Shana Tova U’metuka


As Rosh Hashanah approaches, I look forward to a New Year complete with new challenges, new triumphs, the continued strength, unity and growth of our remarkable Jewish community here in Montreal, and in Israel.

As we look back over the past year, making personal assessments to determine what we need to do differently, and preparing to begin the new year with a clean slate, we must also think about the future that we want to create together; the type of Jewish community that we all want to be a part of.

Federation CJA’s mission, spanning 102 years, has fundamentally not changed.  We secure the resources to promote and strengthen Jewish life and take care of the vulnerable.  These are legacies that are perpetuated through our affiliated agencies and institutional relationships whether in Montreal, Israel or around the world.

Reflecting on the needs of our Jewish Community moving forward, and recognizing the changing environment around us, Federation CJA must evolve in order to meet today’s realities. 

We are focused on amplifying three priorities, and committing resources, human and other, to supporting a vision for a strong and vibrant Jewish Community. Simply stated, our priorities are:

  1. To ensure that we have a Capital “J”; Jewish community that is highly engaged ;
  2. To Secure the financial resources to meet the needs of our community;
  3. To Make evidence based decisions grounded in data and evaluation

These three priorities are the key to fulfilling our 102-year-old mission for decades to come.

Difficult, evidence based decisions taken today will ensure our future as a strong vibrant Jewish community. We need to embrace change and lead the Jewish community into the future. That is the commitment and responsibility of Federation CJA.

The Montreal Jewish community is by all standards one of the greatest if not the greatest Jewish Community in the diaspora.  Federation CJA is uniquely positioned not only to maintain everything that is so special in this community, but also to amplify it, strengthen it and make it even greater for future generations. No other organization has the depth and breadth to support community today, evaluate our community’s changing landscape, rise to our greatest challenges, and capitalize on our most exciting possibilities. This is our debt to our ancestors, and our promise to future generations.

Let me take this opportunity to wish all of you a Shana Tova U’metuka and may you be inscribed in the book of life once again, so you can continue making this world a better place.

Yair Szlak, LL.B
Chief Executive Officer
Federation CJA

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