Shalom Life | September 03, 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.”

Infamous Canadian Nazi Running for Office Infamous Canadian Nazi Running for Office TrendingAn Amulet a Son Gave to His Mother During the Holocaust Has Been Uncovered An Amulet a Son Gave to His Mother During the Holocaust Has Been Uncovered TrendingWhat You Missed in the News: August 25 - September 1 What You Missed in the News: August 25 - September 1 Trending
 

The Love Jewce: Jewish Geography

September 02, 2014 | By Andria Kaplan
The Love Jewce: Jewish Geography

Have you ever wondered if knowing too much about someone before you got to them wasn't a good thing? So have we

Read More

Op-Ed: Teaching Kids to Kill, in Gaza and Beyond

September 02, 2014 | By Dr. Rafael Medoff
Op-Ed: Teaching Kids to Kill, in Gaza and Beyond

The macabre practice of educating children to hate and kill, honed to deadly perfection in Nazi Germany, is alive and well 70 years after the end of the Third Reich

Read More

Space IL Is Confident About Winning Google's Lunar XPrize

September 02, 2014 | By Maya Yarowsky, NoCamels
Space IL Is Confident About Winning Google's Lunar XPrize

The Israeli contender is looking to reach their goal of sending an Israeli space team to the moon

Read More

Jewish Caregiver Denies Attacking Controversial Pro-Palestine MP George Galloway

September 02, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Jewish Caregiver Denies Attacking Controversial Pro-Palestine MP George Galloway

Galloway, who recently declared Bradford as "an Israel-free zone," was attacked while posing for photos in West London

Read More

Belgian Activists Pour Fake Blood at Airport in Protest of Israel

September 02, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Belgian Activists Pour Fake Blood at Airport in Protest of Israel

Members of Lilith, a Belgian-based women's rights movement, claim the airport is being used to transport arms to Israel

Read More

Howie Mandel Asks Fans For Money to Bring Back ‘Bobby’s World’ [VIDEO]

September 02, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Howie Mandel Asks Fans For Money to Bring Back ‘Bobby’s World’ [VIDEO]

The 'America's Got Talent' judge wants you to pay for the return of his popular animated series.

Read More

Sarah Silverman on Joan Rivers’ Coma: Stop Being Ridiculous!

September 02, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Sarah Silverman on Joan Rivers’ Coma: Stop Being Ridiculous!

The 'We Are Miracles' comedian urges Rivers to get better the only way she knows how humor.

Read More

Joan Rivers to Remain on Life Support

September 02, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Joan Rivers to Remain on Life Support

Rivers' daughter Melissa has confirmed that her mother will stay on life support at this juncture.

Read More

More Headlines