Your Support is Changing Lives in Israel. Thank You.

Israel is at the centre of our collective Jewish history and future. Historic photos of Israel’s earliest days show determined pioneers building the country and making the desert bloom. Their resolute spirit lives on today in the hearts and minds of the ‘Start Up Nation’. The story of Israel’s growth and success never fails to amaze. From the very first Toronto parade commemorating the founding of Israel on May 16, 1948, right up to UJA’s Walk with Israel 2020 on May 24th, the Toronto Jewish community has continued to be inspired by and supportive of the Israeli people. Today, UJA partners with three Israeli communities whose residents confront unique barriers to prosperity and opportunity.

Bat Yam

The coastal town of Bat Yam, just south of Tel Aviv, faces various challenges, including integrating newcomers from different cultures and backgrounds, while addressing high levels of poverty and caring for a significant elderly population.


Far from major cities in centre of the country, Israel’s southernmost communities of Eilat/Eilot offer limited opportunities for their people. Despite the beauty of sun, sand and surf, residents of Eilat/Eilot face the singular hardships that come from living in one of Israel’s most isolated regions.


Nowhere is the tension over Israel’s security situation felt more acutely than in Sderot, on the border with Gaza. Threats of rockets, terror tunnels and balloon bombs contribute to ongoing fear and anxiety, while diagnoses of post-traumatic stress, particularly among young people, are on the rise.

Your generous support of the Walk with Israel contributes to a range of initiatives that improve the quality of life for thousands of people in these communities, including:

  • UJA-funded nursing scholarships for residents of Bat Yam
  • UJA-funded STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) education initiatives in Eilat/Eilot
  • UJA funding for a rocket-proof Science Centre in Sderot

The impact of your gift provides opportunity, strengthens resilience and gives hope to entire communities. Most of all, it shows that Toronto stands with Israel yesterday, today, and always.

Thank you.

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