Soloway JCC Annual General Meeting and Awards Night
Recognizing Soloway JCC Volunteers and Leaders
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 7:00 pm
The Ben Karp Soloway JCC Volunteer Service Award: Presented by the Ben Karp Family and the Soloway JCC to the individual who exemplifies continual volunteer service and sets an ongoing example for others.
Recipient: David Spring
Presented By: Mr. Barry Karp
Volunteering and giving back to his community has been part of David Spring’s life from a young age.
Growing up in a small southern Ontario town, in a family that valued and practiced community service, the Springs were one of 18 Jewish families living in Galt, and David learned early on that everyone needed to pitch in when it came to leadership.
At the age of six David donated the proceeds from his lemonade stand to the local Red Cross and for his eighth birthday, he asked his friends and family to bring money, not gifts, which he gave to the Humane Society.
In his teens David was active in Young Judea as well as in his high school’s student council, and he went on to volunteer in Israel during and after the Six-Day War.
After moving to Ottawa David’s commitment to community continued, both in the Jewish community and in the City of Ottawa. He joined the Board of Agudath Israel in the 90’s where he served ten years, and was president from 2000-2002. He is proud to have co-chaired the amalgamation committee that resulted in the creation of Kehillat Beth Israel.
David was a member of the Soloway JCC Board for seven years and it’s Chair from 2007-9. His focus during his tenure was on outreach and programming and on making the Centre a place that welcomed Jews of all backgrounds as well as our non-Jewish neighbours.
On the broader community level, David has spent 20 years volunteering weekly with St. Luke’s, serving meals to those in precarious situations or living on the street. He has been a member of the United Way of Ottawa Community Impact Cabinet, Chair of its Research and Evaluation Task Group and in 2017 was awarded a Community Builders Award. He was on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers, Social Planning Council of Ottawa, and most recently the Centre for Social Enterprise Development. In addition David is a member of the Shalom Refugee Sponsorship Group, a volunteer and supporter of Multifaith Housing Initiative; he’s been a driver for Jewish Family Services and helper at the Ottawa Kosher Food Bank.
Grossman-Klein Teen Leadership Award: Presented by the Grossman-Klein Family and the Soloway JCC to one male and one female youth who have shown outstanding dedication and service to the Jewish Community throughout their teenage years.
Recipient: Joshua Freedman
Presented By: Rabbi Mark Rose
Joshua Freedman is a grade 12, honour roll, student at Sir Robert Borden High School who credits his time on The March of the Living with strengthening his Jewish identity and his involvement in the Jewish community.
Joshua lends his time to the Jewish Federation of Ottawa’s Mitzvah Day and telethon where he makes calls for donations. He is a member of his school’s Jewish Culture Club and often accompanies his mother to Hillel Lodge to bring food, play games and visit with the residents. As the son of B’Tavon Kosher Caterers, who work out of The Ottawa Torah Centre, Joshua spends a good amount of time at the Barrhaven synagogue helping his parents with events and lends a hand around the OTC wherever he is needed.
Joshua was a student at the Ottawa Jewish Community School and spent three years at Torah High which he says helped him to maintain his Jewish identity while learning the importance of living a Jewish life.
This coming summer marks Joshua’s seventh summer at Camp B’nai Brith of Ottawa. He was a camper for five summers and was a counsellor for 7 and 8 year old boys last year. When he turned 13 he celebrated his bar mitzvah at camp with all the campers in attendance and as a gift to his favorite summer spot, donated all the camp mezuzot. Joshua volunteers his time representing CBB at various community events throughout the year and will spend summer 2018 on the waterfront teaching campers how to canoe.
Joshua is on the SRB rugby team; he is a member of the school’s robotics club, and is a ski instructor at Camp Fortune. After his high school graduation he is planning to go to university and study sciences.
Joshua is the son of proud parents Sam and Josh Freedman and has a younger brother Adam.
Recipient: Neilah Shapiro
Presented By: Rabbi Mark Rose
A grade 11 honor roll student at Sir Robert Borden High School, Neilah Shapiro makes volunteering in the Jewish community, sharing her knowledge and giving back a priority in her life.
Neilah is an avid Mitzvah Day participant making lunches for Street Smarts or Challah for Hunger and showing others how to braid bread, a skill she has also brought to the community-wide challah bake where this past year Neilah, along with her mother Nikki, filled four tables of bakers. Together with her family Neilah has chaired two Jewish Federation of Ottawa
campaign telethons and she volunteers as a canvasser.
Neilah attended Ottawa Torah Centre’s Chabad Hebrew School and following graduation, along with some help from her mother, successfully solicited NCSY to start a Torah High program for students in grade eight. She has been a regular participant at NCSY Shabbatons and other programs ever since. In addition Neilah spends Saturday mornings at OTC Shabbat services and takes part in their challah bakes, Shabbat dinners, teen cooking programs and the newly formed C Teen youth group.
Her love of community and travel has taken Neilah around the globe. In the summer of 2016 she took part in a Me to We trip to Tanzania, Africa for where she spent three weeks interacting with villagers and playing with children in the rural community where she stayed and helped refurbish their school. Following that trip Neilah hosted a Me to We fundraising event where she shared her experience with over 100 people and she has been invited to speak at the upcoming Limmud conference in March at the SJCC. This past summer she went on NCSY’s TJJ trip (The Jerusalem Journey) and learned about Jewish history, culture, and values and in April 2018 she will be part of the March of the Living.
Neilah is the daughter of community minded parents Nikki and Michael Shaprio and has a younger brother Ben.