NAOMI AND BRITTANY: INCLUSION

“It’s a privilege for me to volunteer for a program for kids and teens with disabilities. My buddy Brittany and I cook and do karate together, and...

“It’s a privilege for me to volunteer for a program for kids and teens with disabilities. My buddy Brittany and I cook and do karate together, and we have really bonded.

The joy that rushes through me when I see the smile on her face is a feeling that everyone should have the chance to experience. We are all a part of this community, and I am happy there is a place for everyone.”

“Every Wednesday after school, I get to see Naomi and all of my other friends. We hug each other and everyone is always smiling. I feel safe, welcome, and happy!”

Thanks to your support, Federation CJA funds dozens of programs that enable 950+ individuals with disabilities to participate in Jewish communal life.

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MAT: ADDICTION AND RECOVERY

"After years of struggling with depression, I started using drugs and alcohol to calm my feelings of worthlessness. Drugs made me feel worse, and I kn...

"After years of struggling with depression, I started using drugs and alcohol to calm my feelings of worthlessness. Drugs made me feel worse, and I knew deep down that I wasn't living the life I wanted. I tried to put on a happy face and lie to family and friends, but in reality, I had lost the battle with addiction.

Thanks to the support of my family, my community, and the right therapist, I was able to get my life back on track. Today, I'm proud to be 4 years sober from all substances.

I'm now considered a trustworthy, reliable and stable person, and I'm really proud to be a productive member of society again. By sharing my story, I hope to remove the stigma that's attached to addiction and mental illness."

Last year, 8,661 people in our community received help coping with challenges and critical situations arising from addiction, abuse and stressful unforeseen events.

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DANY AND MIRA: MENTORSHIP

“In my last year of university, I was uncertain about my future career plans. Being mentored allowed me to explore my ideas and made me feel support...

“In my last year of university, I was uncertain about my future career plans. Being mentored allowed me to explore my ideas and made me feel supported at a transitional time in my life. Dany taught me so much and gave me the reassurance I needed. Mentors give young people the confidence to go out into the world as say ‘Yes, I can do this! Someone with experience believes in me.’ That changes lives.”

“I was approached to become a mentor and I have been bowled over by Mira’s intelligence, energy, and determination – all qualities that are so needed if one is to be an entrepreneur. This is a wonderful community project which supports young people, aids in the interaction and understanding between the generations, and encourages young people to stay in Montreal.”

Last year, thanks to your support, 2,235 young people participated in mentorships, leadership development programs, and networking opportunities, fostering excellence in future leaders.

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STEPHANIE: ISRAEL EXPERIENCE

“I grew up both geographically and spiritually distant from the Jewish community with a Jewish mother and a Catholic father. Four years ago, I decid...

“I grew up both geographically and spiritually distant from the Jewish community with a Jewish mother and a Catholic father. Four years ago, I decided to get involved, but I struggled to find ways to meet Jewish people my own age, to learn Hebrew and to find out more about Judaism.

A free trip to Israel allowed me to get in touch with my roots while building new friendships. The following summer, I spent six more weeks in Israel, immersed in Jewish culture. I was recently selected for a leadership training program that could lead to my becoming a Madricha, leading my own trip, and I look forward to impacting others in a positive way.

Getting involved with the Israel experience trips and the leadership training program have helped to deepen my connection to the Jewish community and I couldn't be more thankful. I owe all of my knowledge, friendships, and love for Israel to Federation CJA.”

With your support to Federation CJA, over 8,400 young adults from Montreal have been enriched by an Israel experience trip since 1999.

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