Stories

A Message from the Jewish Agency on the Anniversary of its 90th Year

UJA is proud and delighted to wish a Happy Anniversary and a hearty Mazel Tov to our Israeli partner, the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), as it celebrates its 90th year. Please read the following letter from the Jewish Agency recounting its successes over the past nine decades.

Dear Frie…

Cutting Hair and Growing Roots

Meet David Matlow, 58, a Canadian Jewish philanthropist who flies to Shmulik and Ram’s Barber Shop on Emek Refa’im Street in Jerusalem each time he needs a haircut. Says Matlow, “I have only gotten my hair cut once or twice in Canada in the past 20 years, and I felt like I was cheati…

Connecting to Israel and Sharing the Love

UJA wanted to know if the ShinShinim - post-high school emissaries from Israel who volunteer in our community for one year – make a positive impact on the families who sign on to host these energetic young Israelis.

So we conducted a survey in June 2019 and the answer, in a word, is a res…

I don’t want to leave! Can I stay here forever?

Summer camp season is off to a great start with a growing number of families participating in UJA’s Weekender and PJ Goes to Camp programs. These brief tastes of summer camp are a wonderful opportunity for parents and children to enjoy the camping experience while deciding if overnight cam…

An update on UJA Federation’s role in community safety

By Ryan Clow, Director, Community Security, UJA Federation* (bio below)

Over the past couple of months, UJA Federation’s newly formed security team has been meeting leaders of as many community institutions – schools, synagogues, and organizations  – as possible, in an effort to e…