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Jewish innovation


Grounded in the principles of empowerment, inclusiveness, and openness, reCREATION offers a forum for young Jewish professionals to engage as thought leaders in their own Jewish journey, and in that of their community…with no preconceived outcomes. reCREATION consists of three component parts: an annual summit, to be held at a camp outside ofToronto; experiential educational modules during the year; and a Network of Innovation. The summit, or “Jewish camp for adults,” will enable participants/thought leaders to explore their own Jewish identity through Jewish living as well as through customized learning options. The immersive experience will also provide important open space for collaborating in the development of experiential learning modules and in establishing a Network of Innovation amongst young Jewish professionals. It is anticipated that the experiential modules offered 4-5 times through the year may end up being taught by some of the most unlikely suspects and that it will be this Network of Innovation from which the next Big Idea/s originate.

Uri- Awaken

The Annex Shul is pleased to propose the Uri (Awaken) Initiative, a holistic family education journey that empowers parents to move their families along an educational path at home and within the community. The Annex Shul nurtures an entrepreneurial and hands-on approach in which young Jews take an active role in shaping and creating their Jewish experience and community.
Following the momentum of the existing Annex Shul Family Programming- for young professionals with young families- the Shul Leadership Team is committed to developing the Uri Initiative which is modeled off of the Yerusha Initiative founded in Princeton, NJ. The program encompasses the 3 pillars of
1. Child focused learning,
2. Adult (parent) learning and
3. Community engagement.
The program itself embraces an integrated approach to learning with modules that have elements for parents and children to learn together and separately, and implement experientially into their home. Families graduate from one module to the next by meeting specific experiential learning objectives and implementation requirements. There is also a communal aspect wherein involved families meet on a regular basis to celebrate Shabbat and holidays in a meaningful way, engage in dynamic learning experiences, sing, explore and to pay tribute to one another’s’ accomplishments. Unlike other educational models, this honours the pace and readiness of the individual children and their family units and empowers the parents to move their family along the Jewish Journey.


The Toronto Jewish Free Loan Cassa has been loaning money, interest free, to small business applicants since 1924.
We are looking to raise money for the sole purpose of investing the funds and holding them as security for clients unable to find guarantors for their business loans (Angel Guarantors), as all of our business loans require 3 guarantors.
We believe this money can be leveraged two or three times the amount in the fund as our default rate is less than 1%.
We are also looking to fund the development of some online business tools to assist clients with their business endeavors.
Finally we are looking to have some of the investors act as mentors or a sounding board to these new and inexperienced business clients.

Centre for Jewish Innovation

Social innovation refers to new strategies, concepts, ideas and organizations that strengthen civil society and meet social needs of all kinds - from working conditions and education to community development and health. The Centre for Jewish Innovation (CJI) will serve as Toronto's first incubator for Jewish social entrepreneurs who have initiated their own start up organizations focused upon services and programs for the Jewish community of Toronto. The CJI will share space with Hillel Toronto in the Wolfond Centre for Jewish Student Life at the University of Toronto. With a small retrofit of a suitable space in the building, the CJI will provide a package of support tools to competitively selected, innovative start up organizations that focus upon social action, Jewish education, spirituality, and/or social engagement . Start-up organizations selected for the incubator will have access to a staff person trained in not for profit management, and receive free office space, a technology and admin package, training workshops, a mentor, a peer community and a stipend.
By leveraging the opportunity to use this prime community space, students will be engaged with a network of Jewish innovators locally, in Israel and around the globe. In addition, the CJI will provide a platform for experienced and successful community and business leaders to impart knowledge and inspire the leaders of tomorrow.