The Jewish Federation of Ottawa annually recognizes our community's outstanding volunteers. This year's recipients will be announced and awarded at Federation's Annual General Meeting on June 14, 2023.
The following awards will be given in 2023:
The Gilbert Greenberg Distinguished Leadership Award is the highest tribute that the Ottawa Jewish Community can bestow on an individual, honoring a lifetime of leadership in the Jewish world. Initiated in 1980, it bears the name of the late Past President Gilbert Greenberg, who exemplified the qualities of leadership which the award seeks to recognize. Leadership in the Jewish community in Ottawa is of paramount importance. National and international volunteer leadership in the Jewish world can offer supplemental value.
The Freiman Family Young Leadership Award recognizes a member of the Ottawa Jewish Community aged 40 and under, who has demonstrated proven leadership to the benefit of Ottawa's Jewish community. The award was established in 1988 by the Freiman Family. The recipient of this award also receives the Lawrence Greenberg Young Leadership Development Award.
The Rabbi Reuven Bulka Shem Tov Community Volunteer Award recognizes an outstanding volunteer for a lifetime of service dedicated to the betterment and enrichment of Jewish life in Ottawa. In 2022, this award was renamed in honour of Rabbi Bulka Z"L, who passed away in June 2021. Rabbi Bulka, known as "Canada's Rabbi," was the spiritual leader of Congregation Machzikei Hadas for more than 50 years and was a member of the Order of Canada. He was renowned for tremendous community activism, and for dedicating his life to spreading kindness.
To be considered, nominations must include 2 letters of support, including one from an organization on its letterhead. The nomination must specifically address the award criteria.
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