June 08, 2015 – Toronto, ON The Board of Jewish Federations of Canada - UIA is pleased to announce that Julia Berger Reitman assumed the role of Chair of the board at Annual General Meeting in Toronto on June 7th, succeeding Dr. Ralph Shedletsky. She will serve in this role for two years.
“I enter Jewish Federations of Canada - UIA at a time of challenge and opportunity. I strongly believe that through renewed collaboration, commitment and compromise we can position ourselves effectively to respond to the changing dynamic of the Canadian Jewish community.”
Julia currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, and the Board of Camp Cayuga, a camp for Young Adults with Cancer. She has also served on the Executive of Federation CJA and on the Board of the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre for 10 years, including a 2-year term as president. She currently sits on their Fundraising and Nominating committees.
Previous Board involvement includes Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom and participation on the Advisory Council for the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research. Julia also served for 10 years on the Executive of ACORC (Advisory Committee on the Official Residences of Canada) of the National Capital Commission, acting as Chair for 5 years. She has a B.A. from Middlebury College and an M.A. in Political Science from McGill University.
"I am looking forward to working with Julia at this pivotal time in not only our history, but that of the larger national Jewish community,“ said President and CEO Linda Kislowicz. “Her unique perspective and wide range of experience within local and national community organizations will serve us to great benefit.”
About Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA (JFC-UIA): JFC-UIA strengthens Jewish life in Canada, Israel and overseas in partnership with Jewish Federations and communities across Canada. It represents 10 Canadian Federations and four regional councils, each of which raises and distributes funds annually for community development, social welfare and educational needs locally, nationally, in Israel and overseas. Learn more at www.jewishcanada.org.