This was a year of new beginnings for our Jewish Federation. We welcomed a new CEO, Ezra S. Shanken, who has brought a wealth of energy and commitment to our already successful organization. Our Board launched a new visioning process to re-examine our strategic priorities. And we achieved new milestones for our community, including a record $8 million campaign result.

Reflecting back on the year, we are struck by the fast pace of events that took place starting with the crisis in Gaza and Southern Israel. Our Jewish Federation responded quickly and effectively, opening the Israel Relief Fund and coordinating security needs across our Jewish community. We addressed anti-Semitic graffiti, and gathered at Temple Sholom to show our solidarity during this difficult time. Ezra led his first mission to Israel as our CEO, together with the national chair of the Coast-to-Coast partnership, Stephen Gaerber, and chair of our Gesher Chai committee, Pam Wolfman, to show support for those who were affected. Read more.


A Record $8 million was raised through the 2014 Federation Annual Campaign, an increase of approximately $300,000 from the previous year. This was a true community achievement, with 93% of the total raised by volunteer canvassers. One of the keys to success was a fund that saw donors’ new and increased gifts doubled through a matching gifts program supported by several major donors.

  • Jewish Education Task Force

    During the second phase of the Jewish Education Task Force’s work, consultations were undertaken with all of the day and supplementary schools. The suggestions and feedback from these consultations along with the strategic document that was produced for the task force have been combined to create a new Jewish Education Action Plan. The task force recommendations will be ready for distribution by July 2015.

  • Axis

    Our young adult community executed 18 events over the year, and engaged more than 300 young adults through Axis programs. Their collaborative community Hanukkah party alone drew more than 250 people. Eighteen young adults participated in the second cohort of Axis Leadership Lab, a six-month course on personal and community development, bringing the total to 40 participants over two cohorts.



Jewish Federation generates the financial resources to fund programs and services that address our community’s current, emerging and future needs. This is accomplished through the Federation Annual Campaign, our community’s central fundraising initiative; through supplemental giving opportunities outside of the Annual Campaign; and through Jewish Community Foundation endowments. Read more.


One of Jewish Federation’s most critical roles is that of collaborative community planner. Our Planning Council works with partner agencies, subject-matter experts and community leaders to identify and study new and emerging issues. Through this approach of engaging community stakeholders, we set priorities in the areas of social services, Jewish education, arts and culture, community building, seniors and youth that reflect the needs of our community. Read more.

  • Jewish Addictions Services

    In response to a group of concerned families about the lack of addictions services in the Lower Mainland Jewish community, Federation planning staff applied for a provincial government grant to undertake a community consultation.

  • National Household Survey

    Every 10 years, the Canadian census asks questions about religion and ethnicity through what was previously known as the long form census and was recently replaced with the National Household Survey.

  • Community Assets Working Group

    As our community grows and becomes increasingly geographically dispersed, a need was identified to take a more coordinated approach to how community dollars are spent on facility usage.



This chart shows the breakdown of funds distributed locally, overseas and nationally.



2014 was the beginning of a new allocations cycle. This year the committee reviewed 54 programs applications with requests totalling $3,906,934. Overall, the applications were well thought out, addressed community needs and involved modest increases in funding requests. Based on the 2013 campaign results and some program adjustments, the committee allocated $3,488,000 - an increase of $58,000 - to support our partner agencies, camps, day schools and supplementary education programs. Read more.


  • At-Risk Youth

    Over $500,000 of the Israel and Overseas allocation went to programs focused on at-risk youth and vulnerable populations in our partnership region of the Upper Galilee panhandle. These programs help break the cycle of poverty and contribute to the region’s social and economic prosperity.

  • Overseas Jewish Communities in Need

    Critical rescue and relief needs in Ukraine and in more than 60 countries around the world were addressed with an allocation of $120,000 through our trusted partner, the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC).

  • Vancouver-Israel Connections

    We continued to build connections to Israel by supporting locally based programs that reinforce the ties between our communities through events such as Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut.


Condensed and full financial statements for the year ended March 31, 2015.


Whether at our offices or out in the community, volunteers play an important role at Jewish Federation. They share their passion, along with their time and talent, to support Jewish Federation’s mission of building a strong, vibrant and enduring Jewish community. We gratefully acknowledge the dedication and hard work of our volunteer leadership, and the more than 200 canvassers who are the driving force of our Annual Campaign.

Our Partners

Jewish Federation provides essential funding for the range of programs and services offered by our partner agencies. Among these are programs that support seniors, Jewish education, community building, arts and culture, and vital services for youth and young adults.