Statement: CIJA mourns the loss of an outstanding Canadian, former Senator E. Leo Kolber

Jan 10, 2020 | CIJA Publications, Press Releases


January 10, 2020

Statement: CIJA mourns the loss of an outstanding Canadian, former Senator E. Leo Kolber

Ottawa, ON—On the sad occasion of the death of Senator E. Leo Kolber, CIJA issued the following:

“Senator Kolber was an outstanding Canadian and an exceptional leader,” said CIJA co-Chair Joel Reitman.  “I had the privilege of knowing Senator Kolber personally and benefited from his wisdom. His business career was distinguished by multiple accomplishments. As a senator and passionate political activist, he inspired a generation of young Jews to become engaged in public life.”

“Senator Kolber’s philanthropy was exceptional,” added CIJA co-chair Jeff Rosenthal.  “Deeply committed to the Montreal Jewish community, he was a past president of the Jewish General Hospital, a lifelong donor to Federation CJA, and a strong supporter of the State of Israel. Together with the Bronfman family, his philanthropy allowed hundreds of influential Quebecers to visit Israel as part of CIJA’s missions program.  These visits have a transformational impact on those who participate”.

“CIJA joins the Canadian Jewish community in extending our deepest condolences to Senator Kolber’s entire family,” said Reitman.  “He leaves an extraordinary legacy of leadership and generosity, and his memory and example are an unquestioned blessing to us all.”

“Leo was the first parliamentarian with whom I met when I first began my career thirty years ago. From that very first meeting, he served as a source of support, a personal mentor, and valued advisor throughout his time in the Senate and in all the years since,” observed Shimon Koffler Fogel, CIJA President and CEO. “He will be deeply missed.”

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA.


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