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October 12, 2023

Emergency rally for the people of Israel, Mel Lastman Square, 9 Oct. 2023. Courtesy of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto

A message from UJA Federation of Greater Toronto’s Director of Arts, Culture and Heritage

To our friends and arts community,

This is an extremely challenging time, and we are in an unprecedented moment. You may be worried about friends or family, you may be having difficult conversations with peers, or you may be overwhelmed by social media. We wanted to let you know that you are not alone. We are going through these challenges together. Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers are with Israel, its citizens, and all those affected by these inconceivable atrocities. Together, we grieve alongside Jews in Israel and around the world. May the memory of the victims be for a blessing.

In times of struggle, the cultural community has lifted us up and provided moments of connection. With our newsletter and social media, we provide a snapshot of the exhibitions, events, and learning opportunities created by the Kultura Collective member organizations for our community. We will continue to do so. We need inspiration, culture, and creativity more than ever.

Please note that events may be postponed or cancelled as our partners asses the ongoing situation and their organizational needs. Our cultural partners are in contact with UJA’s Community Security and following all recommended safety protocols. You may experience delays when entering certain facilities due to enhanced security screenings.

We believe in the transformative power of the arts to bring hope when it may be lost. It is our hope that you will find a moment of solace and unity through the Jewish arts community of Toronto. We are stronger together. Am Yisrael Chai!


Important calls to action to support Israel and its citizens:

Donate to UJA’s Emergency Appeal for the People of Israel. Every donation will be directed to the Annual Campaign investments in helping Israelis who are suffering. This includes support for civilians evacuating from the war zone, emergency financial aid to victims of terrorism, and trauma and mental health services for area residents. Our special focus is on UJA’s partner community of Sderot, which has been devastated by these atrocities. Learn more.

If you would like to contribute essential items to be sent to Israel, or volunteer your time to help, please sign up to do so. 

Sign up for short-term support from experienced professionals.

The reality of what is happening in Israel is horrific. Taking in the news and reports from family and friends can be difficult, upsetting, and traumatic. UJA Federation has gathered experienced mental health volunteers to provide short-term support through this overwhelming and challenging time. Click here to complete the form to be connected with support and will do our best to have someone contact you as soon as possible. 

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