Shalom! I am honoured and delighted to assume the role of President of CABGU Quebec for the next two years. Following in the footsteps of my friend Robert Elman will be a challenge which I am prepared to face. To make this job easier, I will follow his lead and continue what he started.
Years of personal involvement in Montreal’s Jewish community – Past President of the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre, Past President of Maimonides Geriatric Centre, Past Chairman of the Israel and Overseas Committee of Federation CJA - have culminated in this position at CABGU.
My affiliation with CABGU Quebec began when I was chosen to be Honouree at the 2013 Gala Dinner, which took place soon after my first visit to Ben-Gurion University. My experience in Beer-Sheva was overwhelming and I could hardly wait to get back for a second visit in May 2014 as a member of the BGU International Board of Governors. With each visit to Beer-Sheva and BGU, my love for the University, the city and the Negev has increased. I encourage all to attend the Board of Governors Meeting in May 2015 – the experience will be an unforgettable one. To meet with the students, professors and administration of BGU is a real privilege.
Plans for the coming years include developing the Kindle Your Imagination Lecture Series, welcoming and cheering for the MBA students who will compete in the JMSB International Case Competition, organizing another Gala, increasing CABGU’s support base and, most of all, doing what it takes to help BGU, Israel’s Nation Building University, fulfill its potential through fundraising and friend-raising.
I am writing this message at the end of a summer of crisis in Israel, to which many of you have responded by contributing generously to the Special Wartime Assistance Scholarship Fund. For the 2013 Gala I chose to donate to the Crisis Intervention Project, and it is gratifying to know that the generosity of the Montreal community has played a part in enhancing the safety and security of residents of Beer-Sheva and Sde Boker during recent bombings.
I look forward to some memorable times for CABGU Quebec in the next two years, and I hope that you will be a part of this exciting experience.
See you at BGU next May!
Larry Nachshen, President