Federation CJA is thrilled to present the team that will lead our community into the next decade. Please join us in welcoming Community Recovery & Resilience Campaign Chairs.

 

Mitch Garber, General Campaign Chair, 2020 Combined Jewish Appeal
Mitch Garber, General Campaign Chair, 2020 Combined Jewish Appeal

Mitch Garber and his wife Anne-Marie Boucher are influential philanthropists who have dedicated their time and money to the betterment of the community in both Israel and Montreal. They are deeply involved with the Weizmann Institute, as well as the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), where they helped organize missions to Israel for non-Jewish business and political leaders. The couple's eldest son Dylan just completed his service as a lone soldier serving in an elite Cyber Defense intelligence Unit of the IDF in Israel.

Mitch is widely known for being the first Anglophone judge on Dans L'oeil Du Dragon, the former CEO of Caesars Interactive Entertainment and Caesars Acquisition Co. and the architect of the multibillion-dollar sale of Israeli Mobile games company Playtika. He currently serves as the Chairman of Cirque Du Soleil and Chairman of Invest in Canada (Investment Canada), as well as a minority owner of the NHL team recently awarded to Seattle.

In addition to his many philanthropic associations in Israel, Mitch co-chaired Montreal's $55M Centraide campaign in 2016, established The Garber Family Post Doctorate Fellowship in Hereditary Cancer at McGill's Faculty of Medicine, and has led many other charitable initiatives.

Mitch was awarded the prestigious Order of Canada in 2019.

 

Jonathan Wener
Jonathan Wener

Jonathan Wener is a highly regarded Canadian business leader and prominent philanthropist, who has made many important contributions to the arts, education and healthcare. He was the recipient of the 2017 Samuel Bronfman Medal, Federation CJA’s most prestigious award, in honour of his extraordinary service and leadership to the Montreal Jewish community over an extended period of time.

Jonathan is an accomplished entrepreneur with interests in real estate, technology, biotechnology and recycling. In 1975, he founded the Montreal-based Canderel Group – a national innovator in real estate investment, development and management. He relinquished his role as CEO in 2019, but retains his position as Chairman.

Additionally, he serves as chancellor of Concordia University; Honorary Chair of Concordia's Comprehensive Fundraising Campaign; is a trustee and member of the Executive Committee of the Fraser Institute; is a member of the Board of the Goodman Cancer Research Centre of McGill University, and spearheads the Défi Canderel, which has raised over $17 million for cancer research.

Jonathan was awarded an Order of Canada in 2003 and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013. In May 2018, he became a member of the Order of Montreal.

 

Samantha Mintz Vineberg, Women's Philanthropy Campaign Chair for the 2020 Combined Jewish Appeal.
Samantha Mintz Vineberg, Women's Philanthropy Campaign Chair for the 2020 Combined Jewish Appeal.

Samantha Mintz Vineberg's involvement with Federation CJA began when she was a student and the Chair of FedNext. She has since chaired The Ben Gurion Society and events including Choices and Night of 100 Dinners. In 2017, as part of Federation CJA's Centennial celebrations, Samantha was the Co-Chair of the first ever Mega Mission to Montreal. She currently sits on Federation CJA's Planning and Allocations Committee.

Beyond her work with Federation CJA, Samantha is an active fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, was a Board Member at The Akiva School and a past Vice President of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim

In 2019, Samantha completed the Wexner Heritage Program; she is currently the Montreal alumni representative to the Wexner Foundation. A proud third-generation Montrealer, Samantha shares her passion for community with her husband, Justin Vineberg, and their two teenage children. She is excited to bring her love for Montreal and community to the Women's Philanthropy Campaign team during the 2020 Combined Jewish Appeal.

 

Guila Delouya,  Sepharade Philanthropy Campaign Chair for the 2020 Combined Jewish Appeal
Guila Delouya,  Sepharade Philanthropy Campaign Chair for the 2020 Combined Jewish Appeal

Guila Delouya, a dedicated member of the Montreal Jewish community, has held a multitude of impressive philanthropic and engagement roles over the years and has been an integral part of many Federation CJA events and initiatives.

In 2017, she travelled to Israel on the Montreal Mega Mission. She also previously volunteered as a canvasser for the annual campaign, co-chaired the Challah Bake, Night of 100 Dinners, and the 2018 Campaign Closing. Outside of Federation CJA, Guila has served as President of the Escale du Nord Chabad Gala.

Guila is a radiation oncologist by profession, and associate clinical professor in the department of radiology, radiation-oncology and nuclear medicine at Université de Montréal, committed to improving the lives of others. Guila is currently a member on the Board of Directors of the FQC (Quebec Cancer Foundation).

 

Martin Rosenthal, The Network Campaign Chair for the 2020 Combined Jewish Appeal.
Martin Rosenthal, The Network Campaign Chair for the 2020 Combined Jewish Appeal.

Martin Rosenthal has been involved in community for many years. After first getting involved with Federation CJA as an active member of the YAD Campaign team and co-chairing the Ben Gurion Society, he served as Vice President of JVS (Jewish Vocational Services), as a Board Member of BJEC and as a member of the CIJA-Quebec Local Partner Council. He also served as Treasurer of the Chevra Synagogue for many years and is a Past President of the Akiva School. Martin is presently a Board Member and Chair of the Audit Committee of the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM).

