“Imagine that you are at home, with one child playing happily on the kitchen floor, and three other children in their Jewish school. The doorbell ri...
“Imagine that you are at home, with one child playing happily on the kitchen floor, and three other children in their Jewish school. The doorbell rings and two men are standing there, a moving truck behind them, official papers in hand, stating that you have a week to leave your home. I can still feel my knees buckle when I remember that day. I was in shock. I didn't know what to do.
My cousin told me that the Jewish community would help me. I met with a social worker who listened to me with compassion and let me know that they were there to help me through my crisis. My children received therapy and visits from school workers. I received the help I needed as a mother, and kept my dignity. I learned how important it was for me to stand on my own and not be dependent on someone else. I am so grateful for the help I received at that low point in my life. This community really makes a difference.”
2,149 people in our community received crisis intervention services last year, including access to food and shelter, counseling and vital support to move from vulnerability to opportunity.
“Having devoted much of my life to advancing Jewish education in Montreal, I know the importance of the middle income access fund for families who a...
“Having devoted much of my life to advancing Jewish education in Montreal, I know the importance of the middle income access fund for families who are struggling with the cost of Jewish education to be able to enrol and keep their children in our Jewish day schools. As President of a Jewish school, I recently received a beautiful phone call from a parent, which touched my heart. The mom of 3 current Jewish day school students said, ‘You cannot imagine the sense of relief my husband and I feel, knowing that the tuition for our children is frozen for the time that our children are in school. We can plan our family life without worrying whether we will have to revisit our decision to send our kids to Jewish school each and every year.'”
Over the last 4 years, Federation CJA’s Generations Fund CAPS program has provided 1,562 grants totaling over $3 million to effectively freeze tuition, thereby improving access to a Jewish day school education and stabilizing costs for middle-income families.
“Since my sisters and I don’t live in a Jewish area and we attend French public school, camp is a place where we can learn about our Jewish roots....
“Since my sisters and I don’t live in a Jewish area and we attend French public school, camp is a place where we can learn about our Jewish roots. I made a lot of new friends, and I learned Hatikvah for the first time. I also got to have a Bat Mitzvah at camp, dress up, invite my friends and have a party with music and dancing and cake! The counsellors are great at encouraging us to discover new passions, which is where my interest in photography started. Camp helped me gain confidence.” - Kayla
“My older sister, Kayla, pushed me to go to ‘rookie’ camp last summer and I’m so glad she did.” - Emma
Through Federation CJA's Generations Fund incentive and access grants, over 1,600 Montreal children have enjoyed a Jewish summer camp experience. 70% of young Jewish leaders get their start at Jewish overnight camp.
“During the first month of my family’s immigration to Montreal, I was put in contact with the Jewish community. From the very beginning, I felt we...
“During the first month of my family’s immigration to Montreal, I was put in contact with the Jewish community. From the very beginning, I felt welcomed and included, and I began to volunteer at events in order to meet new friends and help my children integrate. At an event, I was given the opportunity to register my children to receive free Jewish books and music by mail. I felt like this was an essential component of teaching my children Jewish traditions, and they are so excited when the books arrive! My family has been greatly impacted by the experience of reading the books together at home and also by sharing the lessons together at events, alongside other young families.”
Over 5,000 children in our community have received monthly free Jewish children's books since 2008, including 300 children from a new program for Russian speaking families.