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Grants in North America

UMCA Rich Tree Academy

UMCA Rich Tree Academy

UMCA Rich Tree Academy is an independent private day school in Toronto, Canada, for students from kindergarten through grade eight.

With support from Genesis Philanthropy Group, UMCA was able to leverage its success in attracting talented Russian-speaking Jewish students and expand its academic offerings in the area of Jewish education, allowing students to discover and familiarize themselves with their Jewish heritage through the following components:

Exploring North American Jewish Heritage/Jewish Traditions: Since most of UMCA's students have Russian or Israeli parents, this course educates students about the history and culture of the North American Jewish community, and of Toronto in particular.

The Greatest Books of Our Past: A course which allows students to read and analyze the greatest books in Jewish Literature acquiring knowledge while developing language and analytical skills.

Folk Yiddish Russian Song Festival: A Yiddish enriched program which exposes students to Jewish history and culture through music.

May 9th Celebration: Students commemorate Victory Day by bringing gifts to WWII veterans and hearing their stories, having veterans visit the school, and holding a large community ceremony on the actual anniversary of Victory Day.

Hebrew Language: Hebrew language classes have been made available to students who are just starting to learn the language as well as to more advanced students.

May 9th Celebration: Students commemorate Victory Day by bringing gifts to WWII veterans and hearing their stories, having veterans visit the school, and holding a large community ceremony on the actual anniversary of Victory Day.

Kavanah Garden: Students meet in an organic garden for this Jewish environmental program designed to instill the Tikkun Olam concept from an early age.

Financial support for these programs is provided by Genesis Philanthropy Group in partnership with the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto and UMCA.

Goals and Objectives

  • Foster students’ curiosity about their Russian Jewish roots as well as the history, traditions and culture of the mainstream Canadian Jewish community.
  • Provide students with opportunities to continue their Jewish journeys in meaningful and welcoming ways, largely through intergenerational connections.
  • Create stronger bonds between members of the Russian-speaking Jewish community and the mainstream Canadian Jewish community.

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