Thursday, April 11, 2024
7:15 – 9:00 PM


Beth Tzedec Congregation
1700 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON

Book of Life Celebration 2024


You are invited to join us for the 2024 Book of Life Celebration

This is a celebration of Jewish lives and values through the inspiring stories of our donors who have left a legacy for the future through the Jewish Foundation. 

At this 20th anniversary exclusive event, we are delighted to welcome Julie Platt, Chair, Jewish Federations of North America. 

Join us for cocktails, and the debut of A Decade of Stories, the second edition of our printed Book of Life. 


Thursday, April 11, 2024

7:15 PM – Cocktail reception

8:15 PM – Main program

9:00 PM – Dessert reception

Kashrut observed


Beth Tzedec Congregation
1700 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON


Please RSVP by March 29, 2024


Thank you for your interest in this event. Registration is now closed. If you have any questions, please contact Lena at

If you are featured in A Decade of Stories, you will receive your copy of the book at the event. Additional copies will be available for purchase as well.


Book of Life

Judy and David Engel


A Decade of Stories
Book Committee

Elisa Palter, Chair

Brenlee Gurvey Gales

Naomi Oelbaum

Lissie Sanders


Julie Platt

Chair, Jewish Federations of North America

Julie Platt is the current board chair of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), a position she has held since June 2022. JFNA is the umbrella organization for 146 Jewish Federations and over 300 network communities across North America, representing more than 300,000 donors and supporting a wide range of programs and services for Jewish communities in North America and around the world.

Prior to her role as board chair, Julie served as JFNA’s national campaign chair and chair of LiveSecure. She has been actively involved in Jewish philanthropy and communal leadership for many years, including serving as chair of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and chair of the Foundation for Jewish Camp, where she was instrumental in saving Jewish camps during the pandemic. She now serves on the Advisory Board of the Jewish Future Promise (of which she is a signatory), as well as the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of her alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, and Penn Hillel’s National Board of Governors.

She and her husband, Marc, have five children. They live in Los Angeles.