Statement in Support of No Silence on Race

“Justice, justice shall you pursue.” This statement from Deuteronomy 16:20 animates us as Jews, as rabbis, and as community leaders. Therefore, the Toronto Board of Rabbis takes seriously the call to action from No Silence on Race. We acknowledge both historic and ongoing racism against Black people, Indigenous people, and other People of Colour — […]

Statement Regarding the 215 Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation Children

  קוֹל דְּמֵי אָחִיךָ צֹעֲקִים אֵלַי מִן־הָאֲדָמָה Your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground. (Genesis 4:10) We, the members of the Toronto Board of Rabbis, reach out in sorrow and in solidarity with the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation and Indigenous communities throughout the country. The discovery of the bodies of 215 […]

Statement on Antisemitism

In any society, fanatics who hate don’t only hate me—they hate you, too. They hate everybody. – Elie Wiesel The Toronto Board of Rabbis notes with alarm the increasing number of public antisemitic incidents in our city, Canada and around the world. Centuries old antisemitic tropes have been given new life. Innocent people have been […]

COVID-19 and Communal Responsibility

“Take utmost care and guard your nefesh (life) scrupulously.” Deut. 4:9 With the approach of Purim and Pesach, and despite the sorrow that not being able to gather causes, we must remain steadfast in our commitment to follow all laws and regulations to help stop the spread of COVID-19, including wearing masks, washing hands, social […]

Hanukkah and COVID-19

Every year, Hanukkah brings much needed light into our long winter days. There is the joy of lighting the Hanukkiyah, playing dreidel, eating Hanukkah foods, and most importantly, celebrating with family and friends. Beyond physical illumination, Hanukkah carries a message of light and hope for the future. This year, we need this light more than […]

Statement on Threat to 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 […]

Sukkot and COVID-19

Sukkot is z’man simchateinu, the season of our joy.  As we celebrate we must still be mindful of maintaining proper protocols at this time.  Most sukkot in a private dwelling fall under the category of “private indoor gathering” as defined by the province.  As of October 2, we have been asked to limit contact to members […]

Rosh HaShanah During COVID-19

This is the time when we want to get together with family and friends, sit down to a lovely meal and celebrate together. If you were planning on expanding your bubble, or changing the protocols for it, please don’t. Holidays and simchas are ideal ways to spread COVID-19. It has been spreading via family and […]