IF YOU SEE SOMETHING. SAY SOMETHING.
If you are harassed, or witness harassment, call the police immediately at 911. If it is safe to do so, photograph the harassment and share those images with the police. Relay that information to Federation CJA: 514.343.4343.
Our community strength and resilience rest in our ability to come together and to stand together in moments like these. Every one of us can take meaningful actions in response to the antisemitism we have seen over the last few days. Here are some actions you can take.
DURING COVID-19/ IMPORTANT NOTE- Renewal of Life Certificates for Holocaust Survivors
Deadline dates for verifying life certificates have been extended due to Covid-19. Cummings continues to provide over 1,000 Holocaust Survivors living in Quebec with homecare and financial assistance through funding from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
Cummings Centre Marks World Alzheimer’s Month
Canada, September 2020
The Cummings Centre recently joined Alzheimer associations and other stakeholders around the world to mark World Alzheimer’s Month, an international campaign to raise awareness about dementia and challenge the stigma associated with the condition. This year, under the unprecedented circumstances of the global COVID-19 outbreak, the need to encourage people to seek out information, support and advice was deemed necessary.
March is National Social Work Month: united by diversity – strengthened by inclusion
Canada, March 2020
Social Workers are united by diversity since we have the unique ability to understand the difficulties encountered by different groups of individuals and how the inequalities of our current social systems have a negative effect on their lives whether it be the elderly who are experiencing loss of autonomy, individuals who suffer from mental health or the LGBTQ community. One of our core values is to promote social inclusion in which different groups of vulnerable individuals are encouraged to participate in community activities. As a result, they feel valued.
Tête-à-tête with Tassi: June is Elder Abuse Awareness month
Canada, June 2019
June is Elder Abuse Awareness month. Minister Tassi is marking the occasion by talking about elder abuse and highlighting the Government of Canada’s work to help prevent it.
Elder abuse can happen to anyone—but we can fight it by making sure seniors and their families know the risks, recognize the signs and have the tools to prevent it. That is why it is so important that we reach as many Canadians as possible. To help us spread the word, we’re asking you to share Minister Tassi’s column with your networks by the use of platforms such as social media, email, your regular newsletter, or in any other effective manner.
Mouvement pour un transport public abordable (MTPA) in support of a social fare for public transit
Montreal, June 4 2019
Access to public transit is compromised for people with low income, making their transport very limited. Yet everyone needs daily mobility for groceries, medical appointments, family support and social activities, etc. MTPA’s focus is to garner public support requesting social transit fares for those who are earning minimum wage or receiving social assistance. No one should have to choose between eating, healing or moving.
On June 4th, a festive gathering is organized to energize the movement, but also to shine a light on the fare increase slated for July 1.
Kehilla Montreal, a Communal Response to Affordable Housing in Montreal, Launches its First Project
Montreal, June 2018, Federation CJA
We are proud to announce that Kehilla Montreal Residential Programs, a registered charity created as a communal response to pressing housing needs in Montreal, officially broke ground on its first residential project today.
The mission of Kehilla Montreal is to provide members of the Jewish and broader Montreal community with quality, safe and affordable housing.
Claims Conference to Compensate Algerian Jews Recognized for First Time by the German Government
Paris, France, February 2018, Claims Conference
Julius Berman, President of the Conference on Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) is pleased to announce for the first time, a newly recognized group of Jewish Holocaust survivors will be entitled to compensation from the German government.
Jews who resided in Algeria between July 1940 and November 1942, and suffered from Nazi persecution may now be eligible for payment through the Claims Conference Hardship Fund.
A LOOK AT ELDER ABUSE
June 2017, The Senior Times, by Irwin Block
Elder abuse, whether it’s physical, emotional, psychological, or financial, is a reality in our society. It affects 10 percent of older adults, and, say the experts, identifying it is the first step in preventing it.
That is not a simple task because victims often are afraid of alienating a caregiver who may be a family member or worse, reprisals. Often abused or exploited seniors do not recognize themselves as victims.
NEW STAGE AT ADULTHOOD AT THE CUMMINGS CENTRE
March 2017, The Montreal Gazette
The key to healthy aging is taking a multifaceted approach to both physical and mental well-being for the 50+ demographic. Research consistently shows that staying engaged results in an increased sense of satisfaction enhancing the overall quality of life, extending to improved physical findings such as lowered blood pressure and improved mental state.
Advancements in medicine have led to an additional period of well-being lengthening our lifespan to what has become known as the second phase of adulthood.
Finding their Voices through the Healing Power of Music
September 2016, The Montreal Gazette, by Susan Schwartz
“Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. “A magic beyond all we do here!”— Albus Dumbledore, headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
It was a steamy August afternoon, they had a couple of gigs coming up, and music therapist Victoria McNeill was putting the Glee Club, a Montreal choir and performance group that meets weekly to make music together, through its paces.