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Camp Wahanowin holds first Pink Day to encourage acceptance, inclusion

Patrick Bales, The Orillia Packet & Times, Wednesday, July 8, 2015 Maddy Cunningham travelled around the world to be a camp counsellor at Camp Wahanowin this summer. But the message being spread at the camp Wednesday, and throughout the summer, is one that transcends national borders. “(Inclusion) is so important,” the Australian teenager said. “It’s […]

The elegant Aboriginal Peoples

Avrum Rosensweig, The CJN, Wednesday, June 17, 2015 Edwin Metatawabin was seven and ill when forced by nuns to eat his own vomit in his porridge at the St Anne residential school in Fort Albany, Ont. This sickening piece of Canadian history was uncovered at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and documented in its report […]

Swimming, Canoeing and Repairing the World Summer Camp Grants Introduce Youth to Social Justice and Global Citizenship

Toronto, ONTARIO (June 17, 2015) – Over 2500 youth who attend seven summer camps across Canada will be involved in social justice activities, along with their regular summer fun, with the support of micro grants awarded by Ve’ahavta, a Toronto-based humanitarian organization. The Dugmah (“example” in Hebrew) Grants are intended to help Jewish summer camps […]

York University student reflects on Impact India

By: Robyn Rosenblum 2nd year York University Student; Incoming JLIC Student co-President Courtesy of Hillel of Greater Toronto Month in Review May 2015  Two weeks ago I and twenty other university students embarked on a journey of a lifetime. In partnership with Hillel of Greater Toronto, OU/ JLIC, Ve’ahavta, and Shaarei Shomayim, we travelled  to India where […]

A Jew in Kenora Spreading Tikun Olam

Avrum Rosensweig, Now Magazine, Sunday, June 7, 2015 My people talk a lot when we get nervous. Natives get quiet. I’m fine with it. I am showing up. I am on a WestJet airlines turboprop flight to Thunder Bay. We’re flying at 22,000 feet, 76 of us sitting in a large cylindrical tube propped up […]

Native-Jewish partnership focuses on health

Avrum Rosensweig, The CJN, Wednesday, May 20, 2015 I write this article while visiting native reserves in the Kenora, Ont., region. We are staying in a Super 8 Motel, and a sign outside says: “Burton Cummings performing. Tickets inside. Cool!” I am here with Hanita Tiefenbach  and Leah Silverman, Ve’ahavta staff.  Our goals are to strengthen our […]

Jewish Organizations Present a Statement of Solidarity and Action that Aims to Strengthen Relations with Aboriginal Canadians

Press Release June 2, 2015 Jewish Organizations Present a Statement of Solidarity and Action that Aims to Strengthen Relations with Aboriginal Canadians Ottawa, ON – Ve’ahavta and the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) were among the leading Jewish organizations participating in the ceremonies supporting the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), an independent commission […]

VSA graduate Jillann Mignon interviewed on CBC Radio

“A Walk in Her Shoes” – an Alisa Siegel documentary, CBC Radio one, Sunday, May 17, 2015 The tattoo engraved on the nape of her neck reads, Madam Mignon. A symbol of who and what she hoped to become. At age thirteen, Jillann Mignon left home. Began to sell her body for quick money. And […]

Jewish groups raise money for Nepal quake relief

Sheri Shefa, Staff Reporter, Thursday, April 30, 2015 Although they’re halfway across the world, Canadian Jewish organizations are collecting money to help the hundreds of thousands of people suffering in Nepal due to the worst natural disaster the region has seen in 80 years. Robyn Segall, Ve’ahavta’s communications director, said that according to the Jewish […]

Yom Hazikaron: there will be no baptism (The Canadian Jewish News)

Avrum Rosensweig, The CJN, Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Yoram’s leg stuck out of the bunker – enough so that his commander barked at him to tuck it in. His instruction was a mild inconvenience but could save Yoram’s leg. Yoram’s plugah (unit) had bunkered down in Khan Yunis preparing for a major Israel Defence Forces attack on a […]

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