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Our food bank is one of two kosher depots in Toronto. The food bank is open every Wednesday at 9:00 AM. Each week our clients receive a bag of food staples which includes tuna, a canned vegetable, a canned fruit, a can of baked beans, pasta, tomato sauce, macaroni and cheese, soup mix and instant oatmeal. Coffee, tea, peanut butter and jam are also available on a monthly basis. 

The food bank continues to be in great demand. It has become a necessary stop for many people in our community in need of assistance. As we face the possibility of becoming the only Kosher Food Bank in Toronto, we anticipate the need will only grow.  Your support is needed now more than ever.

When planning your next Simcha, children's birthday or milestone celebration, why not consider asking guests to bring non-perishable food items to donate to the Food Bank? We will gladly accept donations of kosher non-perishable food which will support our supply, or monetary donations to help offset our cost of food. Our clients are delighted when they receive these additional food items. Please help these families in need.

Along with our clients we thank you for your continued support. We are making a difference!

Michelle Berman and Margaret Lindzon
Kosher Food Bank Volunteer Co-Chairs







Every year, thousands of young Israeli combat soldiers are discharged from military service and return to civilian life. Many witnessed terrible sights, made split-second life and death decisions, or experienced the loss of a comrade. Yet scant attention is paid to their psychological preparedness to cope with the aftermath of their traumatic experiences. 

There is an urgent need to strengthen our discharged soldiers and instill in them the tools to successfully handle and mitigate the impact of the psychological traumas that they faced during battle in their daily lives. This is where Peace of Mind and Beth Sholom come in.

Prior to coming to Canada, a select group of discharged soldiers (who are usually part of the same unit), two therapists and their social worker attend a two month preparatory workshop which brings them together and starts a dialogue on their combat experiences. 

When the soldiers come to Toronto, they are billeted with Beth Sholom host families. The setting outside Israel allows the soldiers to disconnect from the stresses of Israel and from their immediate environment, and their program here combines half-day group sessions with leisure experiences. In addition, Beth Sholom hosts a meaningful and fun-filled Shabbat weekend to honour our soldiers and thank our volunteers and host families.



“You are not required to complete the work, yet you are not allowed to desist from it.”

- Pirkei Avot, 2:21

The divine values of tzedek (justice), hesed (compassion) and shalom (peace) are given expression inside our community through such acts as visiting the sick or the elderly, paying a condolence call or volunteering as a Beth Sholom greeter. We extend our efforts to the larger community when we volunteer with our Kosher Food Bank and the Out of the Cold program, or serve as host families for Peace of Mind. 

We invite everyone to engage in some aspect of making God’s kingdom on earth a reality. Such deeds are truly wonderful family activities — it is time well spent, and provides an opportunity for our children to earn volunteer hours and learn the values we want them to live by throughout their lives.

Wed, January 26 2022 24 Shevat 5782