Jewish Identity

YM-YWHA
Camp B’nai Brith
Segal Centre for Performing Arts
Jewish Public Library
Montreal Holocaust Memorial Center
Hillel Montréal
Bronfman Jewish Education Centre
La communauté sépharade unifiée du Québec


YM-YWHA

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“Our daughter Emily has been a participant in the Y’s Special Needs program since 1989. They offer an opportunity for her to enjoy the companionship of other individuals with intellectual disabilities in a friendly, non-judgmental Jewish environment.  They spend the evening together and are able to choose their own activities and dinner, opportunities they don’t get very often. Emily has made great friends and eagerly looks forward to the evening every week. The staff are excellent  and this is a truly special program which has no equivalent in the Montreal area.” – Parent

The YW-YWHA’s inclusive approach promotes the well-being of all community members and fosters Jewish identity through a comprehensive physical fitness facility, social and cultural programs and services.
Federation CJA  allocated $437,000


Camp B’nai Brith

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“Coming from a family with few resources, I never would have been able to afford summer camp. Camp B’nai Brith gave me unbelievable experiences and friendships to last a lifetime. When I started camp as an eager eight year old, I never could have imagined the impact that CBB would have played in my vibrant Jewish life. ” – CBB alumna

Every summer, Camp B’nai Brith offers a high-quality, diverse summer camping experience to children aged eight to 16 years in an inclusive environment promoting Jewish identity.
Federation CJA allocated $538,000


Segal Centre for Performing Arts

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“I have been involved at the Segal Centre for the past six years and have been fortunate to have participated in great shows such as No More Raisins, No More Almonds and In Transit. It has been a privilege to tour with both of these shows, performing in Quebec and the United States, even more so as I developed a close bond with my fellow cast members. I absolutely loved being a part of these projects and helping to spread the message of multicultural acceptance and unity. The experience is something I will never forget.” – Actor

Through the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre and the Academy, among other performing arts programs, the Segal Centre fulfills its mission of strengthening Jewish identity and building bridges between communities.
Federation CJA allocated $267,000


Jewish Public Library

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“My students told me that their favorite part of their entire semester was huddling around the tables in the JPL surrounded by piles of books, reading out loud to each other all the wonderful and often wacky interpretations they were uncovering. They felt like researchers for the first time, and a bit like Sherlock Holmes. I think this research project, supported by you and your team, introduced them to the universe of books in a way that was, until then, entirely unexpected for most of them.” – Professor

The Jewish Public Library is an important cultural institution in the community. The library houses a community archive and provides important cultural and educational programming for all ages.
Federation CJA allocated $725,000


Montreal Holocaust Memorial Center

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“I will never thank you enough for having told us your story! It is one thing to learn about the Holocaust, and another to go to the Centre, and a completely other thing to feel it and have it told to you by someone who was actually there. All of it really touched me; I know that I never would have been able to keep hope like you did! Near the end, you started explaining that we must never keep silent when something is wrong and right then, I realized that I don’t always stand up when I see things happening and tried to imagine myself in tough situations standing up to the bad ones. You made me realize that it is very important to say what you need to say and never keep silent when you see wrong happening around us.” – Student

Last year, over 14,000 people visited the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre Museum and 13,000 heard a survivor tell their own story, the human story of the Holocaust. The Centre’s mission is to educate about the Holocaust and the perils of anti-Semitism, racism and hate.
Federation CJA allocated $344,000


Hillel Montréal

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“Having recently moved to Montreal, I thought it would be difficult to be included in the Jewish community, and I assumed my Jewish community would be only at McGill. However, getting involved in Hillel has made me feel at home in Montreal at-large. I have had an opportunity to meet amazing people from the city and this is entirely due to Hillel Montreal. As a Jewish student, Hillel is my ‘home away from home’.” – Student

Hillel Montreal is committed to serving the needs of Jewish post-secondary students, providing a flexible and pluralistic environment and a strong, visible presence for Jewish students on 10 university and CEGEP campuses.
Federation CJA allocated $536,000


Bronfman Jewish Education Centre

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“Growing up, I did not have much to do with the organized Jewish community. I went to public school, where I had a mix of Jewish and non-Jewish friends. Being Jewish was just one of my ‘identities.’ When some of my friends were going on Birthright, they convinced me to apply also. That was the best decision of my life. Israel is amazing and I met so many great people, including young Israelis. I came back to Montreal with a renewed sense of pride in Israel and pride in my own Jewish community. I’ve become involved in some of the programs organized by the Bronfman Israel Experience Centre and I’m even thinking of trying to become a Birthright madrich next year.” – Young Adult

Bronfman Jewish Education Centre strengthens our community by operating a diverse array of formal and informal educational programs – including an Institutional Strengthening Program, education support in Jewish day schools, Birthright and March of the Living.
Federation CJA allocated $4,464,000 (includes tuition assistance)


La communauté sépharade unifiée du Québec

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“The Benyamin summer camp offered by the CSUQ is a heart-warming experience. I make friends that I see again every year. The outdoor access program, pools and amusement park outings make for a FUN summer in Montreal.” – Camper

The Communauté Sepharade Unifiée du Québec responds to the educational, socio-cultural and spiritual needs of the Sephardic Community in Montreal through a myriad of programs and events.
Federation CJA allocated $1,095,000