UJA Genesis and Israel Engagement are excited to announce Israel in Focus: A High School Community Program. In celebration of UJA’s 52nd annual Walk with Israel, join this virtual program to gain a deeper understanding of how Israel connects to the Jewish community in Toronto, and obtain your community service hours through hands-on volunteer opportunities and fundraising for our partner cities in Israel.


Participants in this program must currently be in high school, with availability to commit to the program, interest in exploring Israel’s contemporary landscape, and a willingness to volunteer for the community.


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


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 your community in a meaningful way.


*Please note that participation in this program will abide by public health guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19.

  • PROGRAM GOALS

    • Gain a deeper understanding of the connection and relationship between Toronto and Israel
    • Explore your personal Israel connection and participate in a cohort experience with peers from both Toronto and Israel
    • Participate in UJA’s Walk with Israel together as community ambassadors, participants, and volunteers
  • PROGRAM COMMITMENT

    • Virtual Zoom sessions
    • Monday, May 10 from 5:00-6:00 PM
    • Wednesday, May 19 from 5:00-6:00 PM
    • Wednesday, May 26 from 5:00-6:00 PM
    • Sunday, May 30 from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM
    • Monday, June 7 from 5:00-6:00 PM
    • Sunday, June 13 from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

    • *Schedule is subject to change.
  • VOLUNTEERISM OPPORTUNITIES ON YOUR OWN TIME

    • Fundraising for programs in our partner cities in Israel
    • Ambassadors for UJA’s Walk with Israel
    • Israel-related volunteer experience
  • UPON COMPLETING THE PROGRAM, PARTICIPANTS WILL GRADUATE WITH THE FOLLOWING:

    • Minimum of 18 community service hours*
    • Letter of reference from UJA upon request
    • Points towards their Diller Teen Fellows application should they be eligible and wish to apply
    • A deeper understanding of the Toronto-Israel connection
    • A network of peers in both Toronto and Israel who represent the next generation of Jewish leadership and are passionate about making a difference in the community

    • *Participants are eligible for more hours depending on their involvement in the volunteer opportunities.

For more information, email Marlee Gonik at mgonik@ujafed.org


Thank you for your interest in this program. Applications are now closed. If you have any questions, please reach out to Marlee at mgonik@ujafed.org