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DAVID, JONNY AND ANDREW: ENTREPRENEURS

“Two years ago we embarked on the roller coaster ride of starting our own business. We sought support from the community to get it off the ground an...

“Two years ago we embarked on the roller coaster ride of starting our own business. We sought support from the community to get it off the ground and they helped in so many ways – from surrounding us with strong mentors who guided us through the process and helped build our network, to providing funding for the business. We’ve been extremely fortunate to benefit from this support!

Montreal has given us so much and we want to give back to our beloved city, so it was important for us to start our business here. As we’ve grown, we’ve returned the favour by hiring employees directly from the community employment services and will continue to do so as our business grows.”

Since 2000, Federation CJA has enabled thousands of young, Jewish entrepreneurs to receive professional mentorship and helped build 55 businesses here in Montreal through ProMontreal Entrepreneurs.

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LAUREN: STUDENT LEADERSHIP ON CAMPUS

“When the Concordia Student Union adopted a BDS resolution against Israel, we students on campus took it upon ourselves to advocate for and support ...

“When the Concordia Student Union adopted a BDS resolution against Israel, we students on campus took it upon ourselves to advocate for and support the State of Israel. A negative resolution only made us stronger. This past October, we held the first ever Israel Education Month on campus, hosting a number of speakers and a memorial event for Rabin. The month culminated in a huge party celebrating the beauty of Israel.

Without the constant support of our community, none of this would have been possible. Thank you so much for providing the students of Montreal safe spaces, advice and encouragement during tough times on campus.”

With the support of Federation CJA, over 1,000 Jewish students at 7 CEGEP and universities in Montreal participated in on-campus activities related to Israel last year.

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DANY AND MIRA: MENTORSHIP

“In my last year of university, I was uncertain about my future career plans. Being mentored allowed me to explore my ideas and made me feel support...

“In my last year of university, I was uncertain about my future career plans. Being mentored allowed me to explore my ideas and made me feel supported at a transitional time in my life. Dany taught me so much and gave me the reassurance I needed. Mentors give young people the confidence to go out into the world as say ‘Yes, I can do this! Someone with experience believes in me.’ That changes lives.”

“I was approached to become a mentor and I have been bowled over by Mira’s intelligence, energy, and determination – all qualities that are so needed if one is to be an entrepreneur. This is a wonderful community project which supports young people, aids in the interaction and understanding between the generations, and encourages young people to stay in Montreal.”

Last year, thanks to your support, 2,235 young people participated in mentorships, leadership development programs, and networking opportunities, fostering excellence in future leaders.

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THANK YOU FROM LAUREN

“I want to build my life and career here in Montreal so I recently got involved with Federation CJA’s Young Adult Division and started going to di...

“I want to build my life and career here in Montreal so I recently got involved with Federation CJA’s Young Adult Division and started going to different events and meeting new people. It's been a great connector.

As I've become more involved, so have my friends. My circle is widening and I love to invite other young people to the events I participate in, especially those who don’t have much family in Montreal. I had never realized how many different opportunities there are for people like me to get involved, be it through volunteering, networking, or coming together over food. There's a place for everyone."

Last year 7,259 young Montrealers participated in Federation CJA programs that provide opportunities for social, networking and leadership development, which help to foster a sense of belonging among vibrant and engaged Jewish youth.

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