Welcome to Yedidut Toronto

Yedidut Toronto was established by the Friedberg Foundation as an incubator for the development of groundbreaking and effective models that narrow the socio-economic disparities between populations in Israel. We strive to strengthen the country’s human and social fabric, and contribute to the growth and success of people  in the social periphery.

Since 2008, Yedidut Toronto has  been formulating new and creative responses to meet the needs of underprivileged populations in Israel. We aim to provide successful solutions for the long term – and we are humbled by the positive impact of our initiatives. By consistently measuring and evaluating our progress at every stage, we fine-tune our programs to create successful intervention models that narrow economic and social gaps and improve the quality of life for individuals and for communities in Israel.

What We Do


Education & Employment

Education & Employment

Groundbreaking educational and vocational programs and initiatives – helping members of disadvantaged communities launch careers that meet the demands of the 21st century job market

Sexual Abuse Prevention

Sexual Abuse Prevention

Programs providing the educational staff as well as the students with the tools and training they need to create safe educational spaces – where students are protected from sexual harassment and abuse

Single-Parent Families

Single-Parent Families

Programs designed to help single-parent families living in poverty increase their income significantly and gain a better understanding of their rights and benefits

Kids & Teens at Risk

Kids & Teens at Risk

Programs and initiatives for Israeli children, teens and young adults at risk that provide them with fresh opportunities to fulfill their potential

Emotional Well-Being

Emotional Well-Being

Programs that strive to provide educational institutions with the tools to develop and create an infrastructure and environment that supports students’ mental health needs and enables them to receive therapeutic treatment

Implementing Groundbreaking Models to Drive Social Change

We work in partnership with:

  • Government offices
  • Local municipalities
  • Non-profit organizations and Philanthropies
  • The business community

Our goal is to ensure that the innovative models we develop are adopted and implemented successfully on a broad scale. Our goal is to embed these programs in the governmental infrastructure, in order to increase their scalability, ensure their sustainability, and maximize their impact on Israeli society.



 Identifying and Mapping Out a Social Need

We identify gaps in the country’s social welfare system and drill down to understand the underlying issues at play.


Developing Innovative Models

We work to develop holistic, innovative models that we believe will provide effective long-term solutions to the problem.


 Running a Pilot Program

We implement each model we develop as a pilot program. Our work may be done in partnership with one or more organizations, or we may do it on our own.


Measuring and Evaluating Success

We make sure that each new model is effective and reaches its goals. Right from the start, we measure the effectiveness of our models on an ongoing basis.


Implementing Models in the Public Sector

We implement the models in large organizations and institutions in the public sector – to maximize the impact and to ensure their ongoing adoption.

The Statistics Speak for Themselves!

participate in Haredim B’Akademia which is for Haredi students enrolled in academic degree programs; the program has an 81% placement rate in positions requiring academic degrees. 

Children and teens​

in the El Hanefesh program – at hundreds of institutions throughout Israel – receive funding, support, and guidance for mental health therapy.


are in a safe environment and hundreds of teachers have developed the practical tools to create a Safeguarding environment at schools – in a professional, interactive, and enjoyable way.

40 %
of students​

in the Teuda program successfully complete their matriculation exams which enables them to continue on to vocational training or higher education.

Families living in poverty​

received assistance in the Headway program that provides guidance and support; 90% of the participating families were able to resolve their debt.


in the Daf Hadash program have moved out of domestic violence shelters, where they had received support in creating new, independent lives.