JNF 2017 Negev Gala




The Jewish National Fund of Canada Manitoba/Saskatchewan Regional Branch is thrilled to announce that Shlomit Aharon and Yevgeni Shapovalov, two of Israel’s top artists, will be performing together with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Rony Weiss (Israel) at this year’s Negev Gala.

Shlomit and Yevgeni will give a unique interpretation of the best of the Israeli, Jewish and International Classics, along with songs from well-known and loved musicals and operas accompanied by the Israeli musicians and the entire Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra at Centennial Concert Hall on Monday, May 29, 2017.



Shlomit Aharon
In the music world today, there are very few singers who combine a rare quality of voice with special theatrical talents. Shlomit Aharon is such a singer. Therefore, it is no wonder that she is one of the most admired Israeli singers of our decade.

Shlomit has been a professional singer since the age of sixteen. She became well known as a soloist in several successful stage productions, and joined one of the most popular pop groups in Israel, HABIBI.

As their soloist, she won several artistic awards. Twice among them: The Harp of David (the equivalent of the American Tony Award).

Shlomit starred in numerous television specials and radio shows, performed in many concerts in Israel and all over Europe, South America, Australia and the United States. In Germany, she performed as the star of The Alleluyah Broadway Show, produced by Mama Concert.

Shlomit played the role of “Eponine” in Les Miserables, in the Israeli stage recreation of one of Broadway’s greatest hits. She also starred as “Mrs. Johnston” in Willie Russel’s successful West End musical Blood Brothers.

Shlomit was chosen to represent Israel in four international song concerts: Eurovision (with HABIBI), the Tsopot Festival in Poland, and twice in the International Song Festival in Vina dl Mar, Chile.

She released over 20 albums during her career.

Shlomit performs a selection of her favourite melodies and presents a unique, exciting and moving interpretation of old Israeli classics. In any format a musical experience, featuring great Israeli, Jewish and International Classics with Shlomit, promises to be an unforgettable experience.


Yevgeny Shapovalov was born in Belarus and studied voice at the renowned Music Academy in Odessa. After immigrating to Israel in 1991, he began vocal studies at the Rubin Academy of Music, Tel Aviv University.

While still a student, he was selected to participate in the programs of the Israel Vocal Arts Institute (I.V.A.I.) His teachers were – Louis Quilico, Joan Dornemann, Susanna Lemberskaya, Patricia McCaffrey.Under the auspices of the I.V.A.I., he performed the following roles: Tebaldo in I Capuleti ei I Montecchi, the Prince in Rusalka, Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur, Lenski in Eugene Onegin and Vodemon in Iolanta.

Shapovalov has since become a tenor of international standing in Europe, Israel and the United States. His career highlights have thus far included the following operatic successes: Steva in Jenufa, Ismaele in Nabucco and Jenik in The Bartered Bride with the New Israel Opera; Maurizio in AdrianaLecouvreur  and Eleazar in La Juive with the Opera Orchestra of New York conducted by Eve Queler; Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor with the Fort Worth Orchestra; Vodemon in Iolanta with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra conducted by Temirkanov, and Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Other appearances with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra include the world premiere of Penderecki’s Seven Gates of Jerusalem conducted by Lorin Maazel at the closing event of the Jerusalem 3000 festivities, and a television appearance as one of the three Israeli tenors in a concert conducted by Zubin Mehta. In addition, his versatile talents were acclaimed in his performances in the Habimah National Theatre production of Masterclass, and as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables.

His operatic successes during the 2003-2004 season included Don Jose in Carmen with the New York City Opera, and the Prince in Rusalka with the Paris Bastille Opera, where he was also the cover understudy for Don Jose in Carmen. Early in 2004, he starred as Don Jose in Carmen with the Pittsburgh Opera and a few months later, he performed in Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass with the Lille National Opera, conducted by Jean-Claude Casadesus.

In April 2004 he made his debut with the Metropolitan Opera as the Prince in Rusalka. Shapovalov was invited to sing the role of Pierre Bezukhov in Prokofiev’s War and Peace with the Bastille Opera in Paris in March 2005.

In 2006, Shapovalov appeared with the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra. Following the outstanding success of the performance, he was invited to appear again with the orchestra in November, 2007, during which month he also appeared with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. He has been invited to sing the role of Vaudemont in a concert performance of Iolanta with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Yurovsky  in October, 2008.

Since 2009, Yevgeni Shapovalov live in USA, New York.

In July, 2012 Yevgeni was invited to sing Canio in Leoncavallo s Pagliacci, conducted by Gavriel Heine in Northern Lights Music Festival in Minnesota (USA).



Rabbi Alan Green
The Jewish National Fund of Canada – Manitoba and Saskatchewan Region is proud to honour Rabbi Alan Green, Senior Rabbi of Shaarey Zedek Congregation at this year’s Negev Gala to be held on Monday, May 29th at the Centennial Concert Hall in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

“Rabbi Green is very deserving of this tribute. He has touched many lives through his unwavering commitment to Israel and the Jewish and local communities in Winnipeg”, stated Manitoba & Saskatchewan JNF Board President Jessica Cogan.

Our 2017 Negev Gala honouree is truly humbled by this recognition. “I want to thank the Jewish National Fund for considering me for such a fantastic honour. Honestly, my head is still spinning!”. He is looking forward to celebrating with the entire community at the Gala.

Each year the net proceeds generated from the Negev Gala support a very worthy project in Israel and Rabbi Green has chosen to support the establishment of the World Jewish Museum in Tel-Aviv.

Rabbi Alan Green was born in Los Angeles, California where he lived for most of his first 39 years.  He grew up at Congregation Adat Ariel in Valley Village, California where he was taken under the wing of Cantor Allan Michelson, one of the great Hazzanim of his generation.  Rabbi Green received his BA and MA in the History of Religions from UCLA, and studied Rabbinic Literature for three years at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles.  He received rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, past professor of Religious Studies at the University of Manitoba, and founder and Dean of the Aleph Alliance for Jewish Renewal, in 1991.

Besides Cantor Michelson and Rabbi Schachter-Shalomi, Rabbi Green’s other significant spiritual influences include His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Rabbi Dr. Arthur Green, and Dr. Kays W. Bolleh, who for many years was Professor of the History of Religions at UCLA. For five years, Rabbi Green was spiritual leader of Temple B’nai Emet in Montebello, California before coming to Winnipeg in 1992 and serving as spiritual leader of Beth Israel Congregation until the year 2000.

Rabbi Green has served as Senior Rabbi of Shaarey Zedek Congregation since the fall of 2000.

He has been married to Chaya and her triplets, Daniel, Eve, and Shoshanah, since 1990.  He calls his move to Winnipeg “one of the best things that ever happened to me.”

Rabbi Green is a passionate supporter and advocate of the State of Israel; he has always made himself available to help the Jewish National Fund (and other Israeli based organizations in Winnipeg); during the last 16 years he has been the one making the High Holidays Appeal on behalf of JNF at Shaarey Zedek Congregation.

For more than 6 decades the Negev Gala has honoured outstanding leaders in the Community.