Sepharade Philanthropy

Message from Rita Guindi and Doudou Dahan, community volunteers

Message from Chair, Sepharade Philanthropy Campaign


Who We Are

Philanthropy shapes future generations and is rooted in volunteering, social engagement and annual contributions. Sepharade Philanthropy embodies a set of values and attitudes that seek to improve the quality of life of the Jewish community long-term through the meaningful engagement of its leaders, volunteer initiatives, and ongoing mutual assistance.

VISION:  As part of Federation CJA, Sepharade Philanthropy helps build a united Jewish community in order to ensure a promising future for the generations of tomorrow.

OBJECTIVE:  Establish a culture of philanthropy within the Sephardic community, foster active and engaged leadership, and increase participation in the Sepharade Philanthropy Campaign.


Contact Us

Robert Abitbol, Director, Sepharade Philanthropy
[email protected]
Tel: 514-734-1526


President’s Message

Sylvain-Abitbol Sylvain Abitbol, President of Sepharade Philanthropy

This centennial year, Federation CJA is proud to announce the establishment of the Sepharade Philanthropy division.

In the late 1960's the immigration boom in Montreal brought in some newcomers who wished to build an organization dedicated to fundraising.

The initial core of today’s community was the Association sépharade francophone (ASF), which was formed not long after the Association juive nord-africaine, the Groupement juif nord-africain and the Fédération sépharade des juifs de langue française, among others.

In 1966, the precursor to Federation CJA, Allied Jewish Community Services,and the Association Sépharade Francophone, came together to create Combined Jewish Appeal’s Francophone committee, a  French-speaking branch of this organization, designed to serve our French-speaking population, and uniting all the Sephardic community's driving leadership forces.

And so, from one generation to the next, different leaders helped build a campaign that increased the Sephardic community's awareness of collective giving.

At present, the annual Sephardic campaign raises over $3,000,000.  It is a legacy which honours all our predecessors who were committed to Israel and who defended social justice in Montreal.

"Campaign" designates activities that, over a given period, raise funds for the annual fundraiser of the Jewish community's umbrella organization, Combined Jewish Appeal. Alternatively, Philanthropy refers to a set of values, beliefs and attitudes that improve the quality of life of the Jewish community. This includes volunteer work, mutual aid and the significant involvement of patrons and leaders, all year long.

The transition from Sepharade Campaign to Sepharade Philanthropy underlines the need for change and renewal within Federation CJA to develop and improve our engagement and fundraising efforts. As the organization is continuously adapting to an evolving and competitive fundraising environment, a strategic plan for the next years will play an important role in supporting growth, gathering resources and fostering leadership. We plan on carrying out an in-depth analysis of the Sephardic demographic within the Montreal Jewish community and its rising generation of business people. We also aim to develop more vehicles of communication and identity levers.

This change will help develop a sustainable Sephardic patronage and leadership, and aims to increase annual donations and create diversified endowment funds for the years to come.

This new approach reaffirms a strong Sephardic presence driven by renewed leadership, offering a dynamic and indispensable contribution. Under this approach, the current challenges of the Jewish community will be considered opportunities to move forward.

It is our firm belief that the transition to Sepharade Philanthropy will revitalize and invigorate our role within the Jewish philanthropic organization and further enrich Federation CJA, and the Combined Jewish Appeal campaign as a whole.

Sylvain Abitbol
President, Sepharade Philanthropy


La Grande Famille Philanthropique Sépharade

La Grande Famille Philanthropique SépharadeFamilies become part of La Grande Famille Philanthropique Sépharade when they choose to pool their members’ donations to contribute at least $18,000 to the Combined Jewish Appeal’s annual campaign. This distinction identifies and honours Montreal’s philanthropists who have a positive impact on the long-term wellbeing of the community.

In appreciation, and as a symbol of their affiliation with La Grande Famille Philanthropique Sépharade, families will receive “The Tree of Life” lapel pin at the annual gala, highlighting the level of their annual contribution to the Campaign.

Judaism places a great importance on LIFE. The word “CHAI-18” symbolizes the value of life and the hope it brings.

Annual family contribution categories

Israël $ 18,000 - $35,999
Reuven $ 36,000 - $53,999
Shimon $ 54,000 - $71,999
Levy $ 72,000 - $89,999
Benjamin $ 90,000 - $107,999
Yehuda $ 108,000 - $125,999
Joseph $ 126,000 - $143,999
Jacob $ 144,000 - $161,999
Isaac $ 162,000 - $179,999
Avraham over $ 180,000

The Prophets Society

A new society that recognizes donors who make an annual contribution between $ 1,000 and $17,999 to the Combined Jewish Appeal.

Like the Hebrew Prophets, these donors are the voice of commitment to community and to the transmission of values, of building a culture of philanthropy that benefits Montreal’s Jewish community.

Contribution categories

The Samuel Society   $ 1,000 – $ 4,999
The Nathan Society

$ 5,000 – $ 9,999*

The Jeremiah Society $ 10,000 – $ 17,999

* The Lion of Judah designation is attributed to women who personally contribute a minimum of $5,000 to the Combined Jewish Appeal annual campaign


Sepharade builders throughout the years


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