Israel and Overseas


Touching lives around the world.


We take our responsibility to help world Jewry very seriously. That’s why our reach extends beyond our local community.


Our Israel and Overseas Affairs Department (IOAD) is dedicated to improving the lives of Jews in Israel and around the world and building connections with our own community. We work with our partner agencies to support struggling regions, facilitate volunteer opportunities and strengthen the Canada-Israel relationship.


Our aim? To create sustainable change.


Our Impact in Israel
How do we ensure long-term economic and social stability for Jews living overseas and in Israel? By funding much-needed programs that provide a safety net for our most vulnerable. These specialized programs, some funded in part by Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver through the Federation Annual Campaign, touch the lives of at-risk youth, impoverished seniors and those living in economically fragile areas. Together, we’re reaching out to Jews around the world. More...

Bringing Israel to Vancouver
Throughout the year Jewish Federation’s Israel and Overseas Affairs Department (IOAD) and the Israel and Overseas Committee (IOAC) bring a little bit of Israel to our community by presenting or supporting programs, events and festivals. More...

Former Soviet Union
More than 165,000 impoverished elderly Jews live in the former Soviet Union. By working with the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), we help ease their day-to-day struggle by providing critical aid, including food and medical programs. By providing funding for Hesed welfare centres, we’re also helping to ensure the long-term survival of this community. More...

Israel and Overseas Experiences
Thinking of spending time in Israel? We can help you find the right travel opportunity, whether you’re a young adult who would like to experience Israel for the first time or a professional who would like to learn Hebrew on a kibbutz. There are programs available in Canada, Africa, India and Europe, too. More...

Israel Scholarships

Eliminating barriers to participation. Through the generous support of the Jewish Community Foundation and Jewish Federation, participants of many of our programs in Israel are eligible to apply for financial aid. Apply here.

Making Aliyah
Moving to Israel? We have a list of resources that can provide information, assistance and support to help make your transition a smooth one. More...

Israeli Consular Services
An official representative office of the Government of Israel, the Consulate General of Israel in Toronto can provide helpful information for Israelis living abroad. More...