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Message to the DJC Community on the Israel-Hamas War 

My heart aches as I try to process what has happened over the past 2 weeks. Like you, I find myself glued to the news in an effort to stay up to date and in the know. 

My cousin, who lives just outside Tel Aviv, regularly updates me on WhatsApp as to the situation on the ground. He and his spouse, and their two children, are constantly running to their bomb shelter. Their eldest child is the same age as my Joel.

On October 7, Hamas conducted the largest massacre of Jews since the Holocaust. We grieve for those in Israel who were killed and worry about the fates of those who are wounded, missing, abducted and left homeless. At the same time, we are witnessing the deaths of thousands of innocent Palestinian civilians and the destruction of many people’s homes in Gaza. There is no avenue of escape and currently no access to humanitarian aid though trucks stand ready at the Rafah border crossing to enter at a moment’s notice.

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A statement from Rabbi Glickman and the Danforth Jewish Circle on the crisis happening in Israel

I am writing to you at this truly difficult time. Today is Shabbat and Simchat Torah – both intended to be joyful and celebratory. But this joy has been transformed into pain and sorrow as we witness the waves of terror inflicted on Israel by Hamas today in a surprise attack. Many of our community members have friends and family in Israel and we are concerned and trying to connect with them by phone, social media, or email.

With Israel under attack, we stand in solidarity with all Israelis and all sacred souls living there. We are heartbroken and horrified by these attacks by Hamas. We mourn the lives lost, and pray for the healing of the wounded and for the safe return of those kidnapped. May an end to the violence and bloodshed come quickly.

Below are a few statements of what other leaders are saying about what is transpiring. Hopefully, these words will resonate with your feelings and help you feel connected to the broader Jewish community around the world.

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Statement on Antisemitism

Public antisemitism has increased in Toronto and around the world since the recent violence in Israel and Gaza. This development is disturbing and runs contrary to the intersectional work of building solidarity and ending oppression. We want to share with you this statement on antisemitism from the Toronto Board of Rabbis. This is an important time

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Statement from the DJC on Anti-Muslim Attack in London, Ontario

A Muslim family was targeted and attacked in London, Ontario while they were walking on Sunday evening. Four people were killed. A child was seriously injured. No one should be afraid to walk through the streets of this country. No one should live in fear of being attacked because of their religion, identity, or beliefs. With hearts broken, with prayer, we stand, as

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DJC Statement on Kamloops Indian Residential School

We join all of Canada in mourning the devastating discovery of the remains of 215 children buried in unmarked graves on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. Jewish tradition teaches that every life that is lost is an entire world lost. Our prayers and broken hearts reach to recognize each life and each lost

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