Funding from Six Points Jewish Venture Philanthropy Fund (JVPF) will address the need for programming to increase the affiliation of Israeli newcomers within Toronto’s Jewish community as a whole. The Six Points grant, paired with the hands-on support of committee members will allow JVS Toronto to implement a unique community-specific mentoring program that will assist newcomer Israelis residing in Toronto to build professional networks and become connected to the City’s rich and vibrant Jewish community. The creation of this program aligns with UJA Federation’s objective to engage Israelis and other newcomers in an effort to cultivate the next generation of community leaders and supporters.
The iLEAD Community Fellowship is an innovative approach to cultivating leadership and community building amongst graduate students and young professionals in their twenties and early thirties. Fifteen participants will be carefully selected to represent diverse networks and affiliations within the Toronto Jewish community; specifically, the program targets young adults in the Israeli, Russian and "unaffiliated" demographics. iLEAD consists of three components. Firstly, participants will attend several leadership development workshops that will enhance their communication, presentation and community organizing skills. Secondly, participants will experience a ten day leadership program in Israel where they will see how young people are re-shaping Israel's business, technological and socio-economic landscape as well how UJA Federation projects are making an impact. Lastly, upon their return, participants will be responsible for engaging their own peer networks through one on one meetings and creating their own impact projects. By engaging their own networks, participants will not only get to put their valuable leadership skills into practice, but will also multiply the numbers of young adults connecting with the Jewish community. Participants will also be exposed to the structure of the organized community and Federation, fostering greater awareness and developing future leadership.