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THANK YOU FROM ANASTASIA

“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.

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THANK YOU FROM KEREN

“Every month, my son waits with great anticipation for the parcel to arrive. Even though he can’t read yet, he is already turning the pages on the...

“Every month, my son waits with great anticipation for the parcel to arrive. Even though he can’t read yet, he is already turning the pages on the newly delivered book or pulling out the gift CD. It is very rewarding to see! As a mom, these books help me shape my family and strengthen the Jewish ties in our home.

Beyond receiving free amazing books right to our door, we become empowered as parents to teach our kids more and embark upon a journey of Jewish expression and Jewish identity. Very often, through teaching them, I've found that I am the one with the lesson learned!”

Over 128,000 free Jewish children's books have been distributed to Jewish families in Quebec since 2008.

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THANK YOU FROM HARLEY

“Growing up, I didn't have a strong Jewish identity, but when I went to Jewish summer camp that changed. I gained a greater understanding of Shabbat...

“Growing up, I didn't have a strong Jewish identity, but when I went to Jewish summer camp that changed. I gained a greater understanding of Shabbat: it was about family, unity, and people coming together for a special time. In the beginning, it was a foreign concept to me, but after spending many summers at camp, this became my foundation and my connection to the Jewish community. This experience helped me to develop friendships, connections, and community, the benefits of which still impact me today."

Last summer, 1,237 children benefited from a Jewish summer camp experience through Federation CJA subsidies, incentives and access grants.

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THANK YOU FROM LEE & MARJORIE

“After graduating from university, I had the opportunity to lead a young adult trip to Israel, where I met and became good friends with Marjorie. We...

“After graduating from university, I had the opportunity to lead a young adult trip to Israel, where I met and became good friends with Marjorie. We became so close that when she decided to extend her trip and travel through Israel, I stayed too. After spending time together in such an amazing country, we fell in love. That trip is where I really got to know the woman who would ultimately become my wife. Israel will always hold a special place in our hearts and we are so thankful for the opportunity that brought us together.”

With your support to Federation CJA, over 8,400 young adults from Montreal have been enriched by an Israel experience trip since 1999.

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