Rabbi Dr. Reuven P. Bulka
Co-Chair, 2019 and 2020 Annual Campaigns
Rabbi Dr. Reuven P. Bulka has been the spiritual leader of Congregation Machzikei Hadas in Ottawa since 1967, and became its Rabbi Emeritus a few years ago. He has written close to 40 books and more than a 100 scholarly articles on religion, psychology and health-related topics. He has been a regular columnist for the Ottawa Citizen and talk show host on CFRA over the past few decades.
He is the founding President and CEO of Kind Canada Généreux, a not-for-profit dedicated to entrenching purposeful kindness in all English, French, and First Nation schools across Canada, as well as in workplaces and homes, and as well is the chair of Kindness Week in Ottawa since its inception more than ten years ago.
He has been the chair of Trillium Gift of Life Network, responsible for organ and tissue donation and transplantation across Ontario, the past 11 years.
A member of the Order of Canada, Rabbi Bulka continues to be involved in many philanthropic endeavours, including having served as Chair of the Courage Campaign for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation and the Hospice Ottawa West campaign.
It is a bit unusual for a Rabbi to serve as chair of the Annual Campaign. When asked why he said “yes” to the request to serve in this capacity, he responded - it was hard to say “no.”
He went on to say that unfortunately the only way we could get a true sense of the importance of Federation in our community would be if it disappeared, a reality which would drive home how critical Federation is to our community, and, a reality we cannot afford.
“We have been blessed over the years with great leaders, both for the general campaign and the Women's campaign, including the most recent incumbents, Sharon Appotive and Aviva Ben-Choreen. I look forward to working with them to give Federation the where-with-all to expand on its commitment to serve everyone in our growing community.”
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 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!”