STRENGTHENING JEWISH LIFE & CONTINUITY

Because of you.

Our organizational mission to preserve and strengthen the quality of Jewish life, engagement and identity drives significant investment in this important area. This means the broadest possible exposure to Jewish experiences including day school, summer camps, and a wide-range of Jewish learning opportunities outside of the school environment – starting as early as six months old with PJ Library. Developing our future Jewish leaders also requires that our youth have ample opportunity to engage in Israel experiences, including March of the Living and Birthright.

Ultimately, we are all beneficiaries of a thriving Jewish community.

$9.2 million has been invested for 2018-19 to help strengthen our community by building and enriching Jewish identity.

 

Access to Jewish Life

Jewish Life Federation CJAThe increasing demand for financial support to access Jewish services and programs has led to innovative responses that reduce barriers to Jewish life. Together with our affiliated agencies and communal organizations, we enable families to make a Jewish life a more viable choice.

Since 2009, over 175,000 free Jewish children’s books have been delivered to over 5,500 children to begin their Jewish journey, including over 430 children of immigrants from the Former Soviet Union

 
 

Jewish Education

Jewish Education Federation CJAWe support schools’ pursuit of educational excellence so that they are able to graduate Jewishly literate, passionate, skilled, proud, socially-conscious Jews. We work to ensure that this high quality of Jewish education is both affordable and accessible to the broadest range of families in our community.

Over the last 5 years, Federation CJA’s Generations Fund CAPS program has provided 2,045 grants tota ling close to $5 million to effectively freeze tuition, thereby improving access to a Jewish day school education and stabilizing costs for middle-income families.

 

Jewish Camp


The Issue

Over 70% of young Jewish leaders got their start at a Jewish overnight camp, underscoring the importance of this identity-building experience individually and communally. First-time campers are already eligible to receive incentive grants at 24 Jewish camps nation-wide. However, demographic shifts and financial constraints meant that access beyond the first year was a challenge for many families.


How we helped

Building off the success of middle-income grants of the CAPS program (part of Federation CJA’s Generations Fund), we launched CAMPS multi-year access grants for returning campers to provide financial assistance to families and encourage long-term enrolment in four local camps. Capacity building grants were also provided directly to the camps to increase their competitive edge.


The Impact

The strategy to secure an ongoing overnight Jewish camp experience proved to be a success: 152 new multi-year CAMPS grants were provided in its first summer, accounting for 10% of all campers enrolled in our local Jewish camps. In addition, 305 new first-time incentive grants were allocated last year, and will be eligible to receive multi-year grants this summer. In total, over 2,000 Montreal children have received an incentive or multi-year access grant since 2012.

 

Jewish Camp


The Issue

Over 70% of young Jewish leaders got their start at a Jewish overnight camp, underscoring the importance of this identity-building experience individually and communally. First-time campers are already eligible to receive incentive grants at 24 Jewish camps nation-wide. However, demographic shifts and financial constraints meant that access beyond the first year was a challenge for many families.


How we helped

Building off the success of middle-income grants of the CAPS program (part of Federation CJA’s Generations Fund), we launched CAMPS multi-year access grants for returning campers to provide financial assistance to families and encourage long-term enrolment in four local camps. Capacity building grants were also provided directly to the camps to increase their competitive edge.


The Impact

The strategy to secure an ongoing overnight Jewish camp experience proved to be a success: 152 new multi-year CAMPS grants were provided in its first summer, accounting for 10% of all campers enrolled in our local Jewish camps. In addition, 305 new first-time incentive grants were allocated last year, and will be eligible to receive multi-year grants this summer. In total, over 2,000 Montreal children have received an incentive or multi-year access grant since 2012.

 
 

Next Generation & Leadership Development

Leadership Development Federation CJAA bright tomorrow means investing in our young people today. Federation CJA is committed to helping our young adults connect – and stay in Montreal – through multiple points of engagement in Jewish life, learning, and leadership development. From job training to networking, from identity-building opportunities to campus activities, from Israel experiences to tikun olam, we are helping to develop engaged Jewish citizens and the leaders of the future.

