Gilbert Greenberg Distinguished Service Award
Note: Gilbert Greenberg Distinguished Leadership Award is now awarded every 2 years.
Accordingly, nominations will be accepted in 2019.
The Gilbert Greenberg Distinguished Leadership Award is the highest tribute which the Ottawa Jewish Community can bestow on an individual, honoring a lifetime of leadership in the Jewish world. Nominations are solicited every second year.
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.
All nominees must have volunteered a minimum of 15 years in Ottawa’s Jewish community and continue to be an active participant in the community within the last 3 years. Additional criteria for consideration includes:
• Leadership resulted in successful community building.
• Held volunteer leadership positions in more than one organization.
• Serves as a mentor and role model for others in the community.
• Positively and profoundly impacted Ottawa’s Jewish Community.
Nominees must be a member in good standing of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa (minimum gift to the Annual Campaign) and cannot previously have received this award.
To be considered, nominations must include 2 letters of support, including one from a local Jewish organization. The nomination must specifically address the above criteria.
Nominations for the award shall be solicited every second year in the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin, at www.jewishottawa.com and electronically throughout the community. Nominations may be submitted at any time during the year. Nominations received by March 29 shall be considered for the award and will be presented at Federation’s Annual General Meeting held in June.
Nominations will be considered for the year in which they are received and will be carried over once.
Nature of the Award:
The name of the individual selected to be the recipient will be recorded on a tablet to be displayed in a place of prominence at the Soloway Jewish Community Centre. An appropriate framed picture with an inscription will be given as a gift to the award recipient.
2017 Gilbert Greenberg Distinguished Leadership Award, Jeffrey Miller
Jeffrey Miller moved to Ottawa from Montreal in 1984 and quickly became an invaluable member of Ottawa's Jewish community. His impressive list of volunteer work speaks for itself. Jeff was treasurer for Mackzikei Hadas Congregation, the Ottawa Torah Academy Board and Jewish Family Services, as well as president of Hillel Academy (now OJCS) for two years. He chaired two Millionaires Nights for the B'nai Brith of Ottawa, two Desert Classic Golf Tournaments in support of the Soloway JCC and Hillel Academy, and has canvassed for Federation for close to 30 years. In 2010, Jeff was instrumental in chairing the Hillel Lodge Capital Campaign to raise $5,000,000 for its expansion. He also successfully co-chaired the Jewish Federation of Ottawa's Annual Campaign for two years.
In her nomination letter on behalf of Jeff, Elissa Lieff says, "Jeff is a mensch - a true believer in community. He sees others as colleagues, regardless of the diverse positions they may hold on various issues; he strives to work collaboratively in order to build consensus for the greater good."
1980 Ottawa Chevra Kadisha (Sam Petigorsky z"l)
1981 Lawrence Freiman z''l
1982 Hyman Gould z''l
1983 Thomas Sachs z''l
1984 Norman Zagerman z"l
1985 Hy Hochberg z''l
1986 Sol Shinder
1987 Hy Soloway z''l
1988 Grete Cohen z''l
1989 Abraham Lieff z''l
1990 Abe z''l and Bertha Palmer z''l
1991 Irving Greenberg z''l
1992 Stephen Victor
1993 Irving Rivers z''l
1994 Chick Taylor
1994 Rose Taylor z''l
1995 Casey Swedlove z''l
1996 Issie Landau z''l
1997 Joseph Lieff z''l
1998 Gerald Berger z''l and Thelma Steinman z''l
1999 Rabbi Reuven P. Bulka
2000 Lawrence Greenberg z''l and Lorry Greenberg z''l
2001 Stan Katz z''l
2002 Sara and Zeev z''l Vered
2003 Dr. Bernard Dolansky
2004 Stephen Greenberg
2005 Barbara Farber
2006 L. Gerald Levitz z''l
2007 Roger Greenberg
2008 Arnie Vered z''l
2009 Ingrid Levitz
2010 Ron Prehogan
2011 Ian Sherman
2012 Maureen Molot
2014 Mitchell Bellman
2015 Jonathan Ben-Choreen Freedman
2017 Jeffrey Miller