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Jewish Vocational Service of Toronto

Jewish Vocational Services of Toronto logo2014 Ruderman Prize in Inclusion Winner

Name: Jewish Vocational Service of Toronto
Location: Toronto, ON

Program Description: JVS Toronto is a non-profit leader in employment services for jobseekers and employers. For over 65 years, JVS has played a vital role providing career and employment services across the Greater Toronto Area, supporting more than 21,000 individuals annually.

Jobseekers are from all backgrounds and the work focuses on the unemployed and underemployed. JVS offers specialty services to youth at risk, young graduates, internationally trained professionals, individuals with disabilities and mature workers. Customized services include career planning and counselling, evaluations and assessments for children and adults. JVS is a leader in recruitment, job matching, coaching and retention services for employees and employers.

JVS is proud of their Jewish heritage and is committed to supporting Toronto’s Jewish community, through: a job matching program that connects Jewish jobseekers and employers; a collaboration with Jewish Family and Child, to provide employment support to the most vulnerable in our community; and our Integrated Jewish Day School Psychology Program, which offers psychoeducational assessments and staff consultation and support services to 19 campuses of 12 Jewish Day Schools.

JVS offers specialized programming for populations with Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Developmental Disabilities including ASD. Their AbilityWorks program supports individuals with mental health, intellectual and physical disabilities to find and maintain employment. 

“JVS Toronto is honored and delighted to be the recipient of the 2014 Ruderman Prize in Inclusion, a wonderful recognition of the work of our Psychological Services team.  This year marks the 50th anniversary of our delivery of psychological assessment and consultation supports in Toronto Jewish Day Schools.  Our skilled and talented psychology staff work closely with the schools, supporting them in understanding and effectively teaching all children, including students with special education needs.  We are very proud of the role that we play in supporting the provision of Jewish education to all children.” – Dr Reena Kronitz, Chief Psychologist


Lorie Shekter-Wolfson“ We are thrilled to have been  chosen to receive the 2014 Ruderman Prize in Inclusion from the Ruderman Family Foundation.  It is an honour to be recognized as a global leader in inclusion within  the Jewish Community.  JVS Toronto has a  legacy  serving the Jewish Community and supporting clients, many with barriers who would not otherwise have the opportunities they do today.  Our commitment to Tikkun Olam, drives our organization’s mission and the work we do.  Most importantly, this is  a special recognition for the staff who  work with the students every day  and who make the world a better place for them.” – Lorie Shekter-Wolfson, President & CEO