Dear Community Members,
Yesterday, we were deeply saddened to hear the news that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II passed away. As Britain's longest-reigning monarch, she ruled with dignity, wisdom, and grace for 70 years. May all who mourn her loss find comfort in Queen Elizabeth's incredible legacy of leadership during her steadfast reign. May her memory be for a blessing.
Fall is upon us, and with it, comes a very special time for Jewish people. It is a time of introspection and reflection, with a palpable feeling of renewal as we set our sights on the future, ready to embrace what lies ahead.
For the past two years, our community has weathered many challenges and emerged stronger and more resilient than before. Your contributions have ensured that our community's future is bright and secure. As we launch our Combined Jewish Appeal (CJA) Campaign for 2022-2023, we are asking for your support once more.
Each year, the CJA raises funds to support our twelve local beneficiary agencies, as well as countless programs and services throughout the community, in Israel, and around the world. As inflation rises, and the costs of those programs and services increase, we are focused on addressing our community’s needs amidst these challenges. Please consider donating or increasing your gift
to help us keep up with these challenging times. Through your support of the CJA, you are doing your part to ensure the viability and prosperity of our community.
Our SuperSunday Telethon is this Sunday, September 11 from 9:30 am-12:30 pm. If you receive a call from our wonderful volunteer canvassers, please support our community.
You are invited to the 2022-2023 CJA Community-Wide Campaign Launch, taking place on September 20 at 7:00 pm. We are pleased to welcome Yaron Deckel, a renowned, award-winning Israeli journalist and the Regional Director for The Jewish Agency for Israel, in conversation with Emily Kalo to discuss Jews in distress around the world and how you help through the CJA Campaign. Please register for this free event here
As part of our ongoing public affairs and advocacy efforts, we have the pleasure of working with The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), our advocacy agent and partner who are supported through your gift to the CJA. We are appreciative of their recent work in addressing the NDP and Jagmeet Singh after they sent out a deeply problematic newsletter to NDP supporters. It contained divisive rhetoric that absolves the Palestinians of agency and responsibility and puts all the onus for impasse on Israel. Learn more about what happened and act by telling the NDP
to stop demonizing Israel and ignoring the reality on the ground.
Israel is closer to us than ever before! With more than 25 years of experience organizing leadership missions to Israel, your Federation invites you to experience this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Participating in the mission will give you a unique understanding of insights into Israeli society – expect to be wowed by its shared society community programs, innovative solutions, and opportunities for business and cultural programs. We invite you to join us for an unforgettable journey to Israel from February 15-26, 2023 where you will experience Israel's scenic beauty, enjoy outstanding cuisine, hear from inspiring innovators and leaders, and partake in other unique experiences that only Israel can offer. For more information click here
or call 204.477.7424 if you are interested in learning more or have any questions regarding cost and itinerary. We hope that you will join us for this life-changing experience in Israel next year!
With Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur fast approaching, we would like to wish you and your families a wonderful, healthy, and sweet 5783.
Shabbat Shalom and Shanah Tovah,