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Each year, the unique programs and initiatives that are part of UJA’s Annual Campaign are reported on and shared by members of the media, such as the following articles initiated by Campaign 2015 Chairs, Andrea Cohen and David Matlow. To read more about how UJA is transforming Jewish life, visit http://uja.is and to make your pledge to Campaign 2015 today, visit UJAdonations.com.
We CARE for the vulnerable
We BUILD Jewish identity and education
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 identity and connection to Israel and the Jewish people through this unique and transformative initiative.
Providing a financial incentive to families of first-time campers, Jewish youngsters are experiencing the joys of Jewish overnight camp like never before. More than 475 campers received TopBunk grants to attend Jewish camp in 2010.
CAMP SUBSIDY PROGRAMS (THROUGH JF&CS AND JIAS)
Through the subsidy program, Jewish children from low-income families received scholarships to attend Jewish summer camp. Community funding supported 640 summer camp sessions in 2010.
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.
JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTRES
Each year thousands come together to exercise, learn and socialize at one of the three centres 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 their Jewish lives.
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.
UJA ON CAMPUS
UJA Federation provides approximately $1 million annually to Hillel of Greater Toronto for Jewish identity and activism programming on behalf of 15,000 Jewish students studying at Toronto colleges and universities. UJA Federation also helps to fund Hillels on campuses across the country.
FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR SCHOOLS
UJA Federation allocates over $10 million annually towards the funding of Jewish day schools, tuition subsidies and supplementary schools. In addition, schools receive specific services from such UJA Federation partner agencies as Jewish Vocational Services and Jewish Family & Child to enhance educational programming. Some schools also receive remedial support for diverse learning programs including teacher mentorship while other schools receive special education consultation where there is no capacity for a resource within the system.
We STAND with Israel and the Jewish world
Since the birth of Israel in 1948, UJA has strengthened Israeli society by investing in vulnerable Israeli communities and assisting new immigrants. By leveraging our investments with matching dollars from Israeli philanthropists and the Israeli Government and working in partnership with the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), UJA is making transformational changes.
In partnership with JAFI, UJA has been instrumental in:
SPECIAL TORONTO PARTNERSHIPS
In order to deepen and enhance the impact of the work we are accomplishing with JAFI, UJA has initiated three unique partnerships with the Israeli municipalities of Bat Yam, Eilat/Eilot and Sderot. Work being carried out in these communities through UJA's support is transforming vulnerable populations, offering opportunity and possibility where once there was none. Through innovative programs which provide educational, vocational and health services, UJA is changing the socio-economic and cultural landscape of Israeli society.
Working on behalf of UJA Federation for the past decade, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) has been striving to accomplish two things for vulnerable Jewish populations worldwide:
UJA's impact in Kishinev, Moldova and its relationship with Szarvas, Hungary
UJA has developed a special relationship with the community of Kishinev in Moldova enhancing the work of the JDC by offering support and much needed relief to the Jewish elderly who are living in poverty and neglect.
UJA is also investing in cultivating the next Jewish leaders of the FSU through focusing assistance efforts on an international leadership training program at a Jewish summer camp in Szarvas, Hungary.
*Funds raised for Israel and overseas are allocated to United Israel Appeal Canada Inc. (UIA) for which authorized organizations deliver services.
We LEAD Jewish and Israel advocacy
UJA Federation ensures that our community is heard and respected by decision makers at all levels, inside and outside of government. Whether it's Canada's relationship with Israel on Parliament Hill, seniors' policy at Queen's Park, or anti-Semitic activity on a university campus, the Jewish community has a strong voice through UJA funded organizations.
ENSURING OUR PLACE IN CANADIAN SOCIETY
Supported by UJA Federation, CIJA (Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy) identifies issues important to the Jewish community and assists in communicating with government, media, community, business and academic leaders to build understanding and close relationships.
With the aim of promoting and advancing all aspects of the Canada-Israel relationship, CIJA communicates on a regular basis with government officials, journalists, academics and others who have an impact on public policy and public opinion in Canada.
UJA Federation and CIJA are involved in human rights issues and the promotion of human rights for all Canadians. Through our commitment to human rights, we demonstrate our community's core values to support both Jews at risk and others whose rights are threatened.
UJA Federation, in cooperation with CIJA, has embraced several initiatives to educate community members about the disturbing trend of Israel delegitimization. Among them are: