Ve’ahavta Welcomes New Executive Director, Cari Kozierok

Toronto, Ontario (October 18, 2017) On behalf of Ve’ahavta’s Board of Directors, Board Chair Gary Samuel and Ve’ahavta Founder Avrum Rosensweig are pleased to announce Cari Kozierok as Ve’ahavta’s new Executive Director.

“We are looking forward to working with Cari, who will bring her leadership experience in both the business and non-profit sectors and her passion for Jewish community work to Ve’ahavta. We are also grateful to have Ve’ahavta founder Avrum Rosensweig with us to share his knowledge and experience as he passes the leadership torch to Cari,” Samuel says.

Kozierok is a seasoned business professional with 21 years as an entrepreneur in the for profit natural health sector before transitioning into Jewish community work. She served in Executive Director roles at major synagogues, most recently Adath Israel Congregation and prior to that Beth David Synagogue. She believes that balancing business principles and technology with heart and passion is the key to leading non-profit organizations boldly towards their mission.

“I am delighted to be joining Ve’ahavta, which does such great work in providing support to people who are marginalized in Toronto and engaging so many committed volunteers and members of the Jewish community and beyond in tikun olam,” says Kozierok, who will begin her new role on November 13.

Avrum Rosensweig founded Ve’ahavta in 1996 and recently stepped into a new role as Ambassador, sharing his experience and passion for tikun olam with the community and working with Ve’ahavta’s major supporters.

Karen Goldenberg, a strong leader in the social service and Jewish community sector has been serving as Interim CEO for the past eighteen months. “We’d like to thank Karen not only for guiding Ve’ahavta through the transition of leadership but also spearheading new programs and funding sources which have proven invaluable to Ve’ahavta,” Samuel says.

Ve’ahavta is a charitable social service organization dedicated to promoting positive change in the lives of people of all faiths who are marginalized by poverty. Ve’ahavta (Hebrew for “and you shall love”) is committed to engaging community members in a meaningful and hands-on way to support our collective mission of tikun olam (repairing the world).


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Anne Ptasznik

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416.964.7698 ext. 228


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