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Jewish Federation: a message from our CEO and President

Sept 1, 2016

Dear Community Members,

We are pleased to provide an update and a brief report on our plans for the upcoming year. It has been 9 months since we became President and CEO respectively, and as you have heard from previous reports, we have accomplished a lot in this short time.



This week you will receive the Federation’s Annual Report either by mail or email. 




September 1 launched the 2016 Combined Jewish Appeal Annual Campaign. Bryan Klein, Campaign Chair, and his team are building on 2015’s tremendous success to exceed last year’s totals. You may be aware that from September 1 - October 15 there is a moratorium on any other fundraising in the Jewish community. The CJA campaign raises funds for operation of 12 local agencies as well as national and overseas partners such as March of the Living, Partnership 2Gether (P2G), Hillel Winnipeg and Birthright Israel: Canada Israel Experience. Funds raised also provide funding for our national office, The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), and The Jewish Agency for Israel.  Each year, each of our agencies faces an increase in costs in order to continue to deliver on their mandate. Please consider increasing your gift to support all of these worthy causes. Join us and make your gift online today.




To help kick off our annual campaign, please join us this Sunday, September 11 for CJA’s SuperSunday telethons in the morning and SuperFunday, our community-wide celebration, in the afternoon! Details




We are in the middle of a community-wide consultation on Jewish community needs for the next several years. Over the summer our planning committee, chaired by Carol Duboff, has been very busy with community conversations. These will continue over the next number of months. Once the consultations are complete a report will be formulated and an action plan developed. If you would like to participate in a community conversation, click here




While we plan for the future of the Jewish community, we must also plan for the future of the Federation. We must be mindful of best practises of Federation and are therefore embarking on a Strategic Planning Day for the Board of Directors on September 18




We have continued our sharp focus on financial security and planning, and expense management. For example, over 700 people elected to receive their annual report electronically. This will save the community over $4,000!We will continue this approach with tax receipts for donations which will be sent by email if we have an email address available. 




We have spent significant time to enhance and develop our profile in the broader Winnipeg, Canadian and international Jewish and general communities. In the last several months, we have met with officials of every level of government including the Premier of Manitoba, the Mayor of the City of Winnipeg, the Senior Federal Minister to the Government of Canada, the presidents of the University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg, Red River College, Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and the Chief of Police. We will continue these important meetings to ensure that our community continues to be heard.




We are cognisant of the safety and security of students on university campuses. We have a strong group of students who are eager to plan this year’s programs under the guidance of our new Hillel Director, Arielle Branitsky.




Security at the Asper Jewish Community Campus is always a priority. Security measures, both seen and not seen, are in place at all times. We regularly meet with the management and lay leadership of the Campus Corporation on this issue for updates.



Your feedback is important to us. Please feel free to contact us with questions or concerns. 


As we head into fall, we hope to see you at the following Federation events:

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