The following pages provide a summary of UJA Federation’s grants and allocations for 2017/18. These grants were determined following an extensive and thoughtful process of research and consultation with various UJA Federation committees, professional staff and lay leaders, and approvals by the Federation Board.
This year’s budget report reflects UJA’s efforts to address all major areas of concern in our community. This includes fighting poverty and improving wellbeing, fortifying Jewish education and strengthening Jewish identity, empowering Israel and global Jewish communities, and support for our advocacy agency, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA).
As a community, we have a responsibility to help those in greatest need. Together with our network of partner agencies, we work to improve the lives of our community’s most vulnerable. We help those who live in poverty, people with mental and physical illnesses, individuals with disabilities, new immigrants, seniors, Holocaust survivors and others who need a hand up.
For thousands of years, the concept of charity and tzedakah has sustained, enhanced and strengthened Jewish life. UJA Federation, with the help of the community, embraces Torontonians’ needs at every age and life stage.
A vibrant community centre providing services and programs to seniors. These include fitness, recreation, trips and travel, special events, community support services, health and wellness, volunteer opportunities, lectures, computer classes, art lessons and Healthy at Home.
Healthy at Home brings free social, recreational, educational, cultural, health promotion and other programs to 15 sites along the Bathurst Street corridor in North York and York Region. Its aim is to create supportive environments and to build social networks and connections for low-income, isolated and unaffiliated Holocaust survivors and seniors.
Supports the Healthy at Home initiative.
Offers comprehensive recreational and educational opportunities, community support and wellness activities to Russian-speaking seniors.
Provide events and activities to develop a supportive social network for seniors at risk of social isolation.
Provides the special understanding, knowledge and sensitivity required to support Holocaust survivors, as well as access to the services they need to remain in their own homes and to age with dignity.
Provides support services and housing for adult consumers of mental health services, including both residential and at-home support options.
This funding supported the delivery of services during the launch phase of the innovative DoortoDoor initiative, created to ensure accessibility to a range of life-sustaining services for vulnerable seniors and Holocaust survivors, and to provide them with a measure of hope and dignity.
Provides interest-free loans to individuals in need in the Jewish community across the Greater Toronto Area.
Supports the healthy development of individuals, children, families, and communities through prevention, protection, counseling, education and advocacy services, within a Jewish framework.
Provides direct financial assistance to the most vulnerable members of the Jewish community.
Assistance includes funds to cover emergencies such as rent money to prevent eviction or utility shutoff; emergency relocation; and health care services and medical devices not covered by government programs.
Administers emergency medical and dental funding for Holocaust survivors.
Champions affordable housing in the Greater Toronto Area and implements housing initiatives for the Jewish community.
A community- and government-funded immigrant service organization providing Jewish immigrants with comprehensive welcome, settlement and community connection services to assist with social and economic integration.
Provides direct financial assistance to newcomer families in financial need.
Helps people succeed by providing employment, social and educational services which meet the changing needs of the diverse communities served by JVS. Enables people to maximize their potential at work and school, and helps employers connect with the right human resources.
Provides high-quality, cutting-edge educational, therapeutic and recreational programs for infants, children and teens with special needs, and assists their families by offering support and respite. Kayla’s Children Centre embraces children of all abilities, religious affiliations and needs, and is rich in Jewish education and tradition.
Reena promotes dignity, individuality, independence, personal growth and community inclusion for people with developmental disabilities within a framework of Jewish culture and values.
Nowhere is the concept of Jewish unity and mutual responsibility felt more strongly than in the relationship between UJA Federation of Greater Toronto and Jewish communities in Israel and across the globe. Working together with our valued partners, including the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), we provide: a wide range of Jewish identity programs for Jewish youth in the GTA, Israel and around the world; assistance and basic needs for the elderly and young families; social interventions to help youth with disabilities; assistance to Jews in areas of geopolitical crises; help to bolster Jewish community resilience; and training to ensure global Jewish communities have the ability to respond to emergencies.
Building a secure future for our community demands strategic action. The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) builds and nurtures relationships with leaders in government, media, academia and civil society, and with faith and ethnic communities to ensure greater understanding of the issues that impact the Jewish community.
Funds are used to support community programs, conferences, events and celebrations. These include Walk with Israel, Independence Day (Yom Ha’atzmaut), the Centennial Mission and other community events.
For special projects and educational initiatives in:
UJA programs and projects—ranging from STEM studies in Israel and innovative twinning projects with Toronto schools and institutions—are focused on four priorities:
Since 1948, JAFI has facilitated the integration in Israel of over three million new immigrants. Today, the agency’s work rests upon four pillars:
JDC is the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization, impacting millions of lives in more than 70 countries today. JDC leverages more than 100 years of experience confronting poverty and crises around the world to save the world’s poorest Jews, revitalize Jewish life in Europe and the former Soviet Union, and develop tomorrow’s leaders for Jewish communities in need.
Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA (JFC-UIA) is the national Jewish organization of federated communities across the country, serving to administer funds raised in Canada and provide for the needs of the global Jewish community. The organization’s key enterprise is the administration of National Collective Responsibility (NCR), fostering Canadian Jewish and Zionist identity. NCR includes:
The future of the Jewish community depends on providing our youth with strong connections to our roots and our heritage. That is why UJA Federation places such a strong emphasis on investing in Jewish education and a vast array of Jewish identity programs.
UJA Federation is committed to making our day schools affordable and sustainable. Subsidies and grants enable 14 funded Jewish day schools to welcome children from lower and middle-income families into their classes. This is the largest tuition subsidy to Jewish day schools in North America and demonstrates UJA Federation’s ongoing commitment to Jewish education. This includes the support of the Julia and Henry Koschitzky Day School Grant which promotes Hebrew and Bible literacy.
This initiative lowered tuition from $28,000 to $18,500/year, making a Jewish high school education more affordable and sustainable, resulting in a 70% increase in the size of the grade 9 entry class.
Services include: Third Party Accreditation Process for Day Schools, Israel engagement programs, Zimriyah, Bible Contest, school marketing, the David & Syma Forberg Media Centre, and Professional and Lay Communities of Practice. This initiative ensures the highest quality of education programs in our day schools.
These funds are used to support supplementary school initiatives to improve quality and expand outreach. Through the WOW! Initiative in supplementary education, UJA is seeding new Jewish education programs designed to engage those who currently receive no formal Jewish education.
Professional development programs to improve the quality of education, conduct community-wide research and advance web portal development to ensure a respectful process for subsidy applications.
CJE capacity building and administrative costs include educational staff, shared services, occupancy and expenses.
A collaboration with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation that sends monthly Jewish children’s books to children aged six months to eight years old free of charge to 6,500 families in the Greater Toronto Area.
Core funding to support Jewish summer camps.
Provides financial incentives to families of first-time campers to encourage parents to choose Jewish summer camp, and funds other summer camp initiatives.
A dynamic organization that is leading the way in engaging the next generation of inspired Jewish young adults through creative programming and collaborative community partnerships. Reaching thousands of Jewish young adults annually, The House creates a comfortable environment open to young Jewish adults from all streams of Judaism.
BBYO is the leading pluralistic teen movement aspiring to involve growing numbers of Jewish teens in meaningful Jewish experiences. For over 90 years, BBYO has provided exceptional identity enrichment and leadership development experiences for hundreds of thousands of Jewish teens.
Birthright Israel is a powerful Jewish experience. UJA Federation ensures the impact of the program lasts beyond the ten-day experience by engaging participants in programs and leadership training initiatives through UJA and throughout the community.
A year-long teen leadership program for students in grades 10 and 11. Together with their counterpart group in Eilat-Eilot, Israel, Fellows develop leadership skills, explore their Jewish identity and connections to Israel and engage in meaningful tikun olam/social justice opportunities.
Serves Toronto’s school children, educators and our community with outstanding educational and remembrance programming throughout the year.
Hillel, the voice of Jewish students on campuses across Ontario, provides a wide variety of social, educational and cultural programs for Jewish students across Southern Ontario, including initiatives designed to connect Russian and Israeli students to each other and to the wider Jewish community on campus. The Wolfond Centre for Jewish Campus Life, located in the heart of the University of Toronto’s campus, houses multiple organizations, including Hillel Ontario, Reena, the Annex Shul and City Shul.
ShinShinim are Israeli young leaders who come to the GTA following high school to perform one year of volunteer service in our community. Hosted by local Toronto-area families, these young emissaries engage thousands of Jewish community members through synagogues, day schools, summer camps, youth movements and community events with cutting edge programs focusing on contemporary Israel.
A leadership initiative that identifies, places, and supports a growing number of leaders who are now better equipped to take on leadership roles at UJA Federation or in the community-at-large.
Investing in developing and nurturing Jewish identity in young generations. Our investments are focused on young families, youth and teen programs that are carried out by or in collaboration with our partner agencies. We also focus on engagement through Israeli culture and Jewish celebrations.
An investment in programs for the Russian-speaking Jewish community at Schwartz/Reisman Centre (SRC), including J.Academy, which helps teens from the Russian-speaking Jewish community strengthen their Jewish identity through arts, sports and educational initiatives. Programs for the Russianspeaking Jewish community of the GTA are run in partnership with the Genesis Philanthropy Group.
