Thank you to everyone who joined us to honour Neil and Michelle Pollock at the 2018 JNF Negev Gala Dinner.
Help Us Improve the Lives of Children with Disabilities
2018 JNF NEGEV DINNER PROJECT
Jewish National Fund, Pacific Region is working to enhance the quality of life of ALEH Jerusalem residents. Established in 1998, ALEH Jerusalem provides 82 children and young adults with comprehensive professional care, including special education as well as medical, supportive and therapeutic care.
This year we are raising money to support two important projects: The first is to build an outdoor terrace that will allow ALEH Jerusalem residents and staff to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors throughout the day. In addition, we hope to be able to support the hydrotherapy pool, which is a most important therapeutic tool for the residents of ALEH Jerusalem.
ALEH is Israel’s largest network of care for children with severe multiple disabilities. Over 700 children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and medical conditions receive advanced medical, educational and rehabilitative care in ALEH’s four residential facilities. In addition, ALEH provides over 26,000 outpatient treatments annually.
ALEH looks beyond the disability to the child within. Its guiding principle is that every individual is special and equally deserving of love, respect, and the opportunity to develop to full potential while enjoying true quality of life. By nurturing development and enriching quality of life, ALEH enables each child to reach their potential.
ALEH’s services and frameworks all provide a dignified, warm and loving atmosphere that recognizes its residents as individuals with abilities, feelings and needs shared by all human beings.
For further details and to make donations please contact Ilan Pilo, Jerusalem Emissary and Executive Director, JNF Pacific Region:
604-257-5155, 778-858-8748, firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2018 JNF Negev Honourees
Dr. Neil Pollock
Dr. Neil Pollock is recognized as an innovator, committed teacher and leading global authority in his surgical field of expertise. For over 20 years, Neil has been operating Pollock Clinics, one of Canada’s most successful male surgical clinics, offering his minimally invasive techniques which have been taught, published and referenced worldwide today as “The Pollock Technique”. His clinics have now grown to 20 sites in 5 countries and continued expansion is ongoing worldwide.
In addition, he has made great efforts to share his expertise with other doctors in 3rd world countries by organizing surgical training missions in those countries with the goal of improving the quality surgeon and co-organizer of a mission to Kigali, Rwanda, where he trained local surgeons in his techniques, as an intervention against the spread of HIV. This teaching mission is estimated to save tens of thousands of lives over the coming decades. Due to the success of this mission, Neil was asked to lead another in Port Au Prince, Haiti in 2014.
Neil is known for bringing his passion and enthusiasm to everything he does. For over 20 years, he has been active in many Jewish organizations, serving leadership roles on various committees, boards, and executive teams including the Jewish Federation, Ohel Ya’akov Community Kollel, Jewish Family Service Agency, and Vancouver Talmud Torah Elementary. He has served on multiple fundraising committees, building committees and in 2015, after 4 years as head of the Major Gifts Division he served as General Chair of the Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign. Neil is also extremely devoted to spending time with his family; wife Michelle and their children, Josh, Elliot and Shoshana. In his spare time, Neil enjoys travelling, playing guitar, tennis, biking, attending concerts and having poker nights with his buddies.
Michelle Pollock (nee Green) was born and raised in Montreal. Michelle obtained her BA from McGill University and her JD from the University of San Diego.
Michelle is a lawyer who after obtaining calls to the Bar in British Columbia and California enjoyed a budding litigation practice in Vancouver. While experiencing a love of the law, Michelle decided to leave the practice in order to devote herself full time to her family. Along with her husband Neil, they raised their three children, Josh, Elliot and Shoshana in a home emphasizing Jewish values & strong Jewish self identification. Michelle threw herself into the joys of parenting and gave her time to a host of initiatives both within the Jewish community and in the Vancouver parenting community at large. After years of volunteering within schools and youth sporting organizations, she turned her energies more specifically to the Vancouver jewish community. Michelle’s community leadership in Vancouver has primarily been with the JCC & Jewish Federation.
Michelle served as Co Chair of Jewish Federation’s Women’s division “Lion of Judah” category for 6 years and now
serves both on Federation’s Nominating & Israel Overseas Committees. Michelle has been on the board of the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver for 14 years culminating with a 3 year term as Chair of the Board. Today, Michelle is enthused by the incredible educational initiatives undertaken by the Holocaust Society & the Israeli
advocacy undertaken by the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs. Michelle’s current philanthropic priorities include
the JCC’s exciting redevelopment project, Holocaust education and Israel advocacy. When not involved with family,
friends and community, Michelle can often be found with her dog Malka or on the Arbutus Club tennis courts.
Dedicated teacher, outstanding volunteer, loving daughter, sister and wife, our medal recipient Ilene-Jo Bellas can be called a “Woman for All Seasons”. A retired high school teacher, Ilene-Jo taught English and Theatre Arts for 32 years in the Delta School District. She directed more than 100 popular plays and musicals at Delta Secondary High School in Ladner. Many of her students have graduated to become very successful actors, writers, directors, and educators, and they keep in touch with their first teacher/ director. She was President of the Association of BC Drama educators, and was also instrumental in procuring funding, government support, and in the designing of Genesis Theatre, a fully professional theatre in Ladner. Ilene-Jo was born and raised in Vancouver. She attended Sir Winston Churchill High School and Schara Tzedeck Synagogue Religious School. She developed her strong community commitment through youth activities in Young Judea, Camp Hatikvah, Camp Biluim and working as a camp counselor. In university she was involved in the Student Zionist Organization and held leadership roles in Hillel. She became a charter member and eventually President of Atid Chapter of Hadassah-Wizo Vancouver; she also served as the Vancouver Council Vice-President.
Since her retirement in 2003, Ilene-Jo has used her many talents and skills to serve her community: three years as secretary of the Jewish Seniors Alliance, four years on the Board of the Louis Brier Home and Hospital for the Aged and President of the Ladies’ Executive of the Richmond Country Club. She also directed musical shows at the Vancouver Talmud Torah, produced souvenir books, chaired, and worked on dinner committees for Congregation Schara Tzedeck, Vancouver Talmud Torah, Israel Bonds and the JNF. In 2013 Ilene-Jo and her husband Joel z’l were awarded the Betzalel Award at the Schara Tzedeck Synagogue. Most recently, she chaired a very successful fund-raising gala for RAPS (Regional Animal Protection Society). Ilene-Jo served as President of JNF Pacific Region from 2012 -2015. She remains very active to this day, continuing as a Board member, chairing and co-chairing Negev dinner committees and producing the souvenir books. Ilene-Jo is on the National Board of JNF and states that she is very proud to be part of such a proactive organization for the benefit of the State of Israel. Ilene-Jo attributes much of the success of her stellar volunteer career to the loving support and encouragement she received from her beloved husband Joel z’l.
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