At Reena’s recent Annual General Meeting held before an audience of over 140 people including Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services; outgoing Reena Board Chair Helen Vale, and incoming Chair Lorne Sossin, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto’s Robin Gofine received the Morris Baker Ish Tzadik Award for her work with the disabled and commitment to inclusion.
The Morris Baker Ish Tzaddick Award was established in memory of Morris Baker, to honour a worthy individual or individuals who have made an outstanding commitment to the enhancement of life for people with developmental disabilities.
“This year it is my pleasure to present this award to my friend and colleague Robin Gofine, whose caring dedication and generosity to people with special needs is an inspiration to us all,” said Bryan Keshen, President and CEO, Reena, while presenting the award to Gofine. “Robin is a true role model. In her professional role at UJA Federation as Vice President, Strategic Planning, she has made accessibility and inclusion a forefront issue. Robin has, and continues to advocate for inclusive and accessible programs and services. In her volunteer work with schools and synagogues, Robin continues that effort and ensures that the doors are open and systems change. Robin does not just advocate in the public forum but I have seen Robin acknowledge and engage the person before acknowledging the disability. Robin you are Isha tzadiakah, a person of justice, exemplifying the best in seeking to make the world more righteous.”
“This award represents the collective efforts of many champions of inclusion within the Jewish community of Toronto,” said Gofine. “I am very proud to be part of a community that prioritizes the inclusion of people with disabilities and their families in all aspects of Jewish life”.
“We are proud that Robin’s efforts in support of people with special needs in the Jewish community have been recognized,” said Morris Zbar, President and CEO, UJA Federation. “She has been a tireless advocate both within UJA Federation and in the community-at-large for a truly inclusive community. Her leadership is an example to us all.”