United Jewish Appeal Telethons

Last year, UJA telethons raised more than $2 million!


UJA Telethons raised over $2 million last year, supporting innovative programs and services that are helping the Jewish people grow and thrive. By volunteering at a UJA Telethon, you are making Jewish life happen in this community. Sign up to one of the following Telethon shifts:


Sign up online or email Julie Gonik for more information.




Are you a high school student looking to fill some of your community service hours? Our telethons are a great way to do so, while making a difference to Jews who need it most across the street and across the globe. There are weekend shifts and evening shifts available, so you can plan in advance. After your shift, your community service forms will be signed and you can come back for as many shifts as you'd like. Just be sure to register in advance so that we can accommodate you and order enough food!

Frequently Asked...

  • Why should I register for a telethon shift?
    By joining the UJA Telethon Team, you are making an important contribution to our Jewish Community. Each call you make brings UJA closer to raising the funds needed in support of vital social services for our elderly and vulnerable, Jewish education and camping, and many more critical programs in the GTA, Israel and around the world.
  • Where do I sign up?
    UJA Telethons are run in September and October. Click here to register or contact Julie Gonik at jgonik@ujafed.org
  • How do I get to Telethons?
    Directions and a map are located on our Getting Here page.
  • Will I be trained before I call?
    Yes. There will be a very thorough training for all volunteers before every telethon shift. You will also be assigned to a UJA Mentor who will be with you every step of the way to answer questions, review procedures, and support your success.
  • I own a business and would like to sponsor telethons. What's involved in that?
    Telethon Sponsorships are a wonderful way to heighten your company's profile within the community. Should you wish to become a corporate sponsor, you'll receive recognition including your company's logo on Telethon materials. For more information about telethon sponsorship, please contact Allison Weiss at 416.631.5840 | aweiss@ujafed.org.
  • Will there be food available?
    Absolutely. At every telethon shift we will serve you a delicious meal. (Kashruth observed)
  • Am I supposed to raise a certain amount? What happens if I can't?
    There is absolutely no pressure. When it comes to making these types of calls, we understand that everyone's experience can be different. We have had loyal callers who have returned for multiple shifts, year after year, and they have told us there have been days where they have brought in thousands, and days they have only been able to raise eighteen dollars. We just ask that you do your very best to connect with the donor on the phone.
  • Can I bring my family/friends with me?
    Of course! Why not reserve a special section for your group so that you can all sit near each other while making calls? We'll even create a sign that has your group's name on it if you'd like. Please be sure to register everyone in advance though, so that we can accommodate you and order enough food!
  • I have a question that you didn't address here...
    Simply contact Lisa Levstein at 416.631.5830 | llevstein@ujafed.org with your question and you'll receive a prompt response.

Getting Here

The Lipa Green Centre for Jewish Community Services is located at:

4600 Bathurst St
Toronto, Ontario
M2R 3V2

Ample parking is available.

Questions about telethons? Contact Lisa Levstein at 416.631.5830 | llevstein@ujafed.org

Where the Money Goes

Now, more than ever, we must remain committed to those most in need by standing together with them, linked by a deep sense of collective responsibility.

United Jewish Appeal is mobilizing the community's collective efforts to invest in the following:

  • Meeting the Urgent Needs of Our Most Vulnerable
  • Transforming Lives in Israel
  • Battling Anti-Zionism and Anti-Semitism
  • Building a Vibrant Jewish Future

Thanks to the leveraging of dollars, innovative programs and outstanding partners, UJA is efficient and effective philanthropy... smart philanthropy with heart.