Rings of Peace- Friday March 22
In the wake of last week’s massacre at two New Zealand mosques, the Toronto Board of Rabbis is organizing Rings of Peace in locations throughout the GTA this Friday. Here is the list of locations and times. Please note that #13 is incomplete. Please check back for updates.
- Masjid Toronto- 168 Dundas – 11:30 AM, First Narayever – R Ed Elkin
- Imdadul Islamic Centre 26 Lepage Ct, North York – 1 PM, Holy Blossom, R. Yael Splansky
- Islamic Information and Dawah Centre – 1168 Bloor St W – 1 PM, City Shul – R Elyse Goldstein
- Sayeda Khadija Centre 7150 Edwards Blvd. Mississauga, 1 – 2:30 PM, Beth Tzedec – R Baruch Frydman-Kohl and R Steve Wernick
- Taric Mosque, 99 Beverly Hills Dr, North York– 1 PM, Temple Sinai R Michael Dolgin & Daniel Mikelberg. To carpool from Temple Sinai contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Baitul Islam Mosque – 10610 Jane Street, Maple, 1:15, Pride of Israel – R. Sean Gorman (Pride of Israel) R Howard Morrison (Beth Emeth)
- Islamic Foundation of Toronto, 441 Nugget Ave, Scarborough, 12:30 PM Darchei Noam – R Tina Grimberg
- Madinah Masjid 1015 Danforth Ave, 1:15 -2:30 PM Danforth Jewish Circle – R Miriam Margles
- Great Lakes Mosque/Jamiat ul Ansar, 291 Great Lakes Dr, Brampton, 1:15 PM, Har Tikvah – R Michal Shekel & Solel (?)
- Islamic Society of Ajax (Masjid Quba), 1501 Harwood Ave N, Ajax, 1:20 PM– R Shalom Shachter & Deborah Lesh (Bnai Tikvah)
- Islamic Society of Markham – Jam’e Masjid Markham, 2900 Denison St, Markham, 1:30 PM -Temple Emanu-el – R. Debra Landsberg & Beth David, R Phil Scheim
- U of T George Campus downtown -1:00 and 2:00 at Hart House Debates Room, 7 Hart House Circle, 1:00 at Multi-Faith Centre, 569 Spadina Crescent – R. Julia Appel email@example.com
- Imam Mahdi Islamic Centre – TBA – Temple Har Zion – R Cory Weiss -contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- International Muslim Organization, 65 Rexdale Blvd. Rexdale – Ve’Ahavta, Cari Kozierok
- Scarborough Muslim Association ( Jame Abu Bakr Siddique), 2665 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough–1:20 PM, R Adam Cutler (Adath Israel)
Statement on New Zealand Mosque Shootings
The Toronto Board of Rabbis is deeply saddened following the deplorable attacks in Christchurch. We offer our deepest sympathies and heartfelt support to Toronto’s Muslim community, who once again feel the agony of sisters and brothers maimed and murdered during prayer
The Jewish tradition emphasizes the sanctity of human life. Every person is created in the image of God and has infinite worth. The violence in Christchurch has no justification and we condemn it fully and completely.
To the grieving families, the Toronto Board of Rabbis conveys our solemn condolences. We call on the Jewish community to pray for the complete healing of the dozens of people wounded in these attacks.
May we all strive for the day when people of goodwill work together so that human decency can prevail.
Hesed: Doing Kindness in Challenging Times
TBR urges the members of the Jewish community to participate in the mitzvah of pikuach nefesh (saving a life) by becoming organ donors. The members of TBR are proud supporters of the Trillium Gift of Life Network. You can also download our organ donor brochure.
Statement on Physician Assisted Dying
The recent decision by the Supreme Court of Canada has significantly shifted the discussion about appropriate end-of-life treatment for individuals facing painful terminal illnesses. As rabbis, we represent a tradition that places great stress on human dignity and the sanctity of life. We recognize that individuals and their families face challenging personal situations when dealing with extremely debilitating illnesses with little or no possibility of cure or comfort. Many of us have been with families at these trying times. We remain committed to the provision of Hesed, acts of lovingkindness, to support and sustain individuals and families facing these real situations.
We are concerned that the Supreme Court decision, while responding to the pain of individuals, may blur the distinctive protection that we give to human life and perhaps influence persons who are vulnerable as a result of progressive and terminal illness. We call upon Jews and all people to provide active support and comfort to those who are dying, so that no one, because of loneliness, vulnerability, loss of decision-making ability, or fear of pain and suffering, will feel a desperate need to actively end life.
We call upon the various legislative bodies that will be developing laws, policies and procedures in response to the ruling of the Supreme Court to first act to provide adequate funding for high quality palliative and hospice care and excellent social support for the weak, the ill, the elderly, the disabled and those who are socially isolated. We further ask that these various governmental bodies interpret the recent judgment in narrow terms providing safeguards to deter abuse and allowing for freedom of conscience for health-care workers who do not accept assisted dying as a medical response to pain and suffering.
TBR has also endorsed the Vulnerable Persons Standard