United Israel Appeal Canada actively encourages aliyah from Canada and provides assistance in rescuing Jews from distressed countries such as Ethiopia or the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The State of Israel, the Jewish Agency and Canadian Jewish communities have assisted in the establishment of absorption centres for tens of thousands of new immigrants. We support numerous absorption centres operated by the Jewish Agency which serve as a first home for new immigrants, a welcoming and safe environment where they can learn the language and receive assistance in finding employment.
United Israel Appeal of Canada has built four absorption centres in Israel known as "Canada Homes": two in Jerusalem (including a hostel for new immigrants who arrive to Israel without their families), one in Ashdod and one in Ashkelon.
Additionally, we aim to assist in the advancement of new immigrants who encounter difficulties integrating into Israel society. Our target population includes new immigrants of all ages from a variety of countries, such as the Former Soviet Union, the Caucasus region, Ethiopia and more. The Canadian Jewish community has set a goal for itself to focus on the Ethiopian population, including their initial arrival and absorption and their lives after aliyah. We support a variety of programs in the city of Bat-Yam which assist Ethiopian immigrants in the integration process into Israel society.
Activities to assist the absorption of immigrants cover several fields:
Family- Strengthening the family unit and each family member in order to promote independence and self-reliance.
Community– Developing community identity, cultivating heritage, recruiting community activists and providing mediation tools and cultural bridges.
Community- Promoting education and drop-out prevention programs and preparing individuals for service in the army and integration into civilian life.
Community– Advancing professional expertise for the successful absorption of individuals into the job market.