Thank you for your support. Your UJA donation will fund our community's vital programs and services.

NEW FOR 2020

Our community has shown incredible strength during 2020, but many organizations still have financial needs that are more than our annual UJA campaign can support. To offer additional assistance this year, we have created the Jewish Together Fund (JTF). JTF is being funded using 50% of the increased portion of every donation that is over and above the 2019 amount.



Applications are now closed. Thank you to all the organizations who have applied. Committee decisions will be made as soon as possible and allocations will be issued shortly thereafter. Awards are at the complete discretion of Calgary Jewish Federation and its JTF Grant Committee.

Inquiries should be directed to Diana Kalef




We are pleased to announce that the second round of applications were approved and $39,000 was distributed to the following five organizations:  

  • The Calgary Jewish Academy: The creation of an outdoor learning space to provide a hands on learning environment for sensory and language development, problem solving and integration of mathematical & scientific learning. Students will be able to perform their general studies while discovering and interacting with nature, as well as creating an innovative platform for students to thrive in a learning environment that significantly mitigates the spread of COVID-19.
  • Calgary JCC: Many of the JCC's program offerings are now on a virtual platform and there is a need to purchase updated equipment for fitness, seniors, and cultural arts programs. Despite the doors of the JCC being closed, we continue to provide outreach and program opportunities to members enabling them to engage in a variety of daily physical, social, and cultural activities.
  • Camp BB Riback: A Maccabia video game tournament to engage campers, parents, staff, and Alumni. A staff member will organize logistics and data and we hope to rent a theatre for the finals.
  • House of Jacob Mikveh Israel: The synagogue has remained open to members and the general community during the COVID pandemic but air circulation with an aging building is an issue. Ageing and malfunctioning windows will be replaced to ensure comfort for our congregants.
  • JFSC: Through an employment survey, JFSC discovered a large demographic in our community who are currently unemployed and seeking employment. With the steady increase in requests for basic needs support, JFSC will be offering an employment support program where staff will be available to help individuals seeking employment to create/update their resumes, review interview strategies, help with creating a portfolio with necessary documents and share lists of potential job opportunities.



In the first round of applications $49,000 was distributed to the following six organizations:  

  • Beth Tzedec Congregation: Creating new Jewish educational opportunities to connect family members to their Judaism including learning Jewish text for all ages, a high school program that explores classic Jewish sources and a young adult program to learn to develop a personal connection to Judaism.
  • The Calgary Jewish Academy: Major expenses associated with mitigating the spread of COVID-19 including: 
    • Providing PPE for students and staff: masks, shields, desk partitions, etc.
    • Implement additional protective measures in and around the facility
    • Facility upgrades and increased maintenance
    • Additional staff to provide online student support.
  • Calgary JCC: Wellness Ambassadors who are responsible for completing daily AHS health checklist on everyone entering the facility.
  • Chabad Lubavith of Alberta: Support the kosher kitchen ensuring preparation of meals for people who are isolated and in need.
  • Halpern Akiva Academy:  Social-emotional wellness support from a dedicated staff member to help students develop healthy relationships with peers, cope with academic challenges, and socio-emotional changes. They will learn coping skills for dealing with stress, anxiety and other issues.
  • Temple B'nai Tikvah: Investing in resources to augment online programming and improve in-person safety, helping to enable a return to our sanctuary for services.



Nelson Halpern - UJA Campaign Chair


This past year, I decided to continue a second term as UJA Campaign Chair, knowing that we were faced with fundraising during the COVID-19 pandemic. We all put our heads together to tackle this challenge and with the leadership of Adam Silver, Diana Kalef, and of course our Federation Co-Presidents, Jordan Balaban and Jared Shore, we came up with a plan to stay the course with the objective of a flat campaign to mirror the previous year.

We initiated the Jewish Together Fund and charged our volunteers and canvassers to go out and meet our goal and guess what… we matched last year’s campaign and raised an additional $150,000 for the Jewish Together Fund! Thank you to our working group and many canvassers who were responsible for making this happen.

This success is the result of the collective efforts of many people. I would like to extend a special thank you to you, the donors, for coming through in a great time of need. You are all responsible for making this year’s campaign as successful as it was – because Together, WE CAN!

Thanks to YOU!

On Giving Tuesday, Calgary Jewish Federation | UJA wants to say Thanks to YOU, Together WE CAN…

Dear New Year...

Across our community, at home and around the world, many of our brothers and sisters are struggling.

Ways To Give

There are many ways to Power Jewish Calgary!

Volunteering - another way to give generously

Calgary Jewish Federation has many volunteer opportunities in the Jewish Community - from canvassing to helping seniors to joining the board of JAC. Learn more about our volunteer activities.

Tribute Cards

Calgary Jewish Federation tribute cards combine our duty to give tzedakah with the opportunity to honour someone special, to celebrate seminal occasions and remember someone we love. Learn more about our options for Tribute cards.

The History of UJA

Calgary UJA has a rich and distinguished history of generosity and volunteerism. Learn more about our history in the Jewish Community.

More information: Diana Kalef, Director of Development -  403-444-3154, email

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Years of Generosity


For more than half a century, Calgary Jewish Federation’s annual United Jewish Appeal Campaign has, through our community's generosity, help create and strengthen Jewish Calgary’s core programs and services. Through the Program Allocations Committee (PAC) process, raised funds are allocated to programs and services provided by our local partner agencies, Federation-sponsored programs and projects in Israel and around the Jewish world.