23 December 2009
RioCan REIT personifies this notion through the corporate social responsibility they have demonstrated since their inception. Founder and CEO, Ed Sonshine, along with his team at RioCan lead by COO, Fred Waks, have continually put Jewish based fundraising efforts and community-building events at the forefront of their CSR strategy.
- UJA's 'Walk with Israel'
- Baycrest's 'Dancing with our Stars'
- Canadian Friends of Yad Vashem's 'Dinner of Miracles'
- BAC & UJA's 'Hoops 4 Israel'
19 December 2009
The project was to be complete by summer 2009, and we are happy to announce that with the great work of the Rashi Foundation and the municipality of Rehovot (The capital city in Israel to which Kiryat Moshe is a suburb to), the building went through the following transformation...
- a new roof
- new windows and bars
- acoustic ceiling
- a sports court surface
- coed change rooms and washrooms
- a myriad of sports equipment to stock the hall courtesy of H4I 2008
- A new main entrance
- Basketball nets
Kiryat Moshe's outdoor sports court, redeveloped by H4I funding from 2007
Cabbie & crew made it to KM town just after the outdoor sports court was introduced to the community. The sports court was redeveloped with the funds from Hoops 4 Israel 2007 in partnership with the Municipality of Rehovot & the Rashi Foundation. Its flood lights enable night balling and in turn, keeps kids off the streets and engaged in soccer and basketball.
Because Cabbie is known for his charismatic and intriguing interviews of the 'whose who' in the sports world, it was a real treat to have him show the same love for the youth of Kiryat Moshe and the Hoops 4 Israel project that summer. He even made an effort to come the 2008 event and host the shootout contest during half-time. What a guy!
Cabbie interviewing the Lakers, Kobe Bryant later that year
Cabbie's compassion to the Ethiopian-Israeli youth did not end after this brief visit to Kiryat Moshe. Since July 2007, Cabral has sent several boxes of sports apparel to a social worker he met during the visit. Hoops 4 Israel discovered this by chance, but when we learned of his incredible altruism and his desire to give back, we knew the youth of Kiryat Moshe found a new friend in Canada. The Hoops committee invited Cabbie to host the shootout at H4I 2008 and Cabbie brought his energy and humor to lift the event to the next level.
Cabbie with Yisrael Desta after he miraculously wins the 3-Point shootout contest
Cabbie with Kirsten Menkes at Hoops 4 Israel 2008 after she wins the womens shootout
17 December 2009
Ditkofsky taking it to the cup in the semi-finals Vs. the RioCan team (captained by Joseph Wise)
Team Ditkofsky Boys (L-R): Brandon Kaplan, Ari Ditkofsky, J.R. Bailey, Mark Ditkofsky, Kevin Shand, Dave Jankovic
What blew us away was Ari’s determined effort to help long after the charity event ended in late March. After his Birthright Israel trip to the Holy Land in late July 2009, Ari met up with social workers, Laura Kindler & Leah Biteolin to work with some of the at-risk youth to facilitate a mini basketball camp in early August 2009.
Ditkofsky teaching clinics in Bat Yam, Israel (August 2009)
Ari has joined the H4I volunteer committee and is now an active member of our team management division. The spirit of volunteerism and tikun olam runs deep with Ari. He’s a prime example of an H4I volunteer participant who not only wants to raise as much money as possible to support a variety of social infrastructure for these youth; but he wanted to have a hands on influence and experience with the kids themselves. To discuss with Ari further, reach out to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.