Causes

Here are some causes, in Toronto and in Israel, that could use your help right now:


This is not a complete list of causes. If you'd like to add your cause to the list please let us know.


UJA Partner* Agencies

*Partner does not denote a legal partner relationship. All Partner Agencies receive funding from UJA Federation.

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)

Active today in more than 70 countries, JDC and its partners work to rescue Jewish lives at risk, bring relief to Jews in need, renew lost bonds to Jewish identity and Jewish culture, and help Israel overcome the social challenges of its most vulnerable citizens, both Jewish and non-Jewish.

Ashkenaz Festival of New Yiddish Culture

The Ashkenaz Festival is the largest Jewish cultural event in Canada, and among the largest events of its kind internationally. The Festival takes place biennially at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre and satellite locations throughout Toronto.

Bernard Betel Centre for Creative Living

The Bernard Betel Centre for Creative Living is a nonprofit seniors' centre in Toronto open to adults 55+ of any religious and cultural background. Its focus is to serve active, independent-living adults - participants in programs come and go on their own.

BBYO

BBYO's pluralistic movement of Jewish teens, alumni, parents, volunteers and philanthropists will serve as the Jewish community’s most valuable platform for delivering to the post- Bar/Bat Mitzvah audience fun, meaningful and affordable experiences that inspire a lasting connection to the Jewish people.

Chai Tikvah Foundation

The Chai Tikvah Foundation’s mission is to provide their clients with a choice for social inclusion and secure housing options. Their goal is to provide accessible, affordable, & quality support as well as an individualized road to wellness that allows every person to gain the confidence and skills that they need to thrive independently within their community. Their vision is to create a community where people with mental illness, through stable supportive housing, are encouraged and allowed to fully develop their individuality, as well as their capacity to organize their lives and pursue their aspirations, without being compromised by stigma or prejudice.

Circle of Care

A community-based, charitable organization that offers a broad range of health and home support service options to improve well-being, independence and quality of life, and an alternative to institutional care.

CJMT - Jewish Moroccan Community of Toronto

CJMT has been elected by the Jewish Moroccan community of Toronto to govern as an umbrella over the community to organize and communicate many events. Affiliated Organizations: Beth Yosef Synagogue Magen David Congregation Minyan Sepharad Congregation Petah Tikva Anshe Castilla Congregation Sephardic Kehila Centre Tiferet Israel Congregation.

Committee for Yiddish

Through educational, cultural and engagement programs, the Committee for Yiddish, UJA Federation fosters and promotes Yiddish language and culture - indeed the entire Ashkenaz tradition - as a vibrant part of contemporary Jewish life and as a vital link between the Jewish past and future.

Diller Team Leadership Program

The Diller Teen Fellows Program is UJA Federation of Greater Toronto’s premiere leadership development program for Jewish teens in grades 10 and 11. Now operating in 26 other communities in the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia, England, Argentina, and Israel, the goal of the Diller program is to develop future generations of active, effective leaders with a strong Jewish identity, commitment to the Jewish people, respect for pluralism and love of Israel.

 

Genesis - UJA Federation's Centre for Jewish Innovation

Genesis aims to enhance Toronto’s Jewish community by nurturing emerging Jewish non-profit initiatives, providing career mentorship to young adults and supporting innovation. Drawing upon our community, we aim to accomplish these goals.

Hillel of Greater Toronto

Hillel of Greater Toronto is the address for Jewish student life in Toronto.  Through exciting and creative programming and events, Hillel promotes Jewish identity, student leadership, and religious and political diversity in a dynamic and inclusive environment for all Jewish students.

Holocaust Education Centre of Toronto

The Holocaust Education Centre of Toronto is committed to preserving the memories of the victims, honouring the legacies of those who survived and educating the community so that the Holocaust will serve as a warning to future generations about the dangers of antisemism, racism, intolerance and apathy.

