2017 Negev Gala!
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Rabbi Alan Green
The Jewish National Fund of Canada – Manitoba and Saskatchewan Region is proud to honour Rabbi Alan Green, Senior Rabbi of Shaarey Zedek Congregation at this year’s Negev Gala to be held on Monday, May 29th at the Centennial Concert Hall in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
“Rabbi Green is very deserving of this tribute. He has touched many lives through his unwavering commitment to Israel and the Jewish and local communities in Winnipeg”, stated Manitoba & Saskatchewan JNF Board President Jessica Cogan.
Our 2017 Negev Gala honouree is truly humbled by this recognition. “I want to thank the Jewish National Fund for considering me for such a fantastic honour. Honestly, my head is still spinning!”. He is looking forward to celebrating with the entire community at the Gala.
Each year the net proceeds generated from the Negev Gala support a very worthy project in Israel and Rabbi Green has chosen to support the establishment of the World Jewish Museum in Tel-Aviv.
Rabbi Alan Green was born in Los Angeles, California where he lived for most of his first 39 years. He grew up at Congregation Adat Ariel in Valley Village, California where he was taken under the wing of Cantor Allan Michelson, one of the great Hazzanim of his generation. Rabbi Green received his BA and MA in the History of Religions from UCLA, and studied Rabbinic Literature for three years at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles. He received rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, past professor of Religious Studies at the University of Manitoba, and founder and Dean of the Aleph Alliance for Jewish Renewal, in 1991.
Besides Cantor Michelson and Rabbi Schachter-Shalomi, Rabbi Green’s other significant spiritual influences include His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Rabbi Dr. Arthur Green, and Dr. Kays W. Bolleh, who for many years was Professor of the History of Religions at UCLA. For five years, Rabbi Green was spiritual leader of Temple B’nai Emet in Montebello, California before coming to Winnipeg in 1992 and serving as spiritual leader of Beth Israel Congregation until the year 2000.
Rabbi Green has served as Senior Rabbi of Shaarey Zedek Congregation since the fall of 2000.
He has been married to Chaya and her triplets, Daniel, Eve, and Shoshanah, since 1990. He calls his move to Winnipeg “one of the best things that ever happened to me.”
Rabbi Green is a passionate supporter and advocate of the State of Israel; he has always made himself available to help the Jewish National Fund (and other Israeli based organizations in Winnipeg); during the last 16 years he has been the one making the High Holidays Appeal on behalf of JNF at Shaarey Zedek Congregation.
For more than 6 decades the Negev Gala has honoured outstanding leaders in the Community.
The funds raised at this year’s Negev Gala will be directed towards The World’s Jewish Museum in Tel Aviv. The museum will attest to the significance of outstanding Jewish attainment and intellectual output, and showcase how these contributions have shaped the path of humankind. Whether working in a laboratory or a place of business, Jewish thinkers have transformed fundamental elements of modern life for all the world’s citizens. Exhibitions and programs will also document the connection between the world’s Jewish peoples and the land of Israel. Visitors will encounter challenging theories, ground-breaking inventions, and many moments of novelty, humor and beauty.
To learn more about this amazing project please CLICK HERE!
The Lady (Shlomit Aharon) & The Tenor (Yevgeni Shapovalov) Performing With The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Conducted by Rony Weiss
The Jewish National Fund of Canada Manitoba/Saskatchewan Regional Branch is thrilled to announce that Shlomit Aharon and Yevgeni Shapovalov, two of Israel’s top artists, will be performing together with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Rony Weiss (Israel) at this year’s Negev Gala.
Shlomit and Yevgeni will give a unique interpretation of the best of the Israeli, Jewish and International Classics, along with songs from well-known and loved musicals and operas accompanied by the Israeli musicians and the entire Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra at the Centennial Concert Hall on Monday, May 29, 2017.
In the music world today, there are very few singers who combine a rare quality of voice with special theatrical talents. Shlomit Aharon is such a singer. Therefore, it is no wonder that she is one of the most admired Israeli singers of our decade.
Shlomit has been a professional singer since the age of sixteen. She became well known as a soloist in several successful stage productions, and joined one of the most popular pop groups in Israel, HABIBI.
As their soloist, she won several artistic awards. Twice among them: The Harp of David (the equivalent of the American Tony Award).
Shlomit starred in numerous television specials and radio shows, performed in many concerts in Israel and all over Europe, South America, Australia and the United States. In Germany, she performed as the star of The Alleluyah Broadway Show, produced by Mama Concert.
Shlomit played the role of “Eponine” in Les Miserables, in the Israeli stage recreation of one of Broadway’s greatest hits. She also starred as “Mrs. Johnston” in Willie Russel’s successful West End musical Blood Brothers.
Shlomit was chosen to represent Israel in four international song concerts: Eurovision (with HABIBI), the Tsopot Festival in Poland, and twice in the International Song Festival in Vina dl Mar, Chile.
She released over 20 albums during her career.
Shlomit performs a selection of her favourite melodies and presents a unique, exciting and moving interpretation of old Israeli classics. In any format a musical experience, featuring great Israeli, Jewish and International Classics with Shlomit, promises to be an unforgettable experience.
YEVGENY SHAPOVALOV, the Tenor
Yevgeny Shapovalov was born in Belarus and studied voice at the renowned Music Academy in Odessa. After immigrating to Israel in 1991, he began vocal studies at the Rubin Academy of Music, Tel Aviv University.
