United Jewish Appeal Campaign

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Nelson Halpern - UJA Campaign Chair
Debbie Ryder - Lion of Judah Chair
Joel Zimmerman - JAC UJA Campaign Chair

UJA 2019 Campaign Launch


Sunday, September 8
6:30 pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation
Hear two inspiring stories from Jeannie Opdyke Smith and Dr. Sherri Wise.


Remarks from Isaac 'Bougie' Herzog, Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel. 


Tickets: $25/individual , $18/student and senior. Contact Diana Kalef to purchase your tickets today!

Jeannie Smith

Jeannie Smith is the daughter of Irene Gut Opdyke. Gut Opdyke, who passed away in 2003, saved the lives of 12 Jews in Poland during the Holocaust and was recognized by the Israeli Holocaust Commission as one of the Righteous Among the Nations. At the age of 17, Gut was forced to work in, among other places, the home of a high-ranking German officer stationed in Poland near her hometown. Prior to “keeping house” for this officer, she had worked in a laundry facility at a German officer’s camp. When she learned that she would be relocated to a villa in the town and that the Jews of that town would be liquidated, she managed to smuggle the group of Jews she had worked with in the camp’s laundry into the basement of the villa. Eventually, the officer discovered the hidden Jews but, for a variety of reasons – none of them altruistic – he did not turn them in. As the Soviets approached and the Germans fled Poland, the 12 Jews, one of whom was pregnant, fled to the forest and joined the partisans. Gut Opdyke eventually ended up in California, where she married an American man who was the only person in the United States who knew anything about her painful and heroic past. Gut Opdyke was moved to begin speaking about her experiences only after she received a random call from a Holocaust denier. For the rest of her life, she was a Holocaust educator who shared the story her daughter, Jeannie Smith will share.

Dr. Sherri Wise

Dr. Sherri Wise is a dentist who lives and works in Vancouver. She survived a triple bombing on Ben Yehuda Street in Jerusalem on Sept. 4, 1997. Wise will describe the sequence of events that led her to be at a café on a beautiful sunny day and what transpired after three Palestinian terrorists each blew themselves up in the immediate vicinity. Wise was seriously injured, with more than 100 nails embedded in her limbs and second- and third-degree burns on many areas of her body. Wise has managed to get on with her life not only with the help of her parents and the Jewish community, but also by making a decision not to harbour anger or hatred toward those who injured her, killed seven and injured 200 others. Wise has since helped craft, advocate for and see enacted the Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act – this bill includes deterrents to those who would support terrorist organizations financially and materially, and grants rights to Canadian victims of terrorism.

Isaac Herzog, Chair of Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI)

Isaac Herzog, is the Chair of Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI). In June 2018, the Board of Governors of The Jewish Agency for Israel unanimously elected Isaac Herzog as the Chairman of the Executive of this historic and influential organization. Isaac joined the Knesset in 2003 and was chairman of Israel’s Labor Party from 2013-2017 as well as the Knesset Opposition Leader from 2013-2018. In 2015, Isaac was a front-runner to win the election for Israel’s Prime Minister. He led the alliance between the Labor Party and the Hatnua Party to create Israel’s largest center-left political party, and was the leading candidate to unseat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In the past 15 years, Isaac has held several ministerial posts and served as government secretary as well as the Israel government coordinator for the provision of humanitarian aid to Gaza in 2008-2009. Chaim Herzog, Isaac’s father was the sixth president of Israel; his grandfather was Israel’s first Chief Rabbi; his mother is the founder of the Council for a Beautiful Israel environmental organization; and his grandmother founded the World Emunah religious-Zionist organization.

Save the Date for....

Super Sunday

Sunday, September 15
10:00am - 2:00pm | Calgary JCC

Chai Stakes Poker
Thursday, September 26
6:00pm | Deerfoot Inn & Casino

Family Bowl-a-thon
Sunday, December 1

To learn more about our events and UJA campaign, email Diana Kalef or call 403-444-3154.

Ways To Give

There are many ways to ensure Everyone Counts!

Volunteering - another way to give generously

Calgary Jewish Federation has many volunteer opportunities in the Jewish Community - from canvassing to helping seniors to joining the board of JAC. Learn more about our volunteer activities.

Tribute Cards

Calgary Jewish Federation tribute cards combine our duty to give tzedakah with the opportunity to honour someone special, to celebrate seminal occasions and remember someone we love. Learn more about our options for Tribute cards.

The History of UJA

Calgary UJA has a rich and distinguished history of generosity and volunteerism. Learn more about our history in the Jewish Community.

More information: Diana Kalef, Director of Development -  403-444-3154, email

Previous UJA Campaigns 

Years of Generosity


For more than half a century, Calgary Jewish Federation’s annual United Jewish Appeal Campaign has, through our community's generosity, help create and strengthen Jewish Calgary’s core programs and services. Through the Program Allocations Committee (PAC) process, raised funds are allocated to programs and services provided by our local partner agencies, Federation-sponsored programs and projects in Israel and around the Jewish world.



Please click HERE for information about our partner agencies.