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ocial Action has been a priority at Holy Blossom Temple since the mid-1800s. Projects in our Temple over the years have included women’s rights, civil rights, interfaith activity, support of migrant farm workers, Vietnamese boat people, Toronto homeless people, people afflicted with AIDS, and much more. Our work has involved advocacy, direct services to those in need, education, raising the awareness of our own community about the needs of vulnerable people all over the world. The guiding principles behind our actions are tzedek, tikkun olam, and g’milut Hasidim–to pursue justice and to repair the world through acts of loving kindness.
While our efforts have helped large numbers of those in need, we are also meeting a need in our own community. In November 2009, Craig Kielburger, who with his brother, Marc, won the W. Gunther Plaut Humanitarian Award for 2009, said that “the greatest challenge of our time is that we are raising a generation that so often closes their eyes and hearts to the suffering of others”.
We ask you to please take 5 minutes to watch a video. We hope it will excite you to join our Social Action Committee or to participate in our Social Action Initiatives and Projects.
Social Action Stories
By Rabbi Michael Satz. Almost a year ago members of Holy Blossom Temple came together to sponsor Syrian refugee families to come to Canada. Working with the Jewish Immigrant Aid Society (JIAS), people raised money, collected household items and clothes, and did many other things to make sure that the transition to life in Toronto... Read more »
We are asking for your words in helping to welcome these families... Read more »
By Jacqueline Friedland. Over the past few weeks, I have been preparing for Passover with a tremendous mix of emotions. I am delighted to once again share the traditional story of our liberation and exodus with my family and friends, but I am saddened to think of how many people around the world are still fighting... Read more »