Departments & initiatives
Ontario Jewish Archives
The Ontario Jewish Archives (OJA) is responsible for acquiring, preserving and making available the documentary heritage of Ontario's Jewish communities. Established in 1973, the OJA holds over 5,500 feet of original records and over 50,000 photographs related to the history of Ontario's Jewish communities dating from the 1830s to the present and from London to Thunder Bay. The OJA assists hundreds of researchers per year including genealogists, scholars, students, film makers, community agencies and UJA Federation staff. Our community programs, historical exhibits and walking tours help to inform thousands of participants every year of the rich and varied legacies left by those who came before us and those who continue their involvement with the community today. The history of the Jewish presence in Ontario begins at the OJA.
Centre for Jewish Education
Jewish Toronto leads one of the largest Birthright Israel contingents per capita in the world and UJA contributes over 350k annually to help ensure young Jewish Torontonians have the opportunity to find their birthright. In 2010, 650 young Torontonians participated in a Birthright Israel trip, with another 6,000 alumni being served through post-program activities. The gift of Birthright Israel was established to strengthen participants' personal Jewish identities and connection to Israel and the Jewish people through this no-charge, unique and transformative initiative.
Visit BirthrightIsrael.com for more info.
This UJA-funded program, in partnership with the Foundation for Jewish Camp, provides a financial incentive to families of first-time campers so that Jewish youngsters experience the joys of Jewish overnight camp like never before, and the lifelong memories and friendships that go with it. More than 475 campers received TopBunk grants to attend Jewish camp in 2010.
PJ Library in Our Community
Arts, culture, heritage
UJA Federation invests 1.5 million annually in arts, culture, and heritage programs that serve audiences of over 260,000 a year and hundreds of thousands more globally via web and social networks. The lead funded agency of the UJA is the Koffler Centre of the Arts.
Jewish Community Centres
Each year thousands come together to exercise, learn and socialize
at one of the three JCCs across the GTA. Whether it's downtown at the Miles
Nadal JCC, mid-town at the Prosserman JCC, or north at the Schwartz/Reisman
Centre, our community thrives on the programming offered by these agencies to
enrich the Jewish lives they want to live.
Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre
The Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre is
dedicated to preserving the past while educating future generations. Through
education and remembrance we safeguard the lessons of the Holocaust in order to
nurture an inclusive society. Each year the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre
engages over 70,000 students, educators and community members through a vast
array of dynamic professional programs, events and services.
Visit HolocaustCentre.com for more info.
Every year UJA telethons engage hundreds of volunteers who call
over 8,000 community members to raise millions of dollars in support of UJA's
annual campaign. Last year Telethons raised over $5 million, inspiring all
those who came out to make a call and enabling the community to truly make a
difference in the lives of those who call Jewish Toronto home.
Walk with Israel
UJA's Walk with Israel engages over 15,000 Jewish Torontonians
annually to raise money – and Israel's profile - worldwide. In 2011, a new
incarnation of the Walk - the Walk with Israel Family Challenge – raised
an unprecedented $500,000 towards UJA's funded programs in Israel which will go
a long way in making transformational change where it is needed the