National Council of Jewish Women of Canada, Toronto

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L’Chaim Cancer Support Program

Confidential peer & caregiver support for Jewish women undergoing cancer treatment.

L’Chaim is a program available through NCJWC Toronto where volunteers facilitate meaningful personal connections with women diagnosed with cancer, and their caregivers on a one-to-one basis.

We offer informal peer and caregiver support in a non-judgmental, caring, and confidential manner. There is a shared understanding of both the cancer experience and issues specific to Jewish women and their families.

If you or a family member has been diagnosed, get the peer and caregiver support you need.

The peer & caregiver support program is offered through a partnership with:

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It’s Personal – Connection & Experience

Speak with other Jewish women who share your unique experience. All volunteers are welcome.  You can make a difference.

All L’Chaim volunteers are trained and have been touched by cancer.

In addition, all L’Chaim volunteers are Jewish and can personally relate to and understand your unique Jewish needs and challenges while undergoing cancer treatment, such as; Shabbat, Jewish holidays and dietary restrictions.

My mom wants to personally call you tomorrow to show her gratitude and her and I would both like to volunteer and contribute as a part of this powerful and wonderful community of Jewish women. Thank you so much again for taking the time to prepare these packages and for personally delivering them to me today. I appreciate you very much and I can’t wait to work with you.”

Webinar: Family Planning and Cancer

In order to address the growing incidence of cancer diagnosed amongst younger women, in June 2024 we hosted two expert panels entitled Family Planning and Cancer.

See below for the recordings which includes top experts in the field.

Webinar Part 1

Webinar Part 2

Services & Support

Having gone through cancer ourselves, we truly understand the fears and confusion that come with a cancer diagnosis.

Volunteers offer a range of support, services and programs to help can accompany women on their cancer journey and help to shine light on a path that can – particularly at first – to help women feel more hopeful.

Mailing List

Receive mailings with helpful resources and gathering information.

Confidential Intake

Offers an empathetic ear to newly diagnosed women & their caregivers.

Peer Support Program

Facilitate a personal match with volunteers who have had similar cancer experiences.

Custom Quilt

Quilts are custom made with love and care, and delivered with care.

Gift Bags

Bags are delivered containing items to bring strength, comfort and information.

Get Involved. Make a Difference.

Use your journey of success to help support others.

Sponsor a Gift Bag

A donation as little as $50 can go a long way to providing a thoughtful gift bag.


Become a Peer Support Volunteer.

New volunteers are always welcome. Training is provided.


Sponsor a Tribute Event

A beautiful way to honour a friend or loved one showing how much you care. Download the form below.


Join our Quilters

No experience necessary. Quilters meet weekly to make beautiful quilts for clients.

Call (416) 633-5100

“Thank you for the beautiful presents.  I got the bags last night. The quilt, blanket, bag, and all the thoughtful reading and coloring material was greatly appreciated.  I am very grateful.  Thank you and tizku l’mitzvoth. Have a great day.”

Education & Events

We have expanded our connection to schools and other major Jewish organizations within the caregiving community.

Over 100 students from Ulpanot Orot attended our presentation with their mothers and donated items of support and comfort for L’Chaim women touched by cancer.

Contact us if you want to partner for an educational event.

Contact and Additional Information

See our community services referral guide.

Contact: 416-633-5100

Hotline: 416-630-0203

Where do I begin to thank you? The angel quilt had me crying like a baby, and I am so grateful to you and to L’Chaim and to the Mitzvah knitters, for being there and offering the warmth of a safety net to me at my hour of need. “


If you have any questions or comments, please send us an email and we'll get back to you shortly.


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