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The Canadian home of Masorti/Conservative Judaism in Israel.

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The “Terumah,” endowment's mission is to create a long-term resource to meet the challenges and needs of our Jewish community both at home and in Israel. Visit the page for details by clicking here!

Join us for the 2nd MERCAZ-Canada Retreat, Dec. 3 - 5

With special guests, Dr Yizhar Hess, Rabbi Mauricio Balter and Alan Budman


Dr Yizhar Hess, Vice Chairman, WZO

Dr Yizhar Hess was elected to the post of Vice Chairman of the World Zionist Organization at the 2020 World Zionist Congress.

Between 2007-2020 Yizhar served as the Executive Director of the Masorti Movement in Israel. Yizhar had represented the Masorti Movement in the negotiations with the Israeli government regarding egalitarian prayer at the Kotel, and he is one of the leading voices in Israel promoting Jewish pluralism.

Yizhar Hess is a 10th generation Jerusalemite. He lives today in Modi'in with his wife Yael, a former colonel in the IDF, and their two children Achiad and Mica.


Rabbi Mauricio Balter

Rabbi Mauricio Balter (הרב מאוריסיו בלטר) Executive Director of Masorti Olami and MERCAZ Olami, was born in Montevideo, Uruguay.  Rabbi Balter served congregations in Salta and Buenos Aires Argentina for 12 years. He made aliyah in 1995 and was Rabbi of the Kiryat Bialik community for 15 years.

Rabbi Balter currently sits on the Executive of the World Zionist Organization and the Board of Directors of JNF-KKL where he heads the committee on sustainability and environmental protection.

Rabbi Balter has been married to his wife, Bilha for 40 years. They have two daughters, Maia (married to Herman) and Shani (married to Orion), and two Grandsons, Matan-Chaim and Ma’or.


Alan Budman

Alan Budman, FJMC International 1st VP was born and raised in the Philadelphia area.  He is a retired attorney and taught at Penn State University for 28 years. He is married to Susan and they are the proud parents and the ecstatic grandparents.

He has served as a volunteer in a large number of organizations including as President of the Associated Alumni of Philadelphia's famous Central High School, a Big Brother volunteer with JFS.  He was President of the Temple Sinai (Dresher) Men’s Club and the Middle Atlantic Region. He has served as Co-Chair of the Keruv Initiative of FJMC, Co-Chair of the Yellow Candle Program, Convention Program Chair, and VP for Programs, Regions, and Training. He is a fellow of the Foundation for Jewish Life.


Isaiah Tubbs Resort and Conference Centre

Isaiah Tubbs is a country comfortable resort located on the shores of western Lake Ontario.

The centre is approximately 3 hours from either Montreal or Toronto by car.

We have use of the entire facility, and you are invited to explore the nearby Sandbanks Provincial Park.

We will be providing kosher food and full compliance with all of Ontario's COVID-19 protocols.

You must be double vaccinated to attend and in possession of your province's (or state's) vaccine "passport" to attend.

We are excited to announce our 2021 Retreat for Shabbat Hannukah, Friday, December 3 to Sunday, December 5. This will be a joint retreat with our partners, the Anshe Zafon (Canadian) Region of the Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs.
The retreat will feature sessions on leadership, membership growth, Zionism and more, along with full Masorti services and optional study sessions.
There are a limited number of single rooms ($480 CDN) and many of the double rooms are suites ($360 CDN) with separate areas. Prices are all-inclusive. We do encourage couples to join us as this is a combined event.
We’re excited to invite you to joining us and hope that you will pass this information on to other members to register. Use this link to register: https://site.evenium.net/mercaz-canada-cfmj-fjmc-ansheh-zafon-2021-retreat/registration
We are also excited to confirm that we will have three world class speakers this year;
  • Dr. Yizhar Hess, Vice Chairman of the World Zionist Organization
  • Rabbi Mauricio Balter, Executive Director of MERCAZ-Olami
  • Alan Budman, 1st Vice President of the FJMC
All three are looking forward to the retreat and we have advised Yizhar and Mauricio to dress warmly, the weather might be a bit cooler than Jerusalem! Alan is from Philadelphia, so he'll be fine.
We will also have MERCAZ-Canada's Executive Director, Rabbi Jen Gorman and our old friend, Cantor Zach Mondrow will be joining us as a participant - although he might be convinced to speak or sing - heck, we cant stop him from either one if he starts!
All food served will be kosher and we will have multiple options for ritual services.
There may be additional surprises in the guest list, this is a retreat we all are looking forward to.

MERCAZ-Canada and Canadian Foundation for Masorti Judaism work in cooperation to foster and strengthen Masorti/Conservative Judaism in Israel and create engagement opportunities Jews living in Israel and the Diaspora, based on the ideals of tradition and tolerance, study and spirituality, and social action and love of Israel.

MERCAZ represents Masorti Judaism within the World Zionist Organization and Congress, the Jewish Agency for Israel, and Jewish National Fund. We advocate for funding of pluralistic streams of Judaism in Israel crucial to our movement’s growth in Israel and around the world.


YOUR Voice in Israel

MERCAZ: the Movement to Reaffirm Conservative Zionism, is the Zionist voice of Conservative Judaism in Canada. A grassroots membership organization, we promote and support Israel education and programs, and represent the interests of Masorti/Conservative Judaism in the World Zionist Organization and Jewish Agency for Israel.



MERCAZ-Canada and Canadian Foundation for Masorti Judaism work in cooperation to foster and strengthen Masorti/Conservative Judaism in Israel, based on the ideals of tradition and tolerance, study and spirituality, and social action and love of Israel. Encourage your youth to experience Israel through MERCAZ-Canada, USY and Ramah scholarships for Israel travel.


Masorti supports our movement

Canadian Foundation for Masorti Judaism supports our movement directly. CFMJ is committed to halakhah and history, combining Jewish law and tradition with an open approach to Jewish life. CFMJ supports the work of the Masorti Movement, raising funds to enable the Movement to further its educational and outreach activities in Israel.

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The Masorti Movement in Israel is a pluralistic, religious movement in Israel affiliated with Masorti/ Conservative Judaism around the world. The Canadian Foundation for Masorti Judaism supports the work of the Masorti Movement in Israel which promotes scholarship, Zionism and religious tolerance and pluralism within the context of modern Israeli society. The Foundation raises funds to support Masorti programmes in Israel through the Movement and in its synagogue centres. Your donation helps to ensure that our work may continue.

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