My wife Dorothy and I recently enjoyed a wonderful trip with our friends David and Sharon Appotive to France where we toured the Vimy Memorial and the cemeteries of the First World War, followed by a tour of the Second World War D-Day invasion sites, beaches, museums and cemeteries of Normandy. We were all moved by the horrors of both wars, the valour of our soldiers who fought and died for our freedoms, and the respect maintained for them by the Allied countries through the beauty of the memorials, and dignity of the cemeteries. The German cemetery honouring First World War soldiers was particularly interesting because a number of them had a Magen David on the headstone. The irony that families of Jewish soldiers who fought for Germany in the first war were executed during the second was not lost on us. [Read more…]
Approximately 15 years ago in Montreal, about five years before my arrival there, Jonathan Wener, as chair of the board of the Jewish General Hospital (JGH), orchestrated two events that forever enhanced the contributions of the JGH to the delivery of health care in Quebec.
Firstly, he facilitated the hiring of Myer Bick as CEO of the JGH Foundation. Myer transformed the foundation from a $6 million per year campaign to more than $35 million annually. [Read more…]