Together, we strengthen Jewish life & continuity

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Our organizational mission to preserve and strengthen the quality of Jewish life, engagement and identity drives significant investment in this important area. This means facilitating broad 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 million has been invested for 2017-18 to help strengthen our community by building and enriching Jewish identity.

Access to Jewish Life

Basic Needs 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.

32,249 free Jewish children’s books were delivered to families last year as part of our Generations Fund PJ Library Program, empowering parents to embark on a Jewish journey with their children.

1,550 Montreal children have received a $1,000 incentive grant towards their first summer at Jewish overnight camp or a multi-year access grant since the inception of Federation CJA’s Generations Fund. Studies show 70% of young Jewish leaders get their start at Jewish overnight camp.


Jewish Education

Basic Needs 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.


Next Generation & Leadership Development

Basic Needs 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.

4,184 young Montrealers participated last year in Federation CJA programs that provide opport unities for social, networking and leadership development, fostering a sense of belonging among vibrant and engaged Jewish youth.


Israel Engagement

Basic Needs Federation CJAIn partnership with the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Jewish Community Foundation, Federation CJA’s Israel Engagement Initiative (IEI) was launched in 2015 to help enrich Israel education in Montreal and deepen the person-to-person connection with our extended family in Israel. IEI provides Israel education strategy and planning tools to various organizations including schools and synagogues; oversees the Shinshinim program, which places a select group of Israeli teenagers in our local community; and brings hands-on educational activities to the greater Montreal Jewish community.

Over 1,000 youth in our community interact with our Shinshinim through an Israel-based activity at over 25 different schools and instit utions every week.

With the support of Federation CJA, over 8,500 young adults have been enriched by an Israel Experience such as March of the Living or Birthright since 1999.


Culture, Heritage & Memory

Basic Needs Federation CJAOur Jewish heritage and culture are tremendous sources of pride, and we have a responsibility to preserve and promote them. Last year, 8,426 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. Thanks to the extensive community archives, students are able to explore their past through over 120,000 archived photos, recordings and documents, motivating them to continue to transmit our heritage from generation to generation. And our diversity and creativity are continually showcased through Jewish theatre, festivals and a myriad of programs that leave an indelible mark on our Jewish souls.