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March 2017 - Issue 14

Federation CJA Centennial: Chagall Exhibit

  • Marc Chagall legacy presented in new Montreal exhibit (Canadian Jewish News)
    The vast legacy Marc Chagall bestowed on the worlds of theatre, dance, opera and the visual and decorative arts is spectacularly presented in a new exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA).
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  • Vitrine du livre: Mon univers, Marc Chagall (Le Devoir)
    Mon univers, par Marc Chagall, traduit du yiddish par Chantal Ringuet et Pierre Anctil.
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  • Les Ouvrages: Marc Chagall, Mon univers (La Presse)
    La nouvelle traduction du seul livre écrit par Marc Chagall.
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  • Centennial celebration of commitment and creativity (Montreal Gazette)
    Federation CJA marks a milestone 100th anniversary with a recent black-tie masked soirée at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA), commemorating the commitment of its top leadership and donors.
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Federation CJA Centennial Marketing: Juifs d'ici

  • Federation CJA pays tribute to Quebec's Jewish community (Montreal Gazette)
    Federation CJA, a century-old organization serving Quebec’s Jewish community, unveiled on Monday, an online and televised tribute to Quebec’s Jews that covers close to three centuries of history in the province.
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  • Federation Pays Tribute to diverse Quebec Jews (Canadian Jewish News)
    As part of its centennial celebration, Federation CJA has launched the Juifs d’ici campaign, which is intended to raise awareness of the contribution of Jews to Quebec since they first settled here more than 250 years ago.
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  • Juifs d’ici célébrés (Grenier)
    À l’occasion du 375e anniversaire de Montréal et du centenaire de la Fédération CJA, la Fédération lance la campagne médiatique « Juifs d’ici », un hommage à plus de 100 Juifs québécois ayant marqué les quelque trois cents dernières années de l’histoire de la province.
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  • Top 10 des campagnes du mois de février (Grenier)
    L’équipe de rédaction vous présente son Top 10 des meilleures campagnes publicitaires du mois de février. Que ce soit pour leur originalité, leur créativité ou leur direction artistique, ces différentes offensives ont su frapper notre imaginaire.
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  • : Un nouveau site Web pour découvrir 100 juifs qui ont marqué le Québec (Radio Ville-Marie)
    Un nouveau site Internet lancé lundi souligne l’apport de 100 juifs québécois. Le site pose un regard sur plusieurs grands noms du judaïsme au Québec, du XVIIIe siècle jusqu’à aujourd’hui.
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  • Un nouveau site Web pour découvrir 100 juifs qui ont marqué le Québec (Présence)
    L’initiative s’inscrit dans le cadre des festivités du 100e anniversaire de la Fédération CJA, une importante organisation juive montréalaise.
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  • Campagne Juifs dici (VTélé Les infos)
    Sur les ondes de la chaîne de télé V, pendant l'émission Les infos, Daniel Rabinowicz, président du Musée de l'Holocauste Montréal, présente la campagne médiatique Juifs d'ici. Coïncidant avec le 375e anniversaire de Montréal, cette initiative met en valeur l'apport des Juifs au rayonnement du Québec.
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  • En Dialogue : Juifs d’ici (Radio Ville-Marie)
    Entretien radio avec Jean-Philipe Trottier sur la campagne médiatique Juifs d’ici.
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Federation CJA Centennial: TOV #100Days100Deeds

  • Federation urges young and old to do 100 good deeds (Canadian Jewish News)
    In honour of the centennial of Federation CJA, its Tikun Olam Volunteers (TOV) are performing 100 good deeds throughout the year, helping those in need in both the Jewish and broader Montreal community.
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  • Akiva Students gather together for Mensch Madness (Westmount Independent)
    Children put together care packages for JEM Workshop employees.
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Federation CJA Centennial Launch

  • The Socialite (Canadian Jewish News)
    In one evening, Federation CJA celebrated a stellar fundraising accomplishment, 100 years of community building, and both the legacy and bright future of the Jewish community in Quebec.
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Federation CJA Israel Engagement Initiative

  • Lior Raz talks Fauda and Federation CJA (Global News)
    Actor and show creator Lior Raz joins Global’s Laura Casella to talk about his hit Israeli political thriller Fauda, out on Netflix.
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  • Star of breakout Netflix series Fauda packs Theatre St. Denis (The Suburban)
    Raz drew several loud ovations during his presentation. A wonderful storyteller with a good sense of humour, he showed some riveting scenes from the show, sharing some inside information on the thinking behind the script.
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  • Netflix scores with Fauda, hit Israeli political thriller that resonates on all sides (Montreal Gazette)
    Lior Raz’s local engagement, arranged by Federation CJA, sold out quickly.
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  • Fauda's leading man draws hundreds to Montreal event (Canadian Jewish News)
    Lior Raz’s February 27 Montreal appearance was organized by Federation CJA. His hyper-realistic show, Fauda, is already huge hit in Israel.
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  • Interview With Lior Raz of Hit Netflix Series FAUDA (Montreal Mom Blog)
    As a fan of both FAUDA and Federation CJA and as a proud member of the Netflix #StreamTeam, how could I NOT find a way to meet with him, if only for a few moments?
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  • Fauda creator Lior Raz packs the hall (Nashen Notes Blog)
    Federation CJA hit a home run by bringing in the Netflix blockbuster Israeli hit series, Fauda. Lior Raz spoke to a packed house at the Theatre St. Denis Monday night after selling out the first two venues within hours of going on sale.
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  • An Interview with Lior Raz of 'Fauda' (B’nai Brith Blog)
    Raz’s Montreal appearance was originally slated to be held at the Gelber Conference Centre of Federation CJA, which can accommodate about 600 people. It sold out quickly and was moved to the much larger Theatre St. Denis, where it sold out again.
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Partner Programs and Initiatives

