The beautiful artwork displayed in our banner depicts a shtetl (village) scene, and was created by the late progressive labour artist Avrom Yanovsky for the Toronto Jewish Folk Choir's production of 'Oyfn Fidl' (On the Fiddle) in the early 1970's.

UNITED JEWISH PEOPLE'S ORDER

Who We Are
The United Jewish People's Order of Canada is an independent socialist-oriented, secular cultural and educational organization with branches in Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver, and members in Montreal and other Canadian centres.

From its beginnings in 1926, the UJPO has always had a socially progressive outlook. We have consistently promoted the unionization of workers, peace, and social justice in Canada and the world.

Contact us:

UJPO – National Office

Phone: 416-789-5502

585 Cranbrooke Avenue

Fax: 416-789-5981

Toronto, ON M6A 2X9

Email: mws@on.aibn.com

Website: www.ujpo.org

 

Mission Statement
The United Jewish People's Order develops and perpetuates a progressive secular approach on social and cultural matters, our Jewish heritage, the Yiddish language and holiday and festival celebrations; we sponsor secular Jewish education, musical and cultural groups, concerts, lectures, public forums, and take part in social action and related community activities.

Download UJPO Aims and Purposes Brochure here

Our Local Organizations – Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Winnipeg

Toronto – UJPO Toronto members established and sponsor: the Morris Winchevsky School, the Toronto Jewish Folk Choir and Camp Naivelt. We conduct community holiday and cultural programs independently or in partnership with other Jewish organizations. UJPO Toronto participates in the activities of the Association of Jewish Seniors, the Yiddish Culture Council, and the following institutions of the Toronto UJA/Federation: the Board of Jewish Education, the Committee for Yiddish, the Toronto Jewish Book Fair, and the Holocaust Education Committee.

Contact us:

UJPO – Toronto

Phone: 416-789-5502

585 Cranbrooke Avenue

Fax: 416-789-5981

Toronto, ON M6A 2X9

Email: mws@on.aibn.com

Montreal – This branch of the UJPO is currently undergoing a structural reorganization. Mortuary Benefits continue to be available to qualified UJPO members. For information, please contact the Toronto Office (see above).

Vancouver – UJPO Vancouver members are actively involved in editing, producing, mailing and financing Outlook, Canada's progressive Jewish magazine. Our members are also active participants in the Peretz Centre for Secular Jewish Culture, the Vancouver Jewish Folk Choir, the Sholem Aleichem Seniors and all other aspects of the Centre.

Contact us:

UJPO – Vancouver

Phone: 604-324-5101

#3-6184 Ash Street

Fax: 416-789-5981

Vancouver, British Columbia
V5Z 3G9

Email: hjberson@axionet.com

Winnipeg – UJPO Winnipeg is active in organizing monthly forums on a variety of subjects. These range from cultural, political and social issues that appeal to both Jews and non-Jews alike. Twice a month, UJPO sponsors the Mame-Loshn Group to help foster and promote Yiddish literature and the Yiddish language.

Contact us:

UJPO – Winnipeg

Phone: 204-582-8512

165 Scotia Street

Email: rusiskin@mts.net

Winnipeg, Manitoba
R2W 3X2

 

UJPO's Outlook on Current Global Issues
The UJPO supports gender and ethnic equality of all. We encourage people of all ages, backgrounds and sexual orientation who support our aims and purposes to join and participate in our activities.

We continue to participate in building the social safety net: universal health care and education, and adequate affordable housing.

The UJPO supports a strong, democratic federal government with recognition of Quebec's national aspirations, and self-rule for the Aboriginal Peoples.

Mindful of the deteriorating health of the environment at local, national and global levels, we support efforts to reverse climate warming and to prevent further regression. Our organization views 'globalization' of the economy as a threat to employment, labour standards, national autonomy, and the quality of life in Canada and throughout the world.

We support universal human rights – the right to food, shelter and employment.

We support a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, under which both peoples would live side by side as peaceful neighbours in secure and viable states.

 

Affiliations
Toronto's Morris Winchevsky School, Vancouver's Peretz Centre's Shule and Winnipeg's Sholem Aleichem Community's School are informally affiliated and share a progressive secular Jewish Sunday School curriculum.

As a national organization, we are affiliated with:

  • Canadian Jewish Congress
  • Board of Jewish Education
  • UJA Federation of Greater Toronto
  • Congress of Secular Jewish Organizations (CSJO)
  • International Federation of Secular Humanistic Judaism
  • Yiddishe Kultur Gezelshaft (Yiddish Cultural Council)
  • Association of Jewish Seniors
  • Canadian Peace Alliance
  • Yoisher – The Jewish Network for Social Justice