"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.
“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.
“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.
“My connection to the Gesher Chai program started in the 10th grade. On our trip to Montreal for Israel Memorial and Independence Day, we got to hea...
“My connection to the Gesher Chai program started in the 10th grade. On our trip to Montreal for Israel Memorial and Independence Day, we got to hear what our Canadian peers have to say about Israel, and to share our perspective with them. Then, we welcomed the delegation to Beer Sheva, which was exciting as we had become friends and kept in touch. Gesher Chai helped us to make connections with Canadian Jews that continued long after the visits ended. It helped all of us to see that we are not so different.
I want to see Gesher Chai continue to grow, so more Jewish students from all over the world can connect with each other. It is something that remains a part of you and can change everything: The way you look at life, the way you see yourself, the way you see Judaism."
Last year, over 5,000 students from 29 schools in Montreal and Israel participated in activities that help build relationships, sustain common bonds, and develop leadership skills to enhance Jewish vibrancy in our communities.