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Starry Nights 2012

“One glorious chain of love, of giving and receiving unites all creatures.” – Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch It is so difficult to understand the Torah narrative of Creation and the … Continue reading

October 24, 2012 · 1 Comment

The Condition of Being Lost

I have worked very closely with individuals living on the street, or near it. “Near it” means that they may be couch surfing, in other words sleeping at a cousin’s … Continue reading

July 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

Ron Maclean’s Secret Life as a Mentor to the Homeless – (HuffingtonPost, Avrum Article, April 13, 2012)

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/avrum-rosensweig/ron-maclean_b_1423536.html Ron Maclean, of Hockey Night in Canada, stood in a classroom at George Brown College (GBC) and told the story of Frank O’Dea, the co-founder of Second Cup, who … Continue reading

April 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

Cops on Compassion Veahavta Radio

Listen to this kick-ass interview with Peter Sloly, a high ranking cop in Toronto, and his take on compassion on the force. Well worth listening to particularly if you believe … Continue reading

January 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Starry Nights 2011 – a Huge Tikun Olam Success

We just successfully held Starry Nights 2011. It was quite an evening, one which I am very proud of. Take a look at http://www.veahavta.org for pictures and some editorial on … Continue reading

December 6, 2011 · Leave a comment

Ve’ahavta’s New Office Space…Mazel Tov!

I have taken a hiatus from writing. I began putting much more of my energy and attention into art, and I am enjoying it a lot. I don’t think I am … Continue reading

November 24, 2010 · Leave a comment

“Ve’ahavta Street Academy” Students Graduate

    THERESA AND AVRUM AT VSA GRADUATION – AUGUST  19, 2010 The Ve’ahavta Street Academy (VSA) wrapped up today. Our students graduated. VSA, is a school for those who are … Continue reading

August 19, 2010 · Leave a comment


This year, once again, Ve’ahavta, the organization I am president of, sponsored a Creative Writing Contest for people living on or near the street. Today (Sunday, May 30th) was the … Continue reading

May 30, 2010 · 1 Comment

On Launching a Charity: Succeed Right Away with a Good Team

 I launched Ve’ahavta: The Canadian Jewish Humanitarian & Relief Committee in 1996. I did not do it alone, but it was lonely regardless.  I say this, because prior to Ve’ahavta’s … Continue reading

March 14, 2010 · Leave a comment

Ve’ahavta & Kinder Kits…..Help Kids!

Ve’ahavta donates more than 1,000 school supply kits By RITA POLIAKOV, Staff Reporter    Wednesday, 09 December 2009 TORONTO — To some children, taking notes in class is an annoyance. … Continue reading

February 13, 2010 · Leave a comment
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