Just a few weeks ago, my father, the late Morris Kimmel, passed away.
While sitting shiva, my sisters and I heard so many stories about Morris, many of which focused on the fact that, when my father was passionate about a cause, he “got the job done.”
My late parents, Morris and Lillian, were both committed to our community. They were the perfect role models for getting involved and trying to make a positive difference wherever possible.
Getting the job done takes commitment to take on the tasks at hand and follow through to complete the job.
Getting the job done takes dedicated volunteers and staff who are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and do the tough work. As Chair of the Federation, I am extremely proud of our Board of Directors, staff and committee members who have committed themselves to building a stronger more vibrant Jewish community.
In the past year, we have had many success stories. An increase of donations and an increase in donors to our Annual Campaign are very positive signs.
Thank you to our Campaign Chairs Leiba Krantzberg and Charles Schachnow and all the captains and canvassers who have devoted so much of their valuable time to ensure we have funding to support the many essential needs of our agencies.
Thanks to Linda Kerzner and the strategic planning committee, we have just rolled out our five-year strategic plan. I am personally very excited about the plan, which establishes clear benchmarks so that we will be able to monitor where we are meeting our goals and where we will have to pay more attention or change tactics in order to ensure success between now and 2019.
As in most Jewish communities, Jewish education affordability is still a concern in Ottawa. We continue to struggle, but are committed to provide a Jewish education for every Jewish child. Special thank you to Stephen Victor and Richard Sachs for taking on the special fundraising initiative for the Ottawa Jewish Community School in order to ensure our community school will be sustainable for the future.
At our annual general meeting on June 18, we honoured three individuals who have each, in their own way, “got the job done.” Mazel tov to Mitchell Bellman, recipient of the Gilbert Greenberg Distinguished Service Award; Henry Molot, recipient of the Shem Tov Community Volunteer Award; and Tamara Fathi, recipient of the Freiman Family Young Leadership Award.
As you can see, we have accomplished a lot by “getting the job done.” But there is a lot more work to do. I hope you will consider doing a mitzvah by getting involved and helping make a positive difference today and for years to come.
Am Yisrael chai b’shalom.