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PAULA: HOLOCAUST EDUCATION

“Over the past 20 years, I have become attached to educating eleven and twelve-year-old children, because I can share my own experience as a young c...

“Over the past 20 years, I have become attached to educating eleven and twelve-year-old children, because I can share my own experience as a young child Holocaust survivor. I meet children from many different schools all over Quebec and North America, and I can understand their perspectives and the questions they ask; they’re ones that I would have liked to ask as a child.

It’s very uplifting to know that I’m changing lives with this knowledge. Many of the children reflect and realize that such things happened to ordinary families like their own. It’s important to educate them as young as possible, so they learn the lessons of history, carry our stories with them, and consider the role they play in making the world a more tolerant place.”

Each year more than 16,000 people, 70% of whom are students, are sensitized to the dangers of intolerance through Holocaust education, thanks to your support.

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THANK YOU FROM CHELSEA AND SIDNEY

“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.

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THANK YOU FROM GETNET

“As an Ethiopian Jew living in Montreal, we have some unique traditions and observances, such as the holiday of Sigd, when we come together to pray ...

“As an Ethiopian Jew living in Montreal, we have some unique traditions and observances, such as the holiday of Sigd, when we come together to pray and fast 50 days after Yom Kippur. This year, we hosted a gathering in the community centre to learn about the holiday, break the fast and celebrate together. Having the support of the larger Jewish community ensures that our history and culture are preserved. I am proud to contribute to the diversity of our community’s rich culture and to celebrate its importance within society.”



Last year, Federation CJA supported over 40 organizations that strengthen culture and preserve our heritage, enriching Jewish life in Montreal and building Jewish identity.

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THANK YOU FROM JEAN

“I had long repressed my memories. Then everything came back to me: the deportation, the raids, the trek to free France . . . Today, I share my test...

“I had long repressed my memories. Then everything came back to me: the deportation, the raids, the trek to free France . . . Today, I share my testimony with young people ages 12 to 14. For me, it is a duty of remembrance. It is very moving to know that young people in Quebec from the four corners of the world are interested in my story and the story of the Holocaust. When they ask me: ’What can we do?’ I tell them of a burning forest and of all the animals that flee, except for a hummingbird that returns to the blaze. He douses it with a little bit of water, again and again. When the others ask him: ‘But what’s the point?’ he answers them: ‘I do what I can.”

Each year more than 16,000 people, 70% of whom are students, are sensitized to the dangers of intolerance through Holocaust education, thanks to your support.

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