The House

The House inspires Jewish young adults (ages 22-35) through dynamic and creative programming, fostering a deepening appreciation of Jewish wisdom, values, and traditions by highlighting their relevance for navigating life's important decisions and everyday life. Starting in 2004 as the vision of our very own Rabbi Rafi Lipner, today The House is a dynamic organization that is leading the way in engaging a next generation of inspired Jewish young adults, as seen through our growing membership, creative programming and collaborative community partnerships. 

Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependant Persons and Significant Others (JACS)

JACS Toronto is dedicated to encouraging and assisting alcoholics, chemically dependent persons and their families, friends and associates to explore recovery in a nurturing Jewish environment. JACS Toronto exists to provide support for Jews in recovery and be an information resource on the effects that alcoholism and drug dependency have on Jewish family life.

Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI)

Jewish Agency for Israel works to inspire Jews throughout the world to connect with their people, heritage and land, and empower them to build a thriving Jewish future and a strong Israel.

Jewish Community Centres

Community centres across Toronto, like Miles Nadal JCC, Prosserman JCC and the Scchwartz/Reisman Centre, benefit community members like you with innovative programming and excellent facilities.

Jewish Education

The UJA helps children attend nearly 50 different jewish schools across Toronto every year.

Jewish Experimental Travel Experiences

Canada Israel Experience (CIE) is the leading Israel program organizer in Canada offering unforgettable trips to Israel for youth and young adults. We want young Jewish people across Canada to come to Israel: see it, experience it, talk about it, and think about what Israel means for them and the Jewish people (and put those feelings into action in their home communities).

Jewish Family & Child Services (JF&CS)

Jewish Family & Child supports the healthy development of individuals, children, families and communities through prevention, protection, counselling, education and advocacy services, within the context of Jewish values.

Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA

Since 1967, Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA has worked in partnership with Jewish Federations and regional communities across Canada to strengthen Jewish life and raise funds for programs and services in Canada, Israel and overseas.

Jewish Free Loan Toronto

Based on the Jewish value of G'milath Chasodim, "acts of loving kindness," this organization helps a broad range of needy members in the Toronto community to meet their educational and personal needs and to create their own business opportunities.

Jewish Russian Community Centre of Ontario

The mission of the JRCC is to achieve Jewish identity, continuity and integration among the Jews from the Former Soviet Union and their families by providing educational, spiritual, religious and cultural community services.

Jewish Immigrant Aid Service (JIAS) Toronto

JIAS Toronto has established itself as a not for profit corporation dedicated to helping Jewish immigrants with resettlement in the Greater Toronto Area.The organization assists lawfully admitted immigrants and refugees in meeting basic financial, social, legal and other requirements of immigration.

Jews for Judaism

Jews for Judaism is the only outreach and counselling organization dedicated to countering the multi-million dollar efforts of over 100 Christian missionary and cult groups that deceptively target Jews in Canada for conversion. These Hebrew-Christian evangelical groups, often referred to generically as “Jews for Jesus” or “Messianic Jews”, present Christianity in the guise of Judaism to attract potential Jewish converts

JVS Toronto

JVS Toronto helps people from all backgrounds with diverse needs to identify their strengths and goals, develop skills, and achieve success in school, work and life, through an expansive range of over 40 employment-related support programs and services throughout the GTA.

Kehilla Residential Programme

Kehilla Residential Programme finds affordable housing in the Greater Toronto area and implements housing initiatives for the Jewish community. The Agency’s mandate is fulfilled through community capacity building, research and education, project sponsorship, and development consultation.

Koffler Centre of the Arts

The Koffler Centre of the Arts is a cultural platform that engages audiences of all ages and backgrounds in a vibrant dialogue exploring critical ideas and concerns of our time.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre (MNjcc) has welcomed over two million people to the corner of Bloor and Spadina during the building’s 60+ year history. The changing makeup of our membership is a testament not only to the vibrancy and diversity of the Annex — but to Toronto’s own evolution. We provide opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to be active, learn, connect and participate in a wide range of cultural experiences. Rooted in Jewish values, the MNjcc is open to all.

The PJ Library

PJ Library is a Jewish family engagement program that mails free, high-quality Jewish children's literature and music to families across the continent on a monthly basis. All families raising Jewish children from age six months of age through five, six, seven or eight years (depending on the community) are welcome to enroll.