The leading Israel program organizer in Canada offering unforgettable trips to Israel for youth and young adults. Programs include:
Includes mini grants for grassroots and individuals; JAM (Jewish and Modern) young professionals outreach; intergenerational volunteering programs and other initiatives.
Limmud FSU focuses on revitalizing Jewish culture and heritage for Russian-speaking Jews in the GTA through volunteer engagement and an annual threeday educational retreat for all ages.
Grassroots initiatives for the Israeli community in the GTA, including an Israeli film festival, Israeli dance festival, “Israeli Faces of Toronto” photo exhibition, supporting Beit Chabad Israeli Community Centre, engagement and information evenings, youth programs and holiday celebrations.
As an umbrella association for Toronto’s Moroccan Jewish community, CJMT organizes and communicates community programs and events.
A world-class repository for the collection, preservation and publication of important documents pertaining to the history of Jewish life in Ontario.
The Toronto Jewish Film Festival is a window and a mirror of Jewish culture, striving to be inclusive of all aspects of the Toronto community, showing films of excellence that reflect the diversity of Jewish life.
Ashkenaz raises the profile of Jewish diasporic culture and provides a window to the broader community on the most cutting-edge elements of Yiddish culture.
The Committee for Yiddish promotes Yiddish culture and language by sponsoring lectures, classes and other community events.
A cultural platform that engages audiences of all ages and backgrounds in a vibrant dialogue exploring critical ideas and concerns of our time. The Koffler Centre aims to foster social justice, equality and inclusiveness while nurturing a passion for learning and understanding through exhibitions, performances, discussions, publications and digital initiatives.
The Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company embraces and celebrates stories about Jewish history, stories about Jewish beliefs and stories about Jewish struggles and triumphs.
The Kultura Collective is a coalition of Jewish arts, culture and heritage organizations working collaboratively to highlight the importance of Jewish artistic and cultural traditions, and to create meaningful connections to Jewish identity through engaging cultural programming, community events, and other opportunities.
Located on North York’s Sherman Campus, the Prosserman Jewish Community Centre is home to social, educational, cultural, health and wellness programs rooted in Jewish values and innovative collaboration.
Housed on the Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Jewish Community Campus in Vaughan, the SRC is a non-profit Jewish Community Centre that provides opportunities for social, cultural, spiritual, educational and physical activities. Programming designed for all ages and backgrounds, including initiatives specifically for Jewish and Russian newcomers to Canada, helps strengthen and enrich individuals, families and communities in an inclusive and welcoming environment.
The mission of the JRCC is to is to foster Jewish identity, continuity and integrity among Jews from the Former Soviet Union (FSU), and their families by providing educational, spiritual, religious and cultural community services.
Funding supports Jewish day schools in providing student assessments, social work services, educational remediation services and consultations, to address special learning needs of the school population.
Develops and oversees the implementation of community strategies to ensure that people with special needs are included in all facets of Jewish communal life.
A Jewish response to missionaries who target Jews.
The centre of downtown urban Jewish life, the MNJCC is an inclusive and dynamic hub that helps build Jewish identity, enrich Jewish education, promote Israeli engagement, welcome Russian and Israeli newcomers to Toronto, serve seniors and the vulnerable, and bring the community together for Jewish celebrations, community gatherings and events.
The Toronto Board of Rabbis serves all members of the Jewish community, irrespective of religious orientation, and works for the common good.
Organization of Orthodox rabbis serving the entire Jewish community, providing needed and required religious advice or services. Responsible for the Beth Din, the Orthodox Rabbinical Court and Orthodox conversions.
Provides adult education, Jewish Studies in Russian, and outreach to the Russian Jewish community in Toronto.
UJA Federation corporate infrastructure and fundraising expenses represent 13.3% of combined revenues of $153M, inclusive of Annual Campaign (unrestricted and restricted), special campaigns, designated gifts, capital project donations, bequests and endowments, and sundry revenue.
It is thanks to the philanthropic leadership of our generous donors and the dedication of our partner agencies that we can create and implement the many projects and campaigns that help to preserve and strengthen the quality of Jewish life in the Greater Toronto Area, in Israel and around the world. Their gracious support helps safeguard the critical programs, initiatives and events that exemplify our values and sustain our community.
The Talmud teaches us that all Jews are responsible for one another. It is because of you that UJA Federation continues to be the backbone of the Toronto Jewish Community, enabling us to collectively live up to this Talmudic responsibility. We thank you and look forward to continued success in accomplishing this important mission for many years to come.