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Kosher Food Bank

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


 

Out of the Cold

The 20th season of the Beth Sholom/Beth Tzedec Out of the Cold Shelter will operate on Tuesday nights from January 7, 2020 through March 25, 2020. We provide a hot meal, clothing, entertainment, an art program and a mindfulness group for 175 of Toronto’s homeless and needy. We also offer sleeping accommodations for 60 overnight guests, a hot breakfast, bagged lunch and a subway token for everyone each week. 

Our Shelter has succeeded in creating a warm environment for our guests in more ways than one. We are known for our friendly and caring volunteers, the fact that we serve our guests dinner, (rather than having them line up), on white tablecloths, and have live musical entertainment while they enjoy their meal.

 The distribution of warm clothing is one of the most essential services we provide to our guests. We greatly appreciate your clothing donations. Please note that we only accept the following items, and they must be in adult sizes and in new or nearly new condition: down coats, ski jackets, parkas, snow pants, sweaters, hoodies, sweatshirts, sweat pants, blue jeans, corduroy pants, winter boots, hiking boots and running shoes. Clothing can be dropped off at Beth Sholom Synagogue, and placed in the bins and boxes located in the entrance of the Synagogue.

Our art program, The Art Circle, has empowered many of those who use our services. Our guests work on their paintings and drawings for two hours every Tuesday night after dinner, under the guidance of our experienced volunteer staff. At the end of the season we present Basking in their Light, the Out of the Cold Art Sale and Fundraiser that showcase’s our artists’ works. For many of the artists it is the highlight of their year. The 2019 Art Sale set records for the numbers of attendees, (400), and our artists received $6,800 from the sale of their paintings. Also in attendance were MPP Dr. Jill Andrew and Councillor Josh Matlow. Our Art Show has been featured in various news segments and articles (listed below)

We continue to search for ways to improve the quality of life of our guests. TWe have forged partnerships with the Toronto Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association and The Centre for Mindfulness Studies which has brought their support staff to our Shelter.

The heart of our Shelter is our volunteers, without whom we could not operate.

Our volunteer registration will open on October 2, 2019 until November 11, 2019.

Please see below for changes to our volunteer registration.

If you have questions related to volunteering please contact us at: volunteer.ootcbsbt@gmail.com

If you have questions please contact us at: ootcbsbt@gmail.com

We look forward to volunteering with you,

- Rafi Aaron and Maureen Tanz, Co-chairs Beth Sholom/Beth Tzedec Out of the Cold


 

Peace of Mind

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. 

www.pomcanada.ca


 

Volunteer

“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.

Tue, September 22 2020 4 Tishrei 5781