  • Subsidized trips to Israel now offered to young couples (Canadian Jewish News)
    Young local couples are now eligible for a subsidized trip to Israel through a new Federation CJA program, a first in Canada.
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  • Montreal mayor encourages young job seekers to stay (Canadian Jewish News)
    Mayor Denis Coderre delivered an upbeat message to young people who hope to stay in Montreal and find employment, especially those who are immigrants or from ethnic communities.
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  • Une initiative de soutien à l’accueil et à l’intégration au Canada (L’Arche)
    Laetitia Sellam, consultante en intégration à l’Agence Ometz, nous présente « Intitiative France Montréal ».
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  • Dwindling affordability puts day schools at crossroads (Canadian Jewish News)
    Affordability and sustainability are closely tied together, educators agree. Raise fees too high and enrolment drops, starting a vicious circle as fewer parents shoulder greater tuition burdens. Cut programs to reduce fees and parents may walk away from day school education altogether.
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  • Do gala dinners still pull in the big bucks? (Canadian Jewish News)
    In the Jewish community, grand, black-tie gala dinners can attract hundreds of people and, in some cases, raise millions in just one night. But considering the cost and resources that go into planning these annual mainstay events, many are asking whether they’re worth it and whether the format will engage the next generation of donors.
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  • Grands Prix of the Young Business Leaders' Gala: RJCCQ's 25th special edition (Canadian News Wire)
    The Jewish Chamber of Commerce's Co-presidents, Erik Langburt and Scott Rozansky are delighted to be co-hosting the RJCCQ Gala with the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs-Québec in the Jewish community center. Erik Langburt said "What a great opportunity for the Jewish community to collaborate on this event during Federation CJA's centennial year and the 375th anniversary of Montreal".
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  • Jewish groups condemn threats to Muslims at Concordia (Canadian Jewish News)
    On behalf of the Jewish community, Federation CJA and its advocacy arm, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), condemned a threat against students.
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  • Coderre decries anti-Israel UNESCO resolution (The Suburban)
    The Mayor was speaking last week at a Cocktails and Conversation event held by the Jewish community employment, immigration and school services organization Ometz and the Jewish Chamber of Commerce, along with Federation CJA.
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December 2016 - Issue 13

Federation CJA Centennial Celebrations

  • Federation CJA celebrates 100 years (Global News)
    David Amiel of Federation CJA visits Global News to talk about the organization’s first 100 years in Montreal.
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  • Federation CJA First Vice President David Amiel talks Centennial (Breakfast Television)
    Breakfast Television welcomed our First Vice President, David Amiel to chat about Federation CJA and 100 years of impact in Montreal.
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  • Orchestrating a symphony of commitment and daring (The Suburban)
    Federation CJA’s Centennial year ahead is filled with unique events. Among the initiatives that are to be unveiled is a Community Virtual Museum; a magnificent Chagall exhibit with the collaboration of the Museum of Fine Arts; a Mega-Mission to Israel; and an Expo aimed at showing young Montrealers the opportunities and incentives to stay in this city, build their lives and strengthen one of the world’s most vibrant communities.
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  • La Fédération CJA de Montreal célèbre ses 100 ans (Canadian Jewish News)
    Il y a un siècle, en 1916, alors que des dizaines de milliers d’immigrants juifs fuyant les pogroms antisémites en Europe de l’Est arrivaient au Canada, la Federation of Jewish Philanthropies, ancêtre de l’actuelle Fédération CJA  et de l’organisme central qui précéda celle-ci, Allied Jewish Community Services, voyait le jour.
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  • The first century of Federation CJA (Canadian Jewish News)
    When a Montreal Jewish federation was first considered a century ago, the city’s Jewish population was rapidly expanding. Jews arriving in Montreal seemed religiously, socially and culturally distinct from the established, largely prosperous English-speaking Jewish community of Montreal.
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Federation CJA Centennial Recognized at Quebec National Assembly

