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 […]

Ve’ahavta Gala Honours Leaders and Humanitarians

The CJN, Friday, November 13, 2015 Jodie Shupac, Staff Reporter Until a few years ago, Bob, 40, never imagined he would be homeless, but a personal crisis launched him into a tailspin that saw him experience serious psychological and financial straits, including homelessness. A housing counsellor recommended he apply for the Ve’ahavta Street Academy (VSA), […]

How music saved a Toronto man from drugs before he turned 21-years-old

CBC News, Tuesday, November 10, 2015 “I had no friends, I was addicted, music pulled me out.” What is it like to be addicted to painkillers? What is it about those drugs that are they so seductive? How to you break free from them? And how do you replace them in your life? These are […]

Ve’ahavta, the Canadian Jewish Humanitarian Organization, Celebrates Starry Nights, the 13th Annual Awards Event Honouring Canadian Humanitarians

Toronto, (October 29, 2015) — Ve’ahavta ( will be hosting the Starry Nights Tikun Olam Awards Ceremony on Thursday, November 12, at 6:00 p.m. at the TELUS Centre for Performing Arts, Koerner Hall 273 Bloor Street West. The 13th annual event will shine the spotlight on local individuals who have gone to extraordinary lengths to […]

Canada’s residential school story to be taught in classrooms this fall

Terry Reith, Briar Stewart, CBC News, Friday, September 4, 2015 Not all jurisdictions ready to roll out curriculum As Canadian students return to class, educators are scrambling to add an important new element to the curriculum – the history and impact of residential schools. Ensuring that school children hear about the legacy of physical and […]

Finding hope at Ve’ahavta Skills Academy

The CJN Education & Community Focus, Thursday, August 27, 2015 Ryan Jelilyan’s family had never seen him so excited and engaged. For several years, Ryan, 23, had been suffering from depression and anxiety, unable to sleep, lacking the motivation to get a job and not doing much during the day. It was a life that was leading him, he says, “down a path of […]

There’s important work being done in Shoah education

Avrum Rosensweig, The CJN, Friday, July 31, 2015 In the July 23 edition of The CJN, I wrote a column entitled, “Holocaust education: we’ve lost our way.” My thesis was that the resources used to build Holocaust memorials and sponsor programs whose objective is to simply remember the Holocaust would be better spent on encouraging […]

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