The Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA has been the gathering place for generations of Jewish Montrealers for over 100 years. We are a member driven organization that responds to the needs of our community.

In this pursuit, our mission is to be the destination of choice for all members of our community; a place where every individual is inspired to achieve a feeling of total wellness, to experience a profound sense of belonging and connection, and to embrace the value of  the responsibility to others Israel Areivim Ze Laze.


The Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA evokes many beautiful memories. Moments that shaped our lives, and those of our children and grandchildren.  We believe that all children and their families should have access to the tools they need to stay active and connected to our Jewish heritage and traditions.

Our core beliefs and values of chesed and tzedaka, are an integral part of our culture and identity. Becoming a Y Governor is an act of tikun olam, repairing the world and ensuring a safeguard to all members of our community in need.

$613 Governor

$1260 Gold Governor

$1800 Chai Governor

$10,000 Life Governor

$25,000 Life Gold Governor

Mimi went to the YM-YWHA’s summer day camp for the first time when she was 5 years old. She has only missed one summer since then. We ended up there for day camp because no one else had the capacity and willingness to work with us to accommodate her needs. But more so, while the Y provides a buddy for each kid with needs, they also make every effort to integrate the kids with the camp that serves more typically developing kids.

Julie Kristof

Our son has autism. Summer break is supposed to be home to some of your sweetest childhood memories. And we feared that all Peter would remember is feeling alone, not included, and out of place. Many summer camps just don’t have the resources to help autistic kids integrate. It was heartbreaking. Then we found out about the Y’s summer camp and everything changed. Through the expert support, kindness, and dedication of the counselors and staff at the Y, he’s become so much more… him. We see him eagerly participating and making friends. We see him reaching out to his peers instead of shying away from them. We see his personality emerging more and more. He wouldn’t be the ball of absolute sunshine he is without the Y. He wouldn’t feel like he belongs. He wouldn’t have a place.

Peter Watson

Last Monday my son who is 34 years old, had the experience of going to see the Habs play. What an amazing experience for him. He not only met up with his group, who meet at the Y every Wednesday, but with other members of the Y. So, as a whole group they travelled together to the Bell centre. This what inclusiveness is about. He will not forget the rush of the game but also being part of a larger group.

Sue Brotherwood

Make a difference today, become a Y Governor. Call Sarah Malka at 514-737-8628 ext. 568 or send her an email


Life Gold Governors

Jack Gitlitz C.A. z”l

Jeffrey Kadanoff

Larry & Rena Katz z”l

Reevin Pearl

David Oberman

Nat & Thelma Rappaport z”l

Saul Rose z”l

Benjamin Schwam z”l

Life Governors

Lavy Becker z”l

Max Coblentz, Q.C. z”l

Cohen & Manton Family

Howard Cooper z”l

Jack Engels z”l

Sari Nadler z”l

Sid Ross z”l

Morris Schwartz z”l

Morris Shore, C.A.

Gold Governors

Howard Berish

Aaron Fish

Michael Frankel

Stanley Kivenko

Robert Lantos

The Irving Ludmer Family Foundation

Jodi Mintz

William Pencer

George Reinitz

Jeffrey Segel

Manya Stendel

Irwin Tauben

Murray Waxman

Jonathan Wener

Morty White


Dr. Edward Adelson
Rivka Augenfeld
Marilyn Avrith
Charles Benjamin
Carol Berall
Hyman Bloom
Joan Bloom
Michael Blumenstein
Barbara Bronfman
Harold Brownstein
Natalie Brownstein
Michael Caplan
Rhoda Chankowsky
Sol Chankowsky
Mattie Chinks
David Cohen
E. Lawrence Cohen
Leonard Cohen z”l
Alice Cohen
Michael Cons
Stanley Cons
Pearl Cooper
Allan Coopersmith
Trudy Cusmariu
Reuben Croll
Marilyn Edelstein
Frank Engelberg
Robert Fainer
Jeff Feldman
Linda Feldman
Solly Feldman
Lynn Garfinkle
Geoffrey J Gelber
Alan Z Golden
Colette Golden
Shirley Goldfarb
Annette Goldman
Lionel Goldman
Murray Goodz
Philip Greenberg
Ian Greenberg
Linda Greenberg
Helen Harris
Linda Hazen-Yanow
David Kahn z”l
Jack Kivenko
Jack Klam
Arnold Kostiner z”l
Leona Kostiner
Abbey Kreisman
Leslie Laing
Nan Lassner
Harriet Lazare
Philip C. Levi
Janis Levine
Allan Levitt
Joseph Levitt
Morris Libstug
Ben Lipes
J. Stephen Lipper
Martin Lucht
Aline Malka
Jack Margolis
Douglas Mayoff
Pearl Mendel
Sheldon Merling
Joel Milgram
Murray Morganstein
Vita E. Novick
Marvin Ostin
Joseph Paperman
Leila Paperman
Ross Paperman
Douglas Pascal
Norma Perlman z”l
Dr. Herbert Ptack
Dorothy Reitman
Hillel Rosen
Shirley Rosentzveig
Scott Rozansky
Simon Rossdeutscher
Dr. Gerald Rudick
Lyon Sachs
Joe Schaffer
Edouard Schouela
Sheila Schouela
Steven Schouela
Manuel Shacter
Barry Shapiro
Barbara Sheiner
Gerald Sheiner
Philip Shuster
Ronald Singer
Edward Victor
Rhoda Vineberg
Richard Vineberg
Robert Vineberg
Maurice Wechsler
Stephen P. Yanow
Marvyn Yudelson
Kenneth Zakuta