Sylvie

Hear how PJ Library transformed Sylvie’s life

JULIA: SUPPORTING YOUTH AT RISK

“Every Tuesday, I volunteer at an after-school program with an amazing 11 year old girl. We do her homework and different activities together, socia...

“Every Tuesday, I volunteer at an after-school program with an amazing 11 year old girl. We do her homework and different activities together, socializing with the other children. We then eat dinner together and talk about our day, teaching her important interpersonal and communication skills.

Thanks to the community, we have the opportunity to give these children the educational support and the undivided attention that they may not receive at home. They look forward to coming, and they appreciate the balance and consistency we provide.

Those hours each week make a big difference in her life, and they make a difference in my life as well. Watching her develop the skills she needs to succeed academically and socially makes me very happy.”

Thanks to your support, Federation CJA’s funded programs helped 1,120 youth at risk to break the cycle of poverty through social services, academic support, mentorship and therapeutic counselling last year.

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THANK YOU FROM COURTNEY

“As a volunteer counselor at a centre for women in abusive relationships and their children, I am constantly inspired by the resilience of the women...

“As a volunteer counselor at a centre for women in abusive relationships and their children, I am constantly inspired by the resilience of the women who come here to seek shelter from conjugal violence. Domestic abuse isn’t something anybody expects to experience, so it’s hard to imagine the courage it takes for these women to leave their homes and start the process of rebuilding their lives, often with young children in tow.

We provide guidance and support to help the women build their confidence and learn to love themselves, as well as safety training and referrals to other resources in the community. It is tremendously humbling to play any sort of role in these women’s journeys, and I am infinitely grateful that these resources exist in the Jewish community.”


Last year, over 4,000 of the most vulnerable members of the Jewish community received essential psychosocial support with the help of Federation CJA.

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THANK YOU FROM KAYLA, MEAGAN AND EMMA

“Since my sisters and I don’t live in a Jewish area and we attend French public school, camp is a place where we can learn about our Jewish roots....

“Since my sisters and I don’t live in a Jewish area and we attend French public school, camp is a place where we can learn about our Jewish roots. I made a lot of new friends, and I learned Hatikvah for the first time. I also got to have a Bat Mitzvah at camp, dress up, invite my friends and have a party with music and dancing and cake! The counsellors are great at encouraging us to discover new passions, which is where my interest in photography started. Camp helped me gain confidence.” - Kayla

“My older sister, Kayla, pushed me to go to ‘rookie’ camp last summer and I’m so glad she did.” - Emma


Through Federation CJA's Generations Fund incentive and access grants, over 2,236 Montreal children have enjoyed a Jewish summer camp experience. 70% of young Jewish leaders get their start at Jewish overnight camp.

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