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Toronto Muslim and Jewish Women Find Power and Joy in Building a Sisterhood

Muslim and Jewish women in Toronto are coming together to support each other against hostile acts directed toward both faith groups. The Toronto group, a chapter of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom founded in the US, meets regularly to talk, share rituals, and to build relationships across religious lines. “What happened in the United States had a ripple effect around the world,” said Cynthia Levine-Rasky, co-founder of the Toronto chapter. “Like elsewhere, in Canada, we are seeing a rise in racist activity especially against religious minorities. People should not give in to fear. When Jewish and Muslim women stand...

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Acknowledging the Indigenous land we have settled on

By Muneeb Nasir Seeking forgiveness and repentance are essential practices of a believer in God. The principles and pre-requisites for repentance that we practice to redress violations of the rights of God and against someone else are important principles. These principles that include truth telling (sincerely acknowledging wrongdoings and having remorse; reconciliation (seeking to redress wrongs); and restitution (compensating for wrongs we commit) should also apply to how we deal with injustices in our society. Canada is commemorating 150 years of Confederation, the passage of the British North American Act that approved the union of 4 provinces in 1867....

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Halal Food Fest set for July 15 – 16 in Toronto

It’s 5th anniversary of Halal Food Fest and also Canada’s 150th birthday and the festival returns to Toronto on July 15-16, 2017 at the International Centre in Mississauga. Celebrate Toronto’s diversity with the best halal restaurants, manufacturers, bakeries and specialty stores representing cuisines from around the world. More than 200 exhibitors will be on the show floor, ready to serve you their unique offerings. The GTA is home to the largest population of Muslims in all of Canada, making it the perfect destination for Canada’s first halal food festival – Halal Food Fest TO! Halal Food Fest TO will...

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Tarbiyah Elementary experiences the joys of green space!

By Chantelle Misheal What happens when you introduce gardens and plants to your students? Well, they get awfully interested in learning more! We’ve had such an amazing time working with the students of Tarbiyah Elementary School in Milton, ON and a large part of that is due to the students’ excitement of being in the garden! Given the generous funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to provide programming around gardens, as well as the funding from the Ontario150 Youth Partnership Program to install a garden at two schools, we were more than fortunate to have the resources to allow...

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Toronto Synagogue hosts Muslims for Friendship Eid Dinner

One of Canada’s largest Conservative synagogues hosted a friendship dinner on Eid al-Fitr, Sunday June 25th, for members of Toronto’s Muslim community. “We are excited to be hosting the first intercultural Ramadan Friendship Dinner with members from the Intercultural Dialogue Institute,” said Carol Weir of the Adath Israel Congregation. Adath Israel Congregation is a Conservative synagogue located in north Toronto and has over 1800 member families. It was founded in 1903 by Jewish immigrants from Romania as the First Roumanian Hebrew Congregation Adath Israel. The formal name was shortened in the 1950s. The Friendship dinner was organized by Adath...

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