Since 1929, JAFI - the Jewish Agency for Israel - has been bringing Jews to Israel, Israel to Jews and helping build a better society in Israel and beyond by inspiring Jews throughout the world to connect with their People, heritage, and homeland, while empowering them to build a thriving Jewish future and a strong Israel.
JAFI was instrumental in founding and building the State of Israel and continues to serve as the main link between the Jewish state and Jewish communities everywhere, helping to address the challenges every generation of Jewish people have faced.
In the spirit of collective Jewish responsibility, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto partners with JAFI on the following:
Aliyah & Rescue
UJA Federation has helped over three million Jews relocate to Israel since Israel’s inception. Through JAFI, Jews from areas such as Ukraine, Iran, Tunisia, and France are able to fulfill their Zionist dreams, often leaving behind growing insecurity.
Masa Israel Journey
The Masa Israel Journey is the leader in immersive international experiences in Israel for young adults (18-30). Its diverse portfolio of study abroad, internship, service learning, or Jewish studies programs help young adults grow as professionals and leaders. Since its founding in 2004 over 120,000 young people from more than 60 countries have participated in Masa Israel programs.
JAFI offers specialized Aliyah absorption programs designed to help young olim (ages 18-35) and students take their first steps to a lifetime in Israel. Programs are located in every region of Israel and offer diverse services such as Hebrew language courses on kibbutzim and in cities; preparation for college or graduate studies; and guidance for employment.
Affordable Housing for Seniors
Amigour, JAFI’s leading sheltered housing company, operates 57 sheltered housing projects throughout Israel, serving more than 7,500 vulnerable senior citizens, the majority of whom are Holocaust survivors along with others who participated in World War II as soldiers and as partisans. For a nominal monthly fee, residents enjoy independent living in their own apartment within a tight-knit community. In addition to meeting the physical needs of this special population, Amigour provides a wide variety of social and cultural services that enhance the quality of life of its residents.
Youth Futures Mentoring Youth at Risk
Youth Futures is a nationwide program that provides youth at risk with comprehensive, tailored intervention to enable them to take their place as independent, productive members of society. At the heart of the program are professionally trained mentors - some 300 young adult Israeli social pioneers - who work full time to build a strong relationship with children and their parents. The program serves nearly 10,000 youth in 32 localities, primarily in the Negev and Galilee.