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Soloway JCC Annual General Meeting

April 6, 2021 | 24 of Nisan, 5781

Please contact Pam Rosenberg for the link to attend the virtual AGM


    1. Call to order – Allan Shefrin, Chair of the Board
    2. D’Var Torah –   Rabbi Garten
    3. Greetings from the Jewish Federation of Ottawa – Andrea Freedman
    4. Approval of Minutes – Annual Meeting 2020 – Allan Shefrin, Chair of the Board
    5. The Grossman-Klein Family Teen Leadership Award
      Presenter: Gail Lieff, Recipients: Miriam “Mimi” Braiter & Benjamin Shapiro
    6. Financial Overview – Inga Dobrijevic, Treasurer
    7. Appointment of Auditors for the period ending August 31, 2021 – Inga Dobrijevic, Treasurer
    8. Remarks – Barry Sohn, President and Chief Operating Officer
    9. Report of the Nominating Committee – Michael Aronson, Past Chair
    10. Chair Remarks – Allan Shefrin, Chair of the Board
    11. Other/New Business
    12. Adjournment

Soloway JCC AGM Minutes

Review the minutes from our January 29, 2020 AGM here.

Mazel Tov to our Grossman-Klein Teen Leadership Award Winners!

This award is presented to one male and one female teen (grade 11 or 12) who have shown outstanding dedication and service to the Jewish community throughout their teenage years.

Miriam “Mimi” Braiter

Mimi is a grade 11 student at Sir Robert Borden High School and is President of A Ripple Effect, an organization that pairs volunteer youth with children in need of friendship and support.   Mimi has been part of this important program since its inception, over three years ago, and was a member of the board prior to moving into her current position.

In her role as President, Mimi, supports Rabbi Mendelsohn in all aspects of the program and spends her time coming up with activities for the children and their families, organizing fun team building events for the volunteers and planning and promoting fundraising events like the Fun Run, which went virtual for this year.

Mimi works directly with three families on a weekly basis, connecting online to do crafts and other activities with the kids.  As a “big sister” to these children, she provides them with love, confidence, skills, and a much-needed break from whatever difficulties they are facing.  She has also recruited a number of teens to the program and continues to build the organization.

She has been part of Mitzvah Day, lent a helping hand to last year’s Israeli Women’s Night at the SJCC and was the Team Captain for her Relay for Life team at SRB.

An accomplished athlete, in her younger years, Mimi took part in a number of Jon Braun’s z”l  after-school sports programs at the Soloway JCC.  After outgrowing the programs she became a volunteer helping JB with floor hockey a couple of times a week. She is a competitive golfer and has been a volunteer coach at Rideau View Golf Course where she spent much of the golf season helping out with the children’s learn-to-golf programs and at golf camp.

Benjamin Shapiro

A grade 11 student at Sir Robert Borden High School, Ben has spent more than 200 hours over the past few years at the Ottawa Kosher Food Bank, stocking shelves, preparing items for distribution, shopping for supplies and helping out on distribution days. He has co-chaired the Jewish Federation of Ottawa telethon, along with his family and, is a regular JFO and Mitzvah Day volunteer.

In his graduating year at the Ottawa Jewish Community School, Ben was President of the OJCS Student Council and the recipient of the Sarah Lithwick Greene Student Leader Award from Hillel Lodge.

In addition to his hours of volunteer service in the Jewish Community, Ben also dedicates his time to the community at large, logging over 40 hours with the Conservative Party of Canada’s local party candidates over the past year’s election. He has been a silver medalist honour roll student at SRB with a yearly average of over 90%, is a DECA Participant (a high school club that prepares emerging leaders for the business field post-high school), he was awarded a leadership seminar opportunity at SRB for outstanding leadership qualities and was invited to apply for the upcoming Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award recognizing young people’s achievements in Canada.

Ben spent three weeks in the Andes and Amazon regions helping to build schools for underprivileged children. A well-accomplished young man, Ben is the son of Nikki and Michael and brother to Neilah, also a Grossman-Klein Teen Leadership Award winner.

Financial Summary 2019/2020






Staff Service Milestone Recognition

The Soloway JCC would like to recognize the following people for their dedication and commitment to our Centre and our community over the past several years.

Gail LieffYouth & Teen Programs Manager, 30 years

Maxine Miska, VP Operations and Programming, 20 years

Pamela Rosenberg, VP Marketing, Membership & Development, 10 years

Mali Atias, Ganon Preschool, 15 years

Kol Ha’kavod

Impact Report

See how the Soloway JCC has managed over the past year through shut-downs and re-openings, virtual programs and more. Read the Soloway JCC Impact Report.

Soloway JCC Board of Directors

(as of April 6, 2021)


Allan Shefrin – Chair of the Board

Michael Aronson – Immediate Past Chair

Jack Shinder – Vice Chair

Ryan Goldberg  –  Vice Chair

Inga Dobrijevic – Treasurer

Michael Levitan – Secretary



Term Expires Annual General Meeting 2022

Lisa Rosenkrantz


Term Expires Annual General Meeting 2023

David Glick-Stal, Dana Shiff, Karen Stanger, Trevor Shannon


Term Expires Annual General Meeting 2024

Ari Lesser

Thank you for your service as outgoing members of the
Board of Directors of the Soloway JCC

Rabbi Steven Garten, Dan Palayew

Audited statements are available upon request. Please contact Barry Sohn