Shem Tov Community Volunteer Award recipients - 2021
Joel Diener and Barbara Levinson
Joel Diener and Barbara Levinson are two incredibly special community volunteers who are being recognized for their immense and long-time contribution to the emotional and social wellbeing of the residents of the Bess and Moe Greenberg Family Hillel Lodge. For decades, these two busy people helped to facilitate -- and to fund -- weekly Monday night BINGO games for the residents of the Lodge. The residents deeply appreciate the weekly event for its camaraderie and banter, and benefit from the interaction, stimulation and socialization. In addition, Joel is the "father" of the Lodge's major annual fundraising event, Biking for Bubbies. In the words Morris Shapiro, a Lodge resident, “Joel and Barbara really add to the betterment and enrichment of Jewish life in Ottawa.”
The Shem Tov Community Volunteer Award
“There are three crowns: the crown of Torah, the crown of priesthood, and the crown of kingship; but the crown of a good name excels them all.”
- Rabbi Shimon
The Shem Tov award recognizes an outstanding volunteer for a lifetime of service dedicated to the betterment and enrichment of Jewish life in Ottawa.
The Shem Tov award recognizes an outstanding volunteer for a lifetime of service dedicated to the betterment and enrichment of Jewish life in Ottawa. Nominations are solicited on an annual basis.
All nominees must have volunteered a minimum of 25 years in Ottawa’s Jewish community and continue to be active within the last 3 years. Only volunteer work within Ottawa’s Jewish community will be considered. Volunteer work can be with any one organization or across multiple organizations.
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 address the above criteria and describe how the individual’s volunteer work has been sustained and is meaningful.
2003 Evelyn Greenberg
2004 Naomi Lipsky Cracower
2005 Hy Bloom
2006 Lily and Jerry Penso
2007 Sam Ages z"l
2008 Mayer Alvo
2009 Estelle Gunner
2010 Blanche Osterer
2011 Morris Kimmel z"l
2012 Issie Scarowsky
2013 Ruth Aaron
2014 Henry Molot
2015 Flo Morgan
2016 Merle Haltrecht-Matte
2017 Hyman Reichstein
2018 Michael Landau
2019 Charles Schachnow
2020 Sharon and David Appotive