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DONOR PROFILE: LINDA FRUM

By September 6, 2019 No Comments

The Honourable Linda Frum was appointed to the Senate of Canada in 2009 by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.  She represents the Province of Ontario.

Senator Frum is a committed and passionate member of the Jewish community in Toronto and is a dedicated supporter of Israel.  She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the United Jewish Appeal of Greater Toronto and is on the board of the United Israel Appeal.  In 2018, she co-chaired a record setting annual UJA Toronto campaign.

Senator Frum is a fierce advocate for human rights in Iran and has co-sponsored Iran Accountability on Parliament Hill.  She is known for her legislative efforts to eliminate foreign funding in Canadian elections.  In 2017, Senator Frum introduced in the Senate the bill that designates May as Canadian Jewish Heritage Month.  She is a member of the International Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation Committee and is an Honourary Board Member of NGO Monitor.

Senator Frum is a graduate of McGill University and is a former journalist.  She is a best selling author and a Gemini Award-winning documentarian.  She lives in Toronto with her husband Howard Sokolowski, a real estate developer and together they have five children and two grandchildren

When asked why she chose to get involved with the World’s Jewish Museum, Senator Frum noted:   “I remember Gail Asper telling me about the World’s Jewish Museum project a few years ago.  At the time, I didn’t really understand if there was a pressing need for a museum of this kind in Israel.  It wasn’t until I was on a recent trip to Israel with my family and was looking at my cultural and museum options that Gail’s words came back to me.  She had told me that 70% of Jewish museums focus on the Holocaust or Jewish survival and the other museums don’t really cover the big Jewish story – the story of our history and the remarkable impact Judaism and the Jewish people have had on civilization, whether it’s the impact of the Bible, the Theory of Relativity, psychoanalysis, human rights or super heroes.  I began to realize that it would be wonderful if I could take my kids to see this kind of museum and strengthen their relationship with the State of Israel and their relationship with their Jewish identity.

My involvement with the Jewish community of Toronto has made me realize how important it is that we take steps now to teach the next generation about how Judaism enriches the world and why our values are worth understanding, preserving and celebrating.  I want my kids to be proud of their heritage.   My hope for the World’s Jewish Museum is that we change our narrative from one of persecution and tragedy to one of positive impact and being a light unto the nations.

The project has an iconic Frank Gehry designed building, a spectacular piece of land on the Mediterranean and a remarkable 3500 year story.

I think this project is important for the entire Jewish world to embrace, which is why my family has not only committed to support the campaign, but we are also helping to inspire other people to donate as well.  I would really like to see the World’s Jewish Museum developed in Israel as soon as possible so I can enjoy it with my children and grandchildren for many years to come.

If we work together, I know anything is possible.”