“It’s been one year since we participated on the Montreal Mega Mission to Israel. While on the trip, we were given the chance to get married atop ...
“It’s been one year since we participated on the Montreal Mega Mission to Israel. While on the trip, we were given the chance to get married atop Masada. It was magical! We were surrounded by 600 people from the community who made it so special.
Before the Mission I had never realized all of the opportunities there are to give back to the community. Since coming home, I really got involved: Serving meals to those in need at Le Café; making calls for the annual Combined Jewish Appeal Campaign; and joining Atid, a Women’s Philanthropy leadership training program.
The Mission changed our lives. And we’re very excited to be a part of a community that touches the lives of so many others.”
In 2014, Federation CJA's Montreal Mega Mission brought close to 600 people from a diverse cross-section of our community on the trip of a lifetime to Israel. Over 25% visited for their first time and 13.5% were under the age of 35.
“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.
“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 1,600 Montreal children have enjoyed a Jewish summer camp experience. 70% of young Jewish leaders get their start at Jewish overnight camp.