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The Narayever is committed to building a world free of bias and anti-Black and anti-Indigenous discrimination.  While the Narayever has long provided programming in this area, our focus for the year 2020-2021 is specifically to engage in action and programming to promote equity, inclusion, awareness and action on these issues

Past Events in 2020:  

Understanding and Addressing Anti-Black Racism:

As a traditional-egalitarian synagogue committed to diversity and inclusion, the Narayever joins other persons and organizations that pursue justice in condemning the continued oppression of and systemic discrimination against Black, Indigenous and other Racialized People in Canada and elsewhere. You can read our letter of commitment to No Silence on Race here.  We have also signed on to No Silence on Race's 9 Pillars.

On January 14, 2021, we held a session to listen to and learn from 3 members of No Silence on Race, Ethnicity, Diversity and Belonging within the Jewish community-In conversation with No Silence on Race.

On Yom Kippur, Rabbi Ed had a meaningful conversation with Dahabo Ahmed and Beverly Osazuwa, respectively Chair and Community Engagement Coordinator of the Federation of Black Canadians. 


Through the Narayever Net, we have provided members with resources and links to educational and other material for younger children, teens, and adults.

Learning about Indigenous rights and issues:

We have launched a “Learning Through Indigenous Stories” series.

On November 26, 2020, we were honoured to hear from Brandi Morin, a Cree/Iroquois/French journalist who shared her life journey with us and discussed the importance of journalism through an Indigenous lens. 



On December 12, 2020, we marked the annual Human Rights Shabbat and listened to guest lawyers Corey Shefman and Pippa Feinstein, who discussed the ways that Canadian law is weaponized against Indigenous people, and how tzedek tzedek tirdof guides their passion and their work.  


Some of our members have been participating in Circles of Reconciliation.  To read about this experience, check here

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