JI Chai Celebration


The JI Chai Celebration – presented by the Jewish Independent, Joseph & Rosalie Segal Family and Chutzpah! Festival – took place at the Rothstein Theatre, Dec. 6, 2017, 7:30 pm.

Chai Theme: JI publisher/editor Cynthia Ramsay has owned the paper for 18 years & wanted to celebrate community

Pre-show sponsor & awardee reception with music by harpist Amanda Hartley and a photo display by the Jewish Museum and Archives of British Columbia

18 Under 36 Awards honours 18 community leaders, movers, shakers, thinkers, doers and all-around awesome people under the age of 36 (in alphabetical order): Rebecca Baron • Ezequiel Blumenkrans • Erin Brandt • Marcus Brandt • Ayelet Cohen Weil • Courtney Cohen • Aaron Friedland • Sam Heller • Talya Mallek • Ariel Martz-Oberlander • Logan Presch • Maya Rae • Mike Sachs • Allie Saks • David Schein • Rotem Tal • Carmel Tanaka • Rabbi Levi Varnai

Variety show featuring interdisciplinary artist Barbara Adler, with composer/musician Ron Samworth on guitar (Ten Thousand Wolves); illusionist Vitaly Beckman; singer Lisa Ehrlich; actor/singer Warren Kimmel, with composer/musician Wendy Bross Stuart on piano; comedian Jacob Samuel; a fashion show performed by members of Roller Dance Owl, and more. Emceed by comedian/actor/host Goldie Hoffman!

And post-show reception with music by The Burying Ground!!

photo - Vitaly Beckman
Vitaly Beckman


Thank you to all our bronze sponsors!

Gary Averbach
Shirley Barnett
David Bogoch
J.B. Newall Memorials Ltd.
International Web exPress

Vancouver Learning Centre
Yosef Wosk


And thank you to all our prize and auction donors, and fashion show sponsors!

After Five FashionsBeadworksSuzy BirsteinBorgi BorgaBoys’Co, Buchan’s Stationary & GiftsBurdock & Co.Canada Berries winery, ChickpeaDunn’sEstrella’sFlower Factory, Ganache PatisserieGandy Associates, GAP Richmond CentreGarden City BakeryLori Goldberg, Tetyana GolotaPnina Granirer, Rahel Halabe, In Style Hair Salon by Samar, Sharon & Michael Isaacson, Jewish Community Centre of Greater VancouverJNF Pacific Region, Kosher Food WarehouseThe Lazy Gourmet, Brittani Linder, Lush Hoops, Maple GrillMatchstick, Tetyana Mezentseva, Neshama ChocolatesNesters on Main StreetOmnitsky KosherPasparos Taverna, Enrico Reinz, Richmond Country Club, Robin’s JeansRodRozen DesignsRosedale on RobsonSabra Restaurant and BakerySidi Schaffer, Michael SeidelmanSiegel’s Bagels, Sparkle Beauty ClinicStarbucksSuperstore / LoblawsThe Sutton Place HotelThe Sylvia HotelTradewind BooksTzimmesVancouver Art GalleryWilkinson’s AutomobiliaY’s Books