As she completes her sixth year as president and CEO of Federation, Andrea Freedman recalls the inspiration she felt as a counsellor on the first-ever Birthright Israel trip – an experience that still informs her desire to help create meaningful Jewish experiences.
In what has become an annual tradition, I celebrate my work anniversary by penning a column for the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin. On March 11, I was honoured to achieve the sixth-year mark serving as president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa and the Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation.
The week before my work anniversary, and almost 19 years to the day since I wrote to Birthright Israel co-founder Charles Bronfman after experiencing the privilege of serving as a madricha (counsellor) on the first-ever Birthright Israel trip, I received an email from the Birthright Foundation with a scanned copy of the letter and a request to publish it on social media. [Read more…]