  • Federation CJA Centennial Recognized at Quebec National Assembly (Assemblée nationale du Québec)
    An all-party motion was brought forth by the Honourable David Birnbaum, député de D'Arcy-McGee MNA recognizing the centennial of Federation CJA.
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  • Federation CJA's Centennial saluted in National Assembly (The Suburban)
    The National Assembly unanimously adopted a motion put forward by D’Arcy McGee MNA David Birnbaum last Wednesday, Nov. 30, saluting Quebec’s Jewish community on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Federation CJA.
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  • Quebec Premier to Visit Israel Next Year (Canadian Jewish News)
    Quebec’s Premier Philippe Couillard will lead an economic mission to Israel in the spring, becoming the first Quebec premier to head an official visit to the country. He made the announcement during the annual cocktail for members of the National Assembly held at the legislature by the Quebec branch of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), with Federation CJA and the Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee, on Nov. 30.
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Federation CJA Centennial Launch Event

  • Social Notes: Jay Leno helps Federation CJA celebrate 100 years (The Montreal Gazette)
    When Federation CJA, the driving force of Montreal’s vibrant Jewish community, does anything, the MO is big, next-level, make-it-unforgettable territory. Which was exactly the spirit in which the organization approached its recent special benefit eve at Palais des congrès, celebrating the close of its 2016 General Campaign and official launch of 100 years of impact in Montreal.
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  • With Jay Leno as the guest performer Federation CJA kicks of its Centennial in style (The Suburban)
    In the world of fundraising, Federation CJA has always been considered a “machine.” On Monday, November 21 this driving force of Montreal’s Jewish community launched its Centennial celebrations with an extraordinary evening at the Palais des congrès.
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  • Federation CJA launches Centennial in spectacular style (The Suburban)
    Federation CJA launched its Centennial year with a massive gala at the Palais des congrès, attended by some 1,500 people. The event opened with a spectacular multi-screen, multi-media — mixing film and live action — retrospective of Federation CJA’s 100 years of service to the Montreal Jewish community, and to Israel.
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  • A great night for the Federation CJA (Montreal Times)
    Over 1500 people gathered at the Palais de congrès on November 21 for a dual celebration of the accomplishments of Federation CJA, an umbrella organization that contains a number of social service agencies that aid and benefit the Jewish community not only in Montreal, but also around the world.
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  • Tonight Show host headlines Federation CJA Centennial kickoff (Canadian Jewish News)
    Federation CJA launches a year of celebration of its centennial at the Palais des congrès on Nov. 21 when former Tonight Show host and standup comedian Jay Leno is the special guest.
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  • Jay Leno to perform at Federation CJA Centennial launch (The Suburban)
    The Centennial will celebrate Federation CJA’s impact in the Jewish community and the help it has provided for Jews in times of need, in Montreal and around the world, over the past century.
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  • Jay Leno Gala Tickets still available (Montreal Times)
    Veteran stand-up comic and former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno will headline a special gala event to kick off Federation CJA’s year-long centennial celebrations on November 21.
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Federation CJA Centennial Campaign

  • Federation CJA unveils art exhibit honoring visionaries (The Suburban)
    Federation CJA unveiled an art installation to recognize “visionary donors” to the organization’s Centennial campaign.
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TOV #100Days100Deeds

  • Federation CJA and elementary school children celebrate Hanukkah with veterans (The Suburban)
    Dec. 7 at the Veterans Hospital in Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Federation CJA and grade five students from Dollard des Ormeaux’s Hebrew Foundation School celebrated Hanukkah with veterans and residents.
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CJA16 Campaign

  • Le Centre des Donateurs de l’Appel Juif Unifié (Canadian Jewish News)
    Des élèves de Secondaire 4 de l’École Maïmonide ont participé activement cette année à la Campagne sépharade de l’Appel Juif Unifié (AJU) de la FÉDÉRATION CJA.
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  • Applause: Go the Distance (The Montreal Gazette)
    Eleven members of the Young Adult Division of Federation CJA ran in the Montreal Marathon on Sept. 25 to raise money for Le Café.
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  • Jewish students collect 22,000 food items for the needy (Canadian Jewish News)
    More than 22,000 non-perishable kosher food items were collected by Jewish day school students as part of Federation CJA’s Feed the Truck food drive.
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  • Mazel Tov! Federation CJA’s Feed the Truck event (Montreal Times)
    Sun Youth wishes to thank Federation CJA’s Tikun Olam Volunteers who visited various Jewish schools in Montreal to collect non-perishable kosher donations.
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  • Social Notes: Federation CJA’s Young Adult Division’s Endless Summer Soirée (The Montreal Gazette)
    At Federation CJA’s Young Adult Division’s Annual Endless Summer Soirée White Party, on-fire young organizers wowed their killer crowd of 300-plus at New City Gas with a 5-à-7 that continued well past 11, while raising important funds for the Federation.
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  • Women of Power (Breakfast Television)
    Joanne Vrakas of Breakfast Television Montreal talks about her experience as one of the YAD Women of Power in support of the 2016 Combined Jewish Appeal campaign.
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Affiliated Agencies and Organizations

