Welcome to CHW Montreal
CHW Montreal President, Alicia Epstein
I recently had a chance to speak with a group of women who had just returned from an organized tour of Israel. As CHW Montreal Centre President, my goal was to present CHW as a means to direct their new-found love of Israel and to strengthen Jewish identity in our young community.
My passion for the beautiful country of Israel was also recently renewed when I was there a couple of summers ago. Growing up, I attended Solomon Schechter Academy and went on to Herzliah High School. I travelled to Israel on the Grade 9 Herzliah trip in 1987 and visited Israel again with my husband in 1995. Now fast forward to 2016, when I went on the Solomon Schechter Israel trip as a parent volunteer. I arrived in Israel knowing it’s a key part of my Jewish identity, and I wanted to pass that on to my kids. I feel I am able to do that by leading by example. My children see the physical work as well as my emotional involvement in CHW and in our community. I often say to my children, if we don’t support Israel then who will? If we did not have our own country then where would we be? As a result, when my daughter Maya had to choose her graduating community service project, she chose to run a fundraising event for CHW. She wanted to give back to an organization that she knows is important to me but also to contribute in her own way to Israel.
Last summer, CHW Montreal partnered with Y Country Camp (YCC) to include one of our projects on the itinerary for their Junior CITs’ trip to Israel. The campers spent a morning playing with the children at the CHW Clara Balinsky (Montreal) Daycare in Israel located on the campus of The Shamir Medical Centre (Assaf Harofeh). CHW Montreal pursued this opportunity with YCC so that we can start to plant the seeds in young Montreal Jews to see the impact that Canadian donors have in Israel. To introduce the idea that there are people across the globe who dedicate their time and money to ensure that Israel’s most vulnerable are taken care of.
In line with this year’s Annual Campaign theme – My Homeland, My Impact – it’s important for my family that we keep Israel at the forefront of our minds. We all do what we can to pass along the values that we hold dear. Israel is strong in my heart, and I feel that I have passed that on to my kids for now and into the future. By supporting the CHW Annual Campaign 2019 you are making a positive difference in the lives of others.
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