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The One Community Cares Guide

UJA is Your Connection to Services in the GTA's Jewish Community

This guide is a listing of organizations offering access to a wide range of services in Toronto and York Region. It is designed to offer help to everyone—adults, seniors, youth, young families—and anyone interested in learning about how they, their friends and family members can access the information they need.


UJA Federation of Greater Toronto is a proud partner of many of the organizations listed in this guide and appreciates the important work being done.

During difficult times, it is normal to experience sadness, hopelessness, anxiousness and stress, among other feelings. While there are many organizations that can offer support, family doctors can help too. If you are feeling this way, please contact your doctor to make an appointment.

For All Emergencies, Call 9-1-1

Helpful Numbers and Websites

Community members already receiving assistance through an agency are encouraged to call that agency to inquire about additional help.

Newcomers seeking assistance can contact JIAS Toronto: (416) 630-6481

Holocaust Survivors in need of homemaking services, personal care support, Meals on Wheels or transportation should call Circle of Care: (416) 635-2860

Holocaust Survivors with limited income and in financial need, requiring assistance with costs of food or medical supplies, and/or Holocaust Survivors inquiring about Restitution programs should call Jewish Family & Child: (416) 638-7800

For all seniors, Seniors Counselling & Referral Services is offered by Baycrest: (416) 785-2500, ext. 2223.

Anyone can call 211 Ontario to help find programs and services in communities across the province. You can call 2-1-1 or visit www.211ontario.ca to access Ontario's largest network of services. If you prefer, you can also ask a 211 agent about agencies specifically serving the Jewish Community.

COVID-19 Pandemic: Please see www.211oncovid19.ca for information on accessing support and available priority services being provided.

Employment & Financial

Family

Food

Health & Wellness

Housing & Furniture

Legal

Mental Health & Addictions

Multiservice

Seniors & Holocaust Survivors

Special Needs

Other Supports

Community Agencies

Bathurst-Finch Hub
The Bathurst-Finch Hub brings together several organizations that offer primary health care, counseling and dental services as well as employment, settlement and legal services.
647-436-0385 | unionhcs.org

Baycrest Seniors Counselling and Referral Service
Baycrest can help navigate the health, longterm care and social services system. Services include information and referrals, counselling, help with navigating and accessing assistance, and caregiving support.
416-785-2500, ext.2223 | baycrest.org

Bernard Betel Centre
A non-profit community centre with offerings for older adults (55+) as well as services and programs including fitness, recreation, trips and travel, special events, community support services, health and wellness, volunteer opportunities, and more.
416-225-2112 | betelcentre.org

Beth Sholom Synagogue Kosher Foodbank
A synagogue-run foodbank providing kosher food staples to members of the community
416-783-6103 | bethsholom.net

Bikur Cholim Toronto
Bikur Cholim provides assistance to community members in medical or family crises. Services include providing friendly visits, medical equipment, accommodations, Shabbat candles, Dial-A-Ride, meals and Halachic Power of Attorney.
416-783-7983 | bikurcholim.ca

DANI
DANI creates opportunities for adults with physical and/or cognitive challenges so they can participate fully as valued members of the community and enjoy a meaningful and dignified quality of life. They offer vocational opportunities at their centre in Thornhill.
905-889-3264 | dani-toronto.com

EMETemployment @ JVS Toronto
EMETemployment is an initiative offered by JVS Toronto, Canada’s foremost not-for-profit online website for recruitment. A leader in the industry, combining recruitment philosophy with career and job support services, EMETemployment is a one stop shop for both employers and job seekers alike.
416-649-1688 | emetemployment.ca

Ezrat Achim
A volunteer-based, non-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance to families in the community. Families receive monthly financial assistance in the form of supermarket gift cards.
ezratachim.ca

Friendship Circle
The Friendship Circle promotes a greater awareness and understanding of the unique needs and gifts of people with special needs. Children and teens with special needs and their families benefit from a wide array of innovative respite, social, and recreational programs.
905-731-7000, ext. 222 | fctoronto.org

Jewish Free Loan Toronto
Jewish Free Loan Toronto offers interest-free loans to members of the Jewish community in Ontario (excluding Ottawa) who are in need of financial assistance, helping members of the community meet their educational and personal needs and create their own business opportunities.
416-635-1217 | jewishfreeloan.ca

