In 2002, reacting to the recent wave of violence in Israel, the Walk was renamed the Walk with Israel to underline that it was an act of community solidarity. With a new slogan, "Now. More Than Ever," the Walk was scheduled for May 20, 2002. The money raised went towards helping children affected by the crisis in Israel. The chairs were Abe Glowinsky and Elyza Polsky, with Coordinator Naomi Cohen and Administrator Cindy Bogach. Special guests were Mayor Mel Lastman, Israeli Consul-General Meir Romen and Ra'anin Gissin, key advisor and principal spokesperson for Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon. Gissin gave the keynote speech at the Festival.
In addition to the usual sub-committees, there was a new one: School Projects. These were artistic menorahs created by each school that were displayed at the Festival. Once again, the 5 kilometre adult Fun Run took place. A new route this year took participants in a loop from the Sky Dome, north and across Nassau/Cecil/Elm streets, then south again on Bay Street to the Sky Dome, where the Festival was held. The Festival featured attractions from MEGA (Mandell Entertainment Group Amusements) such as 'inflatables', as well as an Israeli-style shuk (open air market). A record crowd of almost 25,000 people turned out.
Scope and Content
Sub-sub-series contains photographs, a small amount of textual records, a promotional video and a t-shirt from the Israel Funwalk of 2001. The records include a promotional brochure and the organizational material distributed to participants (sponsor sheet, collection envelope and information pamphlet).
Physical description note: Includes 890 photographs (747 negatives), 1 videocassette and 1 t-shirt.
File contains a walker information package for Walk participants, which includes a collection envelope, a sponsor sheet, a letter from the co-chairs, a FunRun registration sheet and an information pamphlet.
File contains photographs of the crowds, families, children and seniors at the Walk opening at Roundhouse Park, along the route, and at the Western Wall replica that was constructed in Nathan Phillips Square. The images include crowd shots, Fun Run participants, dancing groups of people, flags, blue and white confetti, volunteers, the opening speeches, bikers, dogs, entertainment and Tony the Tiger. Also in the photos are several groups: Alpha Omega Toronto Alumni, the Birthright Israel Alumni committee and the Toronto Herschel School. Notables in the photos include Mel Lastman, Corey Mandell and co-chair Abe Glowinsky.
Photographic prints by Eve Marks.
Digital photographs by Stephen Epstein. His discs include hi-resolution jpgs, thumbnail images and html index pages with the thumbnails.
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
File contains photographs of the Festival that took place in the Sky Dome. The images include a children's choir and other musical groups, miniature golf, inflatables slides, the audience in the stands, speeches, vendors' tables, facepainting, children, the arts and crafts area and bubble blowing. There are many candid shots of people at the event.
Photographic prints by Eve Marks.
Digital photographs by Stephen Epstein. His discs include hi-resolution jpgs, thumbnail images and html index pages (a "web gallery") with the thumbnails to select from.