Welcome to the Toronto Board of Rabbis

Statement on Threat to GTA Mosques

The Toronto Board of Rabbis condemns the threats and hate messages against two Toronto mosques. This despicable act closely follows the September 12th murder of Mohamed-Aslim Zafis who was serving as an attendant at his mosque’s entrance.

We pray that the Toronto Police Service’s investigation into this crime will result in a quick resolution and that the perpetrators be brought to justice.

We affirm everyone’s right to pray peacefully without fear of harm.  All Canadians have a right to practice their faith in peace and security. We call on our fellow Canadians to denounce hatred in all its forms. Let us all join together in reaffirming the shared values that make Canada a welcoming home for people of diverse beliefs and backgrounds.

כִּי בֵיתִי בֵּית־תְּפִלָּה יִקָּרֵא לְכָל־הָעַמִּים

For My house will be called a house of prayer for all peoples. (Isaiah 56:7)

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)