Prosserman Jewish Community Centre

Building on a solid foundation of Jewish values and with a strong connection to Israel, the Prosserman JCC strives to strengthen individuals, families and communities within an inclusive and welcoming environment. We welcome everyone and share the richness and traditions of Jewish culture with the community at large through the advancement of physical, intellectual, social and spiritual well-being

Reena

Reena is a non-profit organization which promotes dignity, individuality, independence, personal growth and community inclusion for people with developmental disabilities within a framework of Jewish culture and values.

Schwartz/Reisman Centre

Building on a solid foundation of Jewish values and with a strong connection to Israel, the Schwartz/Reisman Centre strives to strengthen individuals, families and communities within an inclusive and welcoming environment. We welcome everyone and share the richness and traditions of Jewish culture with the community at large through the advancement of physical, intellectual, social and spiritual well-being. Our team is guided by our vision of inspiring you to live the Jewish life you want to live!

Silber Family Centre for Jewish Camping

UJA Federation’s Silber Family Centre for Jewish Camping was established to help cultivate Jewish overnight camping in the GTA. By establishing innovative and industry leading initiatives, the Silber Family Centre for Jewish Camping is strengthening Jewish Identity and Jewish affiliation with each new camper!

Toronto Jewish Film Festival

The Toronto Jewish Film Festival (TJFF) is an annual film festival held in Toronto. It is one of the largest of its kind and features Jewish films from all over the world. 

UJA Disaster Relief Funds

When disaster strikes, the UJA is quick to respond. Past disasters include the Carmel fires, the earthquake in Haiti, Hurricane Katrina, etc.

UJA's Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre

Through its museum and programs, the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre generates knowledge and understanding about the Holocaust and serves as a forum for dialogue about civil society for present and future generations.

UJA's Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre

Established in 1973, the Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre acquires, preserves and makes available documentary sources related to Ontario's Jewish community.

UJA's Young Leaders

UJA YOUNG LEADERS is proud to offer a wide selection of social, educational and philanthropic programs. #YOUNGLEADERS is known for unique and exciting events held across Toronto regularly throughout the year. Whether you are new to the community or a seasoned volunteer veteran looking for something fresh and new, there are endless possibilities to get involved.

United Jewish Appeal

UJA Federation stands to preserve and strengthen the quality of Jewish life in Greater Toronto, Canada, Israel and around the world through philanthropic, volunteer and professional leadership. It is the organizational hub of Toronto's Jewish community, open to all religious streams, varying viewpoints, a wide variety of backgrounds and a wealth of ideas.

Zareinu Educational Centre of Metropolitan Toronto

Zareinu Educational Centre of Metropolitan Toronto provides individualized therapies and treatments with an adapted education rich in Jewish teachings and traditions to improve the quality of life for children with disabilities and their families.



Community Organizations

Beit Halochem - Aid to Disabled Veterans of Isreal

Aid to Disabled Veterans of Israel, Beit Halochem Canada is an organization devoted to helping the more than 51,000 Israeli disabled veterans and victims of terrorism. After the injured leave the hospital they come to a Beit Halochem location, where they can receive specialized therapy and rehabilitation for the rest of their lives.

Chai Lifeline Canada

Chai Lifeline Canada is a not for profit organization dedicated to helping Canadian children suffering from serious illness as well as their family members. At Chai Lifeline Canada we are passionately devoted to alleviating the burden of those facing medical challenge. From the moment of diagnosis, through the arduous months and years, in good times and bad, Canadian families have discovered that Chai Lifeline Canada is a friend for life. Chai Lifeline Canada. Fighting Illness with Love. 

Forever Chai Foundation of Canada

An organization that gives children and their young mothers in crisis (abuse, neglect or abandonment), the hope and promise of a brighter future by providing funds to assist with their care through support for the Shabtai Levi Home in Haifa Israel- a non-denominational Emergency/Residential Centre.

