Sarah Beutel, a nine-year veteran of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa professional staff, has been appointed Federation vice-president of community building. She succeeds Bram Bregman, who stepped down last month.
Beutel, previously the Federation director of community collaboration, said she wants to “continue to think about, and imagine how, we can take the community forward and leverage our strengths.”
Originally from Montreal, Beutel moved to Ottawa 20 years ago to pursue a master’s degree in public administration “and never left.” She married Ottawa native Steven Morgan, and they have four children.
“We have a very wonderful community with many good things happening,” said Beutel. “I’m not coming in to change things, but to continue to build relationships with community organizations and members of the community.
“We have to identify our challenges and work to address those challenges by leveraging our strengths, what we have going for us, and working from there. We have a lot to build on as this is a great Jewish community with great things happening.”
Over the past nine years, Beutel has worked on many Federation dossiers – from event planning to the allocation process for beneficiary agency funding.
“My job will focus on many areas, not one thing specifically,” she said. “To achieve our Federation goals we have to work in lots of areas, with lots of groups and ages.”
Beutel has also been an active Jewish community volunteer for many years and has been national president of Na’amat Canada since 2014.
Beutel has been a driving force behind many community successes the past few years, noted Federation President and CEO Andrea Freedman, “from the Shabbat Project to a revamped grants and evaluation process, and from the exciting new Shinshinim program to enhancing relationships with all community organizations. Her experience, skills and the respect she has earned through her hard work, talents and obvious passion, make her the ideal choice for this position and for our community. To know Sarah, is to like and respect Sarah!”
“I cannot remember a time in my life when I was not actively working to better the Jewish community, and I am excited to be able to continue contributing in a meaningful way to building a strong and vibrant Jewish community for my children, grandchildren and for future generations,” said Beutel.
Sarah Beutel can be reached at 613-798-4696, ext. 253 or firstname.lastname@example.org.