Day 34: Humans of UJA – Eddy Fisch
As part of our Centennial Campaign year, we’ll be spending some time spotlighting donors in our community. Check back every Saturday night after Shabbat ends to see who we are profiling. Meet Eddy Fisch.
Who are you?
I’m Eddy Fisch, retired business person living in Toronto.
What do you do?
I’m a Holocaust survivor speaker at the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre.
What is important about being Jewish in Toronto?
There is nothing more important than being Jewish – let alone being Jewish in Toronto. It’s the greatest religion there is, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. We had opportunities to convert during the war and we wouldn’t do it. Nothing better than being Jewish. My father ah”s – he was never religious, didn’t go to synagogue – they told him to convert to avoid deportation to labour camps. He refused. He said, “I was born Jewish and if I have to die I will do it.” [And because of that he was murdered.] So what can be more important?
Why is it important to make a gift to the community through UJA?
UJA is a great organization, they help just about every Jewish cause in the community. It has been around for so long, and is helping more and more all the time.
Which books is everyone reading right now?
The Prime Ministers: An Intimate Narrative of Israeli Leadership, written by Yehuda Avner – I am actually reading it for the second time now.
Falafel or Schwarma?
Through UJA you can make the biggest impact on the issues you care about most. Make a gift to UJA today.