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 […]

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 […]

Chat Alumni Reunite to Stage Production of Rent

 Amy Grief , The CJN, April 13, 2016 I’m 24 years old and it’s my first day at TanenbaumCHAT. No, I’m not a former student who’s back for a reunion. Instead, I’m here to rehearse Rent, A107 Production’s inaugural show. Like many of my current cast and fellow ensemble members, I’d been searching for an opportunity […]

GBC student Jobim Novak turns from drugs to music

Tina Todaro, The Dialog, December 7, 2015  Through music and writing, Jobim Novak has overcome many of the challenges that left him choosing between life and death. “The bullying, which made me feel like a nobody, made me want to stray from my previously good morals, and become not only a substance abuser, but a thug,” […]

‘Warm feet equal warm hearts’: 10-year-old girls gather socks for the homeless

Dario Balca, CTV Toronto, Tuesday, December 1, 2015  Have you ever thrown out an odd sock because you could never find its partner? Two 10-year-old girls from Toronto have turned this common problem into a donation campaign aimed at making sure more people have warm feet this winter. The project, called “Odd Sox,” asks people to […]

Celebrating the Unheard Voices in Toronto: Top Canadian Writers Select Winners of 14th Annual Words from the Street Writing Contest

Toronto, ONTARIO (November 19, 2015) — Ve’ahavta, a Jewish humanitarian organization, and the Toronto Writers Collective, which provides free ongoing creative writing workshops to underserved communities throughout the GTA, are pleased to announce the winners of the 14th annual citywide creative writing contest, Words from the Street. The Awards Ceremony will take place on Sunday, […]

14th Annual Words from the Street Creative Writing Contest Judges

Ve’ahavta and the Toronto Writers Collective would like to thank the following people for contributing their time to serve as judges for the 14th Annual Words from the Street Creative Writing Contest. David Bezmozgis is an award-writing writer and filmmaker. He is the author of the story collection Natasha and Other Stories (2004) and the […]