CALGARY, Sept. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - The world followed his story and supported his release as we stood together while Gilad was held in captivity; we now continue to stand in unity and provide him with a Calgary welcome that he will never forget.
Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit was captured in a cross-border raid near the Israeli border on June 25, 2006. He was held for over five years, until his release on October 18, 2011.
The Jewish National Fund of Canada is honoured to host Gilad Schalit's first visit to Canada, where he will visit four cities across the country to express his gratitude. He will address the Calgary community on Sunday September 22, 2013 at the Beth Tzedec Synagogue, 7:00 PM. The world advocated for Gilad's safe return home and now we want to welcome him to Calgary as a unified community.
The event features The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health will give an address and Deputy Mayor Bryan Pincott will represent the city of Calgary.
"Bringing Gilad Schalit to Canada is a tremendous opportunity to engage and celebrate life," explained Josh Cooper, CEO of JNF Canada. "People all around the world prayed for his safe return, and now we have it."
The other cities on the tour include Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa.
Tickets are $25. They are available at www.jnf.ca or at the door. Beth Tzedec synagogue is located 1325 Glenmore Trail SW in Calgary.
Since its inception in 1901, the Jewish National Fund has become Israel's oldest and largest NGO recognized by the United Nations and is the sole agency responsible for the development and infrastructure of land in Israel. Its many programs include reforestation, research and development, water conservation and education. The JNF directs 100% of its charitable dollars to support the Land of Israel.
If you have any questions, please contact Sandra Fayerman, Executive Director JNF Canada, Calgary region 403-909-4718.
SOURCE: Jewish National Fund of Canada (Calgary)
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