‘No surprise,’ says outreach organization, as number of encampments in Toronto doubles since last spring (CP24)

This all comes as no surprise to Cari Kozierok, the executive director of Ve’ahavta, a local organization that supports people marginalized by poverty and hardship. For almost 30 years, volunteers from the non-profit organization in two vans filled with food and supplies have done nightly outreach in the downtown core and in Scarborough and North […]

Ve’ahavta’s 4th annual Coldest Night of the Year walk was our most successful ever! (CBC News)

In Toronto, Jewish community group, Ve’ahavta, held it’s fourth annual Coldest Night of the Year event, last night. Fast forward to our feature: 0:07

Ve’ahavta’s coldest night of the year helps people facing homelessness (CTV News)

Braving the cold for a good cause, dozens of people took to the streets in the city tonight. Walking to raise awareness and funding, to tackle homelessness in our region. Fast forward to our feature: 0:27

CN Tower Illuminated in Ve’ahavta’s Colors: A Beacon of Hope on World Homelessness Day (Global News – The Wolf on Bay Street)

Mark World Homeless Day in Toronto with Ve’ahavta. Fast forward to our feature: Real Estate Update and How The Market Is Doing – 24:36-35:55

Helping Refugees, Together Faith-based organizations in Toronto come together to help the city’s asylum-seekers (The Jewish Standard)

There is a refugee crisis in Toronto. There are currently an estimated 2,900 refugees and asylum-seeker claimants in Toronto’s shelter system – a growth of 500 percent in the last 20 months. The issue captured attention when dozens of refugees were found sleeping on the streets in downtown Toronto, nearby the over-capacity shelters. The Jewish […]

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 […]

Coldest Night of the Year Feb 25 walk (blogTO)

Want to make a BIG IMPACT on the lives of people facing hurt, hunger, and homelessness? Come out and join Ve’ahavta on February 25 @7 pm at Beth Tzedec Synagogue for the Coldest Night of the Year, a cross-Canada, family-friendly night walk to raise money for local charities like ours, that are dedicated to serving […]

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