  • Changes to Quebec’s welfare law will hurt most vulnerable (The Suburban)
    An opinion piece on the anticipated negative impacts of Bill 70 published by Federation CJA’s Social Advocacy Committee which includes Agence Ometz, Auberge Shalom pour femmes, Cummings Centre, Project Genesis, Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA.
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  • Diller Alum and former Hillel President named Rhodes scholar (The Montreal Gazette)
    At 23, Aaron Gluck-Thaler can now add Rhodes scholar to his long lists of achievements. Smart, committed, at the top of their fields and with a passion for changing the world – That’s what it takes to be a Rhodes scholar, and McGill University has bragging rights to two more this year.
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  • Temple Art Hive encourages creativity, inclusiveness (Canadian Jewish News)
    Federation CJA has offered a grant to start up the Art Hive/Kaveret Omanut at Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom. The first of its 10 sessions was held in November, welcoming participants of all ages and abilities. The idea is to get people who are different from one another to interact, using art-making as a hub, and in so doing have them come to a mutual understanding and appreciation.
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  • Coderre recounts successful and moving Israel mission (The Suburban)
    When politicians make trade trips abroad, even the most successful ones tend to make for some dry copy. But after spending some time with Montreal’s Mayor Denis Coderre recently, and listening to him address Federation CJA’s Centennial launch, it was clear that his recent trade mission to Israel with Toronto Mayor John Tory, was of a different order.
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  • YidLife Crisis team takes on seasonal holiday classics – irreverently (The Montreal Gazette)
    Batalion and Elman concede they’re on a high for now — and it’s not related to latkes or eggnog. They opened for Jay Leno at the recent launch of Federation CJA’s Centennial celebrations in Montreal. Their shtick entailed “the 100-ish most Jew-ish places” in Montreal.
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October 2016 - Issue 12

CJA16 Campaign

  • Federation CJA launches 2016 fundraising campaign (The Suburban Newspaper)
    Federation CJA launched its 2016 Combined Jewish Appeal fundraising campaign with a gala attended by some 700 people.
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  • CJA launch hears tale of harrowing escape from Yemen (Canadian Jewish News)
    The more than 700 people who filled the historic Monument National to celebrate the launch of the 2016 Combined Jewish Appeal (CJA) campaign recently were given a sobering reminder of how dollars raised here can save lives far away.
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  • La Campagne sépharade de l’Appel Juif Unifié (Canadian Jewish News)
    Depuis une vingtaine d’années, Ariel Sabbah est activement impliqué bénévolement dans diverses institutions communautaires juives de Montréal.
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  • Combined Jewish Appeal seeks more donors (Canadian Jewish News)
    The 2016 CJA campaign, which was officially launched Aug. 24, has begun by asking each of its hundreds of canvassers to secure 18 new donations. Federation CJA is aiming to boost its donors to 18,000 by 2018.
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  • YAD Chair on Breakfast Television (City TV)
    Federation CJA’s YAD Campaign Chair Joshua Hasen talks to Breakfast TV’s Elias Makos about the 2016 Combined Jewish Appeal Campaign.
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  • En conversation avec Joel Segal et Gilda Shahin-Abdulezer (La Voix Sépharade)
    Inspires par les bâtisseurs de la Fédération CJA, les présidents de la campagne de l’Appel juif unifie 2016 réfléchissent au présent et rêvent a l’avenir.
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Federation CJA Events

  • Feed the Truck (City TV)
    City TV’s Breakfast Television visited TOV’s Feed the Truck food drive on location at Solomon Schechter Academy.
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  • CJA clothing drive has been helping families for 11 years (The Suburban Newspaper)
    Back to school can be a trying time financially for parents who struggle monetarily and want to be able to give their kids a great start to the academic year. And CJA’s annual clothing drive makes that possible.
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  • Acclaimed documentary producer enthrals audience at Choices (The Suburban Newspaper)
    Nancy Spielberg, the acclaimed documentary producer, businesswoman, fundraiser and philanthropist, captivated the crowd at the annual Choices event, presented by Federation CJA’s Women’s Philanthropy Campaign.
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  • Panel stresses importance of hereditary disease testing (Canadian Jewish News)
    Federation CJA hosted a panel in conjunction with the Montreal Jewish Genetic Disorders Fund (MJGDF), a volunteer organization that advocates for screening and offers information on testing options in Montreal and the choices for couples who are carriers.
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Annual General Meeting

  • Former IDF chief of general staff speaks at Federation CJA AGM (The Suburban Newspaper)
    Former Israel Defence Forces Chief of Staff Lt.Gen.(res.) Benjamin Gantz was in Montreal to address Federation CJA’s Annual General Meeting.
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  • Federation CJA looks to future at 99th AGM (The Suburban Newspaper)
    Federation CJA looked towards the future and its centennial celebrations at its 99th Annual General Meeting last week, and honoured businessman and philanthropist Jack Hasen with the organization’s most prestigious award, the Samuel Bronfman Medal.
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  • Young Jews must be fluent in French: Federation leader (Canadian Jewish News)
    If the Jewish community wants to keep its young people in Quebec, it has to do a better job of teaching them French, chief executive officer Deborah Corber said at Federation CJA’s 99th annual general meeting on Sept. 22.
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Federation CJA Centennial

