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  • Federation CJA launches 2023 fundraising campaign 
    Year Two of a $130 Million campaign 

    Montreal – August 30, 2023 – Last night, Federation CJA launched its boldest and largest campaign in its 106-year history. At a sold-out concert of 3,000 featuring Israeli pop star Omer Adam at Place des Arts, the 2023 Combined Jewish Appeal kicked off the second year of its $130 Million campaign. 
    “Our purpose is simple. We’re bringing people together to think big. To be bold. To act like the future of our community depends on it. Because it does, it’s the only way we will build the community we want for ourselves and for generations to come,” announced David Cape, General Campaign Chair. “We’re leaning into innovative approaches to solve the biggest problems of our day. To care for people in need. Respond to crises close to home and far away. And shape our Jewish future.” 
    “But we can’t do it alone,” Cape told the crowd. “We need people like you to stand up and join us. To give generously. To help us deliver on our promise to this community.”  
    “Core Jewish experiences are critical to the next generation choosing to live Jewishly, particularly for our teens. They need to know who they are and where they come from, especially if we are going to stem the erosion of Jewish pride and activism in our youth. And equip the next generation of young adults to take a stand on issues of concern to all of us,” said Yair Szlak, President and CEO of Federation CJA. “We must help those who struggle daily and are already vulnerable: Seniors on fixed incomes, Holocaust survivors, single-parent families and those living with a disability, dealing with abuse, addiction, or mental illness. No one should choose between getting groceries, paying rent, eating a meal, or filling a prescription.” 
    The Montreal Jewish community is facing an alarming surge of antisemitism. Vandalism, violence, and online hate aimed at Jews is up substantially. On campus, students face a virtual tsunami of anti-Zionist and anti-Israel rhetoric, which invariably seeps into the media, politics, and broader public discourse. 
    “Through our advocacy agent, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), we’re investing in outreach to Canadian leaders and influencers,” Szlak said. “We’re advocating for the inclusion of antisemitism and Holocaust education in anti-racism initiatives in all schools and providing Holocaust education through the Montreal Holocaust Museum.”  
    “Our Community Security Network is training community members in basic security skills so that volunteers can play a greater role in protecting Jewish lives and institutions. Because we believe that living Jewish life to its fullest, without fear, is a priority,” Szlak continued. 
    Natou Suissa, Director of Financial Resource Development, said: “We stand in solidarity with Israel during times of peace and conflict. When crisis strikes, through our national and international partners, we are there. Whether in Ukraine, Israel, or anywhere in the world with a vulnerable local Jewish population, we’re there to provide critical assistance quickly.” 
    The war in Ukraine. The pandemic. The Beer Sheva bombing. Federation CJA marshalled the resources to get people in crisis the help they desperately needed. We voiced opposition to Québec’s Bill 21 on secularism and launched the Community Security Network in response to rising antisemitism.  
    “While we can’t plan for the unexpected, we can pivot as needed. We have the infrastructure, the expertise, and the hard-earned experience of getting the job done,” Suissa explained.  
    Federation CJA brings this community together. In times of crisis. In times of celebration. And every day in between. We’re Jews of every level of observance. We’re Sephardi and Ashkenazi. Canadian. Israeli. Iraqi. Argentinian. Ethiopian. We speak English. French. Hebrew. Russian. Spanish. What do we have in common? A desire to do good, core Jewish values, and the conviction that when all Jews stand up for community, we are at our strongest. 
    “When you give to Combined Jewish Appeal, you’re touching a whole range of issues. You’re supporting our vulnerable and fostering Jewish identity,” Cape summed up. “You’re combatting antisemitism and touching thousands of people. You’re joining a community of people who care deeply about making a real and lasting difference. And you’re shaping the Jewish future we want for ourselves and for generations to come.” 
    Omer Adam, the featured performer at the Campaign Launch, is an Israeli singer whose music fuses elements of eastern Mizrahi music (Oriental-Middle Eastern) and Western Pop instrumentation. 
    For over 106 years, Federation CJA has been our community’s safety net. Whether connecting people to the Jewish community, responding to crisis at a moment’s notice, or caring for the critical needs of a fellow Jew, we can harness our unparalleled network of partners to deliver real solutions to real problems. We are proud to be at the forefront of positive change, investing in Jewish vitality at every stage of life. And in our rapidly evolving communal landscape, we are uniquely positioned to play a central role in building a stronger, more inclusive Jewish community—for today and tomorrow. FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION, WE WILL ALWAYS BE HERE.            
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    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. 
  • December 24, 2021

    With the latest COVID-19 variant moving at a rapid pace, members of the Montreal Jewish Community are stepping forward to help those facing significant challenges. (more)
  • March 22, 2021

