Federation CJA 360 - April 3, 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. Through April 7, Federation CJA and the JCF will also match all donations, dollar-for-dollar.

Click here to help our most vulnerable and DOUBLE your impact through our special matching fund.


Source: Federation CJA

This week, we continue our coverage of the Montreal Jewish community's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including a new recurring feature spotlighting Federation CJA's amazing crisis relief efforts. 360 will be on hiatus for the next two weeks during the Passover holidays, but we look forward to seeing you back here on April 24. Shabbat Shalom and Chag Pesach Sameach!

Our partner Hebrew Free Loan Association of Montreal is offering interest-free loans for anyone affected by the outbreak who lives in the Montreal area. These loans are intended for lost wages due to being unable to go to work, childcare costs due to school closures, small business losses, cancelled study abroad programs, related medical costs, and more. For more information click here .


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Click here to read this week's parsha from Rabbi Sacks: "Left- and Right-Brain Judaism" (Tzav 5780).

Montreal 'crisis' fund established to meet pandemic needs
Federation CJA and the Jewish Community Foundation's new fund is intended to underwrite immediate relief, including food vouchers, kosher meals, food for Passover and basic household items for those in need, as well as delivery of medications to seniors who can't get out.

Source: Canadian Jewish News

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Jewish organization warns about Passover gatherings during COVID-19 crisis
Federation CJA is urging strict and complete adherence to guidelines issued by the Quebec government and health authorities to stem the spread of COVID-19. Click here to read life-saving advice from local doctors who are on the frontlines of the pandemic.

Article Source: CTV News
Image Source: The Jerusalem Post

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Centennial Haggadah: Free, digital version now available!
During these difficult times, celebrate Passover as one unified community, with one Haggadah.

Source: Federation CJA

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Federations focusing efforts on communities' critical needs
For Federations across Canada, including Federation CJA, some longer-term initiatives may be in the works, but for now, the first priority is about making sure vulnerable community members are safe and secure.

Source: Canadian Jewish News

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Medical device company's Israel division to provide ventilator blueprints for free
"Our goal is to prolong lives — to save lives, in fact," CEO Yaron Yitzhari said. "This is what's needed right now, in the emergency situation we're in, and this consideration comes before everything else."

Image Source: The Jerusalem Post
Article Source: The Jewish Journal

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To our readers: Everything has its season. It is time.
After a 60 year run, the Canadian Jewish News announces that it will cease its print and web operations due to the economic impact of COVID-19.

Source: Canadian Jewish News

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Israel's response to COVID-19
Click here to register for an exclusive briefing on Tuesday, April 7 with epidemiologist and public health physician, Prof. Nadav Davidovitch, sponsored by Jewish Federations of Canada—UIA and The Jewish Agency for Israel.

Source: Jewish Federations of Canada -- UIA and The Jewish Agency for Israel

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Montreal photographer joins effort to ease isolation and help charities
Ryan Blau, of PBL Photography in St. Laurent, is one of many community photographers in Canada and the US participating in the Front Steps Project, to boost spirits during this time of self-isolation to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Source: The Suburban

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A new site puts the wisdom of elders at the service of those stuck at home [article in French]
"Older people have so much to pass on. We have so much to learn, and now we have the time", says website designer, and former Montrealer, Esther Hershcovich.

Source: The Times of Israel

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DID YOU KNOW?
DID YOU KNOW?

Source: Federation CJA

We are proud to share that with funds raised through the Community Crisis Response Fund, and the support of over 250 dedicated volunteers, Federation CJA and the JCF have already been able to provide crucial relief to the most vulnerable members of our community including:

  • 8,000 Passover meals and baskets delivered 
  • 5,800 calls made to community members to ensure their well-being
  • $600,000 in grocery food cards distributed
  • Groceries, kosher meals and basic necessities purchased and delivered for 1,200 community members

But there is still so much to do, especially with Passover just around the corner! Click here if you would like to volunteer.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Federation CJA is vigilantly following orders from the Government of Québec, including the prohibition of all indoor and outdoor gatherings. In order to "flatten the curve" on the pandemic and keep our community safe, we are postponing or cancelling all upcoming events until further notice. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.

Disclaimer
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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