To mark the passing of Kurt Rothschild, Canadian philanthropist, Jewish community leader, and President of the World Mizrachi Movement, Shimon Koffler Fogel, President and CEO, Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, released the following statement:
“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Kurt Rothschild, z”l, in Jerusalem this weekend. The positive impact that Kurt Rothschild had on the Jewish community cannot be measured.
“A devoted Zionist and philanthropist, who dedicated the last 35 years of his life entirely to community service, education, and social activities, Rothchild was known as a selfless leader whose passion for Israel, for Jewish life, and for community inspired all who had the pleasure of working with him. His devotion to safeguarding Jewish continuity through education and his commitment to ensuring that Jewish traditions and values are passed on to the next generations will continue to be a model for preserving Jewish life in Canada, Israel, and worldwide.
“Kurt was, despite all his accomplishments, a humble man. He was a man who lived by example. And he was a man whose love for the Jewish People, Torah, and Land of Israel were matched only by his dedication to his family. We are privileged to have had the opportunity to work with Kurt on many meaningful issues as an activist and leader of our community and People.
“Our prayers go out to his beautiful family — his beloved wife, Edith, children Lenny, Naomi, and Michael, and to his 21 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. May his memory be for a blessing z”l.”
About the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of Jewish Federations across Canada. CIJA is a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and protect Jewish life in Canada through advocacy and to advance the public policy interests of Canada’s organized Jewish community.
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