“I had the privilege of meeting Sidney in preparation for a Holocaust education experience to Poland and Israel, and by chance found out that he kne...
“I had the privilege of meeting Sidney in preparation for a Holocaust education experience to Poland and Israel, and by chance found out that he knew my grandfather. Our families had similar Holocaust survival experiences – both coming to Canada on the same boat and later living in Montreal as neighbours. By the time I was old enough to learn about the Holocaust, my grandfather had Alzheimer’s and could not tell me his testimony. The stories Sidney relayed became my closest connection to my personal family history. I will be forever grateful for meeting Sidney.” - Chelsea
“After meeting Chelsea and surprising her with the news that I knew of her grandparents, I began to tell her about her family and some details about their survival story. I knew more about her family than she did. We formed a close bond and during the long days of our trip we talked a lot. It’s important to share my experiences with so many young people. Through them as our witnesses, our stories will live on.” - Sidney
Over 3,800 students from Montreal have participated in an immersive Holocaust education experience since the program began in 1988, with up to $100,000 in scholarships provided annually.
“Having devoted much of my life to advancing Jewish education in Montreal, I know the importance of the middle income access fund for families who a...
“Having devoted much of my life to advancing Jewish education in Montreal, I know the importance of the middle income access fund for families who are struggling with the cost of Jewish education to be able to enrol and keep their children in our Jewish day schools. As President of a Jewish school, I recently received a beautiful phone call from a parent, which touched my heart. The mom of 3 current Jewish day school students said, ‘You cannot imagine the sense of relief my husband and I feel, knowing that the tuition for our children is frozen for the time that our children are in school. We can plan our family life without worrying whether we will have to revisit our decision to send our kids to Jewish school each and every year.'”
Over the last 4 years, Federation CJA’s Generations Fund CAPS program has provided 1,562 grants totaling over $3 million to effectively freeze tuition, thereby improving access to a Jewish day school education and stabilizing costs for middle-income families.
“During the first month of my family’s immigration to Montreal, I was put in contact with the Jewish community. From the very beginning, I felt we...
“During the first month of my family’s immigration to Montreal, I was put in contact with the Jewish community. From the very beginning, I felt welcomed and included, and I began to volunteer at events in order to meet new friends and help my children integrate. At an event, I was given the opportunity to register my children to receive free Jewish books and music by mail. I felt like this was an essential component of teaching my children Jewish traditions, and they are so excited when the books arrive! My family has been greatly impacted by the experience of reading the books together at home and also by sharing the lessons together at events, alongside other young families.”
Over 5,000 children in our community have received monthly free Jewish children's books since 2008, including 300 children from a new program for Russian speaking families.
The one-bedroom apartment in Sofia, Bulgaria shared by Eliezer and his grandparents was much too small for a family of three — but that’s the real...
The one-bedroom apartment in Sofia, Bulgaria shared by Eliezer and his grandparents was much too small for a family of three — but that’s the reality of being poor in a struggling city. With the help of Federation CJA’s international partners, Eliezer immersed himself in an intensive science track at school and finished at the top of his class. Unfortunately, Bulgaria’s bleak economy didn’t give Eliezer much hope for a future. And so, he sought a way out.
At 16, he was accepted to an elite scholarship program in Israel for promising students in science and technology who come from underprivileged backgrounds. Today, he and Jewish teens from around the world live and study together in Israel. “I want a better future, and I want to get a better education,” says Eliezer. “Here in Israel, it’s the right place.”
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, Federation CJA’s impact stretches from Montreal to Israel to over 70 countries around the world.