FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONTREAL, QC – The Government of Quebec has declared March 11 as a National Day of Remembrance for Victims of COVID‑19. The Cummings House, home to Federation CJA and agencies representing Montreal’s Jewish community, will join other public institutions across the province in commemorating the day by lowering its flags to half-mast.
Places of worship, including synagogues throughout the city, will also mark the occasion with special prayer services and candle-lighting ceremonies.
Eta Yudin, Vice President, Quebec of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs Quebec (CIJA), issued the following:
“Today we join Quebecers in commemorating the more than 10,000 Quebecers lost during the pandemic. We also reflect on the tremendous toll this pandemic has taken on our loved ones and our mental health. We stand with those who have had to mourn their loss alone, deprived of the healing embrace of family members and friends. This has been a difficult period, and the collective fight against COVID-19 has not been without sacrifice. COVID-19 does not know any borders, and the unprecedented level of international research collaboration in developing a vaccine has been inspiration. As we begin to see the light at the end of what has been a long, dark tunnel, may we continue to find the strength and resilience to pursue our collective fight.”
Yair Szlak, CEO of Federation CJA added:
“This pandemic has devasted so many lives around the world, including right here in Montreal. This year has been difficult, and we have faced new challenges that we could never have foreseen. We have grieved without the comfort of loved ones and postponed celebrations and gatherings, but we have also learned to adapt and to unite against this virus. Today, we remember our lost loved ones and neighbours and join with Quebecers of all backgrounds in honouring those who have been taken from us. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Federation CJA and our frontline agencies have worked around the clock to provide assistance to society’s most vulnerable, and we will continue to do so until we have defeated COVID-19.”
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs is the advocacy agent of Canada’s Jewish Federations including Montreal’s Federation CJA.