Creative Writing Contest 2017 Judges

Toronto, ONTARIO (May 4, 2017) Ve’ahavta, a Jewish charitable social service organization, would like to thank the people who contributed their time to serve as judges for the 16th Annual Words from the Street Creative Writing Contest.  “The 115 submissions we received this year are incredibly powerful, reflecting the richness, heart and complexity of our city. They are […]

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 […]

Hundreds of Jews Form ‘Rings of Peace’ at Toronto Mosques

  Paul Lungen, The CJN, Feb. 3 2017 About 300 members of the Jewish community held hands and circled Toronto’s Imdadul Islamic Centre during Friday prayers in a show of support and solidarity in the wake of the Quebec City mosque attack. Organized by Rabbi Yael Splansky, spiritual leader of Holy Blossom Temple and mobilized by […]


For Immediate Release  ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2016, STANDWITHUS CANADA JOINED IsrACTION DAY, the worldwide effort to fight BDS, Buy Israeli Goods, and share with those less fortunate. This was the first year that StandWithUs Canada joined the StandWithUs international grassroots campaign that began three years ago, where people buy Israeli goods in local supermarkets and […]

Ve’ahavta’s Outreach Worker Andre Hermanstyne Interviewed on CBC Radio

Listen below to our Outreach Worker Andre Hermanstyne interviewed on CBC Radio’s Here and Now to talk about what happens to people on the street during extreme weather and the services Ve’ahavta provides to these individuals at these times.

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 […]

Ve’ahavta Gala Marks 20 Years of Tikkun Olam

Shlomo Kapustin, The CJN, November 16 2016  Twenty years ago, Avrum Rosensweig launched a Toronto anomaly. From its first days, when it delivered vitamins to Guyana’s rainforest, Ve’ahavta has focused its charitable efforts on the non-Jewish world. While the group serves all comers, Rosensweig claims tradition as his touchstone and tikkun olam – literally, repairing […]

Ve’ahavta Achieves Accreditation from Imagine Canada’s Standard Program

  Ve’ahavta Achieves Accreditation from Imagine Canada’s Standard Program November 1, 2016 – Ve’ahavta today announces that it has been accredited under Imagine Canada’s national Standards Program. With this achievement, we join a growing community of more than 200 organizations dedicated to operational excellence. The Standards Program is a Canada-wide set of shared standards for […]

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 […]