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 […]

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 […]

Creative Writing Contest 2016 Judges

Toronto, ONTARIO (May 16, 2016) Ve’ahavta, the Jewish humanitarian organization, and the Toronto Writers Collective, would like to thank the following people for contributing their time to serve as judges for the 15th Annual Words from the Street Creative Writing Contest. The contest invites submissions from people whose voices are often unheard in our city, including people […]

As Fort McMurray burns, the international Jewish community steps up

By Sammy Hudes, Times of Israel,May 10, 2016 With wildfire causing mass evacuations of over 90,000, IsraAid provides on-the-ground psychological support while local organizations help displaced   Toronto – Howard Rensler was in his downtown Fort McMurray, Alberta, office on May 3 when his staff told him to look outside. Glancing out his window, the […]