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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THANK YOU FROM VALERIA

"Two years ago, we left our friends and family in Argentina to search for a better life in Montreal. We only knew one family here who was a part of th...

"Two years ago, we left our friends and family in Argentina to search for a better life in Montreal. We only knew one family here who was a part of the Jewish community and referred us to an immigration counselor. We were welcomed and we learned a lot: how to navigate the school system, how to survive the winter, and where to access services. Trying to find housing, daycare, and jobs can be very overwhelming! We also received support in completing government forms, learning how to prepare for interviews, and adapting our CVs to Canada.

Today, I'm working, my husband is studying full-time at university and we recently welcomed our second daughter. We’ve made new friends and are enjoying life in this lively city, where each season has something great to offer. We are more than grateful for all the support we received during those early stages when we needed it the most."

Last year, close to 1,700 immigrants received support services including pre-migration consulting, arrival and settlement assistance, language courses and outings to facilitate integration into the Montreal Jewish community.

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THANK YOU FROM LAUREN

“I want to build my life and career here in Montreal so I recently got involved with Federation CJA’s Young Adult Division and started going to di...

“I want to build my life and career here in Montreal so I recently got involved with Federation CJA’s Young Adult Division and started going to different events and meeting new people. It's been a great connector.

As I've become more involved, so have my friends. My circle is widening and I love to invite other young people to the events I participate in, especially those who don’t have much family in Montreal. I had never realized how many different opportunities there are for people like me to get involved, be it through volunteering, networking, or coming together over food. There's a place for everyone."

Last year 7,259 young Montrealers participated in Federation CJA programs that provide opportunities for social, networking and leadership development, which help to foster a sense of belonging among vibrant and engaged Jewish youth.

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THANK YOU FROM JONATHAN

"When the Concordia Student Union came up with a resolution to boycott Israel at its next by-election, I was caught off-guard. Our student leadership ...

"When the Concordia Student Union came up with a resolution to boycott Israel at its next by-election, I was caught off-guard. Our student leadership quickly assembled the group Concordia United Against Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS). We worked tirelessly reaching out to students across the campus and we were able to almost completely fight off this prejudicial and one-sided referendum question. In fact, the plurality of votes was not in favour of BDS.

But most of all, I have to thank the Jewish community for their immense support in our fight against this issue. Having help with our strategy, great advice, and a safe environment in which to work made all the difference!"

With the support of Federation CJA, last year close to 3,000 Jewish students on seven CEGEP and university campuses in Montreal benefited from on-campus services, including help in dealing with advocacy issues.

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