About the Event
Please join us at A Taste for Life 2017 and experience an evening of inspirational stories of healing and hope. A Taste for Life will feature a very special array of guests, including Michal Belzberg whose extraordinary act of tikkun olam (healing the world) at the age of 12, led to the founding of OneFamily in Israel. Today, OneFamily is a leading Israeli humanitarian organization, which supports the emotional, physical and financial needs of more 12,000 people whose lives have been shattered by terror.
You will have the opportunity to meet Michal and a group of brave and inspiring young women whose lives have been forever impacted by terrorism.
The evening will take place, once again, at Artemano’s exotic wood furniture and home decor store, and will feature delicious food, musical entertainment and an exciting silent art auction of works inspired by the stories of our special guests. To honour Michal and these courageous young women, as well as their lost loved ones, all proceeds from this event will go towards OneFamily’s Therapeutic Youth Programs and Camps in Israel.
Pam Foreht | Samara Freedman | Joni Quintos | Carol Zweig
698 Caledonia Rd.
Toronto, Ontario M6B 3X7
In August 2001, 12-year-old Michal Belzberg was preparing to celebrate her Bat Mitzvah when a shocking suicide bombing at the Sbarro pizzeria rocked the nation and beyond. Fifteen civilians were killed, including seven children and a pregnant woman, and 130 were injured. Through a selfless act of kindness, Michal asked her parents to cancel her Bat Mitzvah and to raise funds instead to help the impacted families cope with the aftermath of the bombing.
Sadly this was just the beginning of horrific terror attacks to come. Michal’s parents, Marc and Chantal, then decided to make this their life’s work and OneFamily Fund was born. Michal’s initial act of tikkun olam has gone on to create hope where once there was none for so many people.
Shayna’s father, Dr. David Applebaum, and sister Nava, were killed in the 2003 Cafe Hillel suicide bombing, when Shayna was 14 years old. Nava was to have been married the day after the bombing.
Just over a year ago, Renana saw her mother, Daphne, murdered right before her eyes, in the family home. Daphne’s heroic actions, during the assault, prevented her other children from being attacked by the terrorists.
Yaffa’s father, Chaim (Howie), who was originally from Toronto, was critically wounded in the Har Nof synagogue massacre and spent almost a year in a coma before he died in October 2015.
Mayaan’s father, Zeev, was killed by a mortar shell which hit the kibbutz just one hour before a ceasefire during Operation Protective edge.
Orit’s family was attacked while driving home. Orit’s father, Rabbi Michael (Miki) Mark, was killed in the attack, while two siblings were injured, and her mother, Noa, a native of Hamilton, Ontario, was shot through the eye and will be permanently injured.