  • The Federation Centennial: Out of many, one (The Suburban Newspaper)
    The history of Montreal’s Jews was rich and long and intertwined with that of this city and this province. It was against this rich tapestry that by the early 20th century the Jews of Montreal had created institutions of care and compassion.
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  • Federation to celebrate 100 years of achievement (Canadian Jewish News)
    The Jewish community developed its own services, often through mutual aid societies, to take care of the sick, elderly and poor. In 1916, to co-ordinate this patchwork of nascent institutions and centralize their resources, the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies was founded.
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Affiliated Agencies and Organizations

  • Federation puts out the ‘bienvenue’ mat for French (Canadian Jewish News)
    Agence Ometz, a Federation CJA agency, experienced a doubling of inquiries from Jews in France about Quebec and immigration after the attacks last year. That interest continues to this day. Initiative France Montréal was launched last October to help French Jews, who have made the decision to leave, through the immigration and integration process.
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  • Jewish museum goes from virtual to real (Canadian Jewish News)
    MJM began in 2010 with funding from Federation CJA, which was looking to support innovative programs that would connect younger Jews to the community, those who were not attracted to more conventional activities.
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  • Community pays tribute to Jewish veterans, war fallen (The Suburban Newspaper)
    The Montreal community, in what has now become an annual tradition, paid tribute Sunday to Canada’s Jewish war veterans and the more than 570 Jewish-Canadians who fell in the two world wars, and the Korean War.
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  • Comment se déroule la venue des juifs français au Québec ? (La Voix Sépharade)
    L’Agence Ometz, sous l’égide de la Fédération CJA de Montréal, offre des services aux membres de la communauté et notamment aux nouveaux immigrants.
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  • New Herzliah a go with $15-million Azrieli Foundation donation (Canadian Jewish News)
    The new school will be built on the parking lot of the YM-YWHA/Jewish Community Centre. An above-ground bridge will connect the new Herzliah to the Jewish Community Campus to encourage students’ use of such institutions as the Jewish Public Library, the Segal Centre for Performing Arts, Federation CJA and the Y.
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  • The challenge of the Jewish middle class (Canadian Jewish News)
    They’re not considered low-income, but a growing number of families are finding that Jewish communal life is a luxury they can’t afford. Four years ago, Federation CJA launched the Generations Fund, an endowment that’s raised close to $70 million and includes the CAPS Program, which makes day school more affordable through tuition ceilings.
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May 2016 - Issue 11

Federation CJA Events

  • West Island Jewish community celebrates Israel (The Suburban)
    More than 2,000 people came to Federation CJA West Island for its annual Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration on May 12.
  • Tribute paid to Israel's fallen at annual Yom Hazikaron ceremony (The Suburban)
    Federation CJA, in conjunction with the Israeli consulate, paid tribute to fallen Israeli soldiers and victims of terror in a moving ceremony at the Gelber Centre. The standing-room only audience included Côte St. Luc mayor Mitchell Brownstein and former Mount Royal MP Irwin Cotler.
  • Young volunteers lead “third night” Seder (Canadian Jewish News)
    For the 23rd year, members of Federation CJA’s YAD hosted a Passover Seder for employees of the JEM Workshop, an adapted workplace for individuals with special needs.
  • Community must adapt to diversity, symposium hears (Canadian Jewish News)
    Federation CJA recently hosted an interactive symposium for community professionals on the changing Jewish family.
  • The Socialite at the Masquerade Ball (Canadian Jewish News)
    A little snow didn’t stop the partygoers from donning their masks and intriguing costumes for a night of mystery and fun at Campagne Sépharade’s Purim Masquerade Ball.

Affiliated Agencies and Organizations

  • Holocaust survivor steps back into painful past to educate youth (Montreal Gazette)
    Survivor Marcel Zielinski is back in Poland to participate in the March of the Living, accompanying the Montreal delegation to offer personal insight into what went on behind the barbed wire of the camps.
  • Quebecers understand Israel better than a decade ago: CIJA (Canadian Jewish News)
    While the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign on campuses and elsewhere may get the attention, the new regional lay leaders of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Advocacy (CIJA) believe there is greater understanding of Israel among Quebecers today than a decade ago. 
  • Jeunes, juifs et fiers de leur cuisine (La Presse)
    « La plupart des jeunes ont grandi sans aimer la cuisine juive. Aujourd’hui, ce sont toutefois des plats que nous chérissons parce qu’ils nous rappellent la maison. » On retrouve, dans cet article, une présentation du Projet Bouffe Juive de la Fédération CJA et des récipiendaires de subventions communautaires The Wandering Chew et YidLife Crisis.


