by Stacey Leavitt-Wright
(Edmonton) – Dear community members,
I’m sorry to say that I must issue a bit of a ‘mea culpa.’ In the most recent print edition of the Alberta Jewish News, I mistakenly said that the Jewish Federation of Edmonton had purchased a building as a new communal space for our members. I spoke too soon and should have been far clearer in my message. I should have correctly said that we have made an offer on a building, subject to numerous conditions, one of which is the approval of our membership.
We are so excited about this possible space for all of us to gather, to support one another, and to join in continuing to build community. However, I want to reiterate that we have not yet purchased anything. We would not—and cannot—do that without a vote from our membership which will take place on Wednesday, December 6 at our annual general meeting.
In advance of that vote, we encourage you to join us on Tuesday, November 14 at 7 p.m. for a town hall, through which we will provide more information about the building we’ve made an offer to purchase, to see how we arrived at considering this property, and to ask your questions. We believe strongly in the power of community, and that extends to this process. Please register now for this event. We hope to see you all there.
Once again, I apologize for any confusion my statement may have caused. This was certainly not my intention. The potential purchase of a new building is a piece of exciting news when our community continues to face some difficult times.
Lastly, I want to thank the Facilities and Space Committee, who worked tirelessly to bring us to this moment, and the Board of Directors who have accepted the recommendation of the Facilities and Space Committee to offer to purchase a building for our future home.
Thank you for your trust and your understanding,
CEO, Jewish Federation of Edmonton