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 KEREN

“Every month, my son waits with great anticipation for the parcel to arrive. Even though he can’t read yet, he is already turning the pages on the...

“Every month, my son waits with great anticipation for the parcel to arrive. Even though he can’t read yet, he is already turning the pages on the newly delivered book or pulling out the gift CD. It is very rewarding to see! As a mom, these books help me shape my family and strengthen the Jewish ties in our home.

Beyond receiving free amazing books right to our door, we become empowered as parents to teach our kids more and embark upon a journey of Jewish expression and Jewish identity. Very often, through teaching them, I've found that I am the one with the lesson learned!”

Over 128,000 free Jewish children's books have been distributed to Jewish families in Quebec since 2008.

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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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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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