The Jack and Bev Shiffman Fund was created by the family in celebration of Jack and Bev’s 60th wedding anniversary. Both Jack and Bev were born in Manitoba – Bev in Winnipeg, and Jack in Selkirk. They began their married life in Toronto, where Bev was in charge of the Cobalt 60 Unit for Cancer Treatment at Toronto General Hospital, and Jack completed his degree in dental surgery. After practicing for nine years in Flin Flon, Manitoba, Jack went back to school to become an oral surgeon, and in 1969 the family moved to Saskatoon where Jack established his practice. Today they still call Saskatoon their home.
Jack and Bev have four children Howie (Deborah), Carol (Peter), Ken (Wendy), and Harold (Lisa), 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild (so far).
They had both been active in Saskatoon community, and in local service organizations throughout their married lives. Bev has been very active in the Order of the Eastern Star, and has given countless volunteer hours to the Shriners, Agudas Israel synagogue, and the Jewish Pavilion for FolkFest. Jack is a long-time member of the Shriners and Nutana Rotary. He is also a passionate golfer, and has been a long-time member of Riverside Golf and Country Club. He is an equally dedicated musician, and continues to play trumpet for the Saskatoon Concert Band and Zmarim, the Saskatoon Klezmer Band.
Jack and Bev have raised their family to value service to community and synagogue, education, hard work, independent thought, humour and, above all, compassion for others in need. Their strong values, generosity of spirit, and lack of pretension have shaped their lives and those of their children.
Jack and Bev’s children wanted to establish a fund that would directly benefit the community that continues to be the centre of the Shiffman family.