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In Gratitude: Stanley K. Plotnick

2012 Yakir Keren Hayesod Award recipient

Montreal, Canada

One of Canadian Jewry’s most distinguished leaders, Stanley Plotnick has an M.S. in Industrial Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A former President of UIA Federations Canada, he served as President of Federation CJA (1997 – 1999) and held a wide range of other top community positions. He currently sits on the KH Executive and the Jewish Agency Board of Governors, and chairs the KH Projects Committee. He is married to Barbara; they have two children and four grandchildren.

A recent past President of UIA Federations Canada (the central address for Canadian Jewry and partnership with Israel), Stanley Plotnick has been a highly respected leader among Canadian Jewry and in the Keren Hayesod-UIA world for decades. He sits on the KH executive, chairs our Projects Committee and the Task Force on the Future of Keren Hayesod, and is active in the development of IT as a tool for our organization. He is also a member of the Jewish Agency for Israel Board of Governors.
Over the past 30 years, Stanley has held many communal leadership positions, serving as President of the Montreal Jewish General Hospital (the largest hospital in Montreal);  Montreal Federation (Federation CJA); the Jewish Education Council of Greater Montreal (now the Bronfman Education Center); and the Solomon Schechter Academy, the leading Jewish day school in Montreal. He is currently the Vice-Chair of  The Centre for Israel & Jewish Affairs (the primary advocacy body in Canada). As President of Federation CJA, he was a prime force in the development of the Montreal Jewish Community Campus, a $30 million project covering four city blocks and occupying approximately 500,000 sq. ft. that incorporates virtually all the services (social, cultural, advocacy and educational support).
Stanley was the honoree of the Jewish National Fund Negev dinner in 2002, making it possible to build the Montreal Oasis (the Barbara & Stanley Family Park), one of the largest full-service parks in the Negev.  His numerous accolades include the Federation CJA Distinguished Leadership Award, the Jewish General Hospital Distinguished Service Award, and the Samuel Bronfman Medal, the highest honor granted by the Montreal Jewish Community.
Stanley Plotnick was the leading business undergraduate of McGill University, where he received the Governor General’s Gold Medal and the Sir Edmund Beattie Gold Medal, as well as the leading graduate of the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Master’s Degree, Industrial Management). He is also a member of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honour Society.
Stanley and his wife, Barbara, who is also active in the community, have two married children: Laurie, a pediatrician, who is married to Max Reim, and Philip, Vice President of Business Development at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, who is married to Bonnie Zelman. Barbara and Stanley have four exceptional grandchildren.
For his leadership, generosity and unswerving devotion to Israel and its people, Stanley Plotnick is most deserving of being a Yakir Keren Hayesod Award recipient.
Stanley Plotnik

Stanley K. Plotnick with the Yakir Award and from left to right: Greg Masel, KH Director general; Julia Koschitzky, KH Honorary President ; Moodi Sandberg, KH World Chairman and Yohanna Arbib-Perugia – Chair, KH World Board of Trustees


Plotnik with Peres

President Shimon Peres z”l and Stanley Plotnick at the Yakir evening – Israel Museum, Jerusalem, June 18, 2012

Plotnick                                             Stanley Plotnick addresses the audience.