During June, JNF Canada held Negev Dinners in 3 Southern Ontario communities. In Hamilton, the honourees were Tom and Sasha Weisz, a highly involved and philanthropic couple. In Windsor, Clare and Anne Winterbottom were being honoured for their contribution to the city of Windsor and the Jewish community. They visited Israel for the first time in March. In London, Dr. Joseph and Gloria Gilbert were honoured for their commitment to the Jewish community and the London arts and medical communities.
In all three instances, the couples chose to support the communities that were affected by the Second Lebanon War. For Tom and Sasha Weisz, the funds raised will develop and improve the Scenic Road and the Promenade of the Nevoraya Synagogue in the Biriyya Forest. The funds raised in Windsor will be used to develop an arboretum at the Hula Valley Nature Reserve and the London funds will help rehabilitate the Naftali Forest adjacent to Kiryat Shemona.
These projects will help improve the lives of those living in Northern Israel through increased tourism and recreation.