Tell us how you or a member of your family has been touched as a client, volunteer, staff or past leader of Jewish Employment Montreal (JVS/JEM), Jewish Family Services (BDHI/JFS), Jewish Immigrant Aid Services (JIAS), and Ometz.
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Une fin heureuse à une histoire triste
Submitted by: L. et famille
Après 20 ans de mariage, 4 enfants et une routine de vie bien installée, rien ne laissait présager que nous aurions un jour besoin que l’Agence Ometz vienne à notre secours. Bien loin de n... read more
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Speaking The Same Language
Submitted by: Taly Zisman
My first contact with Ometz was during the first month of my immigration to Canada in November 2012. My friends spoke about this agency and I thought it was a very good idea for me and my husband... read more
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I Am Not Alone
Submitted by: Yoel Hus
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Pour le bien-être et la réussite de nos enfants
Submitted by: Anonyme .
Mon premier contact avec l’Agence Ometz fut en mai 2013. La travailleuse sociale de l’école de mon enfant a suggéré que ma fille se joigne à l’un des groupes de l’Agence Ometz qui se ... read more
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Victor Goldbloom Shares his Story
Submitted by: Agence Ometz
Victor Goldbloom, a pediatrician by profession, has worn many – and varied – professional and community hats, and made myriad contributions to the fabric of Quebec society. He is both a Compa... read more
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Standing Up for Jewish Family Services
Submitted by: Oscar Respitz
I’m a lawyer, and when I graduated law school in the 50s I joined the firm of Max Kaufman, who was then very active in Baron de Hirsch. He got me involved in the childcare and youth services co... read more
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Our Responsibility to Help Others
Submitted by: Barry Shapiro
When I got involved Ometz was JIAS, and the origin of my interest probably goes back to 1948 when my late father Joseph Shapiro was its President. I was eight years old at the time and I remember... read more
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One Door for all Immigration Needs
Submitted by: Barry Silverman
My connection with Ometz is through my leadership at JIAS – Jewish Immigration Aid Services – one of the three agencies that merged to become Ometz is today.
One of the key projects... read more
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Being a part of the Ometz family
Submitted by: Brenda Rodier
I was born in Poland at a time when my parents were struggling to reconstruct their lives after surviving the war. Like so many before them, they left for the ‘Promised Land’ with the hopes ... read more
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Marcelle partage son histoire
Submitted by: Agence Ometz
Marcelle Sabrin Partouche a eu une vie plus dure que la plupart – une vie marquée par le divorce de ses parents, par le décès prématuré de sa mère, par le placement en famille d’accueil... read more
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Coming Full Circle
Submitted by: Howard Berger
Lucky me - I love my job! But my path to get here was a little roundabout… My very first contact with Ometz occurred when I was about 10 years old and a student at the Shaare Zion Academy. Jewi... read more
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Ometz is a great safety net within our community
Submitted by: Zoe Polsky
I had heard about Ometz from a girl living in the same residence with me in my first year at McGill. She had originally wanted to get involved with the Ometz mentoring program, and I thought it w... read more
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Ometz Touches Many Lives
Submitted by: Jeff Berkowitz
After completing my University undergraduate degree, I decided to get more involved in the community. At the time, a very good friend was working at Jewish Vocational Services and encouraged me ... read more
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I found the courage, thanks to Ometz
Submitted by: Paula Szwarc
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Memories
Submitted by: Stan Cytrynbaum
My late friend Martin Kirsch was on the board of JVS before me and he encouraged me to join the board so I did. One of his sons may have been in the Workshop, and it seemed like a worthwhile agen... read more
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À mon tour d’aider l’Agence Ometz
Submitted by: Anonyme .
