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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RENA: TERROR IN ISRAEL

Last fall, Rena Ben Gal’s 13-year-old son, Nadav, was stabbed and critically wounded by two Palestinian teenagers outside of a candy shop. Rena, a d...

Last fall, Rena Ben Gal’s 13-year-old son, Nadav, was stabbed and critically wounded by two Palestinian teenagers outside of a candy shop. Rena, a divorced mother of five, suddenly found herself with one son fighting for his life in the ICU and four other children at home, afraid to even walk to school.

Two days after the attack, Rena was provided direct, immediate financial assistance by our international partners through an emergency grant from the Fund for the Victims of Terror. With this support, she had the ability to cover her family’s most urgent needs, as well as to give her other children some much needed attention during a traumatic time.

Since its inception in 2002, the Fund for the Victims of Terror has assisted more than 6,000 Israeli families to rebuild their lives.

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