Raymonde Abenaim

Sepharade Campaign Chair, 1993-1994

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

After my stint at the CSQ, I wanted to get involved with the organization that serves most of the Jewish population of Montreal. After volunteering for various committees, I realized how important it was for me to give back to society all the blessings I was given in my life. It was my way of thanking the community of which I am a proud member.

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

Meeting the many women who were passionately involved with Federation, and who acted as remarkably inspiring role models. Many of these women have become lifelong friends.

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

The Jerusalem 30000 mission, with which I had the privilege and honour to participate, most notably alongside Jonathan Winner. This extraordinarily large-scale event, which elicited strong participation within the Jewish community, forever strengthened my unwavering dedication to Israel.

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

For starters, volunteer in areas where you will truly make a difference, and where you can apply some expertise andknow-how before even thinking of getting involved in the decision-making. Why? Because the sense of usefulness and reward you get in return will forever shape the way you fulfil your duty to serve the community.

5. What is your legacy?

Given the highly sociable nature of humans, it is up to the Jewish people of the world to inextricably link themselves to their community, and beyond this, they must stand in unconditional solidarity with Israel.

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