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Negev Gala Honouree

Negev Dinner Honouree: Dr. Jim Spatz

Jim Spatz is the Chairman and CEO of Southwest Properties, a leading developer of residential and commercial property in Atlantic Canada and southeastern United States. Since joining Southwest Properties in 1988, Jim has spearheaded its transformation from a successful Halifax-based apartment business to a regional company operating in the retail, office, warehouse and hospitality sectors of the property industry. Jim is also actively involved in a number of community activities. He serves on the Atlantic Jewish Council Board of Directors and is Co-Chair for the Camp Kadimah Board. Jim is a member of the Parker Street Food and Furniture Bank Advisory Board, serves as a Life Director of Neptune Theatre and is an active participant of the World Presidents’ Organization. Jim has been on the Board of Governors for Dalhousie University for several years and has served as Board Chair since 2008. A medical graduate of Dalhousie University, Jim is an accredited specialist in emergency medicine and practiced for 13 years prior to joining Southwest Properties.


Negev Campaign Project: The Jim Spatz Bike Path at Independence Park

This year’s Negev Dinner Campaign will direct funds towards a 1-kilometre stretch of the Bike Path at Gan Ha’Atzmaut, also known as Independence Park, which runs along the Tel Aviv coastline. It is situated on a 20-meter ridge that extends the shore from Nordau Street in the north to Kikar Atarim in the south. The Tel Aviv Hilton stands as a landmark in its midst. The park itself offers a spectacular sea view and offers citizens a friendly open-air venue, a concert stage, playground, observation point, pond and commemorative memorial garden. This is the first time that JNF will have a project in Tel Aviv and JNF is grateful for your support.

Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker: Rex Murphy

Rex Murphy was born and raised near St. John’s, Newfoundland, where he graduated from Memorial University. In l968, he went to Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. Afterwards, returning to Newfoundland, he soon established himself as a quick-witted and accomplished writer, broadcaster and teacher. Rex Murphy’s primary interest is in language and English literature, but he also has a strong link with politics. He was noted throughout Newfoundland for his biting comments on the political scene. As well as host of Cross Country Checkup, Rex Murphy contributes weekly TV essays on diverse topics to CBC TV’s The National. He also writes book reviews, commentaries, and a weekly column for the National Post. A collection of his columns, reviews and commentaries has been published in two books: Points of View and Canada And Other Matters of Opinion. His oratory — a volatile mix of insight, humour and biting political commentary, powered by an extraordinary vocabulary — brings audiences to their feet at events from coast to coast. Rex Murphy has won several national and provincial broadcasting awards and has been awarded honourary doctorates in letters by Memorial University, St. Thomas University, and Nipissing University, and an honourary doctorate in laws by the University of Waterloo.

Negev Dinner Committee

Negev Dinner Committee:

Karen Conter, Adam Conter, Howard Budovitch, Victor Goldberg, Mel  Boutilier, Myrna Yazer, Rachel Budovitch, Sondra Rutman, Lynda Suissa, Sherry Pink