It is our honour and privilege to be the co-chairs of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa Annual Campaign for 2017. This campaign is not about Federation, it is not about agencies, but instead is about all of us, our community, our kehillah. As chairs, we are here today, and to the end of the campaign, to help, to push, to prod and to remind everyone, that it is a blessing to live in a place like Ottawa, and a community like ours.
Both of us grew up here, and have benefited from what our community has to offer. Our educations, our summers, our faith, our recreation and our culture have all been fashioned by the community built by the generations that came before us. Our parents, our grandparents, and the multitude of those with whom we have no familial connection who built this community, provided us with the opportunity to grow up Jewishly in this city, to live Jewishly, and to raise our children Jewishly. [Read more…]