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B’nai Brith CEO to step down


Frank Dimant
CEO B'nai Brith Canada Frank Dimant CEO B'nai Brith Canada

 

B'nai Brith Canada announces that its CEO and the CEO of all its agencies Frank Dimant will be retiring Dec. 31, 2014. Canada’s longest-serving and highest profile Canadian Jewish professional, he was seen as representing not only B’nai Brith Canada but the grass roots Jewish community.

Throughout his career at the organization Dimant has been regarded as the principled Jewish activist voice to government at its highest level, to media and to the community at large.

Because of his strong connections to numerous segments within the Jewish community, particularly the average community members, he was always perceived as being the voice of the Jewish street even when meeting with prime ministers, presidents and royalty.

Among the many accomplishments during a 36-year tenure, Dimant led B’nai Brith in growing a monthly internal newspaper into a weekly cross-Canada publication that reaches people around the world; worked with the government to put together the Holocaust Remembrance Task Force; was a leading force in creating the seniors housing network and recently helped establish Canada’s first Alzheimer’s Home, One Kenton.

The organization’s fight, led by Dimant, against anti-Semitism may be his greatest legacy. It includes the Annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents in Canada and the B’nai Brith Anti-Hate Hotline.

“B’nai Brith Canada has not just been a professional commitment but a fulfillment of a Jewish mission to defend the community, advocate for Israel, provide services for the elderly and those below the poverty line while attempting to introduce a responsible principled activist advocacy voice in Canada,” said Dimant.

“As a child of Holocaust survivors and a disciple of the teachings of Zev Jabotinsky, I felt compelled to dedicate my career to trying to alert the Jewish community of the ever-growing dangers confronting us. I am thankful to B’nai Brith Canada, its leadership, membership and my professional colleagues, during my 36 years at the organization, for their support and for their understanding of the real issues confronting our community.

“It is thanks to their sharing of the vision that we are now bringing B’nai Brith Canada to its 140th anniversary in this country in 2015.”

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  • rar113

    I hope Mr. Dimant’s retirement will not mean an end to his writing, which is forceful, truthful, and still greatly needed.

  • TerrorIsEvil

    I like Frank. He had an iron grip on his BB and would not brook dissent – perhaps that is why he was able to survive Jewish politics so long in one place. His minions would not allow one to
    carry out activism at the same time as working for BB in a small part-time capacity – that seemed entirely anal to me. I wonder if he has a succession plan. Now that Anita Bromberg and Frank will be gone from BB, I hope that it does not go the way of the DoDo (or Federation-CIJA, G-d forbid). I hope that we will not see more pandering in the form of watering down positions under the guise of “peace agreements.” Good luck and all the best, Frank, I hope that you enjoy a well-deserved retirement.

  • wetoldyaweedcallya

    Hopefully the new CEO will also be a disciple of Jabotinsky. If not, the Canadian Jewish community will find itself up against the wall, like in the EU.

  • IzzieJ

    I guess all good things eventually come to an end but this is really not good news. Frank will be sorely missed. I sincerely doubt he can be adequately replaced. Well, Frank, time to move on and up…Senator Dimant has a nice ring to it…

    • Dov

      Senator Dimant? Given that the Senate is home to corrupt partisans I can’t think of a better place for Frank.

      • IzzieJ

        Not nice, Dov! Give the man some credit for what he’s accomplished. You don’t have to agree with his politics but he’s always been faithful to his beliefs. He’s been a straight shooter and, in my experience, always true to his word. You also have no idea the good he’s done behind the scenes to help individuals and institutions quietly, without any fanfare or publicity and well under the radar. He deserves an honourable retirement without mean-spirited ‘partisans’ bad mouthing and belittling.

        • Dov

          Dimant took a broad communal organization and not only turned it into a narrow, partisan group that’s little more than the Jewish wing of the Tory party and the Canadian wing of Likud but also took Bnai Brith to the brink of bankruptcy and turned his back on longtime members.

          • kootzie

            and… in a recent demagoguery circle-jerk
            nominated Stephen Harmer for the Nobel Peace Prize
            - the latest slight against a once-fine honour
            thoroughly discredited by awards to the likes of
            Kissinger, Begin, Peres, Rabin, Gore, O’Bummer and Hull

            http://www.radicalpress.com/?p=59

  • leonkushner

    This is really very sad news. Frank Dimant is one of the few Canadian Jewish leaders who I trust and agree with. He was active in all Jewish and Israeli causes even when most other Jewish leaders pandered to the Left he kept his focus. I really appreciate all the work that Bnai Brith is involved in especially fighting anti-Semitism which is sadly a full time job. I enjoy reading the Tribune as well. It’s the only Jewish paper that I read. In fact its the only paper I read. I’m tired of reading Left wing, Jewish papers that try to appease our enemies. We need real, outspoken Jewish leaders like Frank. Best of luck in your retirement! I do hope that Frank is involved in choosing his successor.

  • sara rifka

    SO THRILLED….AS A RELIGIOUS JEW I WILL NOT STEP FOOT IN A CHURCH…SHAME ON YOU…SHAME ON YOU FOR THE WEAK AND TOTAL LACK OF EFFORT TO DO YOUR REAL JOB.
    WHICH IS……TO MAKE SURE ASSIMILATION DOES NOT LOOK LIKE IT DOES TODAY…..YEA! ACTIVITY IN A CHURCH….THE GOG AND MAGOG….LOOK HOW THE WORLD TURNED OUT WITH THEM AT THE LEAD….TERRORISTS THEN AND STILL TODAY….THANKFUL YOUR LEAVING……YOU DO NOT SPEAK FOR ME….HEAR FOR ME…..AND KEEP SHABBOS AS I DO AND OTHER JEWS…….YOUR ACTIONS ARE ALWAYS SHAMEFUL…..YA….A CHURCH MEETING…

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