SUPPORTING ISRAEL AND OUR GLOBAL JEWISH RESPONSIBILITY

FOR OVER A CENTURY, FEDERATION CJA HAS PLAYED A CENTRAL ROLE IN SUPPORTING JEWS WORLDWIDE THROUGH AN UNPARALLELED NETWORK OF NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS. WE ARE UNIQUELY ABLE TO AMPLIFY OUR IMPACT WORLDWIDE INCLUDING MOBILIZING RESOURCES IN ISRAEL AND OTHER CORNERS OF THE JEWISH WORLD, AND PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE WITH ADVANCED RESEARCH TOOLS AND INNOVATIONS.

IN 2019-20, FEDERATION CJA ALLOCATED $3.8 MILLION TO ISRAEL IN OUR DIRECT INVESTMENTS AND THROUGH OUR NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS WITH THE JEWISH AGENCY FOR ISRAEL, KEREN HAYESOD AND THE AMERICAN JEWISH JOINT DISTRIBUTION COMMITTEE.

Investment in Israel

Federation CJA’s relationship with Israel reflects the deeply held commitment of our community to Israel and its people; we stand in solidarity with Israel during times of peace and times of conflict.

While we continue to support Jews in need in Israel, our relationship has also evolved over time, moving beyond that of donor-recipient to one of mutual growth and strengthening of Jewish identity.

Supporting Our Partnership Region

We are proud of the strong partnership we have with our sister region of Beer Sheva and Bnei Shimon. Since 1988, we have worked collaboratively and strategically with our local, national and international partners and we have played a key role in changing the very landscape of the Negev, ensuring Jewish vibrancy and a strong future in Israel, and strengthening our own Jewish identity here at home.

Immigration

In total, 1,668 recent immigrants – from France as well as Ukraine, Russia and South America – received a wide range of assistance this past year, ensuring they felt at home every step of the way.

TRANSFORM

INITIATIVE FRANCE-MONTRÉAL

The Issue

Antisemitism in France has reached levels of heightened proportion over the past two decades. Compounded with declining economic opportunities across Europe, many French Jews are opting to leave France. Due to its strong Jewish community and linguistic similarities, Montreal is an attractive location for French Jews intent on resettling and for whom Aliyah is not an option. However, relative to other Jewish immigrant communities, French Jews arriving in Montreal have a unique profile and require specific assistance to meet their immigration needs.

How we helped

Founded in 2015, Federation CJA launched Initiative France- Montréal (IFM) to respond to the specific immigration needs of French Jews relocating to Montreal. The focus of IFM services is on settlement, integration and employment, including support with job placements, language courses and connection to a myriad of social activities – all of which contribute to newcomers’ successful integration into our community.

The Impact

Over the past three years, IFM has provided assistance to 263 households from France and 183 households in Montreal. In total, 139 households from overseas have successfully arrived in Montreal. IFM has also contributed to the job acquisition of 121 French Jewish newcomers, developing a network of over 270 employers eager to provide employment to new arrivals. By assisting vulnerable newcomers, Federation CJA is making strides towards building and sustaining an inclusive and diverse Montreal Jewish community, and honoring our global Jewish responsibility.