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Bernard Betel Centre’s Kosher Meals on Wheels (KMOW) program provides nutritious meals to our community’s most vulnerable and isolated seniors. Recipients of these meals face complex challenges, including mobility issues that preclude them from shopping and preparing their own meals. The COVID-19 pandemic has only caused greater barriers to accessing nutritious food on a regular basis.
Gifts to KMOW will enable the incredibly dedicated staff and volunteers at the Bernard Betel Centre to continue offering this critical lifeline to 500 seniors—most of whom are Holocaust survivors. Without additional support, these seniors will be waitlisted for these vitally important meals. No senior who needs these meals should go without them.
A gift to Kosher Meals on Wheels will ensure that vulnerable seniors in our community will continue to receive this critical support.
Mental health challenges in our community have grown exponentially, and are only getting worse as the pandemic stretches into a second year. Jewish Addiction Community Services (JACS) has seen a massive spike in community members attending group counselling—for every one client they saw before the pandemic, they’re now seeing six. The pandemic has no doubt triggered similar consequences for those suffering from depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues.
A gift towards Mental Health will provide support to community members struggling with mental health challenges, and enable Jewish Toronto to emerge out of the pandemic in a stronger and more secure position.
On top of the pandemic, Toronto has seen a disturbing rise in antisemitism linked to the Israel-Hamas conflict of May 2021. The volume and vicious nature of the incidents locally—along with growing antisemitism throughout the Jewish Diaspora—should be a wake-up call for not just our community, but for Canadian society. As proud Jews and proud Canadians, we cannot allow this to become our “new normal." The Antisemitism and Security Fund supports UJA's strategy for countering antisemitism, including investments to strengthen advocacy through Hillel and the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), Holocaust education through the Neuberger Centre, and efforts to protect the community through UJA Community Security.
A gift to the Antisemitism and Security Fund will expand UJA's capacity to train, deploy, and support grassroots volunteers to donate their time to keep our community safe.
Since its creation in 2002, the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI)'s Fund for Victims of Terror has helped over 7,000 families and individuals whose lives have been torn apart by war and terrorism in Israel. The Fund's support is critical in helping terror victims recover from the trauma of their physical and emotional injuries, improve their quality of life, and ease their rehabilitation process.
The impact of terror on children is especially profound. Though often difficult to assess, trauma in children can manifest itself in different ways. Among terror victims under the age of six, there is often a behavioural regression that can be associated with their traumatic experiences.
A gift to the Fund for Victims of Terror will ensure treatment for all trauma victims and help guide them on the road to improved functionality and recovery.