Outgoing member of KH Executive
"Let the new generation lead!"
"It has been a privilege for me to serve on KH Executive, along with some of the most wonderful people I have ever met", says Stanley. “I met extraordinary people - not only in terms of their commitment, but also in terms of their success in just about everything they do. Look at [immediate past KH-UIA World Board of Trustees Chair] Yohanna Arbib-Perugia's enthusiasm and the position she attained at such a young age! Look at Julia Koschitzky, Mark Leibler, Jack Smorgon, Menno Paktor - they achieved outstanding professional success and could have enjoyed life without too many hassles. But in fact, they dedicated the major part of their lives to their people's needs. I feel very proud to have been part of this group, who embody KH's unique sense of 'togetherness' ".
The Canadian Jewish News announces the bestowing of the 2012 Yakir KH Award on Stanley Plotnick.
"Actually, I resigned from all my posts", Stanley emphasizes. "For example, I wanted to choose my successor at the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA). So David Cape replaced me as Vice-Chair, and now chairs the Centre. This is crucial for me. Everything has changed - life, business, family. Of course, experience has a great deal of value, but even if we understand the changes around us, we can't and don't have the same life experiences as those who are now in their 30s and 40s. I was seven when Israel was born, and I remember my parents laughing and crying at the same time. For my grandchildren, it is a fact of life".
Stanley greatly admires the Kesher project for Young Leadership leaders, which is supported by Julia Koschitzky ("she did a great thing here, she's truly a visionary") and the Forum initiative as well.
Stanley's involvement in Israel began with projects in Yeruham, in the eastern Negev, in the early '90s, but his name is first and foremost linked to the city of Beersheva and the Bnei Shimon Region in general. "I fully believe in the need to promote the Galilee and Negev, as well, of course, as Jerusalem. This will have an impact also on the coexistence between Jews and Arabs. Regarding the Negev, we can't have half of the country almost empty!"
Close friends, Beersheba's Mayor Ruvik Danilovich and Stanley Plotnick, say it all in one picture!
An important leader also of the Montreal Jewish community, Stanley comments: "Montreal has a great, long established Jewish community of nearly 90,000. But it faces challenges as well. 20% of Montreal's Jews live below the line of poverty line. And for a number of years younger Jews were leaving the city. Fortunately the tide has changed. Young families are not only staying in Montreal, but also assuming the leadership of the community. And, with their leadership and personal finances, they have created an incredible initiative, “Gen J” , to ensure that the future generations have strong ties to both their Jewishness and Israel. I am deeply proud of them”.
Stanley has resigned from KH Executive but in no way intends to end his involvement in Jewish and Zionist affairs. "I don't worry about tomorrow", he smiles. "It will be my pleasure to do anything David Koschitzky and KH leadership ask me to do on a personal and voluntary basis. The big difference is that it won’t be a 24/7 activity any more. But my passion and love for Israel will remain unchanged. I'll be happy and proud to contribute in any way I can".
The worldwide Keren Hayesod family wishes to thank Stanley for decades of generosity, vision and dedication. May you enjoy many more years of good health and happiness with Barbi and all your loved ones, along with continued activity on