CHW Ottawa bade a fond farewell to Miriam Barak, wife of Ambassador Rafael Barak. The Ambassador posting came to an end at the end of November. Miriam became close friends with CHW Ottawa and many of our members and attended many of our events and meeting. Sophie Frenkel made a presentation on a recent visit to Israel where she visited many of our projects.
Chanukah Parties in December
The Negev Chapter held its annual Chanukah luncheon at a local Italian Restaurant. A few year ago the chapter got the chef to make latkes and now every year in December the restaurant offers its clientele latkes along with their Italian menu.
The Amit Chapter held its annual Pot Luck and as always the local band, The Ottawa Simcha Band, came to play Chanukah songs in English, Hebrew, Yiddish and Ladino. Everyone was up singing and dancing.
The Amit chapter has been very busy with meeting and the guest speakers were wide-ranging from Bobbi Soderstom speaking about midwifery, Sophie Frenkel speaking about a personal trip to Israel that included visits to most of our projects, Saara Mortensen, archivist of Ottawa Jewish Archives who spoke about the collection and the upcoming changes and initiatives , Gina Grant, a Director of CHW , who spoke on the changes and the role of the Directors, and story teller Cecilia Blanchfield who spoke on her role and storytelling.
Next meetings are: Feb 12 with a trip to the Theatre Gladstone to see a play entitled Crimes of the Heart, March 9 for a Book review with Deborah Saginur: Claire of the Sea Light, by Edwidge Danticat, April 5 the speaker will be Rabbi Deborah Zuker and 2 additional meeting on May 4th and June 21 ( annual closing meeting)
The chapter is busy working on their annual Tea fundraiser help June (see Events and Fundraisers) and March 12 there will be a fundraiser called At Play which will be an afternoon of Mahjong, Bridge, Rumicube and Canasta playing
For more information please contact Chapter President Hedy Gutman at INFO@OTTAWA.CHW.CA
This fall we had very interesting meeting with varied guests such as Joel Yan who entertained the chapter with folk songs , Annette Paquin talking to us on the topic of changing needs for our again population as well we held our ever popular fabulous Chanukah Luncheon
Our next 3 meetings will be: Tues April 25th, followed by ones one Mon., May 29th and Mon., June 19th (yearly closing meeting)
For more information please contact Chapter President, Esther Kulik at INFO@OTTAWA.CHW.CA
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