Juste avant mon départ de France, ma sœur a recherché sur internet des endroits où je pourrais manger cachère à Montréal et…elle a trouvé le site de l’Agence Ometz! Elle m’a envoyé... read more
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Ometz is Warm & Friendly
Submitted by: Oxana Pasternak
I came from Israel in 2007, and from my first days here in Canada, Ometz was helpful for me and my family. I am very happy to say that I was able to find a job with the help of Jonathan Levey. It... read more
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Ometz is a Lifeline
Submitted by: Linda Kislowicz
I first started to work at Jewish Family Services social center in 1976. I graduated with an MSW at McGill with a concentration in child welfare, and I got a job at JFS in the youth protection pr... read more
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Empowering the Most Vulnerable in Our Community
Submitted by: Robert Kleinman
I was president of Jewish Immigrant Aid Services (JIAS) from 1991-1993, before it underwent its merger with JVS and JFS to become Ometz as we know it today. I moved onto the JIAS board in 1988, a... read more
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Giving a Helping Hand
Submitted by: Frema Engel
In the early 1980s, when Ometz was known as the Baron de Hirsch Institute, a private family service agency with administrative links to CLSC Rene Cassin, I was involved in a planning committee co... read more
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My Wish for the Jewish Community
Submitted by: Gail Small
Prior to coming to JFS/Ometz I was the Executive Director of the Farha Foundation and we had awarded a grant to JFS to deliver AIDS education workshops. I got to know the agency in this way, like... read more
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L’expertise de l’Agence Ometz
Submitted by: Myriam Sabine Denoun
Alors que j’étais à la recherche de nouveaux défis professionnels, j’ai eu la chance de rencontrer l’Agence Ometz. Très vite, j’ai su que cette rencontre serait déterminante. Le sout... read more
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Ometz welcomed me with open arms
Submitted by: Rosa Bautista
It was my great friend Orly who referred me to Ometz. She had previously used Ometz’s services and recommended it very highly. I came to Ometz to strengthen my job as a caregiver for the elderl... read more
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Thank you, Ometz
Submitted by: Stephanie Unger
At the age of 18 I dropped out of Cegep and began working for minimum wage. Two years later I had a revelation. I realized I wanted more and had to return to school. The problem was that I was ... read more
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I Am Here
Submitted by: Amy .
Imagine that you are at home in your comfortable house. You are planning your next family vacation. Your child is playing happily on the kitchen floor, while the three other children are in their... read more
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Supporting My Career Changes
Submitted by: Carol Wolfovitch
I worked at BMO in systems development for twenty three years (twenty of which were part-time), before deciding that I did not want to go back full-time and was ready for a new career. While sear... read more
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The Ability to Adapt With The Times
Submitted by: Rhona Blanshay
I was a volunteer for an Israel-based organization for many years before I was approached by Jewish Family Services. As a volunteer, my experiences had always been rewarding, and I also felt it w... read more
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Helping the Marginalized
Submitted by: Marilyn Bicher
I started volunteering with JFS around 1993, just after the introduction of Bill 120 that realigned social services and mandated the closure of the public Jewish Family Services Social Service Ce... read more
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Getting Hired
Submitted by: Erin Friend
Ometz helped me get hired for two jobs in the last 5 years. I was able to get advice from my counselor about my resume and she gave me the opportunity to participate in the Cocktails and Conversa... read more
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Being There to Serve
Submitted by: Debby Becker Newpol
I was approached by the president of JVS at the time to see if I would get involved with the agency. I was inclined to accept, seeing as my father was a past president of JVS and I was familiar w... read more
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Lending a Hand to the Jewish Community
Submitted by: Michael Cape
Back in 2001 in the midst of the Intifada, my son David (now a past President of Federation CJA) asked me to join him on a Federation CJA solidarity mission to Israel. This mission was my first e... read more
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I am more confident, thanks to Ometz
Submitted by: Keren Besner
I had been out of the workforce for 7-8 years, and a couple years ago someone I knew went to Ometz to find work. I couldn’t go back to work full-time, but I hoped there would be a compromise to... read more
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Une formidable chaine d’amour
Submitted by: Anonyme .
Mon premier contact avec l’Agence Ometz qui s’appelait à l’époque JFS, remonte à environ 15 ans. J’avais entendu parler d’un soutien aux familles juives qu’apportait l’Agence JF... read more
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Many Thanks to Ometz
Submitted by: Olga D.
I would like to kindly thank Ometz for the great help and significant support that you provided me during the difficult period of my life. Illness, interrupted study, family and financial problem... read more
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Our Journey
Submitted by: Anonymous .
