In 1948, with the creation of the State of Israel, a new form of Canadian communal expression in support of Jewish National Fund came into being. It was called the Negev Dinner.

The Negev Dinner was created to honour outstanding communal leaders and significant events in Jewish life and, in so doing, gathered support for development of the Negev desert region, which constituted some 60% of the land area in the newly formed Jewish State.

The first Negev Dinner in Canada was held in 1948 hosted in honour of the newly formed State of Israel and was sponsored by Jewish National Fund of Toronto. Proceeds from these early Negev Dinners were initially directed towards the Negev; however, as needs in Israel grew, other priorities were added.

JNF sponsors Negev Dinners and Negev Galas from coast to coast and proceeds are devoted to major projects throughout Israel. These events represent a continuing rallying point for Jewish National Fund community-wide support across the country. Negev Dinner/Galas provide a prestigious forum for honouring community leaders and those who have given outstanding personal effort of behalf of the Jewish State. In many instances this has become the most prestigious organizational/social event in the local community.

2018 Negev Dinners/Galas


June 3
Honouring: Neil and Michelle Pollock
Project: ALEH Jerusalem Residents.

Calgary (Gala)

May 31
Negev Celebration of Israel’s 70th Birthday Featuring Musical Guest Performers Punch Line, Tel Aviv
Project: Jerusalem’s Hassadna Music Conservatory


June 19
Honouring: Lisa Miller and Farrel Shadlyn
Project:The Israel Tennis Center in Haifa

Winnipeg (Gala)

May 29
Honouring: Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity Manitoba Chapter and Dr. Gerald Niznick
Project:A new dental clinic for ALEH C.A.R.E.S.


November 18
Honouring: Julia and Henry Koschitzky
Project: Leket Israel


June 12
Honouring: Dr. Richard Peddie
Project:Rehabilitation of the Givat HaMoreh Forest


May 6
Homouring: Jacob Peretz
Project: The physiotherapy and hydrotherapy wing serving wounded veterans and severely injured victims of terror at the soon-to-be built Beit Halochem Centre in Ashdod.


May 17
Honouring: Eugene Levy, Martin Short and Steve Paikin
Project: ALEH Jerusalem


November 13
Honouring: Daniel Alferdsson and Andy Ram
Project: Kiryat Shmona’s Israel Tennis Centre


Honouring: Laurent Amram
Project: Migdal Ohr