“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.
“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.
In partnership with the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Jewish Community Foundation, Federation CJA’s Israel Engagement Initiative helps enrich Isr...
In partnership with the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Jewish Community Foundation, Federation CJA’s Israel Engagement Initiative helps enrich Israel education in Montreal and deepen the person-to-person connection with our extended family in Israel. The Initiative provides Israel education to schools and synagogues; oversees the Shinshinim program, which places a select group of Israeli teenagers in our local community to complete their year of service; and brings hands-on educational activities to the greater Montreal Jewish community.
“We feel we are the ones who are benefitting from [our shinshin] Ziv’s presence in our home. Her experiences with our kids sharing her perspectives on Israel have helped our connection to Israel and by extension our Judaism, and solidified our connection to our community as well. We thank Federation CJA for allowing us this wonderful experience."
Over 1,000 youth in our community interact with our Shinshinim through an Israel-based activity every week.
“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.