Na’amat Retreat will be held on June 23 in Red Deer

(AJNews) – The Edmonton and Calgary chapters of Na’amat Canada will hold a retreat on Sunday, June 23, 2024 in Red Deer, Alberta. The event, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., is an exciting opportunity for Na’amat members to get to know one another, learn more about Na’amat’s projects in Israel, brainstorm, share best practices, and participate in fun activities. Click here to register. 

Speakers will include Na’amat Canada president Susan Inhaber, the second national president from Western Canada, Calgary Justice of the Peace Mac Vomberg, and Gail Baillie, an experienced and dynamic workshop facilitator. Inhaber’s remarks will include an update on the programs and activities Na’amat Canada supports in Israel. Vomberg, who has extensive experience in criminal justice from all aspects of the Alberta court system, will speak about domestic violence protections in Alberta.

There will also be plenty of time for leisure activities, inside and out (weather dependent). Lunch and snacks are included in the $36 fee for the one-day retreat, which is open to Na’amat Canada members only.

Maya Feldman, Tikvah Chapter President and Retreat Chair says, “I am so excited to have Na’amat members from our two cities come together for this retreat. I would love to have more women from Calgary and Edmonton join our amazing organization so they could also participate in this inspiring event! A perk of joining now is that not only would a new member be able to attend the retreat, but also be a member from now, through the 2024/2025 season.”

Edmonton’s Na’amat Tikvah members met last month to hear guest speaker Stacey Leavitt-Wright, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Edmonton, talk about recent trips to Israel and current initiatives.

Established in 1925, Na’amat Canada is a Jewish women’s non-profit organization dedicated to empowering the lives of women and children of all faiths in Canada and Israel. Na’amat is the largest provider of social services for women and children in Israel. The organization’s projects in Israel include an extensive daycare network, technological high schools, legal aid centres that have helped thousands of women, and a domestic violence shelter that also provides counselling for men and women.

In Canada, Na’amat is involved in a variety of charitable activities, including providing university and college scholarships for women who couldn’t otherwise afford post-secondary education. As well, many Na’amat cities across Canada conduct the School Supplies for Kids program. Na’amat Canada Calgary was the first city to initiate this program in 1998.

Calgary Na’amat members enjoying a recent Games Night and birthday celebration. From left to right: Andrea Davis, Stephanie Sacks, Carol Feldman, Aviva Lifschitz, Cheryl Baron, Susan Inhaber, Myra Meyers and Linda Gutman.

Over the past 26 years, Na’amat Canada Calgary has provided more than 25,000 backpacks filled with school supplies for the children and youth who have taken refuge in Calgary and Southern Alberta domestic violence and homeless shelters. This year’s campaign has already begun with a 50/50 cash raffle, which is taking place from May 29 to June 19. Alberta residents can purchase tickets by going to and clicking on the raffle link.For more information or to become a member email:, or  or go to

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