Israel Tennis Centers Foundation

Through the discipline of tennis, the Israel Tennis Centers strive to improve the lives of children in one of the most conflicted regions of the world. By teaching the life skills of self-reliance, perseverance and focus, the ITC fosters sustainable values of self-esteem, character and tolerance, creating a positive imprint on the children,their families,the communities and the world for generations to come.

Koby Mandell Foundation – Camp Koby

The Koby Mandell Foundation provides initiatives that work to bridge the isolation that children and adults are struck with after the loss of a loved one. All programs provide emotional, physical, and spiritual healing that create a network of support for families in grief.

Leket Israel

Leket Israel is the largest food bank in Israel, and has been a leader and an expert in food rescue nationwide since 2003. The organization sources, collects and redistributes fresh, perishable, quality food, which would otherwise be considered waste, from farms, hotels, military bases and catering halls. 

Maccabi Canada

At Maccabi Canada we work to develop and promote a Jewish identity in our youth so they can become the future leaders of our community. We achieve our goal through the passion of sports. Through sport, Maccabi Canada connects with people who are not the typical audience reached by the way of other Jewish channels. Maccabi Canada is creating the "Maccabi Dream" by which every Jewish child will aspire to become an athlete and lead a healthy lifestyle. 

Mazon Canada

MAZON Canada is the national Jewish Response to Hunger. MAZON Canada raises funds primarily from within the Jewish community and distributes those funds, on a non-denominational basis, to Canadian organizations battling hunger on the front lines.

Meir Panim – Relief Centers in Israel

Meir Panim was established to offer a realistic solution to the growing poverty crisis in Israel that affects over one and a half million people across the country. Meir Panim is committed to provide both immediate and long-term relief to the impoverished of Israel - young and old alike - via its dynamic range of food and social service programs in distressed cities throughout Israel, all aimed at helping the needy with dignity and respect.

One Family Fund

One Family collects not only money, but all human resources for people who have suffered through terror attacks, connecting people in Israel with people in almost every country around the world. They volunteer time and money in order to help families of terror victims in every way. OneFamily works directly with the families, every day of the year.

Orr Shalom Children’s Homes

The American Friends of Orr Shalom supports Orr Shalom's Children's Homes in Israel. Orr Shalom's Children's Homes is a not-for-profit organization providing residential and therapeutic care to severely abused and neglected children, in a warm, loving family atmosphere.

P.O.M. - United

Essentially, we bring discharged IDF elite combat units who have undergone difficult battle situations to Canada for a week of intensive group therapy and bonding with the Jewish community who host them. The program is a 9 month long process where they have orientation and concluding sessions in Israel and then 3 month interval followups. We also offer individualized therapy for up to a year to those who require further attention. 

Save a Child's Heart

Save a Child's Heart provides life-saving heart surgery to children from all over the developing world. We also train doctors from those countries to be able to provide the same life-saving services. The cost to save a life of a child is $18,000. This allows us to bring the child over to Israel, provide pre and post operative care, and it allows the child to live comfortable in our children's home for the entirety of their stay.

Selah – Israel Crisis Management Centre

When trauma and grief strike, SELAH reaches out to Israel’s vulnerable population of immigrants. They provide compassionate support as well as financial and practical aid, to help immigrants cope with unexpected tragedy, both in an emergency and in the longer term.

Shaare Zedek Medical Centre

The Shaare Zedek Medical Center is the Jerusalem's only major, centrally located hospital, committed to the provision of top-level medical care for the city's diverse population through a highly compassionate and personalized approach.

Shoresh Jewish Environmental Programs

Shoresh is a grassroots Jewish environmental organization in Southern Ontario. We exist to nurture a regional Jewish community that sees environmental ethics as a core element of Jewish identity, and is actively committed to responsible stewardship of the earth.

Ve’ahavta

Ve'ahavta is a Canadian humanitarian and relief organization, motivated by the Jewish value of Tzedakah (Justice), that assists the needy at home and abroad, through volunteerism, education, and acts of kindness, while building bridges between Jews and other peoples.

Yad Sarah

Yad Sarah, the largest voluntary organization in Israel, provides a spectrum of free or nominal cost services designed to make life easier for sick, disabled and elderly people and their families.