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MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR OF THE BOARD

By July 19, 2020 No Comments

Greetings from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada!

It is my hope that everyone is safe and healthy during this global pandemic.  While I always look forward to my trips to Israel, unfortunately due to the pandemic, I have been unable to visit Israel and attend the meetings and donor and volunteer reception we have  been planning for the World’s Jewish Museum.  While this is very frustrating, these are unprecedented times and we recognize that patience is required.  The one saving grace is the ability to stay in touch long distance via ZOOM calls with our WJM teams, volunteers and donors in Israel, Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, Mexico, Vancouver, Ottawa and Europe.

And happily, as you will see in this newsletter, work on the content continues.  Thanks to Noa Shashar and Alan Hoffmann, the WJM Scholar’s Committee recruitment is now complete and the scholars are busy completing the assignments.  I would like to extend our special thanks to Jean de Gunzburg for taking on the position of Co-Chair of the Content Committee with Alan Hoffmann.

While we have approached many individuals to support the WJM with their donations, it was felt by most of our campaign team that now isn’t the right time given the turmoil in the investment markets and the pressing needs of many charities that are directly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.  We will however continue to connect with everyone to keep you informed about the progress of the WJM.  Given the environment we are in, our second major gala for the WJM in October 2020 in Los Angeles will be rescheduled to June 2021.  While we had plans for a big event in Miami for members of the Mexican Jewish Community, coordinated by our volunteer ambassador Jessika Slovik, this will be on hold until further notice.  In the meantime, to continue to build awareness of the WJM, we will be holding a world wide virtual event in October 2020, coordinated by Shauna Shapiro Jackson and Judy Levy.  More information to follow.

Thank you for your continued interest in the WJM.  Stay safe and healthy!

With warmest regards,
Gail Asper