Genesis Incubator

UJA Federation's Centre for Jewish Innovation supports emerging Jewish nonprofits in a collaborative office space with the following benefits:



  • Shared Work Space: A shared workspace for Jewish social entrepreneurs. The bright and professional office space is located in downtown Toronto. Residents will receive their own desk and storage space.
  • Special Event and Meeting Space: Boardroom and meeting room space can be booked at no additional cost to residents.
  • Office Technologies: Wired and wireless internet as well as phone will be available to each resident. You will also have access to a high quality photocopy machine, conference calling and AV equipment (PA system and microphones, projector, TV and DVD).

  • Mentorship: Professionals and lay leaders in the Jewish community who excel in a variety of fields (business, non-profit, marketing, law, health-care, etc…) will be paired as mentors with Genesis residents.
  • Connectivity: Through our staff, volunteers and UJA, we will endeavour to connect residents to synergistic resources and talent within and outside our community.
  • Increased Organizational Profile: You will be showcased on the Genesis blog and in all press releases as part of a group of carefully selected Jewish social entrepreneurs in Toronto.

  • Capacity Building: Workshops and technical assistance will be made available to residents marketing, budget, board development, fundraising, and financial systems.
  • Library/Reference Materials: Residents will receive relevant articles and have access to a library of materials on Jewish communal life and nonprofit management.
  • Community of Practice: Meeting with other Jewish Social Entrepreneurs for the purpose of Jewish and nonprofit management learning and peer networking.
  • Grants Opportunities and Assistance: Funding referrals and grant-writing assistance will be given to each resident.


The following 5 Jewish organizations are current Genesis Residents:

Annex Shul is led by spiritual leader Yacov Fruchter. Annex Shul a vibrant and inclusive Jewish community for young professionals and their children, located in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood. Annex Shul is a non-denominational, independent minyan, which encourages everyone in their community to play an active role in davening and programs. Annex Shul’s motto "Come as you are, make it yours" exemplifies their approach to building community. There is truly something for everyone at Annex Shul, and they encourage people to get involved in a manner that is meaningful to them, because only then can they continue to grow as a community.



To contact Annex Shul, email: or follow them on Twitter: @AnnexShul.


Kulanu Toronto is the voice of the Jewish LGBT community, providing social, cultural, and educational programs, as well as confidential, caring support services to queer Jews of all ages and affiliations. We embrace diversity and promote respect and acceptance within a warm, welcoming, and safe environment. Our programs include but are not limited to Chanukah parties, Passover Seders, pub nights, movie nights, speed dating events, Holocaust Education Week programs, and marching in Toronto’s Gay Pride Parade.  Friends and allies are always welcome at our events. For more information, visit or email us at



To contact Kulanu Toronto, email: or following them on Twitter: @kulanutoronto.


Shoresh is led by Risa Alyson Cooper. Shoresh’s mission is to build a more connected and ecologically sustainable Jewish community through educational programs and grassroots initiatives rooted in Jewish social and environmental values.  In 2009, Shoresh established the Kavanah Garden, an organic educational garden that models Jewish agricultural laws and environmental ethics, at UJA's Lebovic Jewish Community Campus in Vaughan.  In addition, Shoresh offers educational programs at various locations across the GTA, hosts an annual Jewish Food Conference downtown, runs multiple community supported agriculture sites, manages a production-oriented urban farm in midtown, and is starting a Jewish farming venture in Hillsburgh, Ontario!



To contact Shoresh, email: or follow them on Twitter: @ShoreshGTA.

Emet Education was created by Richard Bass in response to the lack of balanced and unbiased information being presented about the Israel in the media, academia and informal education. The vision is to be a leading provider of online lessons and resources in the area of Israel education to the general public, schools and educators. What makes Emet Education’s approach unique is the emphasis on critical thinking. Emet’s programs encourage the use of fact-based logic and reasoning so students can arrive at their own informed conclusions. This methodology empowers participants to filter fact from opinion in studies about the often polarizing issues surrounding Israel. Emet Education's modules have yielded consistently positive results, whether delivered as formal education in a senior high school or university classroom, as informal education on campuses, or as talks and courses for adult audiences of all denominations.



To contact Emet Education, email: or follow them on Twitter: @EmetEducation


Project AIM was founded by Yaffi Scheinberg. Project AIM programs is a network of therapeutic and recreational programs for children with a wide range of medical, physical and developmental disabilities.  They are constantly opening doors, and creating new opportunities for children with special needs in our community. Their year round programs include weekend respite, after school groups, holiday trips and events as well as educational consultations. Camp Aim, is an exciting eight week long day camp program for children with special needs. Providing a unique blend of  therapy and recreation, they cater to a wide range of abilities. Their 1:1 staff to camper ratio ensures a program that is goal oriented and campers that are nurtured, supported and loved!



To contact Project AIM, email: or following them on Twitter: @CampAIM1.