STRENGTHENING JEWISH LIFE
AND CONTINUITY

In 2020, there was a serious threat many families would
withdraw their children from core Jewish experiences—
critical to the next generation choosing to live Jewishly.
With your generous support, these experiences have been protected.

In 2020, there was a serious threat many families would
withdraw their children from core Jewish experiences—
critical to the next generation choosing to live Jewishly.
With your generous support, these experiences have been protected.

MONTREAL’S JEWISH DAY SCHOOL SYSTEMS ENTERED THE 2020 SCHOOL YEAR WITH SIGNIFICANT APPREHENSION AND UNCERTAINTY

Your gift is helping to prevent an outflow of families from the day school system, despite the pandemic.

While demand from families for tuition assistance spiked by 9% in 2020-21, with an 18% increase in subsidies provided to those already receiving assistance as well as to those on the receiving end for the first time, enrolment across all schools—in a pandemic year—remained stable.

The strengths of our Jewish day schools have been amplified due to the pandemic, both academically and communally.  There was an imminent concern for families negatively affected by the pandemic that could not pay regular tuition fees because they lost their jobs or their businesses.  In addition, each school had increased costs for PPE needs, online learning supports, additional teachers, and significant losses in fundraising revenue.

Ensuring access to a Jewish day school education, in which affordability remains a critical challenge for low and middle-income families, is a key community priority.

Young masked children on floor with tablets in blue cases. Female masked instructor, kneeling and pointing at screen of boy wearing mask and kippah.
Young masked children on floor with tablets in blue cases. Female masked instructor, kneeling and pointing at screen of boy wearing mask and kippah.

THANKS TO YOUR GIFT…

0
FAMILIES
received tuition assistance and/or a COVID-relief subsidy in 2020-21
$0
WAS ALLOCATED TO SUPPORT 13 JEWISH DAY SCHOOLS
and 5,451 children were provided with a quality Jewish education for the 2020-2021 academic year
$0
ADDITIONAL IN TUITION ASSISTANCE WAS PROVIDED
to help keep children of families rocked by the economic downturn enrolled in Jewish day schools

YOUR GIFT “HAS ALLOWED US TO KEEP OUR CHILDREN IN JEWISH DAY SCHOOL”

Thousands of children like Zev’s* stayed in Jewish day school because of your gift.

“Making Jewish education more affordable for low- and middle-income families is one of the best ways people who are more fortunate could spend their charity money. It has a great impact. Being on the receiving end, I can tell you that having four children in the Jewish day school system, there are times when you don’t know how you are going to make ends meet. The program has allowed us to keep our children in Jewish day school for which we are so grateful. Thank you.”

*Name has been changed to protect privacy. 

2020-21 JEWISH DAY SCHOOLS FUNDING
$7,940,060*
INCREASE:
44%
$7,940,060*
2020-21 JDS FUNDING
44% INCREASE

*This includes $3 million allocated for the Tuition Assistance Program, $2.5 million for the CAPS Program, and $2.44 million for the Covid-19 Relief Fund.

A SUMMER NO ONE WILL EVER FORGET

Your gift provided a summer camping experience for children and teens, and much-needed respite for parents who had children learning at home for months.

All overnight summer camps were unable to run in the summer of 2020, impacting the network of overnight summer camps financially and leaving families scrambling to find summer alternatives for their children, who had already been spending months learning online, without seeing friends face-to-face.

Backed by your generosity, Federation CJA responded by supporting the camps financially, all of whom had to return campership fees while still being obligated to pay for camp costs.

2020-21 CAMP FUNDING
$452,333
COVID-19 FUND
$719,441
TOTAL
$1,171,774
FUNDING INCREASE:
159%
$452,333
2020-21 CAMP FUNDING
$719,441
COVID-19 FUND
$1,671,774
TOTAL
159%
FUNDING INCREASE
PARTNER REACH:
3 CAMPING PARTNERS TO 18
INCREASE:
500%
PARTNER REACH:
3 CAMPING PARTNERS
TO 18
500% INCREASE
Young children sitting on a large rock during summertime
Young children sitting on a large rock during summertime.

THANKS TO YOUR GIFT:

$0
WAS ALLOCATED
to a network of 13 local Jewish day camps