MARIANNA AND VALERIYA: SURVIVING IN UKRAINE

Six-year-old Valeriya shares a dilapidated apartment in Odessa with her mother and grandmother. Winter boots, coal for heating, as well as food, medic...

Six-year-old Valeriya shares a dilapidated apartment in Odessa with her mother and grandmother. Winter boots, coal for heating, as well as food, medical and school supplies provided by Federation CJA’s international partner organizations are crucial to the family’s survival, especially during Ukraine’s harsh winter months.

“Our family life has not been easy. The situation in Ukraine has now made it even more difficult,” says Marianna. “Fortunately, the Jewish community makes sure I’m not alone — even under these circumstances.”

As the political situation has deteriorated, this assistance has been even more important for the tens of thousands of vulnerable Jews in the region, many of whom have been displaced by the crisis.

When crisis strikes around the world, Federation CJA provides direct help to those who need it most. Through our international partners, more than 65,000 at-risk Jews across Ukraine received emergency assistance last year.

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JULIA: SUPPORTING YOUTH AT RISK

“Every Tuesday, I volunteer at an after-school program with an amazing 11 year old girl. We do her homework and different activities together, socia...

“Every Tuesday, I volunteer at an after-school program with an amazing 11 year old girl. We do her homework and different activities together, socializing with the other children. We then eat dinner together and talk about our day, teaching her important interpersonal and communication skills.

Thanks to the community, we have the opportunity to give these children the educational support and the undivided attention that they may not receive at home. They look forward to coming, and they appreciate the balance and consistency we provide.

Those hours each week make a big difference in her life, and they make a difference in my life as well. Watching her develop the skills she needs to succeed academically and socially makes me very happy.”

Thanks to your support, Federation CJA’s funded programs helped 1,120 youth at risk to break the cycle of poverty through social services, academic support, mentorship and therapeutic counselling last year.

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TARA: JEWISH SUMMER CAMP

“Throughout my childhood, I moved around quite a bit, and although I always had a place to live, I never really felt like I had a home. At 8 years o...

“Throughout my childhood, I moved around quite a bit, and although I always had a place to live, I never really felt like I had a home. At 8 years old, thanks to the generosity of the community, I was given the opportunity of a lifetime: a summer at a Jewish sleep away camp in the Laurentians. I boarded the bus with excitement about making new friends and participating in fun activities. Little did I know, I would eventually call this place my home.

At camp I developed new skills, created lifelong friendships and discovered my Jewish identity. Because of camp, I have been inspired to give back by working as an informal Jewish educator for over 15 years. Today, I am so proud to watch my own kids board the same bus, and benefit from a wonderful summer camp experience of their own.”

Last year, Federation CJA helped send 1,237 kids to Jewish summer camp thanks to your support.

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COMMUNITY SECURITY: MOHAMED, SPVM COMMANDER

“The SPVM (Service de police de la Ville de Montréal) works collaboratively with Federation CJA’s security team. They inform us when events happe...

“The SPVM (Service de police de la Ville de Montréal) works collaboratively with Federation CJA’s security team. They inform us when events happen in Israel or other countries that may have an impact here at home, so we can react appropriately, educate our police officers about the issues, and increase the presence of officers in certain parts of town. We also train students, teachers, and administrators of Jewish day schools on how to be vigilant and safe with strangers, and how to conduct emergency evacuations.

We are proud of our partnership with Federation CJA, which helps ensure the education and protection of our citizens in an efficient and effective way.”

Federation CJA assumes a lead role in the security of the agencies, synagogues, Jewish day schools and other institutions that make up the Montreal Jewish community.

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