Harvey Levine, longtime director of B’nai Brith in Quebec, has died after battle with cancer
MONTREAL – Longtime regional director of B’nai Brith Quebec and spokesperson for the province’s Jewish community Harvey Levine has passed away. The Jewish service organization announced on Saturday that Levine died the morning after battling cancer.
“Harvey was passionate about his love for the Jewish community and for Israel,” Michael Mostyn, CEO of B’nai Brith Canada, said in a press release. “For decades during the Hanukkah holidays, Harvey has always been so proud to lead a group of volunteers, including the teenagers who represent the next generation, in the hospital – going from room to room and bringing some sunshine. to those who were going through serious difficulties. health problems.
“It’s just who Harvey was. He was a man through and through, and he always had a love for B’nai Brith in his heart. “
Levine is survived by his wife Doreen and two daughters.
Honorary Life President of B’nai Brith Canada Eric Bissell was instrumental in hiring Harvey for the Quebec job in 2013.
“He loved his job and was dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism for B’nai Brith,” Bissell said. “He was an excellent spokesperson. He was excited about the Israeli plea. “
Levine was a regular guest on CTV News Montreal to speak out against anti-Semitism and other issues related to the city’s Jewish community.
He was last questioned in May 2020 regarding the increase in anti-Semitic incidents during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“He had great enthusiasm, great zeal and wonderful dedication,” Bissell said. “He could light up a room with his smile and exuberance.”
Levine volunteered for the Côte Saint-Luc office of B’nai Brith Canada for decades before taking on the role of Regional Director.
Condolences started pouring in for the man after the organization announced his death.
“An extraordinary person with whom I am proud to say that I have had a very close relationship,” said English Montreal School Board communications director Mike Cohen. “On a daily basis, Harvey responded to anti-Semitic incidents, media inquiries and outreach to various groups, actively participating in the annual audit of anti-Semitic incidents, overseeing Quebec community and government affairs and special projects as well as projects. community volunteer service, fundraising and coordination. of volunteers. “
“Harvey has been a pillar in the fight against anti-Semitism and for equal access to justice and freedom for all. He was also a friend and colleague, ”said Liberal D’Arcy-McGee MP David Birnbaum.
Levine received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the city of Côte Saint-Luc last winter.
“Harvey was our city’s best friend,” said Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Mitchell Brownstein. “He was respected by all as a kind and caring person, always ready to serve his community with passion.