Leadership message

Federation continues to develop a stronger relationship with the U of A

On October 7, 2023, our world shifted. There is a tremendous amount of horror, outrage, sadness, and tragedy arising from that day which continues to haunt us all. There have been many reasons to feel abandoned by the non-Jewish world since that day. However, there are also some bright spots…

Federation's relationships in Israel are essential

This week I was on a Partnership2Gether Coast-to-Coast steering committee Zoom call with Meytal Novidomsky from Metullah, our Coast-to-Coast director in Israel. She and Sarah Mali, our director general in Israel, had taken the risk of returning to Metullah for a visit, figuring it was safe b…

Let the year end in light and faith

In my weekly Shabbat message, I like to touch upon some of the more topical issues to keep you informed and shed light on all that the Federation does. As this is my last Shabbat message of 2023 (next week I will be on a short break), I want to share with you how privileged I feel to be in t…

Reflecting on Spertus Institute antisemitism seminar

Last week, I had the good fortune of spending five days just south of the Magnificent Mile in Chicago at Spertus Institute participating in a seminar on combatting antisemitism. While talking about antisemitism for days on end may not sound like a pleasant experience, learning, thinking, and…

Chanukah feels different this year

Hatikvah—this is how we began the annual general meeting—singing the national anthem of Israel, which translates to “the Hope”. Hope is how we ended the AGM—with the membership overwhelming approval of moving forward with 14205-109 Avenue as the new Jewish Community Centre. This is…