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From: Cari Kozierok (Executive Director)

Recently, Ve’ahavta has had several close encounters with antisemitism:

  • Last week, while providing hot meals and clothing to people of all faiths facing homelessness, our outreach workers were harassed and intimidated by an anti-Israel protestor.
  • Then, days later, we received multiple unrelated hate messages through our volunteer portal with graphic antisemitic, anti-Israel sentiments.
  • And then there was the shooting at Bais Chaya Mushka Girls School, just up the street from our office.

Antisemitism is affecting our organization’s good work, and increasing stress for our staff, our volunteers, and the people we serve.

We have just issued a statement to Toronto Mayor Olivia Chow and all Toronto city councilors, asking them to take action against antisemitism in our city.

I am asking all who live in Toronto to please do the same.

We have prepared cut-and-paste email copy (below):

Dear Mayor and Councilor X,

My name is X and I support the Jewish charity, Ve’ahavta, which helps people of all faiths and backgrounds who are facing poverty and homelessness. At present, their good work, which benefits the most vulnerable people in our city, is being adversely affected by the rise in antisemitism in our city.

See their statement here.

I want to know what are you going to do to address the dangerous rise in antisemitism and antisemitic hate speech that we are seeing in the city of Toronto?

Signed,

X

If we don’t take action, then who will? The time to act against antisemitism in our city is now.

Thank you,

Cari Kozierok,
Executive Director, Ve’ahavta

Read our statement issued to Toronto Mayor Olivia Chow and all Toronto city councilors, asking them to take action against antisemitism in our city.

View statement

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