1. The 74th annual JNF Negev Dinner honoured Rabbi Yitzchak Dovid Grossman, the founder and dean of Migdal Ohr, and supported a families’ residence for vulnerable children. Thanks to the generosity of the Negev campaign supporters, we raised over $1.4 million to help bring light to Israel’s Youth.Being the first in-person Negev Dinner in over 2 years, the evening was both exciting and empowering; from the videos, the food, and an electrifying show by Burton Cummings to cap the evening off, this dinner surpassed expectations.

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JNF expresses its thanks to our major sponsors:


Bank Bros. & Son Ltd

Dr. Joseph Lebovic z”l and Dr. Wolf Lebovic


BMO Private Wealth Group


TD Bank Group



Fabricland Distributors Inc.

George and Judy Frankfort

Jewish Legacy Charitable Foundation



The Freeman Family


Bonny Silver and Family

St. Helen’s Meat Packers Limited

Gift Funds Canada – The Stein Family Fund

The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation

Charles and Kyla Wrock


Ruth and Irving Aaron (Ottawa) Family

Cerise Fine Catering, Windsor Arms Hotel & George Friedmann

Richie and Deborah Cohen

Jack and Doris Bistricer Foundation

Blaney McMurtry LLP

Brettler/Mintz Foundation

Esty Frankel Edell & Family in memory of Nussie Werner z”l

Wendy and Elliott Eisen

Eurofase Inc.

Jeff and Honey Rubenstein and Family/Export Packers Company


Toby and Saul Feldberg & Family

Peter and Eva Friedmann & Family

Ganz Family Foundation

Glenbank & V

The Goldberg Family Foundation

Harry and Sara Gorman z”l and Family

Greenwin Inc.

Hersh Family Foundation

Ingot Metal Company

The Koschitzky Family

Sharon Herman

Sharon and Boris Kaminsky

Aaron and Michelle Mandelbaum

Miller Bernstein LLP

Minden Gross LLP

Fay Minuk/Minuk Construction

Jon and Marina Geist

Osmington Inc.


Dr. Sam Pillersdorf

The Posen Family and Garfinkle Biderman LLP

Phantom Developments

Philip and Hannah Reichmann Family Foundation/ Hershy and Elaine

Weinberg and Family

Reznick Event Carpets

Fonda and Avie Roth

The Rutman Family

Isadore and Rosalie Sharp

Lucia Dell’Agnese and Winston Siegel

Vivian and Sheldon Silverberg

Steeles Memorial Chapel

Arthur and Elinor Stern and Family

The Closner Family Foundation

The Jay and Barbara Hennick Family Foundation

The Shelly Avital Foundation

Joe and Freema Trager

Werger Realty Ltd.

The Werner Family

Wise Family Foundation and NovaJet

Carole and Bernie Zucker


Atrium Mortgage Investment Corporation/Canadian Mortgage Capital Corporation

Lance Davis and Family

Leslie and Daphne Goldberg

Richard and Jennifer Goldhar and Family

Donna Holbrook / International Christian Embassy Jerusalem Canada

The Abraham Bleeman Foundation

The Rose Corporation

The Vogue Development Group Inc. and The Greenbaum Family

The Kuhl, Rosenthal and Schacter Families


The Honoree

This year’s Negev Dinner will be honouring Israel Prize Laureate Rabbi Yitzchak Dovid Grossman, founder and dean of Migdal Ohr.

Rabbi Grossman is known around the world for his unconditional love of every single Jew. He has also been a transformational figure in Israel, advocating for the poorest and most neglected children and creating programs that have saved thousands of youth from a life of poverty, crime, and drugs. Over the last fifty years, Rabbi Grossman has had a major impact on Israeli society having raised over 20,000 alumni that are now commanders in the army, parents, teachers, doctors, lawyers, business, and religious leaders.

Rabbi Grossman has also played a major role in resettling and integrating Jewish children from all over the world into Israeli society. He has been a father, an educator, and a loving rabbi to children from Yemen, Russia, Ethiopia, France, and India, welcoming them to Israel and helping them make it their home.

Rabbi Yitzchak Dovid Grossman received the Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement for his contribution to society and the State of Israel. He has also received an honorary doctorate from Bar-Ilan University and the Presidential Medal of Distinction by President of Israel Shimon Peres among many other distinguished honors. Rabbi Grossman is the Chief Rabbi of Migdal HaEmek, founder and dean of Migdal Ohr educational institutions, and a member of the Chief Rabbinate Council of Israel. He is known for his work with children from disadvantaged and troubled homes, and has raised tens of thousands of youth.


The Families Residence

This year’s Negev project will fund a children’s residential facility for the Mishpachtonim, “Families”, program at the Migdal Ohr campus in Migdal Ha’Emek. Over the years, Migdal Ohr has functioned as a boarding school/orphanage for thousands of children.

In 2015, Israel’s Ministry of Education piloted a new residential model for children at-risk. This unique facility provides children from challenging backgrounds the opportunity to be a part of a nurturing family environment. This investment of resources and staff will contribute to a successful integration into mainstream society and ultimately allow the children to build a stable family home of their own.

The Migdal Ohr campus in Migdal HaEmek is bustling with diverse activities, giving children and youth of different age groups from the city and its surroundings support and academic education. This is why keeping the infrastructure at Migdal Ohr up to date is of the utmost importance and why this year’s Negev Dinner is supporting this project.



Negev Dinner Committee 2022

Negev 2022 Chairs

Barry Bank, Renee Rosenzweig

Executive Team

Stephen Altbaum

Donna Cohen

Esti Cohen

Randy Cohen

Ziona Cowen

Nathan Disenhouse

Justin Ditkofsky

David Eisner

Jon Geist

Abe Glowinsky

Marc Kakon

Sharon Kaminsky

Howard Lichtman

Jay Lefton

Howard Lichtman

Mo Lidsky

Aaron Mandelbaum

Stacy Markin

Motty Meyer

Peggi Milgram

Zale Newman

Dr. Howard Price

Judd Rapoport

Fonda Roth

Chaim Rutman

Ron Schwarz

David Smith

Arthur Stern

Dr. Joe Trager

Mihal Tylman

Hershy Weinberg

Aryella Weisz

Eddy Weisz

Aryella Weisz

Eddy Weisz

Jerry Werger

Samuel Werner

Charles Wrock

JNF Toronto

Winston Siegel

Immediate Past President
Darren Slavens

Future Chairs
Sharon Marcushamer
Kortney Shapiro

Executive Director
Jeff Springer

Campaign Director
Rosie Sosnowicz

Program Director
Ruchie Shainhouse Freedland

JNF Canada

Beth S. Price

Chief Executive Officer
Lance Davis