Born to parents with less than junior high-level schooling, Warren Kimel was taught from a young age that education was fundamental. Over 30 years ago, Warren got involved with UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, which led to his supporting social Jewish Agency projects that help Israelis on the periphery.
“When I saw The Jewish Agency’s Youth Futures program in action, I was in awe. Thanks to Youth Futures, children are given the tools to succeed, teens are empowered to serve as role models and families are able to flourish. Through positive, supportive mentoring, The Jewish Agency is helping the next generation learn by example,” shared Warren. “I could actually see successful results with these kids graduating from schools. It just proved that The Jewish Agency follows through and prioritizes education in Israel. And that’s big-picture thinking.”
Warren also appreciates how The Jewish Agency values the connections between global Jewish communities and Israel, promoting these bonds through flagship programs like Masa Israel Journey and Shlichim (Israeli emissaries).
“Israel is important to all Jews, whether they realize it or not; having a homeland for the Jewish People is key. Every generation should know this and believe it, and The Jewish Agency leads these efforts by providing programs that create bonds which connect Jews everywhere to Israel,” Warren said.
Warren has been a member of The Jewish Agency’s Board of Governors since 2012 and serves as the Chair of the Marketing & Communications Committee. Since 2014, he has been a generous Jewish Agency donor, supporting diverse projects globally that benefit the Jewish People.