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Tuesday, 08 November 2011 16:10

The Mifgash Program was established in 2006 as a result of a research study whose purpose was to unravel the social and cultural needs of the Israeli community.

 

The study revealed that a large majority of participants:

- expressed their longing and yearning for Israeli culture

- expressed a desire to develop the national culture, despite the physical distance from Israel

- thought that addressing the community’s cultural needs will bring upon a significant, meaningful bond between the Israeli and the local Jewish communities.

- Many of the study participants expressed their desire to participate in such a project and continue to develop the Israeli culture.

- Following the study, volunteers from within the community worked on creating the Program and decided to name it Mifgash, Hebrew for “a meeting place” or “encounter”. It may seem coincidental that the name Toronto is a native word for Mifgash.

 

The program has evolved and spread. Initially, it was a relatively small project which focused mainly on holidays and festivals, such as the opening of Ilan Ramon Drive, annual Shavuot festival at Ilan Ramon Drive, Yitzhak Rabin memorial ceremony, 61th Yom Ha'atzmaut celebration, and much more. It then began to grow and develop in numerous directions, including the program Food for Thought, a community theatre, Through Words and Language - Creative Writing in Hebrew, Literature Program, Book Club, Art Underway, Bible Studies Group, Cafe Kasit and more. The latter is a program in which we host formal guest speakers who give various lectures to the Jewish community. Among the lecturers we have hosted are Nava Semel, Dr. Gideon Ofrat, Ella Miller-Sheriff and more.

It is important to mention that the development of all the programs mentioned above was facilitated by many leaders, donators and volunteers from the community.

Over the years, many volunteers joined our program. It became an important facilitator to programs and activities in the community, but mainly it became a source of pride to the UJA, which was able to invest financial and human resources in the Program, thereby reinforcing the relationship and trust with members of the Israeli community.


 


Last Updated on Sunday, 15 September 2013 19:04