Ve’ahavta Street Academy
The Ve’ahavta Street Academy is an innovative and powerful 9–week adult education program created for vulnerable individuals who are marginally housed, many of whom have mental health and/or substance use issues. The program is held on the campus of George Brown College in Toronto. This vibrant campus atmosphere offers students the experience of an educational environment and nurtures their sense of belonging.
Camp Kinneret Biluim
Camp Kinneret Biluim is a Canadian Young Judea summer camp in the Laurentians that has been in operation since the 1942. The Foundation’s involvement with Camp Kinneret began nearly thirty years ago, and on the occasion of the camp’s 70th anniversary, the Azrieli Foundation gifted a generous one-time grant to the camp’s infrastructure renewal program.
Jewish Public Library of Montreal
Since 1914, the Archives’ mandate has been to collect, preserve, and make available the social, economic, and cultural accomplishments of Montreal’s Jewish community using original documents, photographs and recordings. The Azrieli Foundation made an endowment to the Jewish Public Library to support their archives. In addition to supporting the Archives, the Foundation also funds preschool music classes for some of the community’s most vulnerable children. The program acts as an equalizer, giving children from families of modest means access to the same high-quality educational activities during those first formative years of life.
Emergency Funding for Holocaust Survivors
The Azrieli Foundation provides on-going funding to an estimated 3,000 elderly survivors living in poverty in Canada. Administered by Cummings Centre for Seniors in Montreal, Jewish Family & Child Service of Greater Toronto, Jewish Family Services of Ottawa and Jewish Family Service Agency of Vancouver, the funds are a supplement to money provided through the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (known as the Claims Conference).
For information on how to receive funding, please contact the agency listed above. If you are in a city that does not have an agency, please contact the Cumming Centre in Montreal.
Beit Halochem Canada
The Foundation is a long-time supporter of Israel’s wounded veterans. In honour of David J. Azrieli’s 90th birthday the Foundation made a generous contribution as well as matched the funds raised from three concerts. These funds helped to build the Hydrotherapy Pool at Beit Halochem in Tel Aviv that offers important and life sustaining treatment for paraplegics and quadriplegics as well as people with severe back and head injuries.
The Birthright program is a fully subsidized ten-day educational trip to Israel for young Jews between the ages of 18 and 26. The funds from the Azrieli Foundation will sponsor trips for individuals with developmental and/or physical disabilities who are eligible for participation. The participants will also receive the award-winning publications from the Azrieli Foundations’ Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program.
The Azrieli Foundation supports many community organizations and institutions, among them:
- Auberge Shalom
- Bnai Brith Food Baskets
- Cafe Europa, Baycrest
- Downtown Jewish Community School
- Dunblaine School
- HonestReporting Canada
- Hope and Cope
- Maison Shalom