Yet as excited as I am to share this physical transformation of our space with you, and see it as an important first step in our renewal, as CEO I hope to effect a much more fundamental change at the Y. Ultimately, my goal is to turn the Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA into the hub of the Montreal Jewish Community—a place where our community can come together in meaningful ways and where all of its members can ground their sense of communal identity, regardless of age, interest, ability, means, or degree of observance. As ambitious as that goal may seem—particularly at a time where our ability to gather together is compromised—I believe that in a world where there are fewer and fewer opportunities to foster a sense of belonging to something greater than ourselves and to nurture a sense of connection to one another, succeeding in that endeavor is more important than ever to realizing the Y’s vision of sustaining Jewish continuity.
My profound hope is that you share this aspiration, and that you recognize the importance of ensuring that our Jewish Community Centre thrives for generations to come. Know that my door is always open, and that I welcome your feedback as to how we can make the Y more relevant to you.
As we approach the New Year, my team and I are working diligently on making the changes necessary to bring about the Y’s revival for the benefit of the community. This Rosh Hashanah, as we all contemplate what changes we can make in order to do better, I ask that each of you reflect on what you are prepared to do to ensure that our organization, and hence our community, remains strong well into the future for the good of us all. If every Jewish Montrealer were simply to commit to being a member, a governor, or a donor of the Y, there is no question that that aspiration would become reality.
On behalf of all of us at the Y, we wish you Shanah Tovah Um’tukah.
CEO, Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA