“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.
“Imagine that you are at home, with one child playing happily on the kitchen floor, and three other children in their Jewish school. The doorbell ri...
“Imagine that you are at home, with one child playing happily on the kitchen floor, and three other children in their Jewish school. The doorbell rings and two men are standing there, a moving truck behind them, official papers in hand, stating that you have a week to leave your home. I can still feel my knees buckle when I remember that day. I was in shock. I didn't know what to do.
My cousin told me that the Jewish community would help me. I met with a social worker who listened to me with compassion and let me know that they were there to help me through my crisis. My children received therapy and visits from school workers. I received the help I needed as a mother, and kept my dignity. I learned how important it was for me to stand on my own and not be dependent on someone else. I am so grateful for the help I received at that low point in my life. This community really makes a difference.”
2,149 people in our community received crisis intervention services last year, including access to food and shelter, counseling and vital support to move from vulnerability to opportunity.
“As a volunteer counselor at a centre for women in abusive relationships and their children, I am constantly inspired by the resilience of the women...
“As a volunteer counselor at a centre for women in abusive relationships and their children, I am constantly inspired by the resilience of the women who come here to seek shelter from conjugal violence. Domestic abuse isn’t something anybody expects to experience, so it’s hard to imagine the courage it takes for these women to leave their homes and start the process of rebuilding their lives, often with young children in tow.
We provide guidance and support to help the women build their confidence and learn to love themselves, as well as safety training and referrals to other resources in the community. It is tremendously humbling to play any sort of role in these women’s journeys, and I am infinitely grateful that these resources exist in the Jewish community.”
Last year, over 4,000 of the most vulnerable members of the Jewish community received essential psychosocial support with the help of Federation CJA.
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.