THANK YOU FROM HENYA

“Every Tuesday, a volunteer comes to my home and drives me to my weekly get-together where I meet with a wonderful group of women who are all Holoca...

“Every Tuesday, a volunteer comes to my home and drives me to my weekly get-together where I meet with a wonderful group of women who are all Holocaust survivors. These women are more than friends – they are like family. We support each other, sharing simchas, birthdays, photos of our grandchildren, and sending get well cards to those who are ill. There is entertainment, music, and laughter. When I return home, I feel relaxed and in a good mood all day.

Even though my children are not in Montreal, with the support of the community, I truly feel like somebody cares for me."

Last year, 2,230 Holocaust survivors living in Montreal benefited from services provided by Federation CJA funding, including psychosocial support, homecare, transportation, recreation, hospital visitations, meals on wheels, and day services.

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THANK YOU FROM JEAN

“I had long repressed my memories. Then everything came back to me: the deportation, the raids, the trek to free France . . . Today, I share my test...

“I had long repressed my memories. Then everything came back to me: the deportation, the raids, the trek to free France . . . Today, I share my testimony with young people ages 12 to 14. For me, it is a duty of remembrance. It is very moving to know that young people in Quebec from the four corners of the world are interested in my story and the story of the Holocaust. When they ask me: ’What can we do?’ I tell them of a burning forest and of all the animals that flee, except for a hummingbird that returns to the blaze. He douses it with a little bit of water, again and again. When the others ask him: ‘But what’s the point?’ he answers them: ‘I do what I can.”

Each year more than 16,000 people, 70% of whom are students, are sensitized to the dangers of intolerance through Holocaust education, thanks to your support.

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THANK YOU FROM PETER

“I have been affiliated with the Montreal Jewish community since my late teens. However, as a senior, I know that keeping busy can be challenging. I...

“I have been affiliated with the Montreal Jewish community since my late teens. However, as a senior, I know that keeping busy can be challenging. It’s also wonderful because, through the Jewish community, I’ve had the opportunity to discover new interests. I now find myself involved as a volunteer; as a participant in a woodcarving class; trying to improve my French through a French class; I’m even planning to enroll in a computer class!
Having these opportunities right here in Montreal is a great way to meet people and interact on different levels.”

Federation CJA allocated $2.2 million this year to providing enriching, life-long learning opportunities as well as many valuable social services.

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THANK YOU FROM EVELYN

“Walking is difficult for me and the fact that the library lets me choose my books by phone, brings the books to me and then returns them for me is ...

“Walking is difficult for me and the fact that the library lets me choose my books by phone, brings the books to me and then returns them for me is truly a blessing. Reading takes me into another world and without the books, the staff and volunteers, my days would be much emptier. I look forward to receiving my books so much, it is as if they were made of gold. I cannot emphasize enough how much this service means to people like me. It truly is a lifeline.”

Last year, 600 homebound individuals benefited from services including book delivery, meal programs, and homecare to reduce isolation and increase quality of life.

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