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MARIANNA AND VALERIYA: SURVIVING IN UKRAINE

Six-year-old Valeriya shares a dilapidated apartment in Odessa with her mother and grandmother. Winter boots, coal for heating, as well as food, medic...

Six-year-old Valeriya shares a dilapidated apartment in Odessa with her mother and grandmother. Winter boots, coal for heating, as well as food, medical and school supplies provided by Federation CJA’s international partner organizations are crucial to the family’s survival, especially during Ukraine’s harsh winter months.

“Our family life has not been easy. The situation in Ukraine has now made it even more difficult,” says Marianna. “Fortunately, the Jewish community makes sure I’m not alone — even under these circumstances.”

As the political situation has deteriorated, this assistance has been even more important for the tens of thousands of vulnerable Jews in the region, many of whom have been displaced by the crisis.

When crisis strikes around the world, Federation CJA provides direct help to those who need it most. Through our international partners, more than 65,000 at-risk Jews across Ukraine received emergency assistance last year.

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RENA: TERROR IN ISRAEL

Last fall, Rena Ben Gal’s 13-year-old son, Nadav, was stabbed and critically wounded by two Palestinian teenagers outside of a candy shop. Rena, a d...

Last fall, Rena Ben Gal’s 13-year-old son, Nadav, was stabbed and critically wounded by two Palestinian teenagers outside of a candy shop. Rena, a divorced mother of five, suddenly found herself with one son fighting for his life in the ICU and four other children at home, afraid to even walk to school.

Two days after the attack, Rena was provided direct, immediate financial assistance by our international partners through an emergency grant from the Fund for the Victims of Terror. With this support, she had the ability to cover her family’s most urgent needs, as well as to give her other children some much needed attention during a traumatic time.

Since its inception in 2002, the Fund for the Victims of Terror has assisted more than 6,000 Israeli families to rebuild their lives.

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THANK YOU FROM JONATHAN

"When the Concordia Student Union came up with a resolution to boycott Israel at its next by-election, I was caught off-guard. Our student leadership ...

"When the Concordia Student Union came up with a resolution to boycott Israel at its next by-election, I was caught off-guard. Our student leadership quickly assembled the group Concordia United Against Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS). We worked tirelessly reaching out to students across the campus and we were able to almost completely fight off this prejudicial and one-sided referendum question. In fact, the plurality of votes was not in favour of BDS.

But most of all, I have to thank the Jewish community for their immense support in our fight against this issue. Having help with our strategy, great advice, and a safe environment in which to work made all the difference!"

With the support of Federation CJA, last year close to 3,000 Jewish students on seven CEGEP and university campuses in Montreal benefited from on-campus services, including help in dealing with advocacy issues.

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THANK YOU FROM RUVIK DANILOVITCH, MAYOR OF BEER SHEVA, ISRAEL

"Federation CJA of Montreal has shown unwavering loyalty to the people of Beer Sheva. Its commitment, vision and flexibility - immensely valuable even...

"Federation CJA of Montreal has shown unwavering loyalty to the people of Beer Sheva. Its commitment, vision and flexibility - immensely valuable even during quiet times - really came to the fore last summer. Montreal's support helped us to minimize casualties, strengthen public morale, protect the most vulnerable individuals, and maintain a semblance of normality."

Thanks to the generosity of our community, Federation CJA raised over $1.6 Million toward the collective response to Israel's emergency needs during Operation Protective Edge and beyond.

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