ICRF Monthly Newsletter – March 2018

March 30, 2018 6:29 am


Chag Pesach Sameach

Jennifer Ouaknine, Executive Director, ICRF

On behalf of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee and staff of ICRF Toronto, I extend to you our best wishes for a happy and healthy Passover. Passover commemorates the deliverance of our people, almost 3,000 years ago, from the darkness of slavery to the bright light of freedom. In retelling the Passover story, we affirm the great truth that all humans are entitled to liberty. May your Passover celebration be filled with joy, peace, and gratitude.




Award-winning Israeli cancer researcher says immunotherapy is the ‘future’ of treatment


A rapidly aging population and increased environmental risks have led cancer to overtake heart disease as the leading cause of death in parts of the Western world. Researchers remain a long way from eradicating cancer, but several new treatments may offer hope. On the cutting edge of cancer research in Israel is Prof. Yosef Yarden of the Weizmann Institute. Earlier this year, Yarden was awarded the Israel Prize—the state’s highest honor—in life science research.


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Sephardi Jews Need Genetic Testing, Too


For the Jewish community, perhaps the biggest success story in genetic testing is Tay-Sachs: The disease is carried by one in 27 Ashkenazi Jews (who come from Eastern Europe), and nearly always has been fatal. Today, among Ashkenazi Jewish populations, it has been almost entirely eradicated. Most of the diseases that have become household names—like Tay-Sachs—affect Ashkenazi Jews. But while Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews are also at risk for a host of genetic diseases, the research hasn’t kept up.

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A Passover recipe – Marinated Basil Chicken – Recipe by Margalit Glazer

Recipe by Margalit Glazer
6 chicken thighs
6 chicken drumsticks
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
5 cloves garlic, crushed
1 large bunch fresh basil (about 50 leaves, washed and chopped)
1 teaspoon salt coarse black pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 350 F

Rinse chicken pieces and pat dry. Combine oil, lemon juice, garlic and basil in a large mixing bowl (a roasting pan also works well); mix well. Dip chicken pieces in sauce, coating them well on all sides, as well as under the skin.

Arrange chicken pieces in a single layer on a large parchment-lined baking pan. Pour remaining sauce over chicken. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake uncovered at 350 F for 50 to 60 minutes, basting occasionally, until chicken is nicely browned.

Yield: 6 servings. Freezes well.
Cooking Kindness – Heroes in the Kitchen – A collection of recipe favourites – Compiled by Gloria Guttman

Gloria Guttman, Gloria was born to Jewish-Russian immigrants in North Bay, Ontario. Her parents were dedicated to building and devoting their lives to the community, and this was passed on to Gloria.

Gloria has worked in many fields, using her distinctive ability to communicate. She has worked hard to improve environmental conditions and been involved in many outreach organizations including, The Distress Centre For Suicide Prevention and Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Her passion for broadcasting led her to brief stints at Global and City T.V., followed by seven years at CKO radio. She also had her own building management business for 14 years and worked in real estate, public relations and marketing.

Fourteen years ago Gloria married the love of her life. Stanley Guttman, who introduced her to Israel Cancer Research Fund and so – Gloria’s passion for ICRF began. Gloria and Stan, together, have four children and six adorable grandchildren.

Retirement has not place in Gloria’s life, staying actively involved in ICRF in her role as an Honorary Board Member. Gloria has dedicated the net proceeds of this cookbook to Israel Cancer Research Fund.




Thank you Toronto for attending #revolvingtables2018, we had a sold out event and we couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you to our amazing Mentors, Co-Chairs Eric Sherkin and Nora Zwingerman and the entire Revolving Tables Committee!

Check out the event pictures

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