“It’s been one year since we participated on the Montreal Mega Mission to Israel. While on the trip, we were given the chance to get married atop ...
“It’s been one year since we participated on the Montreal Mega Mission to Israel. While on the trip, we were given the chance to get married atop Masada. It was magical! We were surrounded by 600 people from the community who made it so special.
Before the Mission I had never realized all of the opportunities there are to give back to the community. Since coming home, I really got involved: Serving meals to those in need at Le Café; making calls for the annual Combined Jewish Appeal Campaign; and joining Atid, a Women’s Philanthropy leadership training program.
The Mission changed our lives. And we’re very excited to be a part of a community that touches the lives of so many others.”
In 2014, Federation CJA's Montreal Mega Mission brought close to 600 people from a diverse cross-section of our community on the trip of a lifetime to Israel. Over 25% visited for their first time and 13.5% were under the age of 35.
"Federation CJA of Montreal has shown unwavering loyalty to the people of Beer Sheva. Its commitment, vision and flexibility - immensely valuable even...
"Federation CJA of Montreal has shown unwavering loyalty to the people of Beer Sheva. Its commitment, vision and flexibility - immensely valuable even during quiet times - really came to the fore last summer. Montreal's support helped us to minimize casualties, strengthen public morale, protect the most vulnerable individuals, and maintain a semblance of normality."
Thanks to the generosity of our community, Federation CJA raised over $1.6 Million toward the collective response to Israel's emergency needs during Operation Protective Edge and beyond.
“Every Tuesday, a volunteer comes to my home and drives me to my weekly get-together where I meet with a wonderful group of women who are all Holoca...
“Every Tuesday, a volunteer comes to my home and drives me to my weekly get-together where I meet with a wonderful group of women who are all Holocaust survivors. These women are more than friends – they are like family. We support each other, sharing simchas, birthdays, photos of our grandchildren, and sending get well cards to those who are ill. There is entertainment, music, and laughter. When I return home, I feel relaxed and in a good mood all day.
Even though my children are not in Montreal, with the support of the community, I truly feel like somebody cares for me."
Last year, 2,230 Holocaust survivors living in Montreal benefited from services provided by Federation CJA funding, including psychosocial support, homecare, transportation, recreation, hospital visitations, meals on wheels, and day services.
“I had the privilege of meeting Sidney in preparation for a Holocaust education experience to Poland and Israel, and by chance found out that he kne...
“I had the privilege of meeting Sidney in preparation for a Holocaust education experience to Poland and Israel, and by chance found out that he knew my grandfather. Our families had similar Holocaust survival experiences – both coming to Canada on the same boat and later living in Montreal as neighbours. By the time I was old enough to learn about the Holocaust, my grandfather had Alzheimer’s and could not tell me his testimony. The stories Sidney relayed became my closest connection to my personal family history. I will be forever grateful for meeting Sidney.” - Chelsea
“After meeting Chelsea and surprising her with the news that I knew of her grandparents, I began to tell her about her family and some details about their survival story. I knew more about her family than she did. We formed a close bond and during the long days of our trip we talked a lot. It’s important to share my experiences with so many young people. Through them as our witnesses, our stories will live on.” - Sidney
Over 3,800 students from Montreal have participated in an immersive Holocaust education experience since the program began in 1988, with up to $100,000 in scholarships provided annually.