2023 Hike for a Cause |

2023 Hike for a Cause

2023 Hike for a Cause

    The Kortright Centre for Conservation, 9550 Pine Valley Dr., Woodbridge, (ON), Canada  L4L 1A6

JNF Toronto and the Canadian Friends of the Jaffa Institute have teamed together to create an unforgettable experience of hiking through the wilderness as one group. The event will be held at the Kortright Centre on September 10th where we will be led by professional guides, through an enchanted forest in our own hometown.

The registration fee is $36 and each registrant will be responsible for raising a minimum of $500 which will help fund the Beit Shemesh Education Centre in Israel! Together, we will Hike for a Cause! Our goal this year is to raise $66,000 to complete the renovation of the new outdoor exercise space. 

Kashrut Observed.

This is a rain or shine event.

Please register by Wednesday, September 6th, at 5 PM, using the form below. In addition, indicate YES (near the bottom of the registration form) after you have reviewed the Waiver and Release Form below. Your registration confirmation email will provide you with a link to create your personal fundraising page to raise funds for the Hike with a Cause.

Hike for a Cause Committee
Robyn Ptasznik, Chair 
Corinne Broder
Andrew Goldstein
Ilana Hoffer
Jill Mayer
Tara Resnick
Rick Rotman
Ryan Zeitz

Need help fundraising? Please contact Pam Albert, the National Executive Director for the Jaffa Institute, at (416) 271-7999 or at pam@pamalbert.ca.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact JNF’s Program Director, Melanie Kushner at (416) 638-7200 ext. 148 or at melanie.kushner@jnf.ca.

Thank you to our sponsor: TD Bank 

About the Project:
The Beit Shemesh Education Centre provides comprehensive educational, therapeutic, and nutritional support to more than 200 disadvantaged boys, ages 13-19, who come to the residential campus from impoverished communities throughout Israel. Essential to their success is their holistic approach that makes every student feel truly valued, sometimes for the first time in their lives. With an impactful commitment to their students physical and emotional welfare, BSEC has twice received the Israel Ministry of Education’s top prize for academic excellence. 

Did you know. 
Keeping kids off the streets and in our Beit Shemesh School, giving educational and emotional support, providing sports and activities to build their self-esteem, and making sure they have 3 meals a day, raises their graduation rate to 97%. In addition, they can then get accepted into the army, get a scholarship for university, get good jobs, and break the cycle of poverty? If not for Beit Shemesh, many of them would be school dropouts with problems with drugs, alcohol, and abuse. You can help us break the cycle of poverty for these boys and their families. 

About JNF Canada: 
JNF Canada is a charity dedicated to enriching the lives of Israel’s citizens. By connecting Canadian donors to impactful environmental and social service infrastructure projects in Israel, we are Building Israel Together. To learn more, click here.  

About the Jaffa Institute: 
The Jaffa Institute’s mission is to provide educational, recreational, and social enrichment programs that breaks the cycle of intergenerational poverty in the greater-Jaffa community and support each child’s self-esteem so that he/she can evolve into a healthy, educated, and productive adult. To learn more, click here.


  • Waiver and Release Form

  • Beit Shemesh Education Centre