March 2016 - Issue 10

Federation CJA Events

  • Jews need allies to fight anti-Semitism: Rabbi Sacks (Canadian Jewish News)
    Rabbi Sacks’ Montreal visit was hosted by Federation CJA and included a meeting with Montreal’s archbishop and culminated with an inspirational address to 1400 people.
  •  “À vos pinceaux!” avec la Campagne sépharade de l’Appel Juif unifié (CJN – En Francais)
    Dans une atmosphère détendue et conviviale, les nombreux participants à cette soirée ont peint un tableau sur toile sous la supervision d’un artiste-peintre réputé franco-québécois, Hervé Teboul.


Agency Partners and Initiatives

  • Le Projet ‘Initiative France’ de la FÉDÉRATION CJA (CJN – En Francais)
    Depuis plusieurs années, l’immigration de familles juives de France à Montréal et leur intégration dans leur nouvelle société d’accueil sont deux priorités majeures pour la FÉDÉRATION CJA, organisme central chargé de représenter officiellement la communauté juive de Montréal.
  • Tutorial program filling gap in Lubavitch boys’ education (Canadian Jewish News)
    With financial support from Federation CJA and from individuals, an after-school program was launched in September to provide supplementary instruction in the core subjects of the province’s mandatory curriculum.
  • Un nouveau Musée du Montréal juif (Journal Métro)
    Le Musée du Montréal juif ouvrira ses portes vers le mois de mai. L’organisme, qui offrait déjà des tours guidés dans le Mile End, profitera de ses nouveaux locaux pour faire connaître ses activités.

Current Events

  • BDS motion fails at McGill after online vote (Canadian Jewish News)
    President Evan Feldman and CEO Deborah Corber of Montreal’s Federation CJA congratulated the “around-the-clock” effort, “often in a hostile environment,” of pro-Israel students to mobilize their peers to vote down the motion.
  • Victor Goldbloom, public servant, community leader, dies at 92 (Canadian Jewish News)
    Dr. Victor Goldbloom, the first Jewish Quebec cabinet minister, public servant, interfaith dialogue pioneer and eloquent Jewish community leader, died of a heart attack on Feb. 15 at age 92.
January 2016 - Issue 9

Combined Jewish Appeal Campaign

  • 2015 CJA campaign expected to raise close to $40 million (The Canadian Jewish News)
    The 2015 Combined Jewish Appeal is projected to raise over $39.4 million, general chair Barry Pascal announced at the campaign’s official closing.
  • Barry Pascal: All about heart (The Suburban)
    CJA’s 2015 General Campaign Chair Barry Pascal has a special heart and spirit. His authenticity shines through, because he never forgot his family’s beginnings.
  • Mayim Bialik Featured at Federation CJA Launch (The Canadian Jewish News)
    In addition to the Emmy-nominated actress, the Combined Jewish Appeal Launch also featured journalist Zvika Klein and Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice-chair of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.
  • La campagne De L’Appel Juif Unifié (The Canadian Jewish News)
    «La puissance de la communauté » est le thème central de la campagne de l’Appel Juif Unifie (AJU) 2015 de la Fédération CJA de Montreal.
  • CJA chair gives back to the community that helped his family (The Canadian Jewish News)
    Barry Pascal never forgets that he is just one generation removed from the Holocaust. That heritage is guiding Pascal as general chair of the 2015 Combined Jewish Appeal.
  • Combined Jewish Appeal Launch featured on Global News (Global News)
    Combined Jewish Appeal kicked off its annual campaign at New City Gas with a stellar line-up of speakers to help them get their fundraising season under way. Watch the video now.
  • Federation CJA kicks off annual campaign (The Westmount Independent)
    Federation CJA kicked off its annual campaign at the trendy New City Gas site.

CJA15 Events

  • Miriam Peretz, Mother of two fallen IDF soldiers, inspires CJA donors (The Canadian Jewish News)
    Her mission is to comfort her fellow bereaved families, to instill courage in today’s Israeli soldiers and to inspire Jews around the world. She accomplished that at Choices, the major Women’s Philanthropy campaign event, where she spoke.
  • Federation CJA West Island presents Culture Club: Sounds of the 80s (Montreal Times)
    Over 200 people went Back to the Future for Federation CJA West Island’s annual themed Gala.
  • Hanukkah: One for each night, the candles shed their bright light (The Gazette)
    Josie Weitzenbauer, owner of Léché Desserts in St-Henri, which makes killer gourmet doughnuts, leads a doughnut-making workshop organized by the Jewish Food Project of Federation CJA.


Federation CJA Annual General Meeting

  • Federation urged to get out of its comfort zone (The Canadian Jewish News)
    Making Federation CJA more inclusive of all segments of an increasingly diverse Jewish community was a recurring theme during the organization’s 98th annual general meeting on Sept. 10.
  • Une année exceptionnelle pour la Fédération CJA (The Canadian Jewish News)
    Des réalisations majeures ont pu être menées à terme grâce au vigoureux soutien et à la grande générosité de nombreux membres de notre Communauté, a rappelé la Présidente sortante, Susan Laxer, lors de l’al locution qu’elle a prononcée à l’occasion  de l’Assemblée générale annuelle de cette institution federative.



