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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THANK YOU FROM JACK

“I’m a widower without much family in Montreal, and it can be lonely, even though I’ve lived in this neighbourhood most of my life. I’ve been ...

“I’m a widower without much family in Montreal, and it can be lonely, even though I’ve lived in this neighbourhood most of my life. I’ve been coming to Le Café since it opened in 2009, and I look forward to it each week.

Le Café is a place where I can meet new friends and old, share a meal, and be a part of the community. For some people, this hot meal makes all the difference, and no one is turned away. It’s a terrific resource in the community and I really feel welcome here.”

Since 2009, Federation CJA has served over 194,000 free, hot, kosher meals at Le Café to those in need.

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THANK YOU FROM JUDITH AND SIDNEY

“Thanks to the generous support of donors to Federation CJA and volunteers in our community, underprivileged children in elementary and high schools...

“Thanks to the generous support of donors to Federation CJA and volunteers in our community, underprivileged children in elementary and high schools across the city benefit from the Lunch for a Bunch program.

Before this program was created, these students arrived at school without a lunch, which left them hungry and affected their ability to concentrate in school. Now, twice a week, they receive healthy kosher meals – each one packaged anonymously so the children aren’t singled out. We are reassured knowing that Federation CJA is thinking of and can provide for these students living in difficult situations. A big thank you from our school for this mitzvah.”

Last year, 8,076 nutritious kosher lunches were prepared and delivered to 155 students across 30 schools in Montreal, who otherwise would have gone without.

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