Supporting those in greatest need, in keeping with our Jewish value of chesed, is a paramount expression of our collective responsibility for the well-being of the entire Jewish community.

IN 2019-20, WE INVESTED $15.6 MILLION TO CARE FOR THE VULNERABLE, INCLUDING $6.1 MILLION IN DIRECT AND INDIRECT POVERTY RELIEF, HELPING TO BREAK THE CYCLE OF POVERTY.

Basic Needs

Twenty percent of Jews in Montreal currently live below the poverty line, including over 3,650 Jewish children under the age of 15. And need and complexity are growing. Our priority is vulnerable families, individuals and seniors. We provide access to emergency and crisis services, and financial support and assistance to a growing number of marginalized seniors, many of whom are Holocaust survivors. For youth, our focus is on mitigating the effects of poverty by offering support in the form of employment and training opportunities, accessible Jewish education, and capacity-building programs.

TRANSFORM

Seniors

The proportion of elderly in the Montreal Jewish community is much higher than the proportion of seniors in the overall Montreal population (20.4% vs. 13.5%). Many rely on us to remain independent, live with dignity, and stay active and connected to the community through vital services.

FEDERATION CJA ALLOCATED $3.7 MILLION IN 2019-20 TO CARING FOR OUR SENIORS, INCLUDING $1 MILLION IN AUGMENTED FUNDING FOR OUR HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS.

Empowering Our Youth

Ensuring a bright future for our community requires us to provide Jewish youth with every opportunity to thrive. We respond to the needs of thousands of young community members, particularly those living in economically or socially challenged environments, through programs such as tuition assistance, subsidies for learning supports, frontline interventions for marginalized youth and employment services.

TRANSFORM

Critical Situations

Federation CJA supports a wide range of programs and services to assist those facing critical situations, including home advocacy, mental health supports and support services for vulnerable women.

DISABILITY INCLUSION

The Issue

There are approximately 16,000 people over the age of 15 who are living with a disability in the Montreal Jewish community today. Many lack crucial Inclusion resources for employment, housing, school and social programs.

How we helped

Federation CJA has been rapidly expanding its Inclusion initiative since 2001 to address the growing needs of this population, funding a diverse range of programs and services including school-based therapy, camp experiences, and supported employment and recreational programs. Last year, Federation CJA furthered its commitment in this area by becoming the first Jewish Federation in Canada to have a full-time Community Inclusion Coordinator on staff. In this way, we are helping to ensure that there are opportunities for persons of all abilities and their families to participate in Jewish life in ways most meaningful to them.

The Impact

Last year, we supported almost 1,000 individuals with disabilities, and their families, through 29 programs or services. In 2019, Federation CJA played a key role in rallying the community under the JDAIM (Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month) banner- a month long initiative designed to create dialogue and awareness. Federation CJA participated in performing art initiatives including a play rendition, and a choir performance. In a ground breaking communal effort, celebrated by Jewish communities across North America, Federation CJA helped put Montreal on the JDAIM Canadian map with over 2,000 community members participating in local events.