The 1980 Walk for Israel took place on Sunday, May 25. It was chaired by Verne Chelin and Jerry Panet, and the TJC staff coordinator was Mark Gryfe. New to the Walk this year was a "leadership mile" in which 25 prominent community leaders participated. These included Solicitor-General, Robert Kaplan; provincial minister of industry, trade and tourism, Larry Grossman; Toronto alderman, Art Eggleton; John Roberts; Toronto Jewish Congress president, Wilfred Posluns; Murray Koffler; and MIlton Harris. The 11 checkpoints along the 25 kilometre route were named after Israeli cities. 13,000 people turned out for the event.
Part of the Walk's promotion included a letter from Henry "The Fonz" Winkler to the students of Jewish schools in Toronto. The popular celebrity could not attend the Walk, but in his letter, he expressed encouragement for the students' fundraising efforts and wished them well.
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File consists of publicity photographs for the Walk for Israel in 1980. Images include a group looking at a poster titled, "Walk for the Sport of Israel"; they are Pearl Teitelbaum, Isobel Berlin, Elliott Novak, Brian Katz, Adi Kilber, Vern Chelin and Jerry Ponet. Other photographs are of: Sid Chelsky and four unidentified individuals at a table; a portrait of Henry "The Fonz" Winkler; and a group of joggers warming up. The joggers are: Martin and Jeff Berger; their grandfather Stephen Berger; Toronto Jewish Congress president, Wilfred Posluns; Sam Filer, associate chairman of the CJC national executive; and his daughter, Marnie Filer.
File consists of photographs from the Walk for Israel in 1980. Images include Checkpoint #1, a crowd waiting to start at Earl Bales Park, and two smiling men wearing Walk hats and buttons. In the photograph of the checkpoint, the man in the centre, registering, is the 1980 UJA campaign chairman, Jerry Goldenberg.