Happy Hanukkah and 2016 in Review
December 30, 2016
Happy Festival of Lightsחג אורים שמח
2016 Year in Review
Message to members of JSpaceCanada from
Karen Mock
President, JSpaceCanada

 
Dear Friends,
 
Thank you very much for your interest in and support for JSpaceCanada.  I am honoured to have been elected as the new chairperson at our Annual General Meeting in November.  I would like to extend heartfelt thanks to those who laid a strong foundation for our organization –  Nora Gold, Founding Chair, who steered JSpaceCanada to a successful launch in 2011, Issie Lyon who led us through the formative years that included two fantastic biennial conferences and culminated in our becoming a registered not-for-profit organization, and Hart Schwartz, who stepped up as our Acting Chair for 2016.
 
In the past year JSpaceCanada raised the progressive Jewish voice through many dynamic and successful programs. To read about our year in detail, see Hart’s Year in Review presented to our Annual General Meeting.
         
A capacity crowd attended the AGM at Holy Blossom Temple to hear Hon. Irwin Cotler speak on “Principles of a Just Foreign Policy in the Middle East”.  The turnout was twice as large as any previous JSpaceCanada event and is testimony to the desire in our community to promote justice in the Middle East and protect human rights in Israel as a democratic Jewish state.
 
I look forward to working with our new Board of Directors and Advisory Committee and with the members of JSpaceCanada to continue the outstanding work begun by our founders. Your support will help us raise progressive Jewish voices in Canada. Watch this space for news of exciting programming in the coming year!
 
Wishing you and your families a very Happy Hanukkah, a wonderful Holiday Season, and all the best of health and happiness in 2017.  May it be a year of peace.
The directors for 2017 are Karen Mock, Chair, David R. Brooks, Francine Dick, Marc Dolgin, Limor Petersil Farhi, Ron Kanter, Henry Ruschin,
Miriam Schachter, Devon Spier