Supporting Israel and Our Global Jewish Responsibility

#RESPONSIBILITYFor close to a century, Federation CJA has held a central role in supporting Jews worldwide through an unparalleled network of national and international partners. As a result, we are uniquely able to amplify our impact worldwide including: mobilizing resources in Israel and any corner of the Jewish world – be it the Ukraine, France or Yemen; and plan for the future with advanced research tools, innovations and the sharing of best practices.

INVESTMENT IN ISRAEL (JFC-UIA)

#NATIONALFederation CJA’s relationship with Israel reflects the deeply held commitment of our community to Israel and its people. It is an expression of our collective responsibility for one another, and we stand in solidarity with Israel during times of peace and times of conflict, including this most recent wave of terror. While we continue to support Jews in need in Israel, our relationship has also evolved over time, moving beyond that of donor-recipient to one of mutual growth, development, and strengthening of Jewish identity.

IN 2016-17, FEDERATION CJA ALLOCATED $3.8 MILLION TO ISRAEL IN OUR DIRECT INVESTMENTS AND, THROUGH OUR NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP WITH JFC-UIA, TO OUR INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS THE JEWISH AGENCY FOR ISRAEL (JAFI), KEREN HAYESOD (KH) AND THE AMERICAN JOINT DISTRIBUTION COMMITTEE (JDC).

 

SUPPORTING OUR PARTNERSHIP REGION

#ISRAELWe are proud of the strong partnership we have with our sister region of Beer Sheva and Bnei Shimon, a relationship that dates back to 1988. Working collaboratively and strategically with our local partnership, and with our historic partnerships at the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) and Keren Hayesod (KH), we have played a key role in changing the very landscape of the Negev. Over the course of 28-years, we have invested in infrastructure, people, programs and initiatives with the dual objectives of ensuring Jewish vibrancy and a strong future in Israel, and strengthening our own Jewish identity here at home.

Direct investments made by Federation CJA this past year have enabled us to do a world of good in the region. We maintained our support for families and youth-at-risk, while also helping the Negev build and grow through programs that attract and retain population, promote tolerance and co-existence, and help strengthen Jewish identity.

The Beer Sheva and Bnei Shimon region is now on the cusp of dramatic growth and development. These will be critical years in building momentum towards what some call “the golden decade of the Negev”, with Beer Sheva at its centre. Promoting quality of life in this region will have the greatest impact on its ongoing vitality, attractiveness and sustainability: A place to live, work and thrive by Israel’s most talented young people.

NEARLY 6,000 CHILDREN, YOUTH AND ADULTS FROM BEER SHEVA AND BNEI SHIMON’S MOST DISADVANTAGED POPULATIONS TOOK PART IN FEDERATION CJA-SUPPORTED PROGRAMS FOR FAMILIES AND YOUTH AT RISK, LIKE ACCESS FOR ALL AND YOUTH FUTURES.

“Federation CJA of Montreal has shown unwavering loyalty to the people of Beer Sheva. Its commitment, vision and flexibility – immensely valuable even during quiet times – really came to the forefront last summer [during Operation Protective Edge]. Montreal’s support helped us to minimize casualties, strengthen public morale, protect the most vulnerable individuals, and maintain a semblance of normalcy.” - Ruvik Danilovitch, Mayor of Beer Sheva

 

RESCUE AND CRISIS (JDC-JAFI)

#CRISISWhen crisis strikes, anywhere in the world, Federation CJA, through our national and international partners, is there to provide critical assistance. Over 65,000 Ukrainian Jews at risk received emergency assistance last year. And the rescue of the remaining Jews of Yemen, like many Jewish international rescue operations before it, would never have been possible without the strength of our network. This is the power of the collective gift and our collective responsibility: Our impact is greater because we don’t act alone.

SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 2002, THE FUND FOR THE VICTIMS OF TERROR HAS ASSISTED MORE THAN 6,000 ISRAELI FAMILIES TO REBUILD THEIR LIVES.

“Our family life has not been easy. The situation in Ukraine has now made it even more difficult. Fortunately, the Jewish community makes sure I’m not alone – even under these circumstances.“ - Marianna, one of the tens of thousands of vulnerable Jews living in the Ukraine

GLOBAL JEWISH RESPONSIBILITY

Global Jewish ResponsibilityRecent events in Europe have left Jews feeling vulnerable locally and globally. In March 2015, Federation CJA proactively formed a French Immigration Task Force to assist those members of the Jewish community of France who are interested in immigrating to Montreal, and for whom Aliyah is not an option. The result is Initiative France-Montréal, a multi-partner program aimed at facilitating the immigration process, employment and integration into the Montreal Jewish community..

OVER THE LAST YEAR, WE HAVE EXPERIENCED A 62% INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF FRENCH JEWS SEEKING INFORMATION TO IMMIGRATE TO MONTREAL.

"I decided to emigrate to Montreal from France by myself, knowing only 2 people. I enrolled in workshops offered by the Jewish community. I am happy to have the opportunity to welcome newcomers and help them on their journeys, because I know first-hand how emotional the process can be, and how reassuring it is to benefit from personal support and an attentive ear." - Laetitia Sellam, Integration Consultant for the community’s Initiative France-Montréal