THANK YOU FROM FREDA

“There are people in our community who have nothing. Some have had to leave their home country and come to Montreal to try to make a life for themse...

“There are people in our community who have nothing. Some have had to leave their home country and come to Montreal to try to make a life for themselves. Others are seniors, some widows, and they are very poor. We need to help them. For the past 19 years I’ve been a volunteer, helping people get access to food baskets."

Not only do these baskets help individuals in the Jewish community keep a kosher home and put food, like chicken and eggs, on the table, but they help build a sense of community when the recipients get to know each other. Many times, one person will pick up a basket for a neighbour who can’t walk anymore, or an older relative. We help them with food and they help each other build a life. I may only be 4’8”, but when I help someone who really needs it, I feel like I’m 6 feet tall!”

With the help of Federation CJA, 18,330 people benefited last year from kosher cafeterias, food banks, and the delivery of food baskets and vouchers.

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THANK YOU FROM SYLVIA AND BILLY

“Rain or shine, I can count on being welcomed by friends at our weekly get-togethers. I enjoy eating lunch together and doing activities like Bingo ...

“Rain or shine, I can count on being welcomed by friends at our weekly get-togethers. I enjoy eating lunch together and doing activities like Bingo – especially when I win a prize! It’s nice to know that people care about me.” – Sylvia

“It makes me happy to spend time with friends, enjoy a meal together, have good conversation, and even tell a few jokes. A smile can go a long way to making someone feel like they belong!” – Billy

Last year, we provided over 400 individuals with ongoing mental health challenges the opportunity to increase social interaction, break away from isolation, and stabilize their health, reducing setbacks and hospitalization.

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THANK YOU FROM YAAKOV

“I was at a drug rehab center when I was given a brochure for a study program that could help me improve my life. I had always passed by the univers...

“I was at a drug rehab center when I was given a brochure for a study program that could help me improve my life. I had always passed by the university and felt it was a cold, distant structure. I feared that I wouldn’t belong. But that wasn’t the case. I was welcomed warmly and with love. From the first lesson, I came to realize that I wasn’t alone.

Every time I stepped foot in the university, I felt something I've never experienced before. The learning caused me to get more involved in my household and with my children. I now spend more time at home with my children. I really connect with them, which is something that didn't happen before. Because of the opportunity I was given to better myself, things have improved dramatically.”

6,000 children, youth and adults from Beer Sheva and Bnei Shimon’s most disadvantaged populations took part in Federation CJA-supported programs for families and youth at risk, like Access For All and Youth Futures.

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THANK YOU FROM LISA

"My daughter Leah is eight years old. For the past three years, she has participated in special family programming for her global developmental delay,...

"My daughter Leah is eight years old. For the past three years, she has participated in special family programming for her global developmental delay, which includes physical activities in the gym and the pool. Her balance, coordination, and gross motor skills have improved a lot, and over time, she has learned to walk!

As a family, we appreciate the respite and the joy that can be seen on Leah's face as she participates in activities that are adapted to meet her needs. Knowing that we have the support of the community gives me great peace of mind."

Thanks to your support, Federation CJA funds dozens of programs that enable 950+ individuals with disabilities to participate in Jewish communal life.

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