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About the Social Action Committee


Narayever's Social Action Committee

Tikkun Olam and tzedek tzedek tirdof  are the two guiding principles of Narayever’s Social Action Committee, reflecting the values of our synagogue community and our role in the world as Jewish people.

The Social Action Committee is committed to tikkun olam through charity or the conventional understanding of tzedakah, and to a deep, profound and transformative understanding of tzedek, justice.  We strive to improve the world through the concept of justice, justice, you shall pursue (tzedek, tzedek tirdof.)  We believe that justice, itself, must be pursued justly, and that the pursuit of justice requires constant action.  

Through our programming, outreach, and actions, the Social Action Committee seeks to help create a just and equitable world of acceptance, love, and inclusion, so that eventually there is no need for charity.

We advance these principles in the following ways:

  • Equity Programming and ActionEducational programming to raise awareness and engagement about racial and Indigenous justice, social and economic justice; poverty; migration and refugee rights; the environment, and mental health and addictions. 
  • Marking days of significance, such as Human Rights Shabbat and International Refugee Shabbat 
  • Direct involvement in the broader community: from volunteering at Kensington Gardens and First Interfaith Out of the Cold, to participating in environmental and other justice-related events. Please join us in our efforts and volunteer.
  • Refugee sponsorship: In the fall of 2015, the Narayever community raised over $65,000 to sponsor a Syrian refugee family to Canada. You can read more about this undertaking here.   
  • Raising funds which are then donated to causes and organizations that do work in the areas that reflect our values of tikkun olam and tzedek tzedek tirdof.  This is done through our regular social action fund and through our annual Yom Kippur Appeal.  If you are an organization that would like to apply for funding support, please click here
  • Along with other synagogue groups and members, we have also participated in demonstrations focused on the environment, support for Israel, and other essential issues.  We also stood with other faith-based groups to support Canada’s Muslim residents; helping to form a Ring of Peace around a Toronto Mosque 

For the year 2020-2021, we have identified racial and Indigenous rights and justice as our top priorities.  At the same time, we continue our work and volunteerism in other areas.

For more information on Social Action programs, activities, or other issues, please write to the Social Action Chair, Dyanoosh YoussefiSocialAction@Narayever.ca.

Sat, September 18 2021 12 Tishrei 5782