Day 55: Humans of UJA – Nathan Ladovsky
As part of our Centennial Campaign year, we are spending some time spotlighting donors in our community. Check back every Saturday night after Shabbat ends to see who we are profiling. Meet Nathan Ladovsky.
Who are you?
I am Nathan Ladovsky, 27. I enjoy swimming, biking and running (not necessarily in that order). I love dogs and trying new foods/restaurants.
What do you do?
I currently work as a manager in my family’s restaurant, United Bakers.
What is important about being Jewish in Toronto?
What’s so important about being Jewish in Toronto is the community. And it is important in two ways. One, you have the resources of the community at your disposal. Need a Rabbi? Synagogue? School? Day camp? Sports Team? Kosher butcher? Take your pick! We are so fortunate to benefit from such a wide array of services and support networks, and it’s important not to take such things for granted. The second side of this is the responsibility to give back – to participate in the community. And it’s this part that enables us to express our Jewishness. By going to synagogue, attending Jewish day schools or camps, we have the ability to be Jewish and openly express our support for Israel. Something not to be taken for granted.
Why is it important to make a gift to the community through UJA?
Because of the symbiotic relationship the UJA helps foster with Israel. About one year ago, I went on a UJA trip to Israel. I was amazed by the work that the UJA has done in the Eilat/Eilot area and how responsive the communities there have been. The new ER at Yoseftal Hospital in Eilat, the renewable energy projects being developed at the Arava institute, the development of Higher Education programs and the creation of local jobs. For me, Israel is very important and to see the impact the UJA has had to shape the country in a positive way means a lot. I know that when I give to the UJA, it’s not only developing the community in which I reside, but also a much broader community as a whole.
Which books is everyone reading right now?
What’s your go-to dish on the United Bakers menu?
Ooh, that’s a hard one. I go through phases. Right now, I’m into the Pizza Bagel with Shakshuka sauce (yes, it’s on the menu). And of course, the Pea Soup!
Through UJA you can make the biggest impact on the issues you care about most. Make a gift to UJA today.