FEDERATION CJA appoints new Executive Director

    MONTREAL, March 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Marc Gold, President, is pleased to
announce the appointment of Andres Spokoiny as Executive Director of
FEDERATION CJA. Mr. Spokoiny brings a wealth of experience and leadership to
the Federation, with a strong record of achievement, combining international
Jewish communal experience deeply grounded in Jewish learning with a strong
business background.
    "In our search, we set our sights high," said Mr. Gold. "We were looking
for someone who was strategic and decisive, a leader and driver of change as
we confront the challenges of today and beyond; someone who combined a
commitment to Jewish communal service with a strong business sense; someone
who was at ease in both French and English; someone capable of reaching out to
young families and the newer members of our community to engage them in our
collective future; someone who could bring to Montreal the experience and
perspective of the best practices and innovations from elsewhere in the Jewish
world. In our judgment, Andres Spokoiny fit the bill to a "T"."
    Mr. Spokoiny joins Federation from the American Jewish Joint Distribution
Committee (JDC) in Paris, where Mr. Spokoiny has been JDC's Regional Director
for Northeast Europe. The JDC is the largest Jewish American NGO. It is active
in 66 countries with a mission of building and supporting Jewish communities
the world over.
    Mr. Spokoiny has, concurrently, been Director of Leatid Europe, the
leading training institute for Jewish lay and professional leaders in Europe.
Prior to joining the JDC he worked at IBM, where he was responsible for
training and development as well as hiring and recruitment in the Latin
America Southern Region.
    "I'm honored and humbled by this responsibility," said Mr. Spokoiny.
"Montreal is a great and unique community that, in many aspects, can and will
be a 'model community' in North America and beyond. I'm looking forward to
this personal and professional challenge".
    Mr. Spokoiny holds a B.A. from the Conservative Rabbinical Seminar in
Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a Master of Business Administration from the
University of Buenos Aires.
    He also studied at the Melton Centre of the Hebrew University of
Jerusalem. Fluent in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Hebrew and Yiddish,
Mr. Spokoiny is well positioned to provide leadership in an increasingly
diverse Montreal Jewish community.

    FEDERATION CJA is the central funding, planning and coordinating body of
services for Montreal's Jewish community. Supporting a family of affiliated
agencies and associated communal organizations, FEDERATION CJA is instrumental
in providing for the welfare, education, cultural, and social needs of the
Jewish community, as well as advocating on its behalf, FEDERATION CJA has
served Montreal's Jewish community, as well as those in need in Israel and
around the world, since 1917.

For further information:

For further information: Howard Krosnick, Director Marketing and
Communications, (514) 345-2645 x3241, howard.krosnick@federationcja.org

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