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Message from CEO Elaine Goldstine Nov 2, 2018

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November 2, 2018

Dear Community Members,

To say that this has been a difficult week for our community would be an understatement. We are saddened and outraged by the deadly anti-Semetic attack on the Tree of Life synagogue and its congregants that took 11 lives.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by this tragedy, and we pray for a speedy recovery for the wounded, and for their entire congregation as their community picks up the pieces and forges on in the wake of this tragedy.

In our community, the outpouring of support has been very touching. On Tuesdaynight, over 2,000 people attended the vigil at Shaarey Zedek synagogue. People of all ages, from a variety of backgrounds attended to pay tribute and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with us as we mourn for the victims of the tragedy and vow to stand up to hatred and anti-Semitism wherever it may occur.

120 DAYS OF IMPACT – 2018 CJA Campaign 

Today is Day 63 of our 120 days of IMPACT and we have already raised over $3.4 million for our community! Thank you to all the volunteers and donors. You are making an IMPACT! Donations are coming in steadily. Please join us and make your donation today so that we can make an even greater IMPACT within our community.

Our October 10 campaign event Footprints: Celebrate the Past, March to the Future on Day 40 of IMPACT was a successful sold out event that celebrated our 80th, Israel’s 70th and MOL's 30th.   


Day 69 of IMPACT: November 8 -- The Rescue: A Live Film-ConcertoKristallnacht Commemoration. The Jewish Federation of Winnipeg, in partnership with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, and the Freeman Family Foundation Holocaust Education Centre of the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada will be hosting the evening at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Register online now as seating is limited. 

On November 8, the Federation will be taking a delegation of 42 participants on aMission to Israel. We look forward to sharing more about this mission with you in a future email.You do not want to miss out on the next opportunity like this with our next Mission taking place in the fall of 2019. Registration is now open. To confirm your place, please register with Carmelle Noiseux.


Please join us in welcoming two new members of the Federation family.

Rebecca Brask as Campaign Director
Rebecca has extensive experience with fundraising development, strategic planning, and strengthening donor relationships. Her previous positions include Manager of Community Programs with McNally Robinson, Development Manager with Manitoba Theatre for Young People, Community Partnerships and Volunteer Engagement Officer with the Children’s Hospital Foundation, as well as Cultural Arts Communications Manager and Program Manager with the Rady JCC. She has completed her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Winnipeg and the Fundamentals of Fundraising Certificate with Red River Community College. She has a proven ability to write grant and sponsorship proposals, donor appeal letters, and create social media campaigns. We look forward to utilizing Rebecca’s creativity and progressive thinking as we formulate our strategies for the future success of the campaign and the involvement of our next generation of donors.  

Adam Levy as Public Relations & Communications Director
Adam comes to us with multitude of effective communication strategy development experience through his previous positions as a Marketing and Communications professional at Teshmont Consultants, 6P Marketing, and The Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. His knowledge and understanding of Israel, antisemitism and ability to adapt complex subject matters into accessible and clear communication pieces will be crucial for education and transparency to ensure our voice is heard in matters of importance to the Winnipeg Jewish community. Adam is a graduate from the University of Manitoba with a degree in Economics and Management. Adam’s strong relationship building skills will help ensure our continued success when meeting with Government, other ethno-cultural communities, as well as amongst our Jewish community.  

We welcome Rebecca and Adam and wish them success in their new roles! 

On October 15, the March of the Living Anniversary Exhibit was unveiled and can be viewed at The Marion and Ed Vickar Jewish Museum of Western Canada at the Asper Campus. Alumni shared their stories and how this Federation funded program has impacted their lives.   

Community Consultations
The overarching theme from the Community Conversations of 2017 was the need to infuse the community with a powerful sense of Jewish identification and community connection. The Community Planning Committee invites you to continue the conversation and support our planning with your thoughts on what it means to belong to the Jewish community. Please take a moment to answer the survey here.


Please mark your calendars for these upcoming Federation events:  


Check out photos from recent Federation events:

Have a peaceful Shabbat,


Elaine Goldstine
Chief Executive Officer


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