Federation CJA West Island
Bringing Community Together
Serving one of the fastest growing Jewish communities in North America
"Having this event is a phenomenal way of us reaching to the wider Jewish community and to celebrate Israel’s birthday. We’re all thrilled to be here to celebrate Israel’s birthday. It’s important for everybody in the Diaspora to recognize Israel and for Israel to know that they’re supported even though we are not in Israel ourselves.
The Montreal Jewish community is young, vibrant, creative, and innovative; those are all things I can think of. It’s very important to the well-being of Quebec."
"I’m here with Akiva and Zahava, my two kids, and we’re very excited to be here for Israel’s 63rd birthday and to celebrate with the Jewish community of the West Island.
It’s important to just be together, to bond, to have fun and to celebrate together a special day."
"We came to show my kids how Israel celebrates its birthday as a community. They go to a public school so I want them to be a part of the community, to know what Judaism is, what Israel’s about and celebrating a birthday that’s important to us.
I think the Montreal Jewish community is cohesive; I think it’s strong and has a lot of value to it. It’s a great community to belong to."
"It’s a wonderful thing to see how the Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration in the West Island has changed from where we started five years ago. It’s wonderful to see everyone out here today."
"I brought my grandchildren with me because it’s a great way for us all to enjoy the Jewish experience and think of Israel. We’re having a wonderful time!"
"I’m very impressed with what I see. Everyone is here for a good party. Young kids, big kids, adults and it’s a great time. Everyone is out here and it’s a beautiful thing to see people in a relaxed atmosphere taking it all in. It’s fabulous. I come every year. It’s an amazing community, I’m really happy to be part of it. If anyone has young kids or is thinking of having young kids, this is where you want to be!"
"This party is really amazing and wonderful. We come every year. It’s a really great opportunity. The West Island Jewish community is really strong and it’s lots of fun."
Valerie Benezry Israel
"I think the Montreal Jewish community is great and from what I see today, the West Island community is huge and growing. It’s a great community, we are very lucky."