Welcome to the Toronto Board of Rabbis


Statement on Racism 

As Canadians, we are proud of our multicultural society, though we recognize that within it also exists unresolved issues of hatred, racism and inequality.

As Jews, we are committed to the notion that all people are created in the “image and likeness of God” (Genesis 1:27) and are fashioned from a single human being so that no one may say, “My ancestor is greater than yours” (Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:5).

We stand, therefore, in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the Black community including Black Jews and Jews of Colour in our own communities, and in all communities experiencing inequality, denouncing racism and prejudice and calling for justice and peace.

We call upon all people of faith and good conscience to deepen our commitment to these ideals and work together to eliminate systemic racism and advocate for a more just and peaceful society.

חֶֽסֶד־וֶאֱמֶ֥ת נִפְגָּ֑שׁוּ צֶ֖דֶק וְשָׁל֣וֹם נָשָֽׁקוּ׃

Love and Truth shall embrace.  Justice and peace shall kiss. (Psalm 85:11)

 

Resources During these Difficult Times
TBR members are hard at work meeting the special challenges of this time of pandemic. We urge members of the Jewish community in need spiritually or materially to reach out to their rabbis and/or to Jewish Family and Child Services for assistance. We encourage those who are able to, to contribute to UJA-Federation’s Emergency  Campaign for Community Resilience which is being mounted in order to address the extraordinary needs of this moment in history. We ask all members of the Jewish community to help in whatever ways they can during this crisis. Every kind word or bit of encouragement helps. 
 
Among the many parts of Jewish life which have been affected by the pandemic is funerals. Rabbis play a crucial role at times of loss, and we know how difficult it is to mourn while social distancing restrictions are in place. Yet those protocols must be respected. Please see the statement below for important information about protocols related to funerals at this time. 
 

Information regarding Covid 19 and Funerals

For up-to-date protocols please check with the funeral home or cemetery.

For information about transporting a loved one’s body from out of province, or out of country, please contact the funeral home directly.

Cemeteries are open for funerals. No unveilings are currently being scheduled.

Some cemeteries have re-opened for visits. Contact the specific cemetery for times and protocol.

(posted June 3, 2020)

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