By Jay Cairns
(AJNews) – The Jewish National Fund’s Annual Negev Gala is a campaign designed to pay tribute and recognize excellence in community leadership and dedication to Israel. Each year the honourees choose a project that is near and dear to them and the Edmonton Jewish community rallies behind the campaign with the common goal of enhancing the lives of those living in Israel and strengthening community. It was in that spirit that Robin and Dave accepted this year’s honour, to quote Dave “if you think this will help build Israel, then yes!”
Judaism celebrates different rites of passage and various milestones that we experience in life, and Robin and David are involved in some of the most important aspects of Jewish life. Over the years, I have had the pleasure of visiting Robin’s classrooms in Talmud Torah, always a room full of smiling children reading Aleph Beit or singing a song in Hebrew. Some of the most important people we will ever encounter in life are those that teach us and our children, the imprint of a good teacher lasts a lifetime.
Dave is the definition of a Mensch, a kind and gentle soul who works behind the scenes to ensure dignity and respect for all community members. When there is a need in the community, you will often find him there, volunteering his services with a reassuring smile on his face.
Robin and Dave are extremely caring people with incredible patience and a genuine love of Judaism and Israel. Building community takes time, effort, and passion. The Marcus’ are an incredible example of Jewish continuity at its best, their children Max and Annie are a testament to just how special the Marcus’ are.
RSVP before June 30th to have your name acknowledged in the Edmonton JNF Gala Tribute Book and the online production accessible anywhere with a WIFI connection on August 18, 2022. All donations are 100% tax deductible thanks to our sponsors, please join us in celebrating Robin and David and help build the foundations for Israel’s future!
Jay Cairns is the Executive Director of JNF Edmonton.
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