Statement on Food

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us but for those who are hungry the situation has become even more difficult. Every year during the Yamim Nora’im, the Toronto Board of Rabbis encourages members of the Jewish community to bring donations of non-perishable food items to their local synagogues.  Given the reality of Covid-19 this […]

Statement Regarding Communal Reopening

We are living in difficult times. Jewish community is built around gathering together in prayer, ritual, and relationship. And yet, during this Covid-19 pandemic, we are unable to do these things together in the ways to which we are accustomed. We have seen remarkable innovation, creativity, and lovingkindness from the individuals and institutions of the […]

Statement Concerning 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 […]

Statement on Celebrating Passover 5780/2020

  How is this Passover different than all other Passovers? On all other Passovers there were no pandemics, but on this Passover, COVID-19 plagues the world. Passover is a time when many gather with friends and family or join together in community seders. Barring a major downgrading of COVID-19 concerns by Public Health Toronto, it […]