Shem Tov Community Volunteer Award recipients - 2021
Joel Diener and Barbara Levinson

Joel Diener and Barbara Levinson are two incredibly special community volunteers who are being recognized for their immense and long-time contribution to the emotional and social wellbeing of the residents of the Bess and Moe Greenberg Family Hillel Lodge. For decades, these two busy people helped to facilitate -- and to fund -- weekly Monday night BINGO games for the residents of the Lodge. The residents deeply appreciate the weekly event for its camaraderie and banter, and benefit from the interaction, stimulation and socialization.  In addition, Joel is the "father" of the Lodge's major annual fundraising event, Biking for Bubbies. In the words Morris Shapiro, a Lodge resident, “Joel and Barbara really add to the betterment and enrichment of Jewish life in Ottawa.” 

Barbara Levinson

Joel Diener

The Shem Tov Community Volunteer Award

“There are three crowns: the crown of Torah, the crown of priesthood, and the crown of kingship; but the crown of a good name excels them all.”

- Rabbi Shimon



The Shem Tov award recognizes an outstanding volunteer for a lifetime of service dedicated to the betterment and enrichment of Jewish life in Ottawa.  

Past Recipients:

2003   Evelyn Greenberg
2004   Naomi Lipsky Cracower
2005   Hy Bloom
2006   Lily and Jerry Penso
2007   Sam Ages z"l
2008   Mayer Alvo
2009   Estelle Gunner
2010   Blanche Osterer
2011   Morris Kimmel z"l
2012   Issie Scarowsky
2013   Ruth Aaron
2014   Henry Molot
2015   Flo Morgan
2016   Merle Haltrecht-Matte
2017   Hyman Reichstein
2018   Michael Landau
2019   Charles Schachnow
2020   Sharon and David Appotive