JNF Edmonton announces 2021 Negev Gala honouree Gayle Tallman – Save the date June 22

(AJNews) – The Edmonton Jewish National Fund has announced that Gayle Tallman is the honouree of the 2021 Negev Gala which will be held virtually on June 22, 2021.

“Gayle is a most deserving JNF honouree and we are thrilled to announce and invite you to join us in celebrating such a special member of our community,” stated Edmonton JNF Executive Director Jay Cairns, along with Negev Gala campaign team leaders Michael Schayer, Heather Vickar and Jack Schwartzberg.

Gayle exemplifies what it means to be a true community builder within the Jewish Community of Edmonton. She has contributed in a significant way to the Jewish education of a generation of Edmontonians, sharing with them her love of Israel, and her commitment to community service and human rights.

She is a retired community professional, who dedicated her life to youth development and leadership. She is a former Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Edmonton, Edmonton United Jewish Appeal, and the Edmonton Jewish Community Center.

Gayle is an Anne Frank Award recipient for her work in teaching compassion and ethics through the lessons of the Holocaust and creating Edmonton’s first Facing Hate Holocaust Symposium for High Schools. She also helped to develop and coordinate the delegation of Coast-to-Coast Canada March of the Living program, which continues to take tens of thousands of people annually through an emotional Jewish experience in Poland and Israel.

Following the superb presentation of last year’s virtual Negev Gala, which was produced by Jared Paull at Reel Mensch Studios, and honoured Odette and Jacob Masliyah, community members are eagerly anticipating an entertaining and engaging evening celebration, from the comfort of their own homes.

Save the date – June 22, 2021 – and more details will follow over the coming months.

JNF Edmonton recently wrapped up their annual Tu B’Shevat campaign. Cairns expresses his appreciation to everyone who participated in the campaign.

“JNF Edmonton would like to thank you participating in the Tu B’Shevat campaign and for your steadfast support in these difficult times. This past year has proven to be one of the most challenging years our generation has faced, and the world will never be the same as a result,” noted Cairns.

“A special thank you goes to Talmud Torah for partnering with JNF and planting 216 trees in the Plugot Forest to celebrate Tu Bi’Shevat this year!

“What an unbelievable job by the Talmud Torah Grade 6 Tree Leaders and their families! Special thanks to Moreh Ariel Sniderman, Natalie Soroka, and the rest of their awesome staff!”

“Thank you as well to Jewish Federation of Edmonton’s Partnership2Gether for their generous donation in support of our 2021 Annual Tu Bi’Shevat Campaign!” added Cairns.

“We appreciate having been invited by P2G to help connect the youth of Northern of Israel with our youth in Edmonton! Kol Hakavod to the volunteers, staff and participants!”

If you have any questions or would like more information about the Negev Gala, please leave a voicemail for Executive Director, Jay Cairns at the office: 780.481.7881. Messages will be returned within 24 hours and for more timely responses email  edm@jnf.ca,

In the interest of safety and compliance with provincial regulations, the JNF Edmonton office has transitioned to a phone message system and office visits are by appointment only.



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