Karen Aflalo Confirmed as New JNF President; Jeff Hart Announced as 2020 Negev Gala Honouree

Karen Aflalo, one of Montreal’s most dynamic young community leaders, has been confirmed as the Jewish National Fund of Montreal’s new President at its recently held Annual General Meeting.

Karen Aflalo with family and friends.

“It’s a very humbling feeling to see the names of all the community giants who have previously served as President of JNF Montreal,” explained Karen. “I feel blessed to have this incredible opportunity to continue to give back to the people of Israel and to lead JNF as we go from strength to strength.”

Previously the Chair of the JNF Future Division the past four years, Karen is a graduate of the esteemed Wexner Heritage Program, and is a recipient of Federation CJA’s Gertrude and Henry Plotnick Young Leadership Award—an honour given to outstanding young members of the Jewish community.

Jeff Hart

Jeff Hart, the Founder and Managing Partner of the world-class Victoria Park Medispa, was enthusiastically announced as Montreal’s 2020 Negev Gala Honouree. The past Executive Vice President of Hartco, Jeff is a generous philanthropist who works with many non-profit organizations including ORT, Federation CJA and the David Suzuki Foundation, which he helped launch in Quebec. Stay tuned for exciting details about a forthcoming game-changing project to tackle the scourge of climate change.

Michael Goodman, his sons and Evelyn Bloomfield Schachter.

Outgoing JNF Montreal Chairman, Michael Goodman was presented with JNF Canada’s highest honour— the Bernard M. Bloomfield Medal for Meritorious Service. Among his many achievements at JNF over four years as Chairman, Michael helped to raise millions of dollars to greatly impact Israel’s most vulnerable citizens.

JNF extended thanks and appreciation to Joel Segal from Decarie Motors for  hosting the event.


Meanwhile, an array of Montreal’s most exciting innovators and start-ups will be competing for up to $500,000 in investment funds as they showcase their unique business plans before a Hall-of Fame roster of “Lions” at the Jewish National Fund’s TechShuk 2020. (Shuk is the Hebrew word for market). This sensational event will take place on Monday, January 27, 2020, at Evo Montreal.

Geared towards entrepreneurs and start-ups, TechShuk 2020 is a once in a lifetime opportunity to present their ideas in front of Canada’s most powerful and influential industry leaders, including:

Anne-Marie Boucher: Co-Founder of BCF Business Law

Mitch Garber, C.M.: Chairman of both Cirque Du Soleil and Invest in Canada

Jonathan Goodman: Co-Founder and CEO, Knight Therapeutics Inc.

Jeff Hart: Founder and Managing Partner of Victoria Park Medispas

In addition to the Lion’s Den investment competition, Tech Shuk 2020 will feature a Demo Pit/Showcase Expo where companies may demonstrate their products and services in front of tens of venture capitalists and hundreds of potential clients. If you’re looking for the break of a lifetime, apply to TechShuk and Demo Pit/Showcase Expo 2020 today and be part of Montreal’s preeminent networking event! To apply for the Lion’s Den competition, or to reserve your spot in the Demo Pit, please visit jnftechshuk.ca, or contact Phil Frai (514-934-0313 ext. 233 (phil.frai@jnf.ca).

The deadline to apply for the Lion’s Den Competition has now passed.

Deadline reserve your spot in the Demo Pit/Showcase Expo January 20, 2020.



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