Gilbert Greenberg Distinguished Leadership Award

Note: Gilbert Greenberg Distinguished Leadership Award is now awarded every 2 years.
Accordingly, nominations will be accepted in 2021.


The Gilbert Greenberg Distinguished Leadership Award is the highest tribute which the Ottawa Jewish Community can bestow on an individual, honoring a lifetime of leadership in the Jewish world. Nominations are solicited every second year.

Initiated in 1980, it bears the name of the late Past President Gilbert Greenberg, who exemplified the qualities of leadership which the award seeks to recognize. Leadership in the Jewish community in Ottawa is of paramount importance. National and international volunteer leadership in the Jewish world can offer supplemental value.

All nominees must have volunteered a minimum of 15 years in Ottawa’s Jewish community and continue to be an active participant in the community within the last 3 years. Additional criteria for consideration includes:


•    Leadership resulted in successful community building.
•    Held volunteer leadership positions in more than one organization.
•    Serves as a mentor and role model for others in the community.
•    Positively and profoundly impacted Ottawa’s Jewish Community.


Nominees must be a member in good standing of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa (minimum gift to the Annual Campaign) and cannot previously have received this award.


To be considered, nominations must include 2 letters of support, including one from a local Jewish organization. The nomination must specifically address the above criteria.


Nominations for the award shall be solicited every second year at and electronically throughout the community. Nominations may be submitted at any time during the year. Nominations received by April 16 shall be considered for the award and will be presented at Federation’s Annual General Meeting held in June.

Nominations will be considered for the year in which they are received and will be carried over once.


Nature of the Award:
The name of the individual selected to be the recipient will be recorded on a tablet to be displayed in a place of prominence at the Soloway Jewish Community Centre. An appropriate framed picture with an inscription will be given as a gift to the award recipient.

2019 Gilbert Greenberg Distinguished Leadership Award, Steven Kimmel



Nominate someone online


Download a Nomination Form pdf

Please email nominating form and supporting documents to or drop them off in person to the front desk of Soloway JCC,  Federation Chair of the Community Award Selection Committee.

Past Recipients:

1980   Ottawa Chevra Kadisha (Sam Petigorsky z"l)
1981   Lawrence Freiman z''l
1982   Hyman Gould z''l
1983   Thomas Sachs z''l
1984   Norman Zagerman z"l
1985   Hy Hochberg z''l
1986   Sol Shinder
1987   Hy Soloway z''l
1988   Grete Cohen z''l
1989   Abraham Lieff z''l
1990   Abe z''l and Bertha Palmer z''l
1991   Irving Greenberg z''l
1992   Stephen Victor
1993   Irving Rivers z''l
1994   Chick Taylor
1994   Rose Taylor z''l
1995   Casey Swedlove z''l
1996   Issie Landau z''l
1997   Joseph Lieff z''l
1998   Gerald Berger z''l and Thelma Steinman z''l
1999   Rabbi Reuven P. Bulka
2000   Lawrence Greenberg z''l and Lorry Greenberg z''l
2001   Stan Katz z''l
2002   Sara and Zeev z''l Vered
2003   Dr. Bernard Dolansky
2004   Stephen Greenberg
2005   Barbara Farber
2006   L. Gerald Levitz z''l
2007   Roger Greenberg
2008   Arnie Vered z''l
2009   Ingrid Levitz
2010   Ron Prehogan
2011   Ian Sherman
2012   Maureen Molot
2014   Mitchell Bellman
2015   Jonathan Ben-Choreen Freedman
2017   Jeffrey Miller
2019   Steven Kimmel