Jewish group Ve’ahavta helps support refugees housed in North York churches (

It was Sunday, July 16, when Pastor Judith James received a video of the crisis at 129 Peter St. in downtown Toronto: hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers were sleeping on the street, outside the city’s referral centre for emergency accommodation. The next morning she was on the phone, committed to bringing them into her […]

Jewish groups like Ve’ahavta have been helping African asylum seekers stranded in Toronto (TheCJN)

In the cozy confines of a small church auditorium, white sheets divide the space into makeshift dorms for men and the women with cots set up on either side. Tables and chairs are crowded together, while a space to serve meals has been set up against the side wall. For the last four weeks, this […]

Ve’ahavta provides food that I can’t make at home (Maclean’s)

In 1975, at the age of 21, I moved from California to North York. My parents had grown up in Toronto and wanted me to experience the city too. I took some advertising and business courses at Seneca College, but never graduated with a degree or diploma. I had a few jobs over the years, […]

United Bakers Dairy restaurant and Ve’ahavta partner to feed Toronto’s Homeless (The Jewish Standard)

Note page 21 – Over 100 people recently tuned in on Zoom to Cooking for a Cause at Ve’ahavta, a charity dedicated to promoting self-sufficiency among those facing poverty and homelessness. The live cooking workshop was led by United Bakers’ Ruthie and Nathan Ladovsky with kitchen interns at Ve’ahavta’s commercial kitchen. They shared their restaurant’s […]

Forest Hill fundraising walk is one of many ways non-profit group Ve’ahavta is fighting homelessnesss (Streeter)

Formerly homeless herself, Carolyne Masinde will be joining the Forest Hill contingent for The Coldest Night of the Year walk on Feb. 25, a Canada-wide fundraising event on behalf of those without homes. Masinde, a refugee from Uganda, landed in a shelter soon after arriving in Canada, where she didn’t know anyone. Though she was […]

An act of violence led this Toronto chef to want to feed the city this Valentine’s Day (The Star)

The idea to give out free soup and bagels to thousands of Torontonians on Valentine’s Day came to Marty Galin after he experienced two of the darkest days of his life. First, last spring, the comedian and former co-host of radio’s “Marty & Avrum: The Food Guys” was on his mobility scooter when he was […]

400 People Help Toronto Homeless (Foundation Magazine)

The results of the 4th Annual Ve’ahavta Project will have a tangible impact on people’s lives. Over three hours, volunteers made 225 blankets, baked 450 cookies, and packed 300 harm reduction kits, all of which will be distributed on the organization’s two outreach vans, which operate 7 nights a week, delivering hot meals, donated clothing, […]

Ve’ahavta’s outreach van program helps homeless population in North York, Scarborough and downtown Toronto (

For this single mother living at a Scarborough homeless shelter with two of her children, it’s been a tough year. “It’s very hard for me to stay focused,” said Jennifer (her name has been changed to protect her family’s privacy). “I have challenges with depression and very bad anxiety.” Jennifer said she ended up in […]

One-Day event mobilizes 400 people to help Toronto homeless (Parliament Street News)

Danny, a 13-year-old volunteer, sat at one of a handful of tables on the lower floor of Holy Blossom Temple, sandwiched between his father and older brother, cutting fringes into a large swath of felt that that the trio were transforming into a blanket for someone living on the street. “It’s really important for me […]

Ve’ahavta. A dynamic Jewish humanitarian and relief organization for all faiths. (CJN Online)

TORONTO. November 1/22 – Ve’ahavta is Canada’s only Jewish humanitarian and relief organization. Founded in 1996, it is dedicated to promoting positive change in the lives of people of all faiths and backgrounds who have been marginalized by poverty and hardship. Ve’ahavta mobilizes volunteers in meaningful, hands-on experiences to fulfill our collective responsibility to care […]

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