The Jewish Leadership Recognition Awards pay tribute to excellence in leadership and in programming – in our own community, and beyond. They are a way to say Kol Hakavod – and to give Kavod! – to those who have committed themselves to making a real difference in the lives of others.
Volunteers embody the spirit of Tikun Olam, a value that Federation CJA holds dear. They add incalculable value to the Jewish communal enterprise – to our schools, shuls, health institutions, agencies, and most notably, to Federation CJA itself – and to the welfare of the greater Montreal community.
Among these countless volunteers – to whom we owe an immense debt of gratitude – there are those who step up to assume exceptional responsibilities; those who step up to lead. The Jewish Leadership Recognition Awards are about celebrating our volunteer leaders. They are about recognizing those individuals who lead by example, the leaders who consistently go above and beyond the call of duty in service of our Jewish community, and in pursuit of the greater good.
The award winners inspire us to be the best that we can be, and then work alongside us to help us get there. Federation CJA is deeply grateful for their contributions.
President, Federation CJA
Chief Executive Officer, Federation CJA
DISTINGUISHED LEADERSHIP AWARD
Recognizes and honours two individuals whose exemplary leadership has had significant positive impact on the enhancement, enrichment and continuity of Jewish life and who have demonstrated exceptional and enduring service to the Jewish community. Candidates must be over 45 years of age and have proven ability and continued potential to serve in a leadership capacity.
Monica Mendel Bensoussan
MANNY BATSHAW AWARD FOR LONGSTANDING COMMUNITY SERVICE
Recognizes two individuals who have demonstrated longstanding and wide-ranging volunteer service at Federation CJA and the broader Jewish community. Candidates must have a minimum of 18 years of active volunteerism within Federation CJA and in the Jewish community as a whole, and have served as a role model to other volunteers.
RBC TIKUN OLAM AWARD FOR SERVICE TO THE BROADER COMMUNITY
Established by the Royal Bank of Canada, this award recognizes outstanding achievement by a Jewish Montrealer who has contributed significantly to the betterment of the broader society, whether locally, provincially, nationally or internationally. The individual will have a demonstrated record of exceptional volunteer or professional contribution to one or more non-profit organizations mandated to serve the public good beyond the Jewish community.
Sheila Kussner, O.C., O.Q., C.O.M.
MILDRED B. LANDE AWARD
This award is presented to a woman who characterizes exemplary communal leadership. The recipient is dedicated to the highest principles of volunteerism, community fundraising and tzedakah, and serves as an inspiration to others, following the path and the ongoing vision of the late Mildred B. Lande, CM.
MINNIE CUMMINGS ABBEY AWARD
This award is presented to a dynamic volunteer in Women’s Philanthropy who, by her inspiring leadership, dedication and foresight, has espoused the ideals, spirit and vision of the late Minnie Cummings Abbey.
ROSALIND GOODMAN LEGACY AWARD
Established by the Goodman family, the Rosalind Goodman Legacy Award is presented to an up-and-coming woman volunteer residing in Montreal who exemplifies the legacy of Rosalind Goodman in dedicating herself to repairing the world.
Ruth Bensimon Choueke
GERTRUDE & HENRY PLOTNICK YOUNG LEADERSHIP AWARD
Established by the Plotnick family and friends in honour of Gertrude and Henry Plotnick to recognize two young people who, through their involvement in community work, are making significant contributions and exhibiting outstanding commitment to the Jewish people. These individuals are young leaders between the ages of 30 and 45 who volunteer at Federation CJA, or in any Jewish organization, and who will continue to serve in a leadership capacity.
JON ROSKIES AWARD FOR NEW LEADERSHIP
Established in memory of the late Jon Roskies, this award recognizes and honours two newly involved, highly motivated individuals who display a commitment to volunteer community work. Recipients will have demonstrated positive attributes and leadership skills in Federation CJA, or in any Jewish organization, within the previous three years and are between the ages of 20 and 35.
RUTH & MICHAEL ROSENTHAL FAMILY STUDENT LEADERSHIP AWARD
Established by the Rosenthal family to honour a CEGEP or university student active in volunteer community work, this award recognizes leadership potential through outstanding involvement in the Jewish community. Nominees must be full-time CEGEP or university students expecting to continue their studies on a full-time basis for at least one more year.
YAD LEADERSHIP AWARD
Established by Marty Lieberman and family to honour Renée Brooks Lieberman, chair of the Young Adult Division (YAD) from 1996-1998, this award pays tribute to an active member of YAD for their creative leadership and dedication to young adults in the Jewish community.
BRENDA & SAMUEL GEWURZ AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN JEWISH EDUCATION
Established by Brenda and Samuel Gewurz in 2007, this award honours two outstanding educational professionals in the field of Jewish education. By establishing this award, the Gewurz family is demonstrating their commitment to those educators whose job is the education and transmission of Jewish values and ideas to young people and adults in the Montreal Jewish community.
AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNITY PROGRAMMING
This award honours a non-profit organization or community program for outstanding achievement. It recognizes superior initiative, quality service delivery and significant impact on the local Jewish community. Any agency, program or organization under Jewish auspices in Montreal is eligible for this award.
JEWISH CANADIAN YOUTH MODEL UNITED NATIONS
Samantha Rosenthal and Jessica Sniatowsky
OMETZ: COCKTAILS & CONVERSATION
Cathy Grundman, Lois Liverman and Stephanie Steinman
OUTSTANDING EMPLOYEE AWARD
This award recognizes up to three employees who have demonstrated constant performance of the highest caliber and made significant tangible contributions to the Montreal community above and beyond what is expected in the course of their day-to-day responsibilities.