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 OPPORTUNITIES TO ENGAGE IN ISRAEL EXPERIENCES, INCLUDING MARCH OF THE LIVING AND BIRTHRIGHT. ULTIMATELY, WE ARE ALL BENEFICIARIES OF A THRIVING JEWISH COMMUNITY.

$16.4 MILLION HAS BEEN INVESTED FOR 2019-20 TO HELP STRENGTHEN OUR COMMUNITY BY BUILDING AND ENRICHING JEWISH IDENTITY.

Access to Jewish Life

The increasing demand for financial support needed 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 make  Jewish life a viable choice for young families.

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Jewish Education

We support schools’ pursuit of educational excellence so that they are able to graduate Jewishly literate, skilled, proud and socially-conscious citizens. 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.

PJ LIBRARY EXPANSION AND PJ OUR WAY

The Issue

In recent years, there has been a growing demand for PJ Library books and resources for children who have aged out of the popular program at 8-years-old. Additionally, families with kids of all ages are looking for more PJ Library-themed events and activities to connect with the broader Montreal Jewish community.

How we helped

PJ Library – which was founded in 2009 to help build Jewish identity by providing free, high quality, Jewish-themed books and music to kids – significantly increased its programming and outreach efforts this past year. We hosted several Shabbat in the Park events, collaborating with local synagogues and organizations. “Parent Ambassadors” in less affiliated regions of Montreal began hosting small, informal gatherings of PJ Library families at their homes. As well,  we recently launched the Chefs r Us cooking series where kids learn to make Jewish foods. And with the launch of PJ Our Way, tweens ages 9-11 are now able to continue their Jewish journey through books that they choose themselves.

The Impact

Almost 4,000 children received PJ Library books in the past year alone, and last summer we were proud to be able to deliver the 200,000th book since the programs inception. Also in 2018, almost 3,000 families attended PJ Library events, strategically centered around Jewish holidays and reinforcing Jewish themes. Over the past 10 years, PJ Library has successfully reached children in diverse segments of the Jewish community, including secular, multi-faith and Russian families – helping young families engage in a Jewish lifestyle, explore core values of Judaism and pass them on to their children.

Next Generation and Leadership Development

A 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. From professional development to networking, from identity-building to campus activities, from Israel experiences to volunteering opportunities, we are helping to develop engaged Jewish citizens and the leaders of the future.

Israel Experience and Engagement

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 Yisrael. We transform our teens and young adults through various experiential opportunities in Israel.

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. Since its inception four years ago, the program has grown from 4 to 8 participants. The Israeli teens spend a service year in Montreal, teaching students and community members about Israel, interacting and making meaningful connections.

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GenMTL GATEWAYS

The Issue

For years, Jewish programming for young adults in Montreal has followed a “one size fits all model”. Today’s Jewish young adults have diverse interests and needs and are looking for ways to connect to community in ways that are relevant and meaningful to them.

How we helped

Launched in 2018, GenMTL is the revamped and expanded young adult division of Federation CJA, providing multiple entry points to the Jewish community. For the first time, YAD, Hillel, Israel experience offerings such as March of the Living and Birthright, the Richter Jewish Chamber of Commerce and a myriad of young adult community engagement opportunities are centralized under one umbrella. GenMTL is also proud to offer initiatives such as Honeymoon Israel, Moishe House and PJ Library. Our programs and events are geared towards the under 40 demographic – from youth to campus to career to family— divided into 5 gateways: GenMTL Connects, GenMTL Travels, GenMTL Leads, GenMTL Gives Back and GenMTL Grows.

The Impact

Last year, almost 4,000 young Montrealers participated in GenMTL initiatives and programs including opportunities for social networking, business and leadership development, and Jewish engagement. By providing  younger generations with the resources they need to thrive in Montreal today, we are ensuring the vitality and vibrancy of our community for the future.