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Social Action Fund

Community-based donations, whether of time or money, make it possible to pursue initiatives and activities over and above what we can accomplish as individuals.   Funds raised through the Social Action Committee are used to pursue three over-all goals:

  1. To address the needs of Toronto’s downtown Jewish community
  2. To help build an Israel consistent with our values of fairness, egalitarianism and social justice
  3. To protect communities facing discrimination or anti-semitism.

This past year, we supported:

In Canada:

  • Out Of The Cold: funding and volunteer time to participate with one of Toronto’s leading and best-known programs to provide food and shelter for the city’s homeless
  • Downtown Jewish Community School: funding to support the UJA’s shinshinim program, outreach to disenfranchised Toronto Jewish families with school age children, and a Jewish Art-Social Justice initiative.
  • Kehila: funding to provide rent supplements for needy immigrant Jewish families
  • Mazon Canada: funding to support the Toronto District School Board’s partnership program with local farmers to provide fall and winter fruits to students
  • Ve’ahavta: funding and volunteers to participate in the Mobile Jewish Response to the Homeless, an outreach van supporting the homeless and marginally housed; community meals for the homeless at the Scott Mission, and Kinder Kit Packing, to distribute supply kits to underprivileged children in Toronto.

In Israel:

  • IT Works: provides information technology training for Israeli minorities, low-income, unemployed and unskilled members of Israeli society
  • Krembo Wings: support for a summer program for too-often overlooked disabled Jewish and Arab children and their families
  • Leket: funding to support the organizations goals including: providing steady, meaningful long-term employment with full social benefits to previously exploited (Bedouin) agricultural laborers; .minimize the destruction of agricultural produce in Israel; improve nutrition for Israel’s poor; raise awareness in Israel.
  • New Israel Fund: funding to support first-time university students from marginalized villages who, in turn, provide support and tutoring for younger marginalized children in Israeli villages.
  • Galilee Foundation for Value Education: funding to support a program of after-school activities to bring Arab and Jewish children together to learn, through non-verbal communication, the basics of trust, respect, and friendship meanwhile participating in activities that are rewarding and fun.
  • Green Course: funding to support Israel’s largest volunteer environmental program engaging more than 6,000 student volunteers on education and media projects to raise awareness about environmental issues.
  • Tor Hamidbar: support for programs seeking to address the difficulties arising from the neglect of and discrimination within the Negev region by building new communities and strengthening existing ones. Programs are directed towards strengthening civil society, encouraging collaboration, reducing economic and social disparities, and changing policy.

Please donate to our fund through CanadaHelps or by contacting our synagogue office at 416.927.0546. We also conduct an annual fund-raising drive during Yom Kippur Services at both the First Narayever shul and the Miles Nadel Jewish Community Centre.

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