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Jewish Federation President Laurel Malkin (right) presents a certificate to Federation CEO Elaine Goldstine on the occasion of Elaine’s 25th year of service to the Federation.

Elaine Goldstine honoured for 25 years of service to the Federation

The Jewish Federation of Winnipeg was able to allocate more money to its 12 member agencies this past year despite there having been less money donated to the Combined Jewish Appeal campaign than the previous year ($5,668,391 in 2017/18 as opposed to $5,701,468 in 2016/17).





That was one of the major takeaways from the Annual General Meeting of the Jewish Federation, held Thursday, December 6 in the Multipurpose room of the Asper Campus.
Also at the meeting, Federation CEO Elaine Goldstine was recognized for her 25 years of service to the Federation, the last three as CEO after having previously served as CJA Campaign Director.

Other highlights of the financial report, which was given by Federation Chief Financial Officer Carlos Benesdra, included:
• A reduction in CJA Campaign expenses from $526,000 in 2016/17 to $471,000 in 2017/18.
• The Leave More Than Memories Fund, which is managed by the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, grew to $4,505,659.  Eleven new individuals made donations to the Leave More Than Memories Fund, while 71 individuals added to the donations they had previously made. There was a $72,000 bequest given from one specific estate to the CJA, which was subsequently transferred to the Leave More Than Memories Fund.
(In a later conversation I had with Carlos Benesdra, I was told that interest from the fund earned 4.2%, which translated into $190,000. The interest from the fund is one of the principle reasons the Federation was able to increase allocations to member agencies despite the drop in campaign contributions.)
• The reserve fund of the Federation grew by $73,000 (from $516,281 to $611,660).
• Of the allocations given to member agencies of the Federation, Gray Academy was by far the largest recipient of funds, followed by Jewish Child & Family Service and the Rady JCC.

In her report at the AGM, Federation President Laurel Malkin thanked the Board of Directors and the 15 members of the staff at the Federation for their hard work.
Malkin cited some of the major accomplishments of the Federation, aside from the funds it was able to allocate to its member agencies. Among those was the growth in PJ Library, which now sends books to 840 children in Winnipeg. The Federation contributes $50 US for each one of those children, Malkin explained.
The other funds for PJ Library come from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, which began PJ Library in 2005. PJ Library was first brought to Winnipeg 10 years ago, Malkin noted. Demand for PJ Library is so strong, Malkin added, that there is now a wait list to join.

In other remarks, Malkin noted that:
• Over 6,000 newcomers have come to Winnipeg over the past 15 years as a result of the Federation’s GrowWinnipeg initiative.
• 74 individuals from Winnipeg between the ages of 18-26 went on the Birthright Israel program this past summer. In addition, a new project which allows individuals between the ages of 27-32 who have never been to Israel also saw seven individuals go to Israel as part of that initiative.
Finally, CJA Campaign Chair Steve Kroft noted that, as of December 6, the CJA Campaign had raised a total of $5.12 million.

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