Everyone who comes to the Y on weekday mornings certainly already knows our new CEO, Elyse Rosen.
Prior to being named to her new position, Elyse was a fixture in the gym, and could be found either lifting weights in the Fitness Centre or participating in early morning group fitness classes. An avid fitness enthusiast, Elyse refers to the Y as her “Cheers”– a place where everyone knows her name. “There is such a warm, welcoming sense of community at the Y”, she says, adding that “my mouth always ends up getting as good a workout as my body, since I probably spend as much time chatting with other members as I do exercising”.
As the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, Elyse feels a deep sense of obligation to carry forward her Jewish heritage and shares the Y’s vision of sustaining Jewish continuity. “In my view, in order for the Jewish community of Montreal to thrive, it needs a strong and vibrant JCC”, she says. “My goal is to ensure that the Y serves as a hub where we can all connect with one another, celebrate our rich heritage, and share our common values.” She explains that cultivating a sense of belonging is the cornerstone of that objective: “I want everyone to feel welcome at the Y, regardless of age, background, or degree of observance.”