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 […]

Pikuach Nefesh, Are you a Match?

My name is Barb and I grew up in Toronto. My husband is ill and needs a Liver Transplant.  He is on the Organ Transplant List, which is controlled by Trillium Gift of Life Network.  It’s a long list, and when an organ from someone who has passed away becomes available, priority is given to the sickest […]

TBR Statement on Vaccination

In recent months, there have been outbreaks of measles resulting, in part, from people refusing to vaccinate their children. The Shulhan Arukh (Hoshen Mishpat 427:8), a classic code of Jewish law, teaches, “Wherever there is a potentially life-endangering pitfall or obstacle, it is a positive commandment to remove it… as the Torah says: ‘Guard yourself […]