STRENGTHENING JEWISH LIFE & CONTINUITY

#JewishVibrancyOur organizational mission to preserve and strengthen the quality of Jewish life and engagement drives significant investment in this important area, in particular, by developing and supporting programs, agencies and communal organizations working to strengthen Jewish identity.

That means facilitating broad exposure to Jewish experiences including day school, summer camps, and a wide-range of Jewish learning opportunities outside of the school environment – starting as early as six months old with PJ Library. Developing our future Jewish leaders also requires that our youth have ample opportunity to engage in Israel experiences including March of the Living, Birthright and Expériences sépharades.

In addition to direct allocations, we support, in partnership with the Jewish Community Foundation of Montreal, 16 grassroots organizations with grant funding to enrich Jewish life through innovative outreach programming, enabling thousands of members of our community to connect with their Jewish identity.

$5.3 MILLION HAS BEEN ALLOCATED FOR 2016-17 TO HELP STRENGTHEN OUR COMMUNITY BY BUILDING AND ENRICHING JEWISH IDENTITY.

ACCESS TO JEWISH LIFE

#JEWISHLIFEThe increasing demand for financial support to access Jewish services and programs has led to innovative responses that reduce barriers to Jewish life. Together with our affiliated agencies and communal organizations, we enable families to make a Jewish life a more viable choice. In fact, we are all recipients in a thriving Jewish community.

THROUGH OUR SUCCESSFUL CAMPER ACQUISITION PROGRAMS, WE SUPPORTED 363 FIRST-TIME CAMPERS LAST YEAR, A THREE-FOLD INCREASE FROM THE PREVIOUS SUMMER.

27,711 FREE, JEWISH CHILDREN’S BOOKS WERE DELIVERED TO FAMILIES LAST YEAR AS PART OF OUR GENERATIONS FUND PJ LIBRARY PROGRAM, EMPOWERING PARENTS TO EMBARK ON A JEWISH JOURNEY WITH THEIR CHILDREN.

 

JEWISH EDUCATION

#EDUCATIONAt Federation CJA, we are committed to enabling schools to achieve educational excellence so that they are able to graduate Jewishly literate, passionate, skilled, proud, socially-conscious Jews. We work to ensure that this high quality of Jewish education is both affordable and accessible to the broadest range of families in our community.

OVER THE LAST 4 YEARS, FEDERATION CJA’S GENERATIONS FUND CAPS PROGRAM HAS PROVIDED 1,562 GRANTS TOTALING OVER $3 MILLION TO EFFECTIVELY FREEZE TUITION, THEREBY IMPROVING ACCESS TO A JEWISH DAY SCHOOL EDUCATION AND STABILIZING COSTS FOR MIDDLE-INCOME FAMILIES.

"You cannot imagine the sense of relief my husband and I feel knowing that the tuition for our children is frozen… We can plan our family life without worrying whether we will have to revisit our decision to send our kids to Jewish school each and every year." - Mother of three current Jewish day school students

 

NEXT GENERATION & LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

#LEADERSHIPA bright tomorrow means investing in our young people today. Federation CJA is committed to helping our young adults connect – and stay here, through multiple points of engagement in Jewish life, learning, and leadership development. From job training to networking, from identity-building opportunities to campus activities, from Israel experiences to tikun olam, we are helping to develop engaged Jewish citizens and the leaders of the future.

7,259 YOUNG MONTREALERS PARTICIPATED LAST YEAR IN FEDERATION CJA PROGRAMS THAT PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR SOCIAL, NETWORKING AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT, FOSTERING A SENSE OF BELONGING AMONG VIBRANT AND ENGAGED JEWISH YOUTH.

“We sought support from the community to get [our business] off the ground and they helped us in so many ways – from mentors to funding. Montreal has given us so much and we want to give back to our beloved city, so it was important for us to start our business here. As we’ve grown, we’ve returned the favour by hiring employees directly from the community employment services and will continue to do so.” David, Jonny & Andrew, entrepreneurs and grant recipients of ProMontreal Entrepreneurs

“Gesher Chai helped us to make connections with Canadian Jews that continued long after the visits [to Israel] ended. It is something that remains part of you and can change everything: the way you look at life, the way you see yourself, the way you see Judaism.” - Eli

ISRAEL ENGAGEMENT

ISRAELIn partnership with the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Jewish Community Foundation, Federation CJA’s Israel Engagement Initiative was launched in 2015 to help enrich Israel education in Montreal and deepen the person-to-person connection with our extended family in Israel. The Israel Engagement Initiative provides Israel education strategy and planning tools to various organizations including schools and synagogues; oversees the Shinshinim program, which places a select group of Israeli teenagers in our local community to complete their year of service; assists with content development for events and community institutions; and brings hands-on educational activities to the greater Montreal Jewish community. Over 1,000 youth in our community interact with our shinshinim in Israel-based activity each week of the school year.

5,000 STUDENTS FROM 29 SCHOOLS IN MONTREAL AND ISRAEL PARTICIPATED IN ACTIVITIES THAT HELP BUILD RELATIONSHIPS, NURTURE COMMON BONDS, AND DEVELOP LEADERSHIP SKILLS TO ENHANCE JEWISH VIBRANCY IN OUR COMMUNITIES.

“We feel we are the ones who are benefitting from this experience and [our shinshin] Ziv’s presence in our home. Her experiences with the kids sharing her perspectives on Israel have helped our connection to Israel and by extension our Judaism, and solidified our connection to our community as well. We thank Federation CJA for allowing us this wonderful experience." - Stacey Eisenberg – Shinshin host mother

 
 

CULTURE, HERITAGE AND MEMORY

MEMORYOur Jewish heritage and culture are a tremendous source of pride, and we have a responsibility to preserve and promote these. Last year, over 10,000 students from a broad range of backgrounds were educated on the Holocaust, impacting their attitudes regarding the importance of tolerance and the danger of racism. Thanks to the extensive community archives, students are able to explore their past through over 120,000 archived photos, recordings and documents, motivating them to continue to transmit our heritage from generation to generation. And our diversity and creativity are continually showcased through Jewish theatre, festivals and a myriad of programs that leave an indelible mark on our Jewish souls.