A Son Continues his Father’s Legacy: Michael and Norm Latsky 

 A gift to the CJCS Foundation can honour the memory of someone special, becoming a legacy for many years to come.  Michael Latsky knew that he wanted to do something very special to honour his father Norman, who passed away suddenly in 2013.  

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Catching up with Bram Besner

The Foundation is there to support the Centre and that’s what it always should be there for. It is an important part of the community. No matter what happens, the Centre has got to be there.

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A Dedicated Duo Becomes the Foundation Board’s First Co-Presidents

At the Foundation’s Annual General Meeting in June, we were thrilled to welcome our first Co-Presidents, Roslyn Wiener and Allan Chandler. Both Roz and Allan, who just completed his two-year term as President, are exceptionally dedicated volunteers at both the Cummings Centre and Foundation, bringing a wealth of experience, energy, and a co-operative spirit to their new roles.

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A Dedicated Father and Daughter Bring a Love of Family to the Cummings Centre

“Growing up, we all learned to give of ourselves – not only financially but to always give of our time,” says Wendy Albert, who runs the Leonard Albert Family Foundation along with several family members, including two of her sons.

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Two Generations of Leadership in The Cummings Foundation Governors Program

Philip Abbey and his late father Stanley were always extremely close. “We could tell each other anything, we knew everything about each other’s lives,” Philip says. Starting in 1975, father and son worked as partners in their insurance business. Some days, however, Stanley had other business on his mind. Instead of focusing on insurance, he would spend hours and hours going over his prospective donor lists for The Cummings Centre.

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Mourning the loss of an exceptional and generous couple

We are deeply saddened to learn of the recent passing of Margrit and Steven Stenge at ages 93 and 98, within just eight days of each other. This wonderful, adoring couple was married for 71 years. The Stenges were both Holocaust survivors, and had given very generously over the years to support Holocaust survivors at the Cummings Centre, in addition to supporting the Montreal Holocaust Museum.

Learn more about the Stenges life and legacy in the Montreal Gazette.

Stand up for what you believe in!

Inspiring change comes naturally to Dorothy Reitman, an active member of the CJCS Foundation Board, a Gold Governor, and generous donor to so many initiatives. “I have always been a social activist,” says Dorothy, “Not only have I always wanted to change things where necessary, but I always worried about the most vulnerable amongst us.” Change things she has indeed in over 50 years of dedicated service to the Jewish and greater communities, locally, provincially, nationally, and internationally.

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Supporting a beneficial mental health program with heart and generosity

Allan Levitt, along with his sister Marilyn Levitt Yunis, had always felt both the desire and the obligation to give back, and the family had been a loyal supporter of the Cummings Centre over the course of many years. Already a Life Governor of the CJCS Foundation, Allan’s concern for others in the community only grew when he became a senior himself. In 2015, the Centre was seeking to secure new funding to start a Community Mental Health Day Program …

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Compassionate help for vulnerable seniors

We are tremendously grateful to Ted Adler and Sandy Lipkus for the creation of the Adler-Lipkus Compassionate Fund for Vulnerable Seniors. The Adler & Lipkus Foundation’s donation will go a long way in protecting and assisting seniors in their most difficult time of life.