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Ellen Chaikof and Perri Chaikof

Event Co-Chairs

Brenlee Gurvey Gales

Chair, Women’s Division Toronto

Thank You to Our Hosts & Sponsors

Debbie Tessler & Ed Glina

Gold Sponsors
Gilda Whyne & Family

Chai Sponsors
Anne Mandell & Family



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Dr. Sharron Bransburg-Zabar Director, National Human Milk Bank of Israel of Magen David Adom

Dr. Sharron Bransburg Zabary Ph.D., IBCLC

Director of Israel’s National Human Milk Bank at Magen David Adom

Dr. Bransburg Zabary the Director of the National Human Milk Bank of Israel at Magen David Adom, and the Acting Director of the Public Cord Blood Bank Laboratory. She is a well-recognized research figure with notable contributions to science and healthcare, specifically in the areas of computational immunology and human milk studies. Dr. Bransburg Zabary holds a Masters degree in biochemistry as well as a PhD in computational biology from Tel Aviv University. She has dedicated her career to healthcare innovation for mothers and babies, and will be speaking with us about the role of the Milk Bank in supporting Israeli families since October 7th.

Rachel F. Spitzer MD, MPH, FRCS(C), Professor and Vice Chair, Global Health, University of Toronto Department of ObGyn, Mt Sinai Hospital Department of ObGyn

Dr. Rachel Spitzer MD, MPH, FRCS(C)

Professor and Vice Chair, Global Health, University of Toronto Department of ObGyn, Mt Sinai Hospital Department of ObGyn

Dr. Rachel Spitzer is an obstetrician-gynaecologist at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, specializing in paediatric and adolescent gynaecology. In addition to her medical training, Dr. Spitzer holds a Masters degree in Public Health from Harvard University with a focus on International Health as well as Women and Gender Health. Dr. Spitzer has been the Vice Chair of Global Health in the department of ObGyn since 2014. She is passionate about the practice and teaching of global women’s health. In December 2023, Dr. Spitzer travelled to Israel as a volunteer doctor and will be sharing her experiences with us.


About Israel Bonds

On May 14, 1948, David Ben‑Gurion spoke six words that electrified the world: “The State of Israel has arisen!”

Three years later, Ben‑Gurion made another dramatic announcement: Israel Bonds, Israel’s initiative for a global economic partnership with the Diaspora, had officially launched.

A defining moment in Israel's history, the creation of Israel Bonds reinforced the deeply held connection between supporters of Israel around the world and the people of Israel.

In acknowledging the role of Israel Bonds, both historically and since Oct. 7, 2023, the Israel Ministry of Finance Investor Newsletter dated April 2024 stated, “The Israel Bonds Organization (Israel Bonds), the state’s longest‑standing financing source, raised USD 2.7 billion in 2023, with the majority of funding coming in the wake of the October 7 terrorist attacks. This organization issues non-tradable, low‑denomination bonds across numerous countries, primarily targeting retail bond buyers, notably the Jewish Diaspora, as well as supportive institutions, such as U.S. state treasuries. Due to its unique investor base, Israel Bonds exhibits a counter-cyclical dynamic with Israel: during times of economic or geopolitical shock, the organization experiences an increase in demand as investors express their support for Israel.”

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About Canadian Magen David Adom

Since 1976, Canadian Magen David Adom for Israel (CMDA) has been the sole authorized fund-raising organization in Canada dedicated to supplying ambulances, medical equipment, supplies and blood testing kits to support the life saving efforts of MDA in Israel. All of CMDA's assistance to MDA has been made possible solely through the generous donations of people just like you.

With its Head of Operations in Montreal and supporting Chapters across the country, CMDA's commitment to this cause runs deep with over 100 dedicated volunteers and a permanent staff of full-time professionals.

In addition to providing ongoing support for the people of Israel, CMDA has contributed 20 percent of the funds required to build the National Headquarters of MDA's Blood Bank located in the Tel-Ha'shomer complex just outside Tel Aviv, supplied 100 of the 800 Ambulances in service today and 25 of the 200 emergency First-Responder Medical Scooters with plans to purchase another eight this year. Two of the Mobile Blood Units and $1.2 million in annual contributions to purchase specialized blood testing kits have all been possible due to your generous donations.

MDA is not a government agency, and therefore, depends heavily on donations, primarily from the Diaspora. In order to continue safeguarding lives in routine times and in times of emergency, MDA requires constant support.

Today, and every day, CMDA saves lives.

Questions? Please contact Shaindy Nathanson
Director, Women’s Division & Community Engagement, Toronto
416.256.5172 or

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