Mazel Tov to the 2019 Jewish Community
Service Award Recipients!
The Jewish Federation of Ottawa is pleased
to announce the Community Service Award recipients for 2019. 

 Seth Kerzner & Tom Podolsky - Jewish Student Leadership Award

 Allan Shefrin - Freiman Family Young Leadership Award

Charles Schachnow - Shem Tov Community Volunteer Award

Steven Kimmel - Gilbert Greenberg Distinguished Service Award
The Jewish Student Leadership Award recognizes students currently pursuing a post-secondary degree who demonstrate leadership and outstanding commitment to the Ottawa Jewish community. This year we are recognizing two student leaders, Seth Kerzner and Tom Podolsky.

Seth Kerzner is a fourth-year Telfer business student at the University of Ottawa. Although from Toronto, he has been active for many years in various Jewish leadership roles on campus, including serving three years on the Hillel Ottawa Executive Board and serving two years on the Chabad Executive Board. Seth has also been active for many years in the annual Chanukah Toy Drive for Jewish Family & Child in memory of his late grandparents, Barbara & Norton Grimson (z”l). 
Tom Podolsky was an active leader in high school, working on Sir Robert Borden’s Student Council, acting as the president of his school’s Jewish culture club, and working as a volunteer coach for little league baseball. Since starting at Ottawa University, he has volunteered as an advisor on NCSY trips and events. Philanthropy has played a prominent role in his free time, as he has participated in numerous fundraisers including Movember and F Cancer. Tom has actively worked to engage students on campus in Jewish learning, spearheading multiple Sinai Scholars classes organized by the Chabad Student Network. He looks forward to continuing his work in the community by taking on the role of president of Chabad on campus at the University of Ottawa. 
The Freiman Young Leadership Award is given to a young leader who has demonstrated proven leadership to the benefit of Ottawa's Jewish community. The recipient of the Freiman Family Young Leadership Award also receives the Lawrence Greenberg Young Leadership Development Award .

This year's recipient , Allan Shefrin, has a long history of involvement in the Jewish community. In 2011, he joined the board of the Soloway JCC, where he has volunteered in several capacities including treasurer. He is the current vice-chair and is slated to be chair in 2020. A third-generation Holocaust survivor, he has deep involvement with the March of the Living program, beginning in 2012 as the trip physician to his current role as chair of the committee. In addition, he is a member of the Shoah Committee. Allan also participated in leadership missions to Israel and has supported the Jewish Federation of Ottawa’s Annual Campaign as a team captain. On top of these substantial volunteer roles, Allan is emergency pediatrician at CHEO, a devoted husband and proud father.
The Shem Tov Community Volunteer Award recognizes an outstanding volunteer for a lifetime of service dedicated to the betterment and enrichment of Jewish life in Ottawa. 

This year's recipient, Charles Schachnow, has been a lifelong community volunteer, the majority of which he prefers to do outside of the spotlight. As a pre-teen, he joined his mother in making calls for the Tu B'Shevat Telethon and volunteered alongside his family at Beth Shalom synagogue. As a young man, he supported the UJA appeal as a member of the Young Business Professional Division. He continued to contribute his time and energy in countless roles since then, including leading numerous Federation golf tournaments, canvassing for capital campaigns and chairing the Annual Campaign. Very close to his heart is his work with Jewish Family Services’ Market Walk program to help the homeless, as well as his service with the Chevra Kadisha, and the Bess and Moe Greenberg Family Hillel Lodge. Charles is a proud father to Josh and Taylor, and loving son of Shelley and Morris.
The Gilbert Greenberg Distinguished Leadership Award is the highest tribute which the Ottawa Jewish Community can bestow on an individual, honouring a lifetime of leadership in the Jewish world. Nominations are solicited every second year.

A native to Ottawa, Steven Kimmel graduated from Hillel Academy and became involved in Jewish community work at a young age, beginning with BBYO and USY. After joining Agudath Israel in 1991, Steven became active on the board of directors and was president from 2003 to 2005. In 1995, Steven and his wife Shelli went on a UJA young leadership mission, which inspired Steven to get involved with UJA in a number of roles, including becoming a canvasser. Steven chaired the Annual Campaign in 2007-2008. Following that, Steven joined the board of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa in 2009, serving as chair from 2013-2015. Steven is still a dedicated canvasser and this past year took an active role to help the fund-matching campaign. Steven joined the family business at a young age and is now president of Westboro Flooring & Décor. Outside of the Jewish community, Steven optimizes his company’s position in the business community to support various initiatives including but not limited to Christie Lake Camp, the YMCA, the NAC, the Ottawa Heart Institute and the Ottawa Food Bank. He is married to Shelli Wittes Kimmel and has three daughters, Leora, Ariella and Dalia, and son-in-law, Ben, and granddaughter, Avie. 
Yasher Koach to the recipients of the 2019 Community Service Awards!

They will be recognized at Federation's Annual General Meeting
on Wednesday, June 19 at the Soloway JCC .

Please join us! RSVP to Cibele at