“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.
“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.
“Having devoted much of my life to advancing Jewish education in Montreal, I know the importance of the middle income access fund for families who a...
“Having devoted much of my life to advancing Jewish education in Montreal, I know the importance of the middle income access fund for families who are struggling with the cost of Jewish education to be able to enrol and keep their children in our Jewish day schools. As President of a Jewish school, I recently received a beautiful phone call from a parent, which touched my heart. The mom of 3 current Jewish day school students said, ‘You cannot imagine the sense of relief my husband and I feel, knowing that the tuition for our children is frozen for the time that our children are in school. We can plan our family life without worrying whether we will have to revisit our decision to send our kids to Jewish school each and every year.'”
Over the last 4 years, Federation CJA’s Generations Fund CAPS program has provided 1,562 grants totaling over $3 million to effectively freeze tuition, thereby improving access to a Jewish day school education and stabilizing costs for middle-income families.
“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.