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November 5th, 2020
The days have shortened, temperatures have dropped considerably and we are now six weeks into the second wave of the pandemic. Just about the only thing we know for sure is that this uncertain landscape is likely to continue for a year or more.
For us as individuals and as a Community, that horizon is long, dark and frightening. The isolation and loneliness continue. The anxiety, stress and, of course, financial devastation deepen.
We must make every effort to turn our pain into power by acknowledging the inspiring developments of the past seven months. We have seen a renewed commitment to Tikun Olam, Chesed and Tzedakah; an increase in volunteerism; tremendous support for our Community Recovery and Resilience Campaign and an incredible commitment from our Agencies and partners to get through this crisis together. We continue to find new ways to support each other and connect, and we have found hope and beauty in the world we now inhabit.
Last week, 10,000 Community members from across North America participated in the first-ever virtual General Assembly hosted by Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA). And we learned we are not alone, that across the continent, all Jewish Communities are experiencing the same challenges. We have each accomplished so much in a just few short months and together we are stronger.
Throughout late Spring and into Summer, Federation CJA's Board continued its work on a new strategic plan to successfully guide us through the pandemic's end. Following 24 virtual consultations with various stakeholder groups, a Community-wide survey and a systems-wide needs assessment, we are now ready to share with you our plan to move forward and ensure an engaged, vibrant, diverse and secure Jewish Community of Greater Montreal.
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By the end of the calendar year, specific operational goals will be formulated to ensure we meet our aspirational objectives. These will include a more networked approach to problem solving, improved data collection and outcome analysis capabilities, a restructuring of our community allocations system and more intentional leadership development, both lay and professional, for the entire system. We will need to invest more deeply and strategically in some areas to ensure the impact we hope to have.
We know that it is only with narrowed, laser-focused attention to our most critical community priorities that we will emerge from the pandemic leaner, stronger and even more vibrant than before. And we know, that TOGETHER we will ensure a thriving Jewish Community for our children and for their children.