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.

$550 Governor

$1200 Gold 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 Kristoff

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

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

Stanley Kivenko

Robert Lantos

Irving Ludmer

Jonathan Wener

William Pencer

George Reinitz

Jeffrey Segel

Manya Stendel

Irwin Tauben

Murray Waxman

Morty White


Edward Adelson

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

Lawrence Cohen

Leonard (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

Ian Greenberg

Linda Greenberg

Helen Harris

Linda Hazen-Yanow

David Kahn

Jack Klam

Arnold (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

Stephen Lipper

Martin Lucht

Aline Malka

Jack Margolis

Douglas Mayoff

Pearl Mendel

Joel Milgram

James Miller

Murray Morganstein

Vita E. Novick

Marvin Ostin

Joseph Paperman

Leila Paperman

Ross Paperman

Douglas Pascal

Norma Perlman

Herbert Ptack

Dorothy Reitman

Hillel Rosen

Shirley Rosentzveig

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

Edward Victor

Rhoda Vineberg

Richard Vineberg

Robert Vineberg

Maurice Wechsler

Stephen P. Yanow

Marvyn Yudelson

Kenneth Zakuta