The Chair and Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa cordially invite all community members to attend the


Federation Annual General Meeting
Wednesday, June 17th, 2020


7:00 pm via Zoom conference

Kindly RSVP to Cibele at by June 12



Section 11.22 of the by-laws state that “ At least thirty (30) days before the annual general meeting, the board of directors shall send the Nominating Committee report to each Full Member and invite each Full Member to provide the President and Chief Executive Officer, at least fourteen (14) days before the annual meeting, the name of any additional candidates which he/she wishes to nominate, together with a letter of support from five (5) other Full Members of the Corporation and a statement by the candidate of interest and qualifications.”

Submissions should be sent to Cibele Rosa,, no later than 5 p.m. June 3, 2020 with the following subject line, RE: Nominating Committee Report, additional candidate.

The Jewish Federation of Ottawa is pleased to announce the Community Service Award recipients for 2020.

From left to right:

Student Leadership Award - Daniel Kuhnreich & Cara Lebenzon 

Freiman Family Young Leadership Award - Adina Libin 

Shem Tov Community Volunteer Award - Sharon and David Appotive

---   To read more about each recipient, please visit their respective award pages.

Special Guest speaker: Eric D. Fingerhut 

Eric D. Fingerhut is the President and CEO of The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA). Prior to his appointment at JFNA, Mr. Fingerhut served as the President and CEO of Hillel International from 2013-19. At Hillel, he led the organization’s Drive to Excellence, which resulted in doubling the number of students engaged by Hillel each year to over 130,000 and the total funds raised each year to nearly $200M. His emphasis on recruiting, training and retaining top talent for the system, and on building a data and performance-driven organization, have become models for the non-profit sector.  

Mr. Fingerhut has also had a varied and distinguished career in public service and higher education. He served as Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents from early 2007 to 2011, leading Ohio’s system of public universities and colleges; as Ohio state senator from 1997 to 2006; and represented Ohio’s 19th congressional district in the U.S. Congress from 1993 to 1994. In 2004, he was the Democratic Party’s candidate for U.S. Senate. 

Mr. Fingerhut received a juris doctorate from Stanford University Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University. He and his wife Amy have two sons, Sam and Charlie, and beagles Pedro and Lulu.