  • Applause: Students collect more than 20,000 food items for Feed the Truck initiative (The Gazette)
    A large truck travelled to each of the participating schools to pick up food that students had collected over the previous month, and the students themselves packed the truck with their donations. The initiative was led by volunteers with Federation CJA, in partnership with a network of agencies and organizations.
  • Sun Youth Signs Three Year Agreement with Federation CJA (Montreal Times)
    Sun Youth recently confirmed a grant by Federation CJA that will help maintain and expand Sun Youth’s kosher home delivery program.
  • Irreverent Yiddish comedic web series back for season ‘tsvey’ (Times of Israel)
    YidLife Crisis’ is made possible by funding from Shaping Our Future Grants and the Jewish Community Foundation of Montreal, among others.
  • Federal funding agreements for social housing should be renewed (The Gazette)
    Opinion piece in support of social housing written collaboratively by Project Genesis and four Caldwell Residence tenants. Project Genesis is an affiliated agency of Federation CJA.

In the Community

  • 10th year for Yom Yocheved giveaway (The Westmount Independent)
    Over 250 underprivileged families, including 600 children, went on a free shopping spree at Federation CJA courtesy of local clothing manufacturers.
  • Canadian Jewish war veterans remembered in ceremony (The Canadian Jewish News)
    The memorial’s speakers included Federation CJA president Evan Feldman; Eric Bissell and Allen Adel.
  • Veteran community leader takes reins at JFC-UIA (The Canadian Jewish News)
    For the next two years, Julia Berger Reitman, a veteran of Canada’s Jewish community leadership, will be chair of the Jewish Federations of Canada – UIA.
  • Discovering the Montreal Jewish Community (YouTube)
    Consul General of Israel for Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces, Ziv Nevo Kulman, reflects upon his past year in Montreal.
  • CIJA hosts National Assembly reception in Quebec City (The Canadian Jewish News)
    CIJA Quebec chair Eric Maldoff, Federation CJA first vice-president David Amiel, and Association of Jewish Day Schools president Eric Laxer were among the Jewish community leaders hosting.


  • Jewish security officials, cops from 5 North American cities tour Israel (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
    Also joining the tour, organized by Secure Community Network, the security arm of the national Jewish community, are directors of security for Montreal’s Jewish community and a representative of the New Jersey State Police.
  • Canadians fund shelter playground for kibbutz near Gaza (The Canadian Jewish News)
    Marcia Shuster, who is active in the Montreal Jewish community and has relatives living on the kibbutz, worked to get Federation CJA in Montreal to support the idea so fundraisers could issue tax receipts.
April 21, 2015 - Issue 8

PJ Library

Jewish Food Project

Community and Culture

  • 24 Jews who are changing the world (Canadian Jewish News)
    The 24 visionaries profiled are re-examining age-old understandings of Judaism, with an eye to furthering our tradition in ways some of us probably hadn’t even considered before. And in their enthusiasm, their passion – even their audacity – for a Jewish future, we find hope and excitement. The list includes Federation CJA’s Generations Fund and the Jewish Community Foundation grantees Zev Moses, Sydney Warshaw and Katherine (Kat) Romanow, Jason Rosenblatt and Eli Batalion.
  • Talking tachlis with ‘YidLife’ crisis (Jewish Journal)
    “We meant it to be absurd,” Batalion said. “Imagine the world exactly like it is, except everyone speaks Yiddish and no one explains why. That, to us, was the joke.”
  • Art hives help bring creative Montrealers together (The Gazette)
    Even in an artist-friendly city like Montreal, not everyone can afford to rent studio space. But these community art studios, part of a national grassroots movement known as art hives, offer such spaces for free — with the added incentives of companionship and snacks.
  • In Montreal, Communal Seders Not Just for Needy (
    According to a 2011 National Household Survey Analysis by the Montreal Jewish Federation, there are 18,130 Jews living below the poverty line in the Montreal, accounting for 20% of the total Jewish population.

