Annual Campaign



United Jewish Appeal’s 2016 Annual Campaign co-chairs Felicia Posluns and Shoel Silver, together with UJA Women’s Philanthropy chair Ruth Ekstein, demonstrated Hadracha Bedugmah - leadership by example - by helping Toronto’s Jewish community help each other. Thanks to our thousands of donors, volunteers, and UJA’s comprehensive network of over 100 partner agencies, services, and schools, UJA was able to continue to realize its goal of providing support
and care for the GTA’s most vulnerable Jews; strengthen the people of Israel and the Jewish world; advocate on behalf of the Jewish community and Israel; and, through a myriad of educational opportunities, build and nurture a strong Jewish identity in our young people. For your ongoing commitment to UJA Federation and to Jewish values, we thank you!

Countless hours, evenings, and events had UJA’s 2016 Campaign Chairs (left to right) Felicia Posluns and Shoel Silver, together with UJA’s 2016 Women’s Philanthropy Chair Ruth Ekstein, helping our community raise well over $56 million in unrestricted funds to help Jews in Toronto, in Israel and around the world.

Unrestricted Core Gifts:
$56.4 Million ($45.4 million of the $56.4 million raised with the help of over 700 volunteer canvassers)
Corporate Partners Revenue:$1,025 Million
Restricted Strategic Supplementary Gifts:3,558 Million

GRAND TOTAL: $61,015 Million from over 17,610 Gifts

INCLUDING:
Walk with Israel 2016: Over 17,000 Walkers and sponsors raised over $970,000; over 400 Volunteers

Global Seder to Fight Hunger: Raised $261,631 from 3,087 gifts

Telethons: Raised $2,987,101 from 3,418 gifts

Telemarketing: Raised $1,524,352 from2,528 gifts


UJA's Run With Israel:
For those who prefer a good Run over a Walk, UJA’s Run with Israel, which attracted approximately 300 participants last year, is gearing up for its third year, and an anticipated increase in the number of runners taking to the streets. Last year, the 8 kilometre Run with Israel attracted two new and important demographics: those who had never before been to the Walk with Israel, and those who had never made a gift to UJAs Annual Campaign, while raising over $63,000.


Every person chosen to be a United Jewish Appeal Campaign Chair hears the same cliché from those who have done it before. They are told, “It is going to be the best year of your life.” Now that we have completed our year as Chairs of the 2016 Campaign, and made way for our successors, the chairs of the Centennial Campaign, we can say that it was, at least, one of the best years of our lives, but maybe not in the way our predecessors intended.

Past Chairs often point to the privilege of meeting our generous donors, attending and speaking at community events, working with a fantastic army of selfless volunteers and dedicated professionals.
All of that was true, and all of it was inspiring.

But what made this year even more special was that taking on the leadership of the Campaign meant that we immersed ourselves in learning what the vast majority of donors never have the chance to do. We came away knowing about the vast array of programs powered by our donations. What we do for our fellow Jews in Toronto, what we do with our partners for our fellow Jews in Israel, in Europe, in Yemen, etc. – the range is breathtaking. Some of our activities are described elsewhere in this Annual Report. But there is not enough room for everything.

So we could not help but be filled with pride in our Federation, our donors, and in our sense of being part of a global Jewish family driven by age-old Jewish values. And when we multiply the number of ways we help by the number of people who are helped, we realize the impact of every donation and every solicitation.

Thank you to all of you for giving us the honour to serve. May the coming year, and every year thereafter, be the best year in our community’s life.

Felicia Posluns and Shoel Silver, Co-Chairs, UJA Campaign 2016
Ruth Ekstein, Chair, Women’s Philanthropy 2016
UJA CAMPAIGN 2016 LEADERSHIP TEAM
CAMPAIGN CHAIRS
Felicia Posluns
Shoel Silver


WOMEN’S PHILANTHROPY CHAIR
Ruth Ekstein


CHAIRS OF CAMPAIGN OPERATIONS
Stephen Altbaum
Dodi Weill
ALIYAH CHAIRS
David Dulberg
Alison Himel
Glennie Lindenberg


ALIYAH VICE-CHAIRS
Howard Biderman
Evan Cooperman
Mike Fox
Mark Grammer
Anne Matlow
Sherryn Roth
Evan Shear
Errol Tenenbaum
David Weisdorf

DISCOVERY INFORMATION GROUP (DIG)
Randy Shiff
Corrine Spiegel
Darren Sukonick

MAJOR GIFTS DIVISION CHAIRS
Moni Lustig
Leanne Matlow
Laurie Sheff
Craig Walters


MAJOR GIFTS DIVISION VICE-CHAIRS
Richard Bennett
Sara Gottlieb
Michael Halbert


TOP GIFTS DIVISION CHAIRS
Felicia Posluns
Shoel Silver

TOP GIFTS DIVISION VICE-CHAIR
Simon Yakubowicz

VANGUARD DIVISION CHAIRS
Israel Mida
Melissa Muskat
Mitchell Oelbaum


VANGUARD DIVISION VICE-CHAIRS
Adir Koschitzky
James Merkur

WOMEN’S PHILANTHROPY VICE-CHAIR
Rochelle Reichert
ATARAH CHAIRS
Leslie Richmond
Aryella Weisz


LION OF JUDAH CHAIRS
Carole Gruson
Carol Grubert
Lissie Sanders

PACESETTERS CHAIRS
Martha Simmons
Shelley Sonshine
Randi Woloz

ORA CHAIRS
Ronda Goldberg
Mira Hamat
Monique Isaacson

JIAS MENTORING
Malka Lewittes
Leslie Orbach


LOJE CHAIRS
Lori Rosenthal
Laurie Sheff

THE BATHURST ST. KITCHEN CHAIRS
Brenlee Gurvey Gales
Karine Krieger
Elisa Palter

BOOK CLUB CHAIRS
Leslie Flatt
Faith Sherman
LION NETWORKING EVENT CHAIRS
Golda Brown
Suzy Kauffman
Gale Rubenstein

FAMILY TO FAMILY CHAIRS
Marnie Banack-Mogil
Tammy Baruch

MACHAR CHAIR
Adina Bloom Somer

SUMMER RETREAT CHAIRS
Helen Silverstein
Shira Silverstein

WOMEN’S PHILANTHROPY DAY CHAIRS
Anita Greenberg
Shelley Richler
JEWISH FEDERATIONS OF NORTH AMERICA (JFNA) REPRESENTATIVES
Tobie Bekhor
Hinda Silber

WOMEN’S PAST CHAIRS REPRESENTATIVE
Barbara Bank

NATIONAL WOMEN’S REP UIA
Tobie Bekhor

MEMBERS-AT-LARGE
Marcy Abramsky
Micki Mizrahi
Janice Tkatch

YORK REGION CABINET CHAIRS
Harold Seidel
Karen Seidman

UJA YOUNG LEADERS CHAIRS
Jamie Davis
Evan Pilz

DONOR RECOGNITION CHAIRS
Lisa Dack
Paul Engel

BEN GURION SOCIETY CHAIRS
Avi Kerbel
Daniel Winberg

TORONTO NATIONAL YOUNG LEADERSHIP CABINET CHAIR
Robyn Naiberg Goldberg