Federation CJA Annual General Meeting

Pictured, from left to right, are Jack Hasen, President of Federation CJA; Stephen Bronfman; Robert Vineberg, 2010 Bronfman Medal winner; Dorothy Reitman, C.M., 2009 Medal winner; and Charles Bronfman.

Pictured, from left to right, are Jack Hasen, President of Federation CJA; Stephen Bronfman; Robert Vineberg, 2010 Bronfman Medal winner; Dorothy Reitman, C.M., 2009 Medal winner; and Charles Bronfman.

Federation CJA’s Annual General Meeting on September 28 honoured community service award winners and offered insight into the past year’s operations.

Charles Bronfman was on hand to present the Samuel Bronfman Medal, the community’s most prestigious award – named in honour of his father – to Robert Vineberg for his long-standing and dedicated leadership in our Jewish community. Vineberg has filled many challenging senior roles, including chairing the 1996 Combined Jewish Appeal and serving as President of the Jewish Community Foundation of Montreal. Other award winners included Michael Frankel and Morty Yalovsky, who received the Distinguished Leadership Award.

President Jack Hasen provided a review of what he termed “another transformative year” in the history of the Federation. He discussed the many changes that are occurring in an effort to renew community institutions and to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of how it conducts business.

Major initiatives such as new efforts to reach out to, and engage, unaffiliated young people were highlighted. This is a key to revitalizing the Federation and ensuring its continued role as the hub for the Jewish community. A progress report was offered on Imagine 2020, the revisioning project that has undertaken wide-ranging consultations over the past year. Analysis and implementation of its recommendations is an on-going priority. GEN J was applauded for having raised $13 million since its inception and for its achievements in institutional strengthening and buttressing our Jewish identity and education initiatives.

Hasen also explained the concept behind the Federation’s new theme-line, “For one another.”

“We are guided, always, by the desire to do the right thing, to fulfill our responsibility to our fellow Jews,” Hasen said. “We endeavour, in all that we do, to embody the value of being ‘for one another.’ This value is an appropriate litmus test for all of our initiatives and a measuring stick for our successes.”

In an update of the 2010 Combined Jewish Appeal, Campaign Chair Pascale Hasen reported that donations, on a card-for-card basis, are up this year to a level not seen since 2007. As well, the new gifts initiative is nearly half-way to its goal of 1,000 brand new gifts, having brought in more than 480 new donations to date.

Click here to read all of Jack Hasen’s remarks, and here for the biographies of all of this year’s award winners.