Martin has been married to Tina Apfeld for 28 years and they have 4 wonderful children. The entire family is active in community with Tina presently serving as Vice-President of the Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA and two of their children having served as Secretary General of the Jewish Canadian Youth Model United Nations (JCYMUN).

Martin is managing partner of EY's Transaction Advisory Services Group for Eastern Canada and has been in professional practice for 30 years. His real claim to fame is having performed at the Segal Centre alongside his children in 12 musical productions of the Akiva Players. 

 

Gail Knafo, West Island Campaign Chair for the 2020 Combined Jewish Appeal
Gail Knafo, West Island Campaign Chair for the 2020 Combined Jewish Appeal

Over the past 12 years, Gail Knafo has co-chaired numerous events and initiatives across multiple divisions within Federation CJA including as a member of the West Island Campaign and Outreach Committee, and a volunteer canvasser for the annual campaign. In 2017, she travelled to Israel as part of the Montreal Mega Mission: Centennial Edition. Gail currently Co-Chairs the West Island Women's Philanthropy Executive Committee, and serves on the Executive Committee of Federation CJA West Island and Federation CJA's Inclusion Grants Committee.

Beyond Federation CJA, Gail is a past Board Member of the JEM Workshop and served on the Board of Congregation Beth Tikvah .

Gail presently works as Program and Business Development Coordinator at Concordia University's Institute for Co-operative Education. Her family is proud to be hosting a Shinshin this year (an Israeli teen who spends the year after high school graduation volunteering abroad), as part of Federation CJA's Israel Engagement Initiative.

 

Mikhael Goldstein, Russian Philanthropy Campaign Chair for the 2020 Combined Jewish Appeal
Mikhael Goldstein, Russian Philanthropy Campaign Chair for the 2020 Combined Jewish Appeal

Mikhael Goldshtein served in the IDF Navy for eight years. 10 years ago, he moved from Israel to Canada with his family, and settled in Montreal. He was introduced to the Montreal Jewish community through the support he and his family received from Ometz as they created a new life for themselves here. He became even more connected through holiday celebrations, events and gatherings.

In addition to his time spent volunteering with Federation CJA's Russian Speaking Jews (RSJ) Philanthropy Campaign, Mikhael has volunteered as a canvasser for the annual campaign, and at the Montreal Holocaust Museum.

Today, Mikhael is in the aerospace industry, working as Project Manager at Safran Cabin Canada. In his new Campaign role, he hopes to help integrate the young Russian speaking Jewish community into the broader Montreal Jewish community.

 

Erik Langburt, GenMTL Campaign Chair for the 2020 Combined Jewish Appeal
Erik Langburt, GenMTL Campaign Chair for the 2020 Combined Jewish Appeal

Erik Langburt has been involved with Federation CJA for many years, most notably with the Richter Jewish Chamber of Commerce (JCC), where he served on the Executive Team as Vice President, Co-President and Advisor from 2011-2019.

He was a bus captain on the Mega Mission in 2017 and led the Montreal Real Estate Mission to Israel in 2019. He previously served on the Camp B'nai Brith Board of Directors, currently sits on the GenMTL Board and is on the housing solution committee for Kehilla. He is excited to use his passion for business and community to further inspire young Jewish Montrealers.

Erik has worked at Cushman & Wakefield, a leading global commercial real estate services firm for over 12 years, currently serving as an Executive Vice President. Erik's passion lies in transactions in the tech, AI, coworking, fintech and media industries.

 

Ashley Messias, GenMTL | NXT Co-Chair for the 2020 Combined Jewish Appeal
Ashley Messias, GenMTL | NXT Co-Chair for the 2020 Combined Jewish Appeal

Ashley Messias grew up volunteering with the Montreal Jewish community in school, hospitals and other organizations, citing it as an integral part of her character. She was inspired to get involved in Federation CJA after watching her parents' commitment to community throughout her life. This past year, Ashley served as a member of the GenMTL|NXT Committee, co-chairing the Sugar and Spice Challah Bake.

Ashley is a newly licensed pediatric physiotherapist, which has helped her come full circle, turning her love and passion for helping people into a fulfilling career. 

Ashley is thrilled to be leading the 2020 GenMTL|NXT Campaign and is looking forward to working closely with other dedicated community leaders to inspire the next generation.

 

Daniel Paperman, GenMTL | NXT Co-Chair for the 2020 Combined Jewish Appeal
Daniel Paperman, GenMTL | NXT Co-Chair for the 2020 Combined Jewish Appeal

Daniel Paperman grew up watching his family work closely with the Montreal Jewish community, which inspired him to get involved with Federation CJA at a young age. He has been a dedicated volunteer at the organization for many years, feeling the impact that his time and commitment as a canvasser has had on the community at large.

After working as a licensed real estate broker for the last four years, Daniel recently decided to shift gears and focus on the family's business.

Daniel has co-chaired the YP Collective program for the past two years and is looking forward to this new chapter in his life. As the GenMTL NXT Co-Chair, he is excited to connect, lead and engage with people across the board, and hopes to encourage other young Jewish adults to get more involved in the community.

 

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