JIAS Toronto
JIAS Toronto welcomes, supports, and integrates new immigrants to build a strong Canada and a strong Jewish community, offering services to newcomers such as help with immigration processes, employment services, family and youth programs, connections to Jewish life, English language classes and assistance for seniors.
416-630-6481 | jiastoronto.org

JRCC Furniture Depot
The JRCC Furniture Depot (FD) helps people with limited means settle and create a home by providing them with furniture free of charge under our furniture donation program.
416-222-7105, ext. 500 | jrccfurnituredepot.org

JVS Toronto
A non-profit community organization that has been connecting people to work for over 70 years, JVS works in strong partnership with government and business to assist people from all walks of life to achieve their educational and employment potential.
416-787-1151 | jvstoronto.org

Menucha Toronto
Providing single parents with resources, services and support for continued success. Services include business guidance, legal and financial advice, career exploration and employment guidance, family support and personal guidance.
416-839-2500, ext. 3 | menucha.ca

Ontario 211
A free helpline that connects you to community and social services in your area 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in over 150 languages.
Dial 2-1-1 | 211ontario.ca

Pride of Israel Kosher Foodbank
A synagogue-run foodbank providing kosher food staples to members of the community.
416-226-0111 | prideofisraelshul.org

Project LISA (Legal Information Support Access)
Project LISA, an initiative of the Provided by the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), is a no cost legal support service provider. We assist women facing abuse navigate family
416-633-5100 | projectlisa@ncjwctoronto.org | ncjwctoronto.org/our-projects/project-lisa/

Rav Hesed
Sephardic Bikur Holim - Rav Hesed’s volunteers provide comfort to Sephardic community members in their times of need, providing home and hospital visits and phone calls, including from Spanish-, French- and Arabic-speaking volunteers.
416-880-7417

Unison Health and Community Services
Unison Health and Community Services offers primary health care (family medicine), diabetes education, chiropody (foot care) and other health-related programs at the Bathurst-Finch Hub and at other locations in the city.
Bathust-Finch Hub: 647-436-0385 | Lawrence Heights: 416-787-1661 | See website for additional locations at unisonhcs.org

United Chesed of Toronto
United Chesed of Toronto offers urgent, short-term relief to families and individuals experiencing hardship and distributes food, furniture, household goods, medical supplies, and other essential resources.
416-663-3339 | unitedchesed.com

Chai Lifeline Canada
Chai Lifeline strongly believes that illness impacts not just the person who is sick, but their entire family. They help families, children and parents dealing with life threatening or chronic illnesses, within the GTA and across Canada.
647-430-5933 | chailifelinecanada.org

Chai-Tikvah - Life & Hope Foundation
Chai-Tikvah responds to the needs of individuals with mental illness and their families by providing supportive housing, counseling and other programs.
416-634-3050 | lifeandhope.ca

Chasdei Kaduri Jewish Food Bank
A volunteer-run organization dedicated to providing weekly deliveries of Kosher, nonperishable, bakery items and fresh produce to Jewish families in the GTA area.
289-963-5900 | chasdeikaduri.org

Circle of Care
Circle of Care provides home health care and community support services to support independent older adults living in the community. Programs include dimentia care, social groups, caregiver supports, Meals on Wheels, group exercise, personal care and personal support, respite care, social work, friendly volunteer calls, bereavement support and transportation.
416-635-2860 | circleofcare.com

Hadracha
Hadracha strives to improve the quality of life for the Toronto community by creating a self-sufficient environment where families can become financially independent. They provide career guidance as well as assistance with career exploration to become job ready, change careers, or increase current employment opportunities.
416-839-2500 | hadracha.com

Hatzoloh Toronto
Hatzoloh Toronto responds immediately to the emergency medical needs of the Toronto Jewish community, operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They complement local ambulance services with rapid, high-quality, non-transport care and also ensure that 911 has been called.
416-256-1000 | hatzolohtoronto.org

JACS Toronto
JACS is dedicated to assisting those who suffer from addiction, as well as their families and friends, to explore recovery in a nurturing Jewish environment. JACS provides individual counseling and support groups to those struggling with many types of dependencies.
416-638-0350 | jacstoronto.org

Jewish Family and Child (JF&CS)
A multi-service agency that supports individuals, children, families and communities by increasing safety and security, improving mental health and wellness and reducing the effects of poverty, within the context of Jewish values. Services include: Child Welfare & Youth Services, Family Services and Counseling, Financial Assistance, Women Abuse Program, Jewish Hospice, Chaplaincy and Camp Support.
416-638-7800 | jfandcs.com