While still a student, he was selected to participate in the programs of the Israel Vocal Arts Institute (I.V.A.I.) His teachers were – Louis Quilico, Joan Dornemann, Susanna Lemberskaya, Patricia McCaffrey.Under the auspices of the I.V.A.I., he performed the following roles: Tebaldo in I Capuleti ei I Montecchi, the Prince in Rusalka, Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur, Lenski in Eugene Onegin and Vodemon in Iolanta.
Shapovalov has since become a tenor of international standing in Europe, Israel and the United States. His career highlights have thus far included the following operatic successes: Steva in Jenufa, Ismaele in Nabucco and Jenik in The Bartered Bride with the New Israel Opera; Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur and Eleazar in La Juive with the Opera Orchestra of New York conducted by Eve Queler; Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor with the Fort Worth Orchestra; Vodemon in Iolanta with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra conducted by Temirkanov, and Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Other appearances with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra include the world premiere of Penderecki’s Seven Gates of Jerusalem conducted by Lorin Maazel at the closing event of the Jerusalem 3000 festivities, and a television appearance as one of the three Israeli tenors in a concert conducted by Zubin Mehta. In addition, his versatile talents were acclaimed in his performances in the Habimah National Theatre production of Masterclass, and as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables.
His operatic successes during the 2003-2004 season included Don Jose in Carmen with the New York City Opera, and the Prince in Rusalka with the Paris Bastille Opera, where he was also the cover understudy for Don Jose in Carmen. Early in 2004, he starred as Don Jose in Carmen with the Pittsburgh Opera and a few months later, he performed in Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass with the Lille National Opera, conducted by Jean-Claude Casadesus.
In April 2004 he made his debut with the Metropolitan Opera as the Prince in Rusalka. Shapovalov was invited to sing the role of Pierre Bezukhov in Prokofiev’s War and Peace with the Bastille Opera in Paris in March 2005.
In 2006, Shapovalov appeared with the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra. Following the outstanding success of the performance, he was invited to appear again with the orchestra in November, 2007, during which month he also appeared with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. He has been invited to sing the role of Vaudemont in a concert performance of Iolanta with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Yurovsky in October, 2008.
Since 2009, Yevgeni Shapovalov live in USA, New York.
In July, 2012 Yevgeni was invited to sing Canio in Leoncavallo s Pagliacci, conducted by Gavriel Heine in Northern Lights Music Festival in Minnesota (USA).
THE WINNIPEG SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is integral to Winnipeg’s rich cultural life, delighting more than 225,000 audience members each year with innovative programming and musical excellence. The WSO presents educational programs for more than 40,000 students annually and tours to communities across Manitoba.
The 67 musicians from the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra with the talented singer Shlomit Aharon and the tenor Yevgeni Shapovalov will perform Israel, Jewish and International Classics at the 2017 Negev Gala conducted by the Israeli Rony Weiss.
Rony Weiss, the Conductor
Rony Weiss has had a highly successful career spanning over four decades as a composer, arranger, musical director and conductor, both in Israel and abroad. His credits span all styles of music.
Starting his career as musical director in the army and while still in army, Rony was the musical director and composer of the Israel Prize winning satirical series ” Nikuy Rosh”.
Weiss has composed music for film, theatre and television. He has composed a dozen musicals that were performed in Israel. His credits as musical director include My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Honk, I Love You You’re Perfect – Now Change, The Rothschild’s, West Side Story and many others.
He has arranged and conducted concerts for leading artists in the United States, Canada’Europe, Argentina, Uruguay and Japan and has had numerous hits worldwide.
His song, Follow the Sun (Leolam Beikvot Hashmesh) appeared on a list of the 50 best Israeli songs chosen by readers of the Yediot Acharonot newspaper .
Weiss was the arranger and conductor of the song Im Ninalu, which took first prize at the 1989 Tokyo Festival, performed by singer Ofra Haza.
In London, Weiss has performed on various symphonic concerts as conductor at the Royal Albert Hall, the Barbican and Wembley . He recorded an album featuring David (Dudu) Fisher and the London Symphony Orchestra entitled Showstoppers and both an album and a concert at the Royal Festival Hall with Ruthie Henshall and The piccadilly Orchestra ,entitled Love is Here to Stay.
Weiss has served as musical director and musical producer for dozens of Walt Disney films,(the Hebrew versions ) in Israel including Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King as well as for DreamWorks’ The Prince of Egypt.
He was the musical director and conductor for many top Israeli TV shows, song festivals and pre-Eurovision competitions.
Weiss had last year a 3 concert series where he conducted the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and a series with The Beer Sheba Symphony Orchestra.
Arnold Frieman • Mel & Karyn Lazareck • Gary Filmon
Gail Asper • Neil Duboff • Pastor Rudy Fidel
Gerald (Gerry) Labossiere • Edward (Ted) Lyons • Lorne Weiss
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Israel Ludwig • Michael Silver
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Board Executive JNF Manitoba & Saskatchewan
Jessica Cogan, President
Nola Lazar, Vice-President • Michael Silver, Vice-President
Ariel Karabelnicoff, Executive Director
JNF Manitoba & Saskatchewan
Miriam Glogowski, Negev Gala Coordinator
Cynthia Fidel, Program and Communication Coordinator
JNF Canada President
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