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Passover Success at MADA

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| Passover 2016

We at the MADA Community Center extend our sincere gratitude to our generous donors and dedicated volunteers for helping us to serve 5,000 Passover meals at 10 community Seders! Thank you for also packing and delivering 1700 Passover holiday baskets and 1200 kosher for Passover Shabbat to Share boxes!
May we continue to fulfill the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s teaching: “Let no Jew be left behind.”

Our dedicated volunteers Include many adults, children, families and groups that gave their time and effort during this hectic Passover month, to ensure that members of our community should have the opportunity to celebrate Passover with joy and dignity!

LET US SALUTE…

Lara Sacks group, Anne Applebaum group, Elisa Frank group, Diller teen group, Dean Mendel group, Aviva Kalin group, Beth Tikvah youth group, Shaar Hashamayim B’nai Mitzvah group, Maimonides sixth grade, B’nai Akiva Kita Tet, David Green group-Young Israel Chomedy, Hebrew Academy afternoon school of D.D.O., Beth Rivkah sixth grade, Lubavitch Yeshiva seventh grade.

We would like to thank all the hosting locations and the Jewish Community Council for offering their premises for the MADA community Seders and the Montreal Food Baskets.

We apologise if anyone was inadvertently left out. Montreal would not be the same without MADA, and MADA would not be the same without you!

May we continue to fulfill the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s teaching: “Let no Jew be left behind.

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Media Coverage

CTV News – April 14, 2016

About 45 teens were at the Mada Community Center Thursday helping prepare Passover meals.

The teenagers were from a youth group called Diller Teen Fellows. Half are from Beersheba, Montreal’s twin city in Israel, and the other half are from high schools around Montreal.

The items on the menu are specific to Passover and are scooped up quickly. The organization’s goal is to make sure everyone in Montreal’s Jewish community is able to celebrate Passover.

“It’s a holiday, especially Passover time, where we talk about freedom, so it gives them the freedom to be able to celebrate with dignity and instead of being embarrassed … that they have nowhere to go,” said Miriam Ditkofsky, Mada’s development officer, During the first two nights of Passover, Mada will serve about 2,500 meals at satellite areas throughout the city to families in need. The organization prepares 4,500 hot meals for families on a daily basis.

 

(May 08, 2016)

Ribbon Cutting

Wednesday night, Oct. 21st, 2015 was an exciting landmark occasion for the MADA Community Center. MADA hosted supporters, volunteers and friends at the grand opening of their new facility and “home” at 6875 Decarie Blvd.

Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails as they proudly celebrated with MADA in their new dining hall.

The evening’s highlight was a ‘Ribbon Cutting’ ceremoniously cut by Montreal’s Mayor Denis Coderre and Israeli Consulate General Ziv Nevo Kulman.

Other participants in the ceremony were Samuel Gewurz, event co-chairs Doreen Brown Green & Carolyn Steinman, City Councillor Lionel Perez, City Councillor and borough mayor for CDN-NDG Russell Copeman, Rabbi Isaac Gniwisch, President of the Board Pesach Nussbaum & MADA’s Director Rabbi C.S. Cohen.

There was a heartfelt program lead by Samuel Gewurz. Debra Margles touched the crowd when she spoke about her experiences as a MADA volunteer. Everyone was moved by Liat Urman’s personal testimony of how MADA helped a struggling family in need.

May the building of MADA’s new home help Montreal’s community continue to unite together as partners in the battle against poverty and loneliness… building hope and dignity.

Montreal would not be the same without MADA.
MADA would not be the same without YOU.

Click here to see pictures of the ribbon cutting.

 

News Coverage

The Gazette – http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/mada-officially-opens-new-community-centre-on-decarie-blvd

Actualités Cote des Neiges – http://lesactualites.ca/index.php/2015/10/14/mada-ouvre-son-nouveau-centre-communautaire/

CTV Montreal

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The Suburban – http://www.thesuburban.com/news/city_news/mada-launches-new-location/article_8d132381-c884-5402-95cd-311baebdc7bd.html
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(October 23, 2015)

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Once again Solomon Schechter Academy helped MADA with a special mitzvah project. Last Friday morning Solomon Schechter hosted its annual Grandparents’ Day in the main sanctuary of Shaare Zion Synagogue.