JDL in Montreal

January 26, 2015 - Issue 7

French Terror Attacks

  • We are Charlie, we are Jewish, we are French (The Suburban)
    Hundreds turned out to a vigil at Côte St. Luc’s Beth Israel Beth Aaron Synagogue Sunday to express solidarity with the people of France, its Jewish population, and for freedom of expression.
  • Thousands join march in show of solidarity and sympathy (The Gazette)
    Hundreds also attended a community vigil Sunday evening at the Beth Israel Beth Aaron synagogue in Cote-Saint-Luc to honour the 17 victims of terrorism in Paris.
  • Canadians rally for French Jews after attacks (The Canadian Jewish News)
    Israeli Consul General Ziv Nevo Kulman, along with Federation CJA president Susan Laxer; Eric Maldoff, Quebec chair of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs; Rabbi Reuben Poupko, chair of CIJA’s Rabbinical caucus; and Joseph Gabay of the CIJA board joined a Jan. 7 rally outside Montreal City Halll organized by Mayor Denis Coderre and the French Consulate.
  • French Jews Plan Exodus After Paris Terror Attacks (International Business Times)
    Language, Quebec’s secular culture, relatively cheap cost of living and job opportunities are among the reasons why French Jews have decided to move to Quebec. According to a survey conducted by Agence Ometz, anti-Semitism and the desire to practice Judaism openly was one of the major reasons why Jewish French families moved.
  • For embattled French Jews, mixed feelings about call to move to Israel (Jewish Journal)
    Montreal’s primary Jewish social services and resettlement organization, Agence Ometz, has seen a significant increase in newcomers from France over the last year, JTA reported in November.
  • Open Canada’s doors to French Jews, rabbi urges (Canadian Jewish News)
    Rabbi Scheier said the Canadian Jewish community should overcome any reluctance it has to appearing to be competing with Israel, which is actively and openly seeking olim in France, and do more to let French Jews know they are wanted here. Howard Berger, co-director of Agence Ometz, the Federation CJA agency responsible for immigration services, said a meeting is scheduled for later this week to discuss the situation of French Jews.

Prime Minister in Montreal

In the News

In the News - September 18, 2014 - Issue 5

Super Sunday

CJA14 Campaign Launch

CJA14 Campaign

Federation CJA

FCJA and Operation Protective Edge

>Israel Relief Fund

FCJA Solidarity Mission to Israel

Pro-Israel Rally

Memorial Service

Changing Jewish Trends and Demographics


In the News - June 16, 2014 - Issue 4

Montreal Mega Mission

  • In his article for The Gazette, Joe Schwarcz reflects on his time spent in Israel on the Montreal Mega Mission.
  • The Canadian Jewish News reports on a Montreal couple’s surprise wedding atop Masada on the Montreal Mega Mission.
  • Makor Rishon, a local Israeli newspaper, highlights the Montreal Mega Mission and its day spent in Beer Sheva (click here for the English translation).
  • Radio Darom, a local Beer Sheva station, reports on the arrival of close to 600 people to Israel for the Montreal Mega Misison.
  • The Jerusalem Post mentioned the recent excitement of welcoming nearly 600 Mega Mission participants to Jerusalem. 
  • The Times of Israel celebrates the arrival of the over 570 Canadian residents, ages 19 to 94, taking part in the eight-day visit to Israel.
  • The Jerusalem Post welcomes the Montreal Mega Mission to Israel with an overview of some of the week’s events.
  • Gil Troy explains why you should “get lost” while you’re in Israel in this article for The Canadian Jewish News .
  • The Canadian Jewish News interviews Mega Mission participant Arlene Abramovitch for a moving piece about her decision to take the trip.
  • The Suburban reflects on the impact of both past and present Mega Mission to Israel.

Federation CJA

Federation CJA and the Charter of Values

  • Tablet  Magazine makes mention of Federation CJA’s stance on the charter in an article describing Jewish young adults’ response to the PQ.
  • The Canadian Jewish News quotes FCJA President, Susan Laxer, highlighting the positive momentum for the provincial Liberal Party.

Israel and Overseas

  • The Canadian Jewish News features Solomon Schechter Academy’s annual Israel Mission, supported by Jewish Agency for Israel and Federation CJA.  

Jewish Chamber of Commerce

YAD Fashion Night

  • Urban Expressions invites readers to go shopping for a good cause at YAD Fashion Night.

Federation CJA Agencies

  • The Montreal Gazette celebrates the Jewish Public Library’s 100 years serving the literary and intellectual needs of the Montreal Jewish Community – and beyond.
  • The Montreal Gazette reports on the positive impact of Jem Workshop, an FCJA associated agency.
In the News - February 27, 2014 - Issue 3
Federation CJA
  • CTV News features a unique initiative, supported by Federation CJA’s Generations Fund. The program fosters connections to Jewish life and broadens the scope for a more inclusive community.
  • Le Devoir et le Huffington Post Québec font état d’une étude qui dresse la liste des cent œuvres de charité les plus fiables au Canada en se basant sur leurs activités de financement et leurs dépenses. Au Québec, la Fédération CJA occupe la tête du peloton.
  • The Montreal Gazette and Keren Hayesod – United Israel Appeal acknowledge the exceptional leadership of Federation CJA’s immediate past president, David Cape.
  • The Jewish Federations of North America highlights InMontreal, a Federation CJA initiative, for its bold visual tapestry of the Montreal Jewish community.
Federation CJA and the Charter of Values
Montreal Mega Mission
  • Dans le Canadian Jewish News, Arlene Abitan, Gail Adelson-Marcovitz et Jonathan Wener présentent la Méga Mission Montréal 2014.
  • Sur les ondes de Radio Shalom, Henri Levy invite les auditeurs à faire le voyage de leur vie en Israël en mai 2014.