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Members Visioning 2017

On a Sunday morning in February a group of about 25 of us, members and advisors, got together at Linda’s for a visioning session over brunch. We were looking to gain insight into members needs on 3 areas: Events, Workshops and others. It was a great opportunity to get feedback on direction directly from our […]

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2016 In Review and Looking Forward

It’s hard to believe but the first meeting of our board and advisors happened just over a year ago. Since then so much has happened, including registering as an NPO, getting our first events, workshops and meetups in the bag, and most importantly, having a demonstrable impact on our members. We don’t rest on our […]

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Forward Members Talk About My Name is Asher Lev

Last week, at the generous invitation of Ometz, we got to attend “My Name is Asher Lev”, a play depicting the struggles of a young hasidic man, who wants to be a painter. Based on the book by Chaim Potok, it is about balancing his own desires with the expectations of his parents and community.

We thought it would be interesting to get feedback from some of our members who had seen the play.

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Six Ways to Find Free Mental Health Services in Montreal

Leaving one’s orthodox or hasidic community is a change that could involve significant loss. A person may be rejected by family and friends, lose their homes, jobs, or status within the community. Moreover, leaving the community can be a continuous stressor, meaning that the challenges can be drawn out over many months or years. As a member of Forward, you will likely meet people who are facing difficult circumstances. And sometimes, they might experience mental health problems. This guide will show you how to find support for members in need.

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Abby Stein’s Visit With Forward in Montreal

You may have recently had the opportunity to hear from Abby Stein, a former New York Hasid who has emerged as a woman, when she recently came to Montreal to help us raise awareness about our cause.

Her visit, combined with an exceptional effort from the Forward team, volunteers, members and generous patrons, resulted in the exposure of Forward to hundreds if not thousands of people in person, and many many thousands more via the multitude of coverage we received.