This year grades 1 through 6 invited their Bubbies and Zaidies, Sabbas and Saftas , Grandmas and Grandpas to help create special gifts for our Shabbat to Share recipients. Over 550 vases were decorated and cards were written to help welcome Shabbat into our clients’ homes. These gifts will be distributed along with their weekly MADA Shabbat to Share meals and flowers. Kol hakavod to all who participated.

(October 14, 2015)

Update: High Holidays at MADA

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| HIGH HOLIDAYS 2015

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The sounds of happy conversation, singing and laughter spilled into the night during MADA’s festive Rosh Hashana dinners. They were held at 12 locations throughout the city on September 13 and 14. It was wonderful to see the rooms filled with about 2,500 people. The dinners provided many with the opportunity to celebrate Rosh Hashana with others in a family setting.
“It’s the unity and the feeling of togetherness that keeps me coming back to volunteer at MADA,” says Laurent Bensamama, one of the head servers and volunteer coordinators for this event. Adds Laurent, “At MADA the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s words, “Let no Jew be left behind,” are really put into action.”

In addition to the Rosh Hashana dinners,

  • • 2,000 Kosher holiday food baskets were delivered.
  • • 1,750 meals were prepared for the Sukkot and Simchat Torah celebrations at MADA’s headquarters.
  • • 5,250 holiday meals were prepared and will be delivered – with friendly visits – to patrons of our Shabbat to Share program during this holiday month.

To our supporters and volunteers, thank you so much! You made these projects possible!
Wishing you and yours an easy and meaningful Yom Kippur Fast.

To donate click here.

Rosh Hashanah Preparation in the News

Mada On CTV

Mada on Breakfast Television Montreal

Mada on Breakfast Television Montreal this morning.

Posted by Mada Community Center on Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Mada on CJAD - Tommy Schnurmacher Show

http://www.cjad.com/blog/tommy-schnurmacher/2015/09/03/helping-those-in-need-for-rosh-hashanah

Mada in The FREE PRESS

(September 22, 2015)

Rosh Hashanah 2015 at Mada

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| Rosh Hashanah 2015

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What to do when you are faced with challenges? If you are a part of the MADA family, you strive harder to help.

Just ask MADA volunteer Lori Basal, who headed a special project that was bringing 2000 Rosh Hashana food baskets to folks in need. “This is a project MADA took on because the organization that usually did it was unable to this year,” she said. “Considering the challenges that MADA is facing ….a recent move to new premises…major renovations…figuring out how to accomplish everything…that’s what I call going the extra mile!”

Click here to see pictures of our amazing volunteers.

Well, thanks to wonderful volunteers like Lori we delivered the baskets AND we are also gearing up for our traditional Rosh Hashana outreach. Hundreds of volunteers came in to peel, chop, process and cook over 12,000 pounds of fresh produce, 2500 pounds of salmon and 1800 chickens: all for the festive dinners we are having on September 13 and 14 at twelve locations throughout the city. More volunteers will be serving these delicious meals to thousands in our community who would otherwise be alone over the holiday. As always, there is never a charge to our patrons and guests.

Yes, everyone has challenges but with G-d’s help and yours we are living up to the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s directive “Let no Jew be left behind.”

To join our family of volunteers this Rosh Hashana, click here.
To provide much-needed financial support, click here.

Shana Tova!

Rosh Hashanah Preparation in the News

Mada On CTV

Mada on Breakfast Television Montreal

Mada on Breakfast Television Montreal this morning.

Posted by Mada Community Center on Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Mada on CJAD - Tommy Schnurmacher Show

http://www.cjad.com/blog/tommy-schnurmacher/2015/09/03/helping-those-in-need-for-rosh-hashanah

Mada in The FREE PRESS

(September 10, 2015)