Annual general meeting
Thursday, September 28, 2023 | In Person at Tamari Hall at the Lipa Green Centre
5:00 PM - Open House of the new Toronto Holocaust Museum
7:00 PM - Annual General Meeting
Below please find the following documents for the AGM:
Members in good standing of the Agency have voting rights. This year, to be a member in good standing you must have made a minimum donation of $50 before March 31, 2023.
The Nominating Committee has prepared a list of candidates for election to the Board of Directors and this will be presented at the meeting.
Born into a well-established family, who can trace their roots back 400 years in Poland, Pinchas was born in Lodz and was 8 years old when the war broke out. He, along with his twin sister and entire family fled to what they thought was safety in Warsaw after his father had been brutally beaten by Nazis in Lodz. Pinchas and his family were incarcerated in the Warsaw Ghetto for three and a half years until April 1943, the time of the Ghetto uprising. Although the effort was a valiant one, after three weeks, the family was deported to the death camp, Majdanek.
The day the family arrived after a horrendous journey, Pinchas' father, mother and twin sister were murdered by the Nazis. Pinchas was sent to a work camp where people were beaten, shot or worked to death. He passed through several other concentration camps, including Buchenwald, and worked at loading and unloading enormous weights of iron and other slave work. Towards the end of the war, he was forced on a death march from Germany to Theresienstadt in Czechoslovakia, which he barely survived.
He was liberated by the Russians on 8th May 1945 and under the auspices of UNRRA was taken to Britain with other children for rehabilitation. After spending many years in South Africa, he emigrated to Canada, where he resides. Pinchas divides his time between speaking out against the Holocaust, volunteering as a chaplain and is an honourary full-time Cantor in the Kiever Shul.
Dori Ekstein is a professional teacher who has been a Holocaust Educator for the last 10 years. Dori was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and is a daughter of Holocaust survivors. She has been a Museum Educator at the Neuberger Holocaust Centre since 2011, where she gives tours and teaches students about the Holocaust. In addition, she was the Co-Chair of Neuberger’s Holocaust Education Week from 2014 to 2017.
In 2010, she became a member of the Canadian Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Descendants Committee (CJHSD), and since 2017, she has held the position of vice president. Dori’s pursuit of Holocaust legacy led her to be a founding member of Neuberger’s Dialogue for
Descendant committee. Since 2016, she has co-chaired this committee that plans programs specifically for children of survivors.
She is also one of the founding members and Co-Chair of Neuberger’s Survivor Connexion Committee. This committee has the important responsibility of planning social activities and focusing on the well-being of Toronto’s Holocaust survivor speakers. Dori has been a member of the Committee for Holocaust Survivors in Need, operated by Jewish Family and Child Service of Greater Toronto, since 2010 and has held the position of Vice Chair since 2015.
In 2018, Dori created her own Holocaust Education program that pays tribute to her father’s story and memory. This program shares her father’s untouched oral testimony. In 2020, Dori created another program that shares her mother’s story of survival during the Holocaust. To date, Dori has reached over 3,000 students in the GTA with these programs. In recognition of her efforts, Dori won a United Jewish Appeal award as Volunteer of the Year in 2015 for her
commitment and dedication to Holocaust Education.