2022 Annual General Meeting
October 27th, 2022
AGM Dinner: A Fresh Start to a New Year at JSA
Written by Shanie Levin and Tamara Frankel
When you looked around the room at Beth Israel Synagogue on Thursday the 27th, you would not have been able to imagine that just a year ago a pandemic was raging. The room was filled with over 100 happy guests enjoying a delicious dinner.
The occasion was the 15th Annual General Meeting and gala dinner for Jewish Seniors Alliance. Three people were honored for their contribution to the well-being of seniors in our community: Dolores Luber, Gloria Levi and MLA Michael Lee.
After welcoming the guests, Rabbi Philip Bregman, the MC, called upon Rabbi Jonathan Infeld to recite the Hamotzi. Board member Tony DuMoulin read an inspiring message from Serge Haber, the founder and visionary of JSA.
Ken Levitt introduced Dolores Luber, the editor of Senior Line magazine. She is the first winner of the JSA Star for her commitment to enriching the lives of seniors through articles, book reviews, film reviews and news. Dolores, who has served as the editor of the magazine for 10 years, emphasized the free hand she enjoyed in choosing the topics of the articles, artists’ profiles and material for the magazine. Her goal was to enlarge the scope of the magazine so that it included people from many cultures and ethnic backgrounds. She was awarded a beautiful montage of the various covers of Senior Line magazine. The representations on the covers reflect JSA’s culture of diversity and support.
Gloria Levi was introduced by her friend Jane Heyman, who spoke about her fascination with seniors at the young age of thirty, when she worked with the Golden Age Club.
Gloria went on to develop provincial programs for seniors. She is also the author of six books, including a memoir.
Gloria thanked JSA for the honor, as she received a standing ovation, and spoke lovingly about Serge Haber, who would never take “no” for an answer.
The third honoree – Michael Lee, was introduced by Grace Hann, a trainer for the JSA peer support program. Michael Lee was honored for his ongoing work with seniors. He was elected MLA for Vancouver – Langara in 2017 and 2020, and along with Andrea Krombein, has launched the South Vancouver Seniors Network. This Network has sponsored over 100 webinars connecting seniors with various topics of interest and with each other. Michael cares deeply about seniors and marginalized people. Michael met Serge Haber and Ken Levitt in 2016. He became deeply impressed with Serge’s passion and commitment and quickly recognized the JSA as an outstanding leader in the development of seniors’ organizations in Vancouver.
Tamara Frankel, co-chair of the event, presented Gyda Chud, and in-absentia Larry Shapiro, with a gift in appreciation of their extraordinary leadership as co-presidents of JSA over the last 3 years.
A short video by incoming president Tammi Belfer, who spoke from Israel, was screened.
Following the delicious dinner served by Nava Catering, the announcement of the 50/50 raffle tickets were made by Tamara Frankel, who drew the winning ticket and was shocked to realize that she was the winner. Tamara donated her winnings back to JSA, which raised over $1,000.
Meet Our Honourees
Gloria has contributed to the field of gerontology for more than thirty years. She has been a recreation worker, trainer, consultant, coordinator of volunteers, social worker, and writer in the field.
Michael was elected as the MLA for Vancouver-Langara in 2017 and re-elected in 2020. He, along with Andrea Krombein, launched the South Vancouver Seniors Network.
JSA STAR: Dolores Luber
Dolores Luber (MS) is a retired psychotherapist and family counsellor. Researching, writing and organizing JSA’s Senior Line magazine is her passion.
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