I felt compelled to share this note of appreciation, as it seems that so often we only reach out in times of need. Through terrible circumstances, both my wife and I ended up on Ometz’s doorste... read more
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A Helping Hand
Submitted by: Vanessa Abissidan
Having recently graduated, I was aware that landing a job today isn’t as easy as it may seem. I felt that the process of looking for a position would be much easier if I contacted a recruitment... read more
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Billy's Story
Submitted by: Agence Ometz
Bill Kirsch is personable, outgoing, funny - and fond of the sorts of puns that make people groan. He occasionally plays the piano during holiday celebrations at an Agence Ometz program in which... read more
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From Generation to Generation
Submitted by: Jonathan Bicher
My mom was the President of Jewish Family Services in the early 2000s and it was her connection to JFS that contributed to my desire to become involved with this organization. Once she no longer... read more
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Giving guidance, empowerment and opportunity
Submitted by: Iris Wagner
I am a Past-President of Jewish Vocational Services & the JVS Sheltered Workshop and was involved with the agency for over thirteen years. My first involvement came in 1987 when I was asked to jo... read more
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Prepping for the professional world
Submitted by: Jason Druker
I first came to Ometz as a recent graduate of University, in 2011. I had heard of Ometz through word of mouth, from friends who had used their services. As a recent University graduate several ye... read more
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Mon parcours
Submitted by: Eva Ohnouna
Bonjour, mon nom est Eva Ohnouna, et je suis immigrante. Ma famille et moi -même avons immigré à Montréal en août 2010. Notre cheminement pour s’installer au Canada n’aurait pu se faire ... read more
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Monsieur La JIAS
Submitted by: Agence Ometz
Kathy Assayag était une enfant en bas âge lorsqu’elle est arrivée en 1968, de Casablanca au Maroc, à Montréal, avec ses parents dans la vingtaine, ainsi que deux frères et sœurs, avec un... read more
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My Montreal Job Hunt
Submitted by: Joshua Salzberg
I can safely say that finding a job would have been nearly impossible without the help of Ometz, as well as my counselor, Stephanie Steinman. For five months, I went through the highs and lows of... read more
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Tommy Schnurmacher's Story
Submitted by: Agence Ometz
Many Montrealers know Tommy Schnurmacher as a journalist, a radio talk-show host and a political commentator. Since 1996, he has been host of The Tommy Schnurmacher Show, a talk show airing week... read more
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Thank you very much for being such a good friend!
Submitted by: S. N.
Dear Agence Ometz, Thank you very much for being such a good friend! Particularly many thanks to Galina - for all her help and care! I remember the first day I met with Galina very well. S... read more
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JVS
Submitted by: Max K
I was first seen at Jewish Vocational Services at the end of 2002. For somebody who was used to wake up every morning and go to work unemployment was not an easy pill to swallow. It was hard not ... read more
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Helping My Children Succeed
Submitted by: C. F.
Let me take you back a couple of years to explain how Ometz came into my life. I have three beautiful children, Baruch Hashem. They have struggled with various needs since they began daycare. I h... read more
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Seeking the Right Career
Submitted by: Lisa Peters
I am writing to the team at Ometz, for the exemplary help, guidance and warmth I received in embarking on a new start in my career. Your professionalism and wisdom were completely effective in na... read more
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I never imagined myself on the receiving end
Submitted by: Lisa Caplan
My parents - even my grandparents, held leadership roles all through my childhood into young aunthood in the community, particularly at JFS when it was still BdH. My mom is even a past president ... read more
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Dear Ometz and Small Steps Day Camp
Submitted by: Ivy Rabinovitch
I am a mother to three healthy growing boys ranging from 8 to 14 years old. Each of my children has some type of learning disability which we have dealt with as they appeared. Max, our younges... read more
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une merveilleuse découverte
Submitted by: ELIE BENCHETRIT
Lors de mon travail en tant que directeur des relations publiques de la CSUQ et de Directeur de la publication de la Voix Sépharade, j'ai plusieurs fois l'occasion de fréquenter des professionn... read more
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Those were the days my friend.....
Submitted by: Gail Krasner
I was first seen at Contact ProMontreal after graduating from Special Care Counselling. I needed a job and I needed one quickly. I remember being interviewed by Alice Ohayon, my very first contac... read more
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Osnat’s Beginnings
Submitted by: Agence Ometz
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Access to Jewish Education
Submitted by: Agence Ometz
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Community Matters
Submitted by: Agence Ometz
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My Best Ometz Story
Submitted by: David Moss
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Ometz: The Community Bubby
Submitted by: Joel King
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Ometz: Une Main Tendue
Submitted by: Margot Spiegelman
Je suis arrivée en 1965, en provenance du Maroc, avec mon mari et mon fils. Malheureusement les choses sont devenues difficiles avec mon mari et nous avons dû nous séparer. Cela a été un gra... read more
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My beginnings
Submitted by: Laurie Betito
When I was a teenager my mom worked for JFS as an administrative assistant, and I remember walking the halls as a young kid. It’s possible that these experiences had an influence on my decision... read more
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Pathways
Submitted by: Katherine Korakakis
I had just finished university and was excited to start my career. I was always a good student who studied hard and achieved academically as a result. Unfortunately, I had never been taught how t... read more
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Agence Ometz, notre maison
Submitted by: Andrey, Galina, Olga, Michelle, et Emily Chaykovsky
Notre famille aimerait remercier cette merveilleuse organisation, L’Agence Ometz.
Deux ans et demi plus tôt, ici, au Canada, votre agence était la première place dans ce pays qui ... read more
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