I hope you have all been enjoying this glorious summer! At Jewish Federations of Canada – UIA, it’s been a busy and exciting season.
Over 1,700 Canadians went to to Israel on CIE Birthright summer trips, bringing this year's total of Birthright participants to over 2,000. In particular, the response to the young adult (aged 27-32) experience has been strong.
opens September 4th. The team is also planning its biennial 'Friends with Special Needs' Birthright experience, scheduled for January 2020.
Next week, JFC-UIA is hosting Isaac ‘Bougie’ Herzog, Chairman of the Executive at the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), and Steven Lowy in his first act as World Chairman of Keren Hayesod, on a multi-city tour of Canada. Accompanied by Federation executives and JFC-UIA Chair Michael Frankel and me, they will attend campaign and community events in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary.
Over the next few months, Federations across Canada will launch their annual campaigns. I wish each of them great success. The strength of our community depends on the philanthropic actions and outstanding generosity of our lay leaders and community members. With their support, we can do great things individually and collectively.
Our teams in Israel and Canada have been busy planning
‘Yom Canada’. This one-day meeting in Tel Aviv on November 3
rd will gather Canadian lay leadership & stakeholders who are active in Israel & Overseas partnership activities and allocations to find inspiration and common ground between individuals and communities.
Yom Canada is open to all Canadians attending the JAFI meetings and those in Israel on Federation and JFC-UIA related programs. We will share and experience a day in Israel, discussing shared identity and identifying upcoming themes for Israel and the Jewish people.
The day will include workshops, site visits and dinner at the Canadian Ambassador’s house. We hope you will join us. [Email Terri at
for more information.]
Looking further forward, our team is building on the implementation of the strategic plan that was approved at the June board meeting. We continue to work actively with our partners and stakeholders in a spirit of cooperation and collaboration towards our shared goal of a strong Jewish community.
Nikki Holland, President & CEO
Jewish Federations of Canada - UIA