UJA Genesis High School Holiday Project


UJA Genesis is looking for high school students who want to make a meaningful impact in their community this year.

Food insecurity has risen to dangerous levels in our community. More than 26,000 Jews in the GTA are food insecure. About 6,000 of those are severely food insecure, meaning they might go days without anything to eat.

Join our High School Holiday Project to feed the hungry during the holidays, while also contributing to a sustainable solution for our future.

Thousands of community members continue to experience hardship. As a participant in this program, you will participate in hands-on volunteerism and fundraising to make a real impact in our community.

Participants will receive at least 18 community service hours for their full participation in this program.

Participants in the program can obtain 18 community service hours through hands-on volunteering at the Walk with Israel, as well as fundraising for initiatives in our partner communities in Israel.

Program participants must currently be in high school, be available to commit to the program, have an interest in exploring Israel’s contemporary landscape, and have a willingness to volunteer for the community. Additional program highlights include engaging with UJA’s ShinShinim (Israeli teenagers) and Diller Teen Fellows alumni, hearing from guest speakers, taking part in community-wide events, and, most importantly, contributing to the community in a meaningful way.


    • / Over the course of this program, we will be:
      1) Collecting nonperishable kosher food items to donate to local food banks
      2) Fundraising to combat food insecurity in our community
    • / Let’s continue to build on the principle of tikkun olam (repairing the world) by ensuring vulnerable community members have food on their tables this holiday season.
    • / Please note that participation in this program will abide by Public Health guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19.

    • / Obtain leadership skills through weekly training sessions
    • / Explore UJA’s role in the community through sessions with professionals and UJA leaders
    • / Participate in a “hands-on” (physically distanced and contactless) kosher food drive

    Why join the High School Holiday Project?

    • / Obtain a minimum of 18 community service hours*
    • / Gain transferable leadership experience
    • / Make an impact on the Jewish community through volunteerism

    *Given completion of all volunteer components. Participants are eligible for more hours.

  • You are eligible for this program if you are: //

    • / A Grade 9, 10, 11, or 12 student
    • / Interested in exploring UJA’s role in the community
    • / Willing to volunteer for the community
    • / Available to commit to the program

    Five weeks: Monday, November 16, 2021 – Friday, December 18, 2021

    Virtual Zoom Sessions:

    • / Monday, November 15 from 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM EDT
    • / Monday, November 22 from 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM EDT
    • / Monday, November 29 from 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM EDT
    • / Monday, December 6 from 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM EDT
    • / Monday, December 13 from 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM EDT
    • / Wednesday, December 15 from 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM EDT

    Volunteer opportunities to be completed:

    • / Participate in contactless food drive (~4 hours)
    • / Fundraise for ~2 hours every week using your personal page and resources from UJA staff

    Additional program requirements:

    • / One five-minute survey
    • / One written reflection

    Upon completing the program, you will graduate with the following:

    • / Minimum of 18 community service hours*
    • / Letter of reference from UJA upon request
    • / A deeper understanding of the Toronto Jewish community
    • / A strong network of peers who represent the young generation of Jewish Toronto leadership and are passionate about making a difference in the community
    • / A sense of pride in your ability to make a real difference in the community and help our most vulnerable

*Given completion of all volunteer components. Participants are eligible for more hours.

We are now accepting applications until Friday, November 5, 2021.

For more information, email Esther at eoziel@ujafed.org