Randy Abecassis

West Island Campaign Chair, 2015-2016

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

My involvement with Federation CJA started with a Mission to Israel in 2007. My husband and I always supported the organization, but the mission ignited a much stronger dedication that continues to this day.

2. What is your fondest memory to date of your time working with Federation CJA?

Experiencing a Leadership Mission to Israel with my daughter and seeing it through her eyes. This was a very special thing to share with her.

3. Can you recall a particular moment or event that impacted you profoundly?

Being involved as a madricha (chaperone) on the March of the Living - from start to finish - was a transformative experience.

4. What advice would you give to the young women following in your philanthropic footsteps?

It’s a place to meet like-minded people who believe in community. Your children learn from seeing your actions, and not just from what you tell them. Model what you want out of your kids. It’s not just about volunteering, it’s also learning how to give back.

5. What is your legacy?

Seeing my kids take on community involvement like I have. I hope they continue to do so for many years.

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