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Leaving Director Role at Ve’ahavta, Feeling Lucky for Fulfilled Dreams

Avrum Rosensweig, The CJN, June 14 2017 My late zaide, Moishe Chaim Flicht, worked in a slipper factory for 40 years. He made splendid slippers, according to my late mother, but this very kind and gentle man’s career goal was always to be a cantor. He studied for a time under the great Moshe Koussevitzky […]

History Has Its Eyes On Us: Five Ways Jews Can Counter Today’s Injustice

Danny Richmond, The CJN, Feb. 23 2017 Jewish people are deeply connected to and shaped by history. Our calendars are rooted in a cycle of questions and explorations of how the lessons of years past are alive today. I grew up in our community learning about historical moments when we were collectively or individually called […]

Ve’ahavta is 20 Years Old and I’m Proud

Avrum Rosensweig, The CJN, November 28 2016 On Nov. 13, Ve’ahavta held its annual Starry Nights gala in Toronto celebrating the organization’s 20 years of tikkun olam – repairing the world. It truly was a brilliantly organized evening showcasing the organization’s programming since its inception, including the very popular mobile Jewish response to the homeless […]

Danny Richmond: Jews have a duty to native peoples

Jodie Shupac, The CJN, September 15 2016  Danny Richmond is director of community engagement at Ve’ahavta, a Jewish social service organization dedicated to promoting positive social change. Richmond, 30, has worked for more than a decade in youth leadership, community mobilization, interfaith engagement and international development. An activist and former campaign manager for the Tony […]

High Park Tour Part of Jewish-Native Bridge Building

Jodie Shupac, The CJN, September 9, 2016  There were some emotional moments for the dozen or so members of the Jewish community assembled in Toronto’s High Park Sept. 8 for a walking tour of significant indigenous sites. “It’s not easy learning about what our country has done or the ways we’re implicated… but it was deeply […]

Jewish, First Nations Panellists Address Identity, Land and Language

Jodie Shupac, The CJN, September 7, 2016 What remains of a people’s identity when a group has been stripped of its language and land? The question was one of several that leaders from the Jewish and First Nations communities grappled with at a panel discussion held Sept. 6 at Shaarei Shomayim Congregation in Toronto. From left, […]

Boy with Autism Donates $28,000 from Bar Mitzvah to Ve’ahavta

Sheri Shefa, The CJN, July 3rd 2016  Adam Wolfond donated $28,000 to Ve’ahavta’s Mobile Jewish Response to the Homeless outreach program on the occasion of his bar mitzvah in April, but that’s not the whole story. Estee Klar, Adam Wolfond, centre, and Henry Wolfond, beside Ve’ahavta’s outreach van Adam, who is autistic, non-verbal and requires […]

Ethiopia Trip Teaches Young Jews About Global Citizenship

Jodie Shupac, The CJN, June 9, 2016  There’s growing demand among young Jews to become more active global citizens, to bring the Jewish value of “repairing the world” to life, says Danny Richmond, director of community engagement at Ve’ahavta. Fittingly, the central questions underpinning last month’s two-week service trip to Gondar, Ethiopia, for post-secondary students and […]

Jewish Teens Learn About First Nations Struggles on North Bay Trip

Jodie Shupac, The CJN, May 24, 2016 There was a moment on a recent Jewish Service Network trip to North Bay, Ont., that 15-year-old Harrison Berman felt, for the first time, embarrassed to be Canadian. Berman was one of nine high school-aged participants from Toronto to spend the weekend of May 6 doing a cultural and […]

Jewish Groups Rush to Help Fort McMurray Evacuees

Jodie Shupac, The CJN, May 5, 2016 Jewish organizations are rallying to help support the tens of thousands of displaced residents of Fort McMurray, Alta., who have been forced to evacuate the area due to a ravaging wildfire. The Alberta government declared a state of emergency May 4 as a result of the catastrophic fires sweeping […]