By Morris Zbar--After two extremely fulfilling years on the job as UJA Federation’s President and CEO, it is time to pass the torch to Adam Minsky; a dynamic leader who I am confident will propel UJA Federation into its second century with vigor, creativity and integrity.
As I write my final message for this newsletter, I realize that this is a bittersweet time for me; a time when I look back at the last two years and all that we, as a Federation, with your help as a community, have accomplished together.
Whether it’s the creation and implementation of our Strategic Plan which will ensure that this community continues to thrive for generations to come, or the start of Phase 2 of the Sherman Campus redevelopment, UJA Federation continues the tradition of Toronto’s earliest Jewish pioneers; building infrastructure and community for those who follow.
Being at the helm of UJA Federation – a remarkable, transformative organization - has afforded me the best seat in the house; a seat from which I have been able to witness, firsthand, how truly wonderful Jewish Toronto is, and why it remains one of the strongest and most unified Diaspora communities.
I have personally witnessed uncommon philanthropic generosity; selfless volunteerism, and an unyielding commitment to helping Jews across the GTA, in Israel, and across the Jewish globe. A strong Federation is reliant on three powerful factors: volunteers, professionals and community. Fortunately, our Federation – and community – are blessed with all three.
And, while the past two years has seen its share of challenges, I wouldn’t change them for anything. They have taught me so much at a time in my life when, quite frankly, I didn’t think there was much more to learn.
When it comes to this newsletter, I’m still amazed at the number of people who have approached me over the last two years, be it at the Lipa Green Centre, a supermarket, or yes, even at a Blue Jays game, to discuss a particular news story, or just to tell me how much they enjoy receiving it and that it keeps them connected to the Jewish world – including UJA Federation. I hope that you will continue to “tune it” to the newsletter beginning in August, when it comes from “The Desk of Adam Minsky”.
I thank you all for your support and your invaluable contributions in maintaining Jewish Toronto’s status in the Jewish world, and I wish Adam the best as I pass him the reins, and, of course, the best seat in the house.
May we go from strength to strength.