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January 17, 1953 – August 24, 2014
Born in Israel to Yaacov and Pnina Herzog. Died peacefully at home, surrounded by her cherished family from Toronto and Israel. Loving mother to Kobi David Bessin and Shelby Greenberg. Loving Savta to Olivia Davida and Ethan Brady Bessin. Devoted sister of Elinora Herzog (Menachem Lushanski) and Yitzchak Shai Herzog, of Israel. Shira had a profound impact on friends and colleagues and her capacity for friendship was unparalled. She touched them deeply. Shira Herzog devoted her life to her family and community both in Israel and Canada. She was educated at Hebrew University of Jerusalem (BA History and English) and York University in Toronto (MA English). Shira began her career at The Canada Israel Committee as Director of Research, then Communications Director - and finally as National Executive Director. During her ten- year tenure at CIC, she developed a unique approach to media and government relations, characterized by her unusual situation as a well-connected Israeli and firmly-positioned Canadian. In 1987, Shira moved on to the world of organized philanthropy, serving as Executive Vice-President and later President and CEO of the Kahanoff Foundation, a private Calgary-based charitable foundation. In Western Canada and Israel, she pioneered new methods of ensuring the sustainability of charitable organizations. In Israel, Shira's work took on controversial issues including education and employment of minorities. She was actively engaged in creating a collective voice for organized philanthropy in Canada and served as chair of Philanthropic Foundations Canada. Parallel to her work with CIC and TKF, Shira contributed commentary to a variety of publications including The Canadian Jewish News, The Globe and Mail and Vision TV's weekly magazine, Israel Today. In numerous public speaking engagements across the country, Shira illuminated the issues inherent in the Canadian/Israeli relationship. Over the years Shira served on various community boards including The United Way of Greater Toronto, Mount Sinai Hospital, Institute for Research on Public Policy, New Israel Fund International Council, and was a senior Fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto. Special heartfelt thanks to Dr. Ellen Warner and the outstanding Oncology team at Sunnybrook Hospital and The Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care. If desired, donations would be appreciated to: Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation or the New Israel Fund Of Canada and The Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care. Condolences may be forwarded through, Sunnybrook Foundation: 416-480-4483, The New Israel Fund:, Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care: 416-586-4800 x7884.

Published in The Calgary Herald from Aug. 28 to Aug. 29, 2014