Dorothy Reitman

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Dorothy Reitman, CM (born 1932) served as first female president of the Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC) from 1986 to 1989.[1]

Reitman's parents emigrated from Odessa in her infancy. She was educated at McGill University and, in 1952, married Cyril Reitman of the Reitmans retailing family.[2][1]

In 1958, her infant son, Joel, was kidnapped by his nanny, who was later sentenced to seven years in prison.[3][4]

She was a founding member of the Match International Centre,[1] the Portage Program for Drug Dependency, the Council of Canadian Unity, and the Auberge Shalom for Battered Women. She also helped establish Kosher Meals on Wheels in Montreal.[1]

Among the chairmanships she has held are the honorary chair of the McGill University Centre for Research and Teaching for Women, co-chair of the Canadian Conference of Christians and Jews, chair of the Commonwealth Jewish Foundation of Canada, vice-president of the Commonwealth Jewish Council, and trustee of the Commonwealth Jewish Trust. She also served as president of the National Council of Jewish Women of Canada from 1975–1977.[1]

Reitman defeated Moshe Ronen, who would later win the position, for the CJC presidency in 1986.[2] In 1992, she was awarded the Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case for having "advocated women's equality and opened roads to their empowerment."[5] Five years later, she was awarded the Order of Canada in recognition for her volunteer work assisting women and Jews.[6][1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Dorothy Reitman, (biography), Jewish Women's Archive
  2. ^ a b "Canadian Jewish Congress elects first woman president", Globe and Mail, May 12, 1986
  3. ^ "Joel, Parents Reunited; Kidnapper Still Sought", The Gazette (Montreal), June 18, 1958
  4. ^ "Seven-year term for kidnapping", Canadian Press, Leader-Post (Regina), July 8, 1958
  5. ^ 1992 Recipients, Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case, Status of Women Canada website
  6. ^ Dorothy Reitman, C.M., The Governor General of Canada (website)
Preceded by
Milton E. Harris
President of the Canadian Jewish Congress
Succeeded by
Les Scheininger