Over 5,500 young Montrealers participated last year in Federation CJA initiatives and programs that provide opportunities for social , networking , business and leadership development , fostering a sense of belonging among vibrant and engaged Jewish youth.

 
 

Israel Experience and Engagement

Israel Experience - march of the Living Montreal  Federation CJA

Providing hands-on, personal and meaningful connections with our extended family in Israel is a powerful way to foster a strong sense of Jewish identity and strengthen a lifelong commitment to Klal Israel. We transform our teens and young adults through experiential opportunities in Israel including March of the Living, Birthright, Honeymoon Israel, and a myriad of community service trips.

And we bring Israel to Montreal: Spearheaded by our Shinshin program, the Israel Engagement Initiative (IEI) – in partnership with the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Jewish Community Foundation – collaborates with local organizations including schools, camps and synagogues. Due to its success in the community, this program has been expanded for 2018-19.

Over 9,300 young adults have been enriched by an Israel Experience such as March of the Living.

Over 2,200 individuals of all ages in our community interact with our Shinshinim through an Israel-based activity at over 20 different Jewish organization in Montreal every week.

Federation CJA’s Montreal Mega Mission : Centennial Edition unified 900 diverse community members in the largest mission to Israel from a single city in decades with 92% expressing greater solidarity with Israel and Jewish peoplehood following this unforgettable journey.

 
 

Culture, Heritage & Memory

Jewish Culture Federation CJAFederation CJA is committed to strengthening Jewish culture and building awareness of our rich heritage. This source of pride was showcased for our Centennial year as part of our Virtual Community Museum, made possible through the preservation of our vast collection of community archives dating back close to 300 years, and as part of our Juifs d’ici initiative which features over 100 of Quebec’s Jews and their indelible contributions to the broader society.

In addition, we have a responsibility to ensure that Holocaust education resonates widely – particularly important in today’s world – as well as to celebrate our diversity and creativity through theatre, festivals and a myriad of programs.

Last year, 12,150 students from a broad range of backgrounds were educated on the Holocaust, impacting their attitudes regarding the importance of tolerance and the dangers of racism.

 

Young Adults


The Issue

Fostering a Jewish connection to community in our younger generations today is crucial to ensuring the vitality of our community in the future. However, previous organizational structure limited our ability to optimize the continuity of an individual’s engagement from Jewish experience to Jewish experience.


How we helped

Federation CJA pioneered a bold, new initiative to strengthen Jewish Montreal through its recently expanded GenMTL division linking YAD, Hillel, Israel experience offerings such as March of the Living and Birthright, the Jewish Chamber of Commerce and a myriad of young adult community engagement opportunities under one centralized umbrella.


The Impact

GenMTL’s strategic restructure now mirrors the full spectrum of the under-40 demographic with expanded capability, optimized interdepartmental collaboration and the provision of enhanced experiences throughout the continuum of key young adult life stages – from youth to campus to career to family. Several new, meaningful Jewish initiatives including Honeymoon Israel, Moishe House, and PJ Library based programming for young families are engaging hundreds of new young adults – with more to come.

 

Young Adults


The Issue

Fostering a Jewish connection to community in our younger generations today is crucial to ensuring the vitality of our community in the future. However, previous organizational structure limited our ability to optimize the continuity of an individual’s engagement from Jewish experience to Jewish experience.


How we helped

Federation CJA pioneered a bold, new initiative to strengthen Jewish Montreal through its recently expanded GenMTL division linking YAD, Hillel, Israel experience offerings such as March of the Living and Birthright, the Jewish Chamber of Commerce and a myriad of young adult community engagement opportunities under one centralized umbrella.


The Impact

GenMTL’s strategic restructure now mirrors the full spectrum of the under-40 demographic with expanded capability, optimized interdepartmental collaboration and the provision of enhanced experiences throughout the continuum of key young adult life stages – from youth to campus to career to family. Several new, meaningful Jewish initiatives including Honeymoon Israel, Moishe House, and PJ Library based programming for young families are engaging hundreds of new young adults – with more to come.

 
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