Day 81: UJA’s Commitment to Jewish Arts, Culture and Heritage

Did you know that UJA Federation invests $1.3 million annually in arts, culture, and heritage programs that serve audiences of over 260,000 a year? In 1976 the United Jewish Welfare Fund changed its public name to the Toronto Jewish Congress signifying an agreement with the Canadian Jewish Congress, Central Region, to assume some of the local responsibilities formerly held by the CJC.

These included the Yiddish Committee, the Archives Committee (today the Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre) and the Holocaust Remembrance Committee (today the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre). Arts and Culture also became a particular focus for the Toronto Jewish Congress after the construction of the Bathurst Jewish Community Centre in 1977 that included the Leah Posluns Theatre and the Koffler Centre for the Arts as well as the formation of the Jewish Cultural Council.

These are some of the local arts, culture and heritage organizations that UJA Federation has supported over the years:

  • Koffler Centre of the Arts
  • Ashkenaz Festival
  • Committee for Yiddish
  • Jewish Community Centres
  • Toronto Jewish Film Festival
  • Toronto Jewish Book Fair/Toronto Jewish Literary Festival
  • Canadian Jewish Book Awards/Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Book Awards
  • Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre
  • Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre
  • Leah Posluns Theatre
  • Jewish Public Library
  • Keren Hatarbut
  • Borochov Cultural Centre

 

The Federation also sponsored non-local cultural and heritage organizations including:

Bitzaron, Inc., Histadruth Ivrith, Yiddish Scientific Institute (YIVO), Jewish Braille Institute, National Foundation for Jewish Culture and others.

 

Images courtesy of the Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre

 

Poster for Ashkenaz Festival, 1999. Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre, accession 2009-11\2. Photograph of the Canadian Committee for Yiddish, c. 1960s. Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre, fonds 20, series 3, file 6. Program for the Toronto Jewish Film Festival, 2009. Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre, accession 2010-2\7. Koffler Centre Loggia Gallery, [ca. 1995-2005?]. Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre, fonds 67, series 1, file 1. Northern Building Completion Program: dedication ceremony rehearsals, 1976-1977. Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre, fonds 61, series 2-2, file 90. Stories of Spadina walking tour in front of the Anshei Minsk Synagogue, August 2013. Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre. Photo by Jeremy Kohm. Publicity for the 2nd Annual Jewish Book Fair, 1978. Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre, fonds 100.
Poster for Ashkenaz Festival, 1999. Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre, accession 2009-11\2.

 

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