Shalom Life | July 24, 2014

Over 15,000 Take to the Streets of Toronto for UJA’s Walk with Israel

Annual United Jewish Appeal solidarity walk starts Victoria Day off with a bang, raises over $600,000

By: Daniel Horowitz

Published: May 22nd, 2012 in News » World

Over 15,000 Take to the Streets of Toronto for UJA’s Walk with Israel

On a day that culminated with fireworks lighting up the night sky, United Jewish Appeal’s 45th annual Walk with Israel started Victoria Day off with a bang, as more than 15,000 men, women and children took part in the celebration, turning the streets of downtown Toronto into a sea of red, white and blue.

And, thanks to the sponsored walkers, this year’s Walk with Israel – chaired by husband and wife teams Jamie and Lauren Wise and Sam and Micki Mizrahi - has already raised more than $600,000 – a record total - which will go towards transforming the lives of men, women and children living in vulnerable Israeli cities such as Sderot, Eilat/Eilot and Bat Yam.

“UJA’s Walk with Israel perfectly encapsulates the strength of our relationship with our Jewish homeland,” Elizabeth Wolfe, Chair, UJA Federation Board, told participants prior to the start of the Walk, which left Coronation Park, and ended at Ontario Place with the spectacular Irwin & Renee Nadal Festival. “As a Jew and a Canadian, it fills me with pride to see thousands of us walk through the streets of our city, waving our Israeli and Canadian flags, and showing the world that as Jews, and as Canadians, we will eternally stand with Israel. Well before the establishment of our Jewish homeland, Jewish Toronto has shared an indestructible bond with the state, and the people, of Israel. UJA has been partners with the people of Israel from the start, helping Israel successfully absorb more than 3 million immigrants since 1948. I am so proud to be at the helm of UJA Federation in a community that is one of the greatest in the Diaspora, and the envy of many other Jewish communities in the world. As we walk through the streets of our fine city with our families and friends, we should feel proud that we are literally changing lives of our friends in Israel through the funds we have raised.”

“Over 15,000 members of Jewish Toronto showed their love for, and solidarity, with Israel yesterday at UJA’s Walk with Israel, and what an incredible day it was for our community,” said UJA Federation President & CEO, Ted Sokolsky. “The Walk - the largest annual single-day event of its kind - keeps getting better and better thanks to the tireless efforts of our incredible cadre of more than 400 volunteers and the men, women and children who participate, raising money to transform the lives of Israel’s at-risk citizens. And, with the Walk coming on the heels of our historical event with Shimon Peres just 12 days earlier at Toronto’s Sony Centre, Ontario’s first annual Jewish Heritage Month is one that will be remembered for a long time to come.”

Jon Stewart Parodies His Critics for Calling Him “Pro-Hamas” [VIDEO] Jon Stewart Parodies His Critics for Calling Him “Pro-Hamas” [VIDEO] TrendingBelgian Café Posts "No Jews Allowed" Sign Belgian Café Posts "No Jews Allowed" Sign TrendingHoward Stern Goes On Pro-Israel Rant [VIDEO] Howard Stern Goes On Pro-Israel Rant [VIDEO] Trending
 

Startup Club: GetYou

July 24, 2014 | By Caitlin Marceau
Startup Club: GetYou

The new app has been described as the "Tinder-Meets-Secret-Meets-Flirting Game"

Read More

Standing with Israel, from Around the World

July 24, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Standing with Israel, from Around the World

A new social media campaign initiated by StandWithUs invites people to show their support of Israel by sending photos of their passports

Read More

Zach Braff Sends Touching Video To His Biggest Fan [VIDEO]

July 24, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Zach Braff Sends Touching Video To His Biggest Fan [VIDEO]

The 'Wish I Was Here' director and star recorded a personal video for a man named Mattias.

Read More

Mayim Bialik Will Host ‘Candid Camera’ Reboot

July 24, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Mayim Bialik Will Host ‘Candid Camera’ Reboot

The 'Big Bang Theory' star will be co-hosting alongside Peter Funt.

Read More

Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway' Stage Production is a Flop

July 24, 2014 | By Ashley Ramnarain
Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway' Stage Production is a Flop

The play will be closing its curtains after just five months

Read More

Seth Meyers May Have Started a Feud Between Louis C.K and Ricky Gervais

July 24, 2014 | By Ashley Ramnarain
Seth Meyers May Have Started a Feud Between Louis C.K and Ricky Gervais

Gervais and C.K are nominated in the same category at the upcoming Emmy awards

Read More

Before Songza, Google Tried to Buy Spotify

July 24, 2014 | By Shaleni McBain
Before Songza, Google Tried to Buy Spotify

The Internet giant backed off after Spotify asked for double its worth

Read More

More Headlines