Jack Hasen Passes Presidency to David J. Cape at Federation CJA’s Annual General Meeting

Seen here from left to right: Jack Hasen, Immediate Past President; Charles Bronfman, P.C., C.C.; H. Arnold Steinberg, C.M., Recipient of the Samual Bronfman Medal; Deborah Corber, Chief Executive Officer; David J. Cape, President. Photo: Vadim Daniel

Seen here from left to right: Jack Hasen, Immediate Past President; Charles Bronfman, P.C., C.C.; H. Arnold Steinberg, C.M., Recipient of the Samual Bronfman Medal; Deborah Corber, Chief Executive Officer; David J. Cape, President. Photo: Vadim Daniel

“We are not a community of institutions; we are a community of people. People who are devoted, caring, passionate and committed to our community and all it stands for,” Jack Hasen, outgoing President of Federation CJA told the audience at the organization’s 94th Annual General Meeting on September 19. “The reality is that at this very moment we are all the beneficiaries of community, its leadership and people who have created the city with the highest quality of Jewish life anywhere in North America.”

This inspiring vision came out of the community-guided Imagine 2020 initiative, where people representing the diversity of our community shared their aspirations for the future. As the AGM marked the end of Hasen’s turn as President, the responsibility now lies with new Federation CJA President David J. Cape and new 1st Vice President Susan Laxer to continue to successfully implement the strategic plan for the community over the next two years.

“Jack Hasen leaves us with a great legacy. Imagine 2020 serves as our roadmap,” said Cape, who was one of many speakers issuing praise to the inspired leadership of Hasen. “We are making ground-breaking advances with our day school system and Federation is opening itself up to every corner of our community. Jack has set us on this mission of becoming the city with the highest quality of Jewish life in North America and we will get there.”

Cape highlighted his priorities for Federation CJA for the next two years, which include making Jewish schools accessible and affordable to every Jewish child; making opportunities available to youth so that they remain in Quebec and continue to build the Jewish community; and working with donors so that they understand how pivotal legacy gifts are to ensuring the strength of the community in the future.

Cape and Hasen’s speeches both focused on the importance of looking forward to guarantee that Montreal remains strong, vibrant and dynamic. In addition to new lay leadership who will work towards this vision, the AGM was also the first major function for new Chief Executive Officer, Deborah Corber, who took the professional helm of Federation CJA on September 6.

“I view the chance to serve as CEO of Federation CJA as, quite literally, the opportunity of a lifetime.  And, while I recognize that I have a steep learning curve ahead of me, there are a few things that I already know to be true,” Corber said. “I know that our community is comprised of people with different backgrounds who all have their own perspectives and points of view, but I also know that we are all united in our desire to ensure that Jewish Montreal has a bright and sustainable future.”

Several of the community’s leaders were presented with awards at the Annual General Meeting, honouring them for their dedication and commitment to Jewish Montreal. Charles Bronfman presented long-time philanthropist Arnold Steinberg with the community’s most prestigious award, the Samuel Bronfman Medal. For the full list of honourees, please click here and to view Federation CJA’s Annual Report, click here.

“We have a great community. We are blessed with great institutions, schools, synagogues, hospitals – the list is endless,” said Cape on stage with Laxer. “But our people make the difference. There is passion and commitment. Susan and I feel it and it gives us energy. We will not let you down.”

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