Young Professionals, Toronto (Canada)

Rabbi Joel Wardinger is the Executive Director of JUMP (Jewish Urban Meeting Place) in Toronto. Wardinger has his sights on bringing a modern, urban approach to Yiddishkeit to the modern, urban young professional set in Toronto. “My aim is to increase Jewish literacy, build bridges between the different Jewish groups in our city, and to strengthen Jewish identity in people above university age.” His vehicle- 94 Avenue, a 3100 square foot space which opened in January 2014, located in the heart of Toronto. Rabbi Wardinger said he’s confident about JUMP’s future, because although, like other organizations, he works hard to get people out to events, he said JUMP is a known commodity in the community and people are interesting in its programming.