    Today, Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante once again failed to put her words into action and follow through on her commitment to take concrete action in the fight against antisemitism by adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism. (more)
  • Montreal – November 14, 2022 – For the 15th year in a row, Federation CJA organized the Yom Yocheved Clothing Giveaway. More than 1000 people were the recipients of items including coats, boots, shoes, and other winter clothing. (more)
  • Montreal – November 8, 2022 - Leaders from Federation CJA joined over 1,200 Jewish communal leaders in Chicago at Jewish Federations of North America’s three-day General Assembly, where they set the shared Jewish communal agenda for the year ahead and heard from a diverse array of voices on critical issues facing the North American Jewish community. First held 90 years ago, The General Assembly is the most consequential gathering of the leadership of the North American Jewish community and brings together Jewish leaders of diverse backgrounds in a space that fosters productive dialogue and debate. (more)
  • Montreal – November 2, 2022 – Federation CJA will honour the Montreal Jewish community’s soldiers, in person, at this year’s Remembrance Day Ceremony. (more)
  • Montreal – November 1, 2022 – Federation CJA is proud to present GOTEENISRAEL: Two incredible opportunities for Jewish teens in the Montreal area offering substantial financial support towards an Israel experience of their choice. (more)
  • Montreal – September 23, 2022 – Federation CJA held its 105th Annual General Meeting last night and celebrated the achievements of the past year along with its outstanding volunteer leaders. (more)
  • Montreal – Federation CJA, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), and Canada’s Jewish Federations were deeply saddened to hear the news that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has passed away. (more)
  • CJA ’22 Main Event featuring world-renowned comedian Modi (more)
  • CJA ’22 volunteer canvassers to make thousands of calls. (more)
  • Montreal, July 20, 2022: ProMontreal Entrepreneurs (PME) is pleased to announce its funding of two new exciting start-ups via the PME fund. (more)
  • Montreal – July 15, 2022 – Today, Roger Waters, former member of iconic rock band Pink Floyd, participated in an event endorsed by Samidoun, an organization with documented ties to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), an organization designated by Canada as a terrorist group. (more)
  • Montreal – July 14, 2022 – Federation CJA is pleased that the Montreal Police Department has made an arrest following a violent incident that took place after the Israel Day Rally, last May. (more)
  • Montreal – May 5, 2022 – Federation CJA and the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) - Quebec are expressing strong condemnation following an act of violence that was perpetrated downtown against a member of the Jewish community following a peaceful celebration of thousands of supporters of the State of Israel. (more)
  • Montreal – May 3, 2022 – Federation CJA commended the City of Montreal for declaring the month of May as Jewish Heritage Month. (more)
  • May 2, 2022 - Yom Hazikaron Commemoration – Israel's National Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terror (more)
  • Montreal – April 27, 2022 – Yom Hashoah, "Zikaron BaSalon" – Holocaust Remembrance Commemoration for Federation CJA and agency staff. (more)
  • Montreal – April 20, 2022 – Federation CJA is pleased to announce that ProMontreal Entrepreneurs (PME) has moved from Agence Ometz to Federation CJA. (more)
  • Montreal – April 4, 2022 – Federation CJA has dispatched a team of seven Russian-speaking volunteers to Warsaw, Poland to assist the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) and Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) with processing refugees. The Russian-speaking Jewish Philanthropy (RSJ) group will be headed by its president, Anna Digerman, and professional director, Oxana Pasternak. (more)
  • Montreal – March 25, 2022 – Hillel GenMTL, Federation CJA and its advocacy arm the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) commend the administration of McGill University for taking concrete steps to address the toxic and polarizing Student Society of McGill University (SSMU) referendum. SSMU leadership ignored an interim order of the Judicial Board to suspend the referendum due to serious concerns regarding the inclusion of the “Palestine Solidarity Policy” - best described as antisemitic, polarizing and undemocratic. (more)
  • Montreal – March 17, 2022 – Federation CJA has issued a call to the Montreal Jewish Community to donate vital goods to be delivered to refugees crossing out of Ukraine. (more)
  • Montreal – March 9, 2022 – Federation CJA has launched an urgent appeal in conjunction with Jewish Federations of North America and its global network. The goal is to amass twenty million dollars. (more)
  • February 11, 2022

    Federation CJA is pleased to welcome Zera Café into its facilities at 1 Cummings Square on Cote Sainte-Catherine Road. Zera Café is a not-for-profit, social enterprise catering business that employs people with developmental disabilities. (more)
  • January 31, 2022

    or the fourth year in a row, Federation CJA has taken the lead as a key convener to unite the Montreal Jewish community under the umbrella of JDAIM (Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month).  (more)
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