MADA Celebrating 25th Year


| of Service to Montreal's Jewish Community

On Wednesday, November 22, at Shaar Hashomayim Congregation, MADA Community Center celebrated its annual gala, marking the organization’s 25th year of service to Montreal’s Jewish community. Close to five hundred people attended the event, whose honoree was the community activist and philanthropist, Marc Kakon. The guests enjoyed delicious food, open bar and were entertained by the famous Gregory Charles.

The evening highlighted MADA’s growth since its inception, demonstrating how it became the main address to fighting hunger in Montreal. Awards were given to nine exceptional supporters who brought their wisdom to change the face of poverty in our community: Mr. Andy Harper, Brenda and Shmuel Gewurz, Helen and Stanley Cons, Ricky and David Merovitz, Anat and Gary Richman, and Andrew Christopoulos, president of Sysco Services Alimentaires du Canada Inc. “Our goal is to strive and reach the other 80% of Montreal’s Jewish poor, who desperately need the help MADA can give them. By saving one life, we are saving a world!” said Rabbi Chaim Shlomo Cohen, MADA’s Executive Director.

As international singer Enrico Macias sings, “Quand on a un frère malheureux, on ne peut pas fermer les yeux” said Mr. Kakon MADA Gala Honoree. “Open your heart to help MADA continues on this beautiful journey…”.

Special thanks to MADA’s committees and to the generosity of the Montreal community for their support in making our annual gala, a great success.

If you are interested in getting more involved with MADA please contact Rivka at 514-342-4969 ext. 229 or click here to become a volunteer.

(May 01, 2018)

Passover sucess at MADA



Passover 2018 Volunteers

Turning lonelines and despair into joy

The MADA community Seders is a tradition that turns holiday loneliness into companionship,
friendship, a sense of belonging and the comfort of family. This massive annual effort brought the warmth and joy of a traditional Passover Seder those who are alone or without financial means.

“Celebrating at the MADA Seder table brought back great memories of our family’s Seder years ago,” said MADA’s client. “In the past, I had the physical and financial resources and space in my home to make a Seder, which I did for many people. Last year, my own synagogue did not hold its usual Seder, and it was just wonderful to have somewhere else to turn to. Thank you, MADA, for doing this.”

Passover 2018 Volunteers

MADA extends its sincere gratitude to our generous donors and dedicated volunteers for helping us to serve 5,000 meals throughout Passover. Included were the 10 community Seders locations, Shabbat to Share and daily cafeteria meals!

Thank you for also packing and delivering 2,000 MADA Passover Baskets & over 1,400 Shabbat to Share boxes!

MADA grew from hosting a relatively small group of 125 guests for Pesach in 2009 at its former headquarters to now expecting 2,500 guests for Passover 2018 at its new headquarters, on Decarie Blvd. MADA wishes to extend outreach over the Passover Seders to help those in our community who cannot celebrate Passover on their own with family and friends.
May we continue to fulfill the lubavitcher Rebbe’s teaching: “Let no Jew be left behind.”

Click here to see pictures of our amazing volunteers.

To provide much-needed financial support, click here.

(April 17, 2018)