Kayla’s Children Centre
Kayla’s Children Centre provides high-quality, cutting-edge educational, therapeutic, and recreational programs for infants, children and teens with special needs, and offers families support and respite.
905-738-5542 | kaylaschildrencentre.org

Kehilla Residential Programme
Kehilla provides rental assistance and other affordable housing options to individuals and families requiring assistance.
647-484-4446 | kehilla.ca

Kesher Employment
Kesher Employment Services is a free nonprofit recruitment organization bringing together the employment needs of businesses with Jewish unemployed candidates in the Greater Toronto Area.
416-635-0611 | kesheremployment.org

L’Chaim Cancer Support Group
Confidential peer support for Jewish women undergoing cancer treatment. All L’Chaim volunteers are Jewish women cancer survivors trained to provide confidential peer support to women who are newly diagnosed with cancer.
416-630-0203 | ncjwctoronto.org/our-projects/lchaimcancer-support-group/

Reena
Reena is dedicated to supporting adults with developmental disabilities to live, work and play in the community. Reena strives to create and maintain an environment that respects and promotes dignity, individuality, independence and freedom of choice within a framework of Jewish culture and values.
905-889-6484 | reena.org

Regesh Family And Child Services
Regesh empowers youth, children, and families through accessible and affordable mental health interventions. Regesh’s community work specializes with at-risk and identified youth and families.
416-495-8832 | regesh.com

Relief Help
Relief Help exists to simplify the process of gathering mental and emotional health resource options for members of the Jewish community, serving as a bridge between the client and their next steps as to what kind of professional would be helpful for their situation.
416-789-1607 | reliefhelp.org

Tikvah Toronto
Tikvah Toronto provides practical support, mentorship, workshops and information sessions, professional counselling and peer support to enable women to navigate past and present challenges and trauma in their marital relationships and family lives. The organization focuses on the specific needs of Orthodox community members.
416-388-4448 | tikvahtoronto.org

Tomchei Shabbos of Toronto
Tomchei Shabbos helps ensure that Shabbat will be a joyous day for families in our community in need, with a weekly delivery of food boxes.
contact@tomcheishabbos.ca | tomcheishabbos.ca

Toronto Rent Bank: Interest-Free Loans
The Toronto Rent Bank provides interest-free loans to Toronto residents who are behind in their rent or need to move to more suitable housing
416-397-RENT (7368) | torontorentbank.ca

Ve’ahavta
Ve’ahavta is a Jewish humanitarian organization dedicated to promoting positive change in the lives of people marginalized by poverty and hardship. Programs include relief and referrals, expressive arts programming, work and life skills training programs and paid work training placement programs.
416-964-7698 | veahavta.org

Yachad Toronto
Yachad, The National Jewish Council for Disabilities, is dedicated to addressing the needs of all Jewish individuals with disabilities and ensuring their inclusion in every aspect of Jewish life. Yachad collaborates with other organizations in the c
416-986-1985 | yachad.org/toronto

Greater Toronto’s Jewish Community Centres

The Miles Nadal JCC, Prosserman JCC and the Schwartz/Reisman Centre strengthen individuals, families and communities within an inclusive and welcoming environment.

We welcome everyone and share the richness and traditions of Jewish culture with the community at large through the advancement of physical, intellectual, social and spiritual well-being.

The JCCs offer innovative, diverse and engaging programs for community members of all backgrounds and abilities. Please contact your local JCC to inquire about programs costs and the availability of subsidies.

Miles Nadal JCC
Downtown Toronto
750 Spadina Avenue (at Bloor Street)
416.924.6211 | mnjcc.org | info@mnjcc.org

Prosserman JCC
North York
Sherman Campus, 4588 Bathurst Street
416-636-1880 | prossermanjcc.com
info@prossermanjcc.com

Schwartz/Reisman Centre
Vaughan
Lebovic Campus, 9600 Bathurst Street
905-303-1821 | srcentre.ca | membership@srcentre.ca

This guide is being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only. Any information about providers and services included in this guide does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by UJA Federation of Greater Toronto. It is your responsibility to verify and investigate providers and services.

Please note: the information in this guide was correct as of August 2020 and is subject to change.

Employment & Financial

Family

Food

Health & Wellness

Housing & Furniture

Legal

Mental Health & Addictions

Multiservice

Seniors & Holocaust Survivors

Special Needs

Other Supports