Campaign Chairs


Sharon Appotive
Co-Chair Annual Campaign 2018

Sharon believes deeply about involvement in the Ottawa Jewish community and for this reason becoming the co-chair of the Annual Campaign is a natural fit for this high-energy volunteer.

Sharon’s roots in Ottawa are strong with Hillel Academy, JCC day camp, Sunday Fun Day and Camp B’nai Brith all playing key roles in her upbringing. Her husband, David, is very much involved in the community as well, serving on countless boards and committees. Their three children, Ryan, Jaye and Brody have all enjoyed the tremendous impact of various community institutions, including Hillel Academy, Camp B’nai Brith and the March of the Living. Sharon has also witnessed the tremendous care and support provided to her mother and father at Hillel Lodge. Her first-hand connection with the community has shown her all that it has to offer and has both motivated her and inspired her to give back and make a positive difference. Canvassing for the Annual Campaign and co-chairing the Chai-Pomegranate and Lion of Judah Divisions are just several of the ways she has done so. In her role as chair, Sharon's goal is for every member of the community to know they have an important role to play in ensuring a strong, vibrant Jewish community in Ottawa.

Aviva Ben-Choreen
Co-Chair, 2018 and 2019 Annual Campaigns

Aviva is a hard-working compassionate leader, dedicated to inspiring others to get involved.


Born in the U.S., Aviva has been an Ottawa resident for 20 years. She graduated from Emunah College in Jerusalem and is fluently bilingual in English and Hebrew.


She and her husband, Jonathan Freedman, a past of Chair of the Federation and current chair of the Jewish Memorial Gardens and Hillel Ottawa, enjoy deep ties to the city. Both of these driven volunteers have been heavily involved in various aspects of the community, from canvassing roles to supporters of the Soloway JCC, Ottawa Kosher Food Bank, Jewish Memorial Gardens and host parents in the Shinshinim program.


They have three daughters Liat, Tal-Or, and Elishua, all of whom attended the Ottawa Jewish Community School, Rabin High and also took part in the March of the Living.


On a professional note, Aviva has worked in the field of design for 30 years with work experience in Israel and Canada. For the past 16 years, she has worked at  Laurysen Kitchens and has won awards for her specialized designs.


She and her family have a deep sense of responsibility toward community and it is this sense of duty and caring that drives her goals for our Campaign. Aviva’s mission as chair is to motivate others to get involved and to help ensure our community continues to grow and thrive –


“Remember, together we can achieve so much more!”