Federation CJA 360 - May 15, 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

In this week's 360, we have an inspiring video about Federation CJA's crisis relief efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus coverage of the Student Impact Awards, recipes for Jewish comfort foods 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 15 | 8:01 PM

Click here to read this week's parsha from Rabbi Sacks: "The Power of a Curse" (Behar-Bechukotai  5780).

Watch Federation CJA's new impact video
We are here for one another, to ensure that every member of our community is cared for. We will get through this, together.

Source: Federation CJA

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IDF soldier killed by rock thrown at his head during West Bank arrest raid
Army says Sgt. First Class Amit Ben-Ygal, 21, was wearing helmet when large stone struck him, as unit made its way out of village near Jenin.

Source: Times of Israel

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Emerging from lockdown, French Jews take stock of their 'enormous losses' [article in French]
No official figures have been published, but there are reports of several thousand deaths in the community, including many community leaders.

Source: Times of Israel

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Mazal Tov to all the winners from the second annual Student Impact Awards (SIA), hosted by Hillel Montreal (powered by Federation CJA's GenMTL)
The Suburban covers the virtual May 4 ceremony, which honoured impactful individuals and organizations for their contributions to campus life and the Jewish community.

Source: The Suburban

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Alone Ensemble – The Outremont Hasidim Group & Martha Wainwright
Watch this beautiful clip from Tuesday night's edition of the popular Chanter sur les balcons de Montréal series, hosted by POP Montreal and Martha Wainwright.

Source: Facebook

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9 Jewish comfort foods to make right now
From kugel to kubaneh, try these wide-ranging recipes from across the Jewish world the next time you need to stress bake and cook.

Source: The Nosher

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Jerry Stiller remembered in 10 clips
The legendary Jewish actor and comedian, best known for his role as Frank Costanza on Seinfeld, passed away this week from natural causes at the age of 92.

Image Source: USA Today
Article Source: Forward

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Source: Federation CJA

Through Federation CJA's Tikun Olam Volunteers (TOV) initiative, volunteers have been mobilized for various projects to combat isolation, sustain frontline healthcare workers, and support the "newly vulnerable" in our community, including:

  • Over 500 isolation kits created and delivered to individuals and families.
  • Weekly care packages packed and delivered to 1,000 frontline healthcare workers at 7 different local CHSLDs.
  • 500 Boredom Buster Booklets created and delivered to homebound individuals.
  • Thousands of messages of thanks created and delivered to essential workers.

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.

A Virtual Conversation with Fauda Star Alaa Daka
Hillel Montreal (powered by Federation CJA's GenMTL)
Time: Monday, May 18 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Realities of COVID-19: Understanding the virus and managing stress
Sepharade Philanthropy
Time: Tuesday, May 19 | 7:30 PM

The Journey to Jerusalem with Zehava Tesfay
Federation CJA's Israel Engagement Initiative
Time: Friday, May 22 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Virtual Shavuot Baking Workshop
Women's Philanthropy and GenMTL
Time: Sunday, May 24 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 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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