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Dr. Ian Rabb of Winnipeg is taking on a national role in addictions treatment with EHN Canada. Credit: CNW Group/EHN Canada

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Prominent addictions expert and treatment advocate from Winnipeg steps into national role

EHN Canada has announced that Dr. Ian Rabb of Winnipeg has joined the organization as Regional Director of Business Development. A leading voice in the addictions services field in Manitoba, Rabb will be joining EHN (Edgewood Health Network) from Aurora Recovery Centre, of which he is founder. He also founded Two Ten Recovery Inc. and Destiny House — Winnipeg’s only sober living housing organization for women and men.

He has previously had an active role on the boards of the Jewish Child and Family Service, the Children’s Hospital Foundation, and the Health Science Centre Foundation and has served on the board of directors of the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba since 2013. Rabb, a former Doctor of Optometry, is a certified interventionist and addictions specialist. He has been a passionate and determined advocate helping people from all walks of life overcome their addictions, with attention on the meth and opioid epidemic and the increase in homeless populations.

“We are thrilled to welcome Ian to EHN Canada,” says Darrin Taylor, National Director of Business Development. He has an incredible work ethic, and his business acumen in the addictions treatment field will be instrumental to the continued growth of our network across the country.”

Chief Operating Officer Cara Vaccarino was enthusiastic to have Rabb on their team. “The patients we serve often feel like marginalized members of society. We need people in our organization like Ian who can reach others on a personal level, be able to communicate passionately about the work we are doing and offer a true representation of the unparalleled quality of treatment we provide.”

Rabb was a finalist for the Scotiabank Game Changers (celebrating local heroes) in 2012; was awarded the Queens Diamond Jubilee medal in 2012; and in 2016 was chosen and honoured as a “Manitoba Hero” for his tireless work in service of Manitobans. He is anticipating great success with EHN Canada. “This gives me the opportunity to help families and organizations access quality care on a national level. EHN Canada is driving positive change and bettering lives – I couldn’t be happier to be a part of it.”

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Steven Weil Named Friends of the Israel Defense Forces New CEO

In a departure from tradition, and with an eye to the future, Friends of the Israel Defence Force has appointed an American-based CEO for the first time. Steven Weil will start as National Director and CEO to head the charity beginning on September 16, succeeding Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir, who has led FIDF for six years of exponential growth. Raising more than $570 million between 2015-2019, FIDF was able to increase its wellbeing support for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers, helping 114% more soldiers than in years prior.

A sought-after speaker and educator, Wiel comes to FIDF following an 11-year tenure at the Orthodox Union (OU). As senior managing director of the OU, he spearheaded their institutional advancement and community engagement efforts. He had previously attended Yeshiva University, concurrently completing his ordination at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (REITS) and received a Master’s degree in Business Administration from NYU’s Stern School of Business

His hiring is designed “to further deepen FIDF’s philanthropic roots within the local community and allow for a prolonged tenure of the CEO, (and will) extend the scope of both management and fundraising operations.”

“It is the greatest honor to join the FIDF family of lay leaders and professionals who have committed their lives to looking after the IDF soldiers,” said Weil. “FIDF, through educational and wellbeing initiatives, enables these courageous young men and women, who invest years of their lives to protect Israel, to serve proudly and guarantee the future of Israel and the Jewish people.”

Congregation Beth Ora of Montreal (pictured) and Kehillat Shaarei Torah of Toronto are part of the “Stimulating Program Initiative for Retirees that Inspires Thought” (SPIRIT), program for 26,000 retired viewers who have been staying home during the pandemic.

Two Canadian Synagogues Participating In The OU’S Online Spirit Program

Two Canadian synagogues are among the 38 congregations taking part in the Orthodox Union (OU)’s virtual education series for retirees during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Congregation Beth Ora of Montreal and Kehillat Shaarei Torah of Toronto are part of  the “Stimulating Program Initiative for Retirees that Inspires Thought” (SPIRIT), which has played a vital role for 26,000 viewers over 60 who have been staying home during the pandemic due to their increased risk.

The program was created for the Baby Boomer generation, as they retire from their professional responsibilities and are looking for spiritual, educational and intellectual stimulation. Since March 2020, there have been more that 35 virtual presentations geared toward physical movement, mental health, Jewish learning, learning how to use social media, cybersecurity, the history of Kashrus in the United States and more.

 “Throughout this pandemic, we have sought meaningful ways to support and engage all of those in our community. We are pleased that so many retirees from all over the United States and Canada are participating in these programs and that the demand increases each week,” said Orthodox Union Executive Vice President Rabbi Moshe Hauer.

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