About the Cause

Shaare Zedek opened an advanced centre dedicated solely to the care of women and children. This unique facility is the first of its kind in Jerusalem serving everyone regardless of race, religion or political view.

The Huberfeld Neonatal Intensive Care Unit which opened in February 2014, serves over 1,000 high risk infants annually. With 70 beds, it’s the largest facility of its kind in Israel.

Over the past 20 years, On the Slopes has raised over $1 million to support Shaare Zedek benefiting excellence in neonatal care.

The new NICU is a Centre of Excellence providing state-of-the-art care for our tiniest patients who are the most vulnerable. Approximately, five percent of the 22,000 babies born at Shaare Zedek need the intensive medical supervision and treatment provided by the NICU.

Shaare Zedek Medical Center relies heavily on the generosity of donors in the diaspora as the hospital does not receive any funding from the Israeli government for equipment, research or education.

On the Slopes for Candy

An event in memory of Candy Schaffel Black

Our treasured Candy Susan Schaffel, was born on August 29, 1958, and raised in Toronto, into a loving family with devoted and encouraging parents. For as long as anyone can remember, Candy followed the beat of a different drummer and a song her peers did not seem to hear.

She graduated from high school with honours and attended the University of Toronto from 1975 through 1979, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree. She attended the University of Toronto Law School, graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree and was named to the Dean's List in each of her years. In 1985, Candy was called to the Degree of Barrister-at-Law. She worked as a summer student at Goodmans, where she was accepted full time upon graduation and soon became a Partner. As a practicing lawyer, Candy had been recognized by her peers as an outstanding Barrister and Solicitor.

Although she was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 46, Candy lived every day with determination. Throughout the seven and a half years of her treatment, Candy inspired all of us with her courage and passion for life.

Candy and her husband, Philip Black, first became involved with the Neonatal Clinic at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem more than 20 years ago when their eldest daughter was born three months prematurely, at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. At that time, because of their love of Israel and their gratitude to G-d for having a healthy child, the Blacks decided to support the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Shaare Zedek. Candy’s role as a mother to their three daughters was of paramount importance in her life and she wanted every woman to have the opportunity to experience this joy.

Candy died on January 10, 2011, and a year later On the Slopes was renamed in her memory. She was that special breed of person who leaves a universal impact. When she touched your life, you could not help but feel respected, impressed, happier and more confident, through the unique mix of Candy’s smile, laugh, brilliance, caring and calm. “Everyone loved Candy.” To those of us closest to her, Candy especially brought us real comfort. We are deeply thankful for her life and for her sharing it with us.

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