Federation CJA 360 - May 8, 2020

Community Crisis Response Fund
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Federation CJA and the Jewish Community Foundation (JCF) have launched an emergency fund to support our most at-risk community members, with all money raised going to the agencies and community partners who are on the frontlines of this crisis.

Click here to help our most vulnerable.

Source: Federation CJA

Our 360 includes an important update from our CEO, Yair Szlak, about the steps Federation CJA is taking to guide our community through the pandemic. Plus top news stories, coverage of Federation CJA's initiative to support front-line medical workers, and more. Shabbat Shalom!

HELPLINE: If you, or anyone you know is struggling at this critical time, please call 514-734-1411 or email [email protected].

COMMUNITY GRANTS: Are you a Montreal Jewish organization serving the needs of the Jewish community due to COVID-19? CLICK HERE.

THE JEWISH COMMUNITY SMALL BUSINESS EMERGENCY LOAN PROGRAM: A joint initiative of The Jewish Community Foundation (JCF), Federation CJA and the Hebrew Free Loan Association, to help small business owners cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. CLICK HERE.

Shabbat Candlelight
May 8 | 7:53 PM

Click here to read this week's parsha from Rabbi Sacks: "Radical Uncertainty" (Emor  5780).

COVID-19 – Important update about Federation CJA
Learn about the steps Federation CJA has taken to guide our community through the pandemic.

Source: Federation CJA

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Care packages for front-line workers and Yom HaZikaron commemoration
The Suburban covers Federation CJA's Yom HaZikaron ceremony and a new initiative to support the front-line medical workers who are helping vulnerable seniors at 7 local CHLSDs.

Image Source: Federation CJA
Article Source: The Suburban

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Canadian politicians, diplomats celebrate Israel's Independence Day
"The Montreal Jewish community celebrates with the global Jewish world", Federation CJA President Gail Adelson-Marcovitz said during the video to celebrate Israel's 72nd birthday; under normal circumstances, a major part of the annual downtown Montreal Israel rally has been the greetings, in person and via video, from municipal, provincial and federal politicians.

Image Source: The Canadian Jewish News
Article Source: The Suburban

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Natan Sharansky is using his 'Jewish Nobel' winnings to help vulnerable people affected by COVID-19
The former Soviet dissident was initially planning to use his $1 million prize money to promote issues to which he has devoted his life – human rights and Zionism – but his winnings will now go to organizations fighting the pandemic and supporting individuals most affected by it in Israel, the United States and seven other countries.

Image Source: Haaretz
Article Source: The Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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UK's new Labour leader is 'failing' in vow to crack down on antisemitism, British Jewish groups say
Shortly after his election to head the party a month ago, Starmer (who replaced the controversy-laden leader Jeremy Corbyn) promised to implement a zero-tolerance policy on antisemitism.

Source: Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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The Chanting from the Balcony [article in French]
A touching first-person account of how the Hasidic community has reached out to their non-Jewish neighbours in Mile End and Outremont with chocolate rugelach and messages of hope during the pandemic.

Source: La Presse

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Watch "Hallelujah" performed in English, Hebrew and Arabic
The new version was released as part of a benefit that raised $1 Million for Israel's emergency first response organization, United Hatzalah, in its fight against COVID-19.

Source: The Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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GenMTL's Cards 4 Caring project
Put a smile on someone's face during these uncertain times by downloading our rainbow image for your kid(s) to decorate; their drawing(s) will be included with groceries delivered to the vulnerable, care packages for seniors, and kits for front-line healthcare workers fighting the pandemic.

Source: GenMTL

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Source: Federation CJA

We are proud to share that with funds raised through the Community Crisis Response Fund, the collaboration of 15 community organizations, and the support of over 350 dedicated volunteers, Federation CJA and the Jewish Community Foundation (JCF) have already been able to provide crucial relief to the most vulnerable members of our community including:

  • 1,500 households provided with basic essentials.
  • 3,428 pre-prepared meals purchased and delivered.
  • Over $600,000 in gift cards provided to 800 households.
  • Over 15,500 calls made to individuals over the age of 60.

But there is still so much to do! Click here if you would like to volunteer.


To see not only all Federation CJA events, but virtual events being run by our agencies and community partners, please visit our Community Calendar.

Federation CJA 360 is a news aggregate, offering readers a variety of articles and opinion pieces on topics of concern to the Jewish community and presented in a concise, convenient platform. The opinions expressed by contributors shared in Federation CJA 360 do not necessarily reflect the policies or the positions of Federation CJA, its staff or its Board of Directors.

About Federation CJA
For over one hundred years, Federation CJA has been at the heart of the organized Jewish community in Montreal. In partnership with a vast network of agencies and organizations locally, nationally and internationally, Federation CJA builds and sustains this community by providing leadership and by supporting the delivery of services and programs to care for the vulnerable and those in need, to ensure a bright Jewish future, to represent communal interests and to positively affect issues in the wider society.

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