UJA Federation’s $400 million Tomorrow Campaign, an unprecedented Jewish capital initiative, continues to reshape our city’s Jewish skyline. The Tomorrow Campaign is making enormous strides, raising funds to build the infrastructure for our growing community across the GTA. Over $300 million has been raised towards UJA Federation’s ambitious Tomorrow Campaign goals. In the last year over $18 million has been raised for all 3 campuses. Funding to date has allowed us to complete great projects on all Campuses, and more is yet to come. UJA Federation’s Tomorrow Campaign will continue building and maintaining Jewish infrastructure to ensure the strength and perpetuity of our community. Your support is needed to complete this Campaign.
Officially opened in October 2012, the Joseph & Wolf Lebovic Jewish Community Campus is now a dynamic centre of Jewish life. A dream just a decade ago, this campus is changing the landscape of York Region - home to one of the world’s fastest growing Jewish communities outside of Israel.
The community’s response to the Lebovic Campus has been overwhelmingly positive. This all-encompassing campus features the Schwartz/Reisman Centre, which enriches lives through various programs that are social, cultural, spiritual, educational and physical. As well, this campus is ushering in a new era of Jewish Education at both the high school and elementary school levels at TanenbaumCHAT North Campus at the Kimel Family Education Centre and Bialik Hebrew Day School North Campus at The Ben and Edith Himel Education Centre. The Reena Community Residence is also located on this campus and serves as a housing residence for 84 adults and seniors with a range of special needs.
The Joseph & Wolf Lebovic Jewish Community Campus serves more than 2,500 people daily.
The Anne & Max Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto (TanenbaumCHAT)
Founded as a community initiative in 1960, the school that would ultimately become CHAT was created as an extension of Associated Hebrew Schools so that students could continue their Jewish education throughout their high school years. Initially housed in the Associated building on Neptune Drive, the school soon became an independent entity known as the Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto, or CHAT - recruiting high school students from Jewish day schools across the city.
The Tanenbaum name has been associated with CHAT since 1998, following a major gift from philanthropist Dr. Anne Tanenbaum. Dr. Tanenbaum cared deeply about Jewish education and her gift made possible extensive additions to the Wilmington (now Wallenberg) Campus. In honour of a second substantial gift made before her passing in 2008, CHAT was renamed the Anne and Max Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto – or TanenbaumCHAT.
Today, TanenbaumCHAT is Canada’s largest private high school, the Diaspora’s largest Jewish community high school, and is widely acknowledged as an educational and professional leader among Jewish schools worldwide, boasting an enrollment of almost 1,500 students and a teaching faculty of 185 across two campuses.
TanenbaumCHAT features two parallel campuses—the Wallenberg Campus on Wilmington Avenue for students who live south of Steeles and the Kimel Family Education Centre, on the Joseph & Wolf Lebovic Jewish Community Campus, in Vaughan, for students living north of Steeles. Both locations have a full site-based administration, headed by a campus principal and are guided by a common and consistent ethos, educational standard and philosophy.
Completed in 2009, the Sherman Campus Phase 1 development included the newly constructed Prosserman Jewish Community Centre located in the Donald Gales Family Pavilion and renovation to the Lipa Green Centre, home to the Alex & Genia Grossman Family UJA Federation Headquarters and a number of key community service agencies.
The time has come to begin the next phase of construction on Sherman Campus. Future infrastructure includes a number of exciting developments that will serve the community of midtown Toronto. This campus will be an all-encompassing entity offering health and wellness, Jewish learning, daycare, preschool, Holocaust education, arts and culture, and more for all ages. Sherman Campus Phase 2 future developments include the expanded Prosserman Jewish Community Centre, the Cynamon/Sokolowski Sports Complex, the new Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre, the Ellen Prosserman Atrium and the Leah PoslunsTheatre.
The Wolfond Centre for Jewish Campus Life is a vibrant space for both students and community members. The Wolfond Centre houses multiple organizations, including: Hillel of Greater Toronto, REENA, Annex Shul, City Shul, and Genesis: UJA Federation’s Centre for Jewish Innovation. At 14,000 square feet, there is ample space for a wide variety of programming and events.
Hillel of Greater Toronto is the address for Jewish student life on campus. Hillel promotes Jewish identity, student leadership, and religious and political diversity in an inclusive environment. Hillel is a home to over 3500 students on campus who use the space to connect, study and to develop their leadership skills. Hillel facilitates diverse and meaningful Jewish experiences, stimulates innovation, and fosters engaging and welcoming relationships with students. Hillel embraces and celebrates Israel along with the Jewish community.
As a versatile and welcoming space, The Wolfond Centre is used for a variety of Hillel programs. In addition, the space is often used for private functions and special community events. The Wolfond Centre for Jewish Campus Life is the nexus for the downtown Jewish community.
In 2013 the Miles Nadal JCC celebrated its 60th anniversary. When members of the Jewish community founded this incarnation of the “Y” at the corner of Bloor and Spadina in 1953, no one could have predicted the impact it would have in the six decades that followed. What was once a dusty urban corner was transformed into a hub of Jewish life in the downtown core. Serving more than 7,100 patrons annually, it offers a wide range of services and programs focused on Jewish education, preschool, arts and culture, fitness, daycare and social activities so loved by the downtown community.
This past year alone has brought about many new naming opportunities, and we continue to add new names to the list of supporters of the downtown campus. In honour of our donors old and new, an event was held October 27 to dedicate the new donor wall, where all the donor names past and present are proudly displayed for the community to see.
485 Patricia Senior Living Centre is an elegant building set in a prime location on the Bathurst Street corridor, north of Finch Avenue. The government-subsidized residence provides low-to-moderate income Jewish seniors and people with disabilities with safe, affordable and functional housing in a beautiful building originally developed as a condominium residence.
In a district with one of the highest levels of poverty (23%), 485 Patricia Senior Living Centre comes as a blessing to over 5,500 Jews living below the poverty line along the Bathurst corridor. This project provides much-needed housing and programming to meet the needs of local senior citizens and people with disabilities.
Educational, cultural and social programs geared to the residents are provided by B’nai Brith Canada. There is never a dull moment at 485 Patricia Senior Living Centre!
UJA Federation of Greater Toronto and B’nai Brith Canada, which combined have provided services and support to the Jewish community in Toronto for over 100 years, have partnered in a fundraising capacity on this incredible project. Backed by funding from the developers, over $28 million in funding from the federal and provincial government, and over $3 million in funding and support from the municipality, 485 Patricia Senior Living Centre is setting a new standard for affordable housing for the thousands of people in the Jewish community who are living at or below the poverty line.