Federation CJA 360 - May 1, 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

This week's 360 includes coverage of local Yom Hashoah, Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha'atzmaut events. Plus a beautiful video of Montreal Jews singing "Hatikvah" on their balconies and porches, 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.

Shabbat Candlelight
May 1 | 7:44 PM

Click here to read this week's parsha from Rabbi Sacks: "The Ethic of Holiness" (Acharei Mot - Kedoshim  5780).

One community. One anthem. One voice.
Thank you to everyone who participated in Federation CJA's Yom Ha'atzmaut initiative and filmed themselves singing "Hatikvah" on their balconies and porches Wednesday morning to celebrate Israel's 72nd birthday.

Source: Federation CJA

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Montrealers commemorate Yom Hashoah virtually
The Suburban covers the annual ceremony run by the Montreal Holocaust Museum (an affiliated agency of Federation CJA).

Source: The Suburban

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Montrealers remember Israel's fallen virtually
During the ceremony, Federation CJA's CEO Yair Szlak said the community "remembers and mourns the lives lost... the men, women, children, the fathers, mothers, the brothers and sisters who laid down their lives so that we, the Jewish people, can live freely whether in Israel or in the diaspora. These lives were not lost in vain."

Source: Federation CJA

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Yom Ha'atzmaut message from Canadian leaders [video in English and French]
Enjoy this video of Israel's Canadian friends from Coast to Coast, from all levels of government, multi-partisan and bilingual, wishing Israel a Happy Independence Day.

Source: Israel in Montreal

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Intel Israel engineers alleviate elderly loneliness during the coronavirus pandemic
The newly-developed product, dubbed "Mechubarim" (Hebrew for "connected"), may be described as a "smart intercom" that connects older people to their family at the push of a button.

Source: Daron Calo (YouTube)

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NYC Mayor de Blasio criticized for tweet calling out 'Jewish community'
De Blasio was responding to a funeral that had drawn hundreds of Orthodox Jews to the streets of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to mourn a rabbi who died of the coronavirus.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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Coronavirus-free South African nursing home says Kaddish, names babies for those under lockdown
Read about how elderly Jewish residents in Johannesburg have been able to continue gathering together as a quorum to say prayers on behalf of Jews worldwide who cannot recite them themselves due to quarantine.

Source: The Times of Israel

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7 Female Jewish doctors who changed history
At a time when medical professionals are at the forefront of confronting a global health crisis, an especially inspiring list of pioneering female Jewish doctors, who served as leaders in fields including neurobiology, pharmacy and biochemistry.

Source: Alma

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Baron de Hirsch Cemetery: Pre-paid floral arrangements
In order to guarantee your request, all orders must be in by May 15, 2020. Click here for more information.

Source: Baron de Hirsch- Back River Cemeteries

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Source: Federation CJA

Federation CJA and the Jewish Community Foundation (JCF) together have funded and collaborated with over 41 different agencies and community partners in order to provide immediate support for vulnerable members of the Jewish community. To date, we have deployed upwards of $1,000,000 to our agencies and community partners in order to accomplish the following.

To address the growing needs of our most vulnerable, we:

  • Purchased over $600,000 in food cards to distribute to clients of our agencies, specifically to address the 52% increase in individuals who identified as newly vulnerable due to the crisis when calling our hotline.
  • Provided 8,000 people with basic necessities including groceries and kosher meals.
  • Made 16,000+ calls to community members (AGE 60+) to ensure their well-being, including 5,500 individuals who have been called at least 3 times and matched with a volunteer buddy.

Click here to see more about the impact of the Community Crisis Response Fund.

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


Virtual Cooking Workshop with @foodguymtl
Time: Sunday, May 3 | 3:00 PM

How to Fill Your Cup: Coping with Kids During the Pandemic
Time: Wednesday, May 6 | 8:15 PM – 9:00 PM

Fash & Tech Webinar with Liraz Cohen
Hillel Montreal, powered by GenMTL
Time: Thursday, May 7 | 1:00 PM

2nd Annual Jewish Community Mental Health Shabbat
Congregation Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem, in partnership with Federation CJA, Agence Ometz, AMI Quebec and Congregation Shaar Hashomayim.
Time: Thursday, May 7 | 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

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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