Joelle Khalfa

Sepharade Women's Campaign Chair, 1992-1993

1. How did you get involved in the Federation CJA – and why?

I’ve always strongly believed that the Jewish community needs a strong and organized organization that brings together all sorts and all Jews, regardless of their country of origin, in order to represent and defend them.
In order to have a strong community, we need a strong and representative organization. In my eyes, that is what Federation CJA represents.

2. What is the fondest memory you have today of your time working with the Federation CJA?

The mission in Israel in which I participated that year. It was wonderful, inspiring, educational and enriching.

3. Do you remember a moment or an event in particular that deeply impacted you?

The speech and the multimedia presentation I prepared for my Campaign launch speech was based on real facts: the integration of new Jewish immigrants, children disrupted by their arrival in Quebec, impoverished families seeking resources in order to make it through and Jewish young offenders. By the end of my presentation, everyone in the room, with tears in their eyes, said they were ready to do their part for the Federation CJA to gather funds and to help out…

4. What advice would you give to a young woman who wants to follow in your footsteps in the field of philanthropy?

Don’t hesitate, jump in. Giving your time or money is easy. Seeing the smiles, seeing that you can be part of changing, improving the life of people and children is a wonderful thing. What we contribute is capital to insure the health and strength of our community in order to support its members.

5. What legacy would you like to pass on?

A long life to our community as a strong community.

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