Rings of Peace in Response to Sri Lanka Easter attacks
Thursday, April 25, 5:30 PM
Our Lady of Lourdes Church
520 Sherbourne St, Toronto
As a show of support following last Sunday’s horrific Easter attack in Sri Lanka, the Toronto Board of Rabbis is organizing a Ring of Peace this Sunday, April 28, at Our Lady of Good Health Parish #RingOfPeace #SriLanka #LoveNotHate
Sunday, April 28, 3:45 PM
Our Lady of Good Health Parish located at
Immaculate Heart of Mary Church,
131 Birchmount Rd, Toronto, ON M1N 3J7
Birchmount and Danforth Ave. (Close to Birchmount stadium)
Statement on Sri Lanka Easter attack
The Toronto Board of Rabbis expresses our deepest condolences to the Christian community in Sri Lanka and worldwide, following the horrific attacks on Easter Sunday. Religious communities of all stripes must stand together against violence targeting religious groups and violence perpetrated in the name of religion.
We call on all people to pray for the victims and their families. Let us also pray for the healing of those who have been wounded.
April is Organ Donation month
• One organ donor can save up to eight lives and enhance the lives of up to 75 others through tissue donation.
• There are more than 1,600 people in Ontario waiting for a life-saving organ transplant and every three days someone will die.
• Only one in three (33 per cent) Ontarians have formally registered their consent to organ and tissue donation. Visit www.BeADonor.ca to register or learn more.
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 register as an organ donor here.
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