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JIAS Canada Opportunity for Leadership Training: Leadership Bridging Cultures (JOLT)


In January of 2009, Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Canada (JIAS Canada) launched JOLT (formerly known as the Decades-Plus or Vperyod), a pilot project in partnership with the Jewish Family Service Calgary (JFSC), Jewish Family Services of Ottawa (JFS) and Jewish Family Services Agency (JFSA) in Vancouver.


It began with a Train the Trainer session in Calgary. A second Calgary group began in January of 2010 and others will begin in several cities in the near future.


Supported by a major grant from the Russian-based Genesis Philanthropy Group (GPG – North America) as well as Jewish Federations, private donors and foundations, JIAS Canada is addressing the integration of established émigrés in a new and focused manner as well as promoting welcoming, inclusive and immigrant-friendly communities. Please see our Backgrounder for more information.


The project includes a training program for émigré participants, with opportunities to do an internship at a local Jewish organization and work with a mentor from the organized Jewish community. As the project also focuses on educating the host community about the immigrants, their culture, mentality and contributions to Canada, some of the sessions are done jointly with mentors and community leaders to provide opportunities for discussions. To learn more about the process and working assumptions, please click on our Project Summary.


The project has received widespread publicity.  

JIAS Canada received the Bernard Laven Program Development Award from Jewish Family Service Calgary (JFSC) for its JOLT & resettlement work, Sept./09. L to R: Irena Karshenbaum, JOLT Coordinator, JFSC; Edith Dimant, JOLT participant; Bev Sheckter, Executive Director JFSC; Mila Voihanski, Executive Director, JIAS Canada; Ilya Kamenetsky, JOLT participant; Ivan Zendel, JOLT Educator



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