The Ashkenaz Foundation is a community-based non-profit organization dedicated to fostering an increased awareness of Yiddish and Jewish culture through the arts. Through its biennial festival and an expanding slate of year-round programming, Ashkenaz showcases the work of leading contemporary artists from Canada and around the world working in music, film, theatre, dance, literature, craft, and visual arts. Ashkenaz places an equal emphasis on the need for preservation and innovation within this cultural milieu. The Foundation incorporates in its mandate and programming many other manifestations of pan-Jewish music and art beyond Klezmer/Yiddish, including an expanding commitment to the art and culture of Sephardic, Ladino, and Mizrahi Jews. Ashkenaz also actively pursues fusion and cross-cultural exchange with artists from outside Jewish cultural traditions through commissioned work and special projects.
Ashkenaz Foundation Canada-Israel Cultural Foundation Committee for Yiddish FENTSTER Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company Kultura Collective Koffler Centre of the Arts Miles Nadal JCC Sarah & Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre Ontario Jewish Archives Prosserman JCC Schwartz Reisman Centre Toronto Jewish Film Foundation Jewish Music Week in Toronto