Lighting the Way: A High School Holiday Project //

With the colder months approaching and the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the vulnerable and isolated in our community need our help more than ever. UJA Genesis is looking for young leaders to take on a project that will have a meaningful impact and provide support to those who need it most.

This program is designed specifically for high school students who care about making a difference in the Jewish community. As a participant of this program, you will develop your skills as a leader, explore the importance of Jewish community, and make a real impact.

As Hanukkah approaches, we want to send essential items through our Community Food Share Kits to vulnerable community members, so that no one goes hungry this holiday season. Participants in this program will work together as a group to make our Community Food Share Kits extra special for this holiday, adding meaningful elements to spread the light this Hanukkah.

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    1. Obtain leadership skills for the project through a weekly training session with inspiring speakers
    2. Explore UJA’s role in community through sessions with professionals and UJA leaders
    3. Participate in the “hands-on” (physically distanced) impactful group project

    Why join Lighting the Way?
    // Obtain a minimum of 18 community service hours
    // Transferable leadership experience
    // Ability to make an impact on the Jewish community through volunteerism

    Five weeks: Monday, November 16, 2020 – Friday, December 18, 2020
    // One 1-hour Zoom session every Monday for five weeks at 3:30 PM
    // One 30-minute Zoom meeting every Thursday for five weeks at 4:00 PM
    // Plan, participate, and complete group volunteer project
    // Two multimodal reflections
    // Two 5-minute surveys

    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 next 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
    *Participants are eligible for more hours depending on project scope

For more information, please contact Esther Oziel at