Funds raised by annual tourney help former She’arim students
By Daniel Horowitz—A sold out field of 144 duffers took to Devil’s Pulpit Golf Course in Caledon, Ontario on September 17th for a great day of golf under perfect conditions, and regardless of who had the lowest score, the real winners were Toronto’s Jewish children with learning disabilities.
The UJA Golf Classic for Special Education raised over $142,000 for UJA Diverse Learning Program classes at Associated Hebrew Schools, which is serving former She’arim students with learning disabilities. This specialized educational program is funded by UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.
Proceeds from the tourney will ensure the continuation of high quality, customized education for children who have specialized learning needs.
Led by the efforts of the UJA Golf Classic committee comprised of Aubie Diamond, Craig Guttman, Sean Guttman, Sheli Koenigsberg, Perry Steiner, Ron Steiner and Simmy Zieleniec, the tournament carries on the proud tradition of its trophy’s namesake, Max Guttmann, who believed that “no child should ever be left behind.”
"Our goal is to provide these children with the best support possible, so they gain a positive self image, improve their learning skills, and are prepared for a bright academic future," said Craig Guttmann. “These children can have an opportunity to receive a first-rate Jewish education, where this right would not be within their reach, were it not for this program.”
Golfers taking part in the tournament competed for the Max & Sheila Guttmann z”l Memorial Trophy.
Following the tournament, Elliotte Friedman of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada volunteered his considerable talents as the Master of Ceremonies at a special dinner as well as a live auction that raised funds as well.
“UJA Federation is about much more than this particular initiative,” past UJA of Greater Toronto Campaign Chair and current UJA Treasurer, Bruce Leboff, told participants. “UJA Federation, along with its more than 100 partner agencies and schools, continues, with your help, to ensure that our seniors live with the dignity and respect they deserve; instill in our children a proud and strong Jewish identity; stand with, transform and strengthen entire communities in Israel and lead Jewish and Israel advocacy through our advocacy arm, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs. We can all take pride in the fact that Toronto is not only one of the most vibrant Jewish communities in the world but is also one of the few Jewish communities in the world that is still growing every year.”