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Message from the CEO of the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg Elaine Goldstine-December 2018

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posted here December 10

Dear Community Members,

I would like to extend a Happy Chanukah to you and your families as we celebrate the faith, strength, and perseverance of the Jewish people.

Chanukah comes at a perfect time for us to reflect upon the year, and I am reminded of all the ways our community gives back, creating a constant cycle of renewal. I am profoundly grateful to our Winnipeg Jewish community for doing its part to make the lives of others in our community better.

Yesterday, we attended a dedication and lighting of the menorah at the 17 Wing Royal Canadian Air Force Base. Although it was a cold day, our hearts were warmed by the light of the menorah and sentiments expressed by the men and women of 17 Wing as we ushered in the fifth night of Chanukah together. CTV News was on hand and did a story which can be viewed here.

Last night was the Federation’s Annual General Meeting, and I am pleased to announce we are on strong financial footing. Watch for key excerpts from Laurel Malkin, our board President, and my report in the next President/CEO Message to be sent in the first week of January 2019.

120 Days of IMPACT – 2018 CJA Campaign 

Today is Day 98 of our 120 days of IMPACT and thanks to the generosity of our donors we have received $5.12 million to date – help us maintain our momentum by donating now! In order for you to receive a tax receipt for 2018, your donation must be received on or before December 31. Thank you for your support of the CJA campaign  

Winnipeg Jewish Community Blood Drive 

Together, we can make a difference. Along with our partner agencies, we are hosting a Jewish community blood drive with Canadian Blood Services during December. Last year, our community made such an impact with its time and generosity that Winnipeg was one of the few main collection sites in the country to meet their collection targets during the holiday season. Please click here to see available dates and times

Accessibility, Customer Service, and the Jewish Community 

The Inclusion Sub-committee of Community Planning held a session onNovember 26. More than 80 Jewish community staff and volunteers attended an orientation on the topics of Accessibility for Manitobans Customer Service standards and Jewish values on inclusion. If you missed it, the material presented is online here under the button on Accessibility, or contact Faye Rosenberg-Cohen for more information. 

Youth Think Tank 

The Youth Think Tank kicked off its strategic planning with a fast paced session full of information and brainstorming on November 29. Thanks to Maya Cohen, Director of the Centre for Jewish Identity at UJA Federation of Greater Toronto’s Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Education for her assistance in running the session and offering guidance on the process, and Dan Held, Executive Director of the Centre for popping in electronically to inspire the attendees with the Centre’s message of the importance of multiple, high impact, Jewish experiences for every youth. The Think Tank will divide up the tasks identified for further work and develop a plan over the coming weeks. If you’d like to get involved in this or any other priority area in Community Planning, contact Faye Rosenberg-Cohen to volunteer. 

Mission to Israel 2019

Thinking about going to Israel? Why not with Federation! Registration is now open for you to experience a 12 day journey to experience Israel as you never have before. Our last mission sold out within 60 days, so register early as there is limited capacity.

Reserve your spot with a $500 deposit by contacting Carmelle Noiseux at204.477.7421.


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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