CCRJ President Pekka Sinervo named a Member of the Order of Canada
Pekka Sinervo, President, CCRJ and Chair, URJ Canada Steering Committee has been named a Member of the Order of Canada. A professor in the University of Toronto’s department of physics, he is being recognized for decades of working to understand the basic building blocks of our universe – atoms, molecules and the like.
Canadian Rabbis Urge Suspension of Safe Third Country Agreement
A group of 32 Canadian Rabbis, including many Reform clergy, have signed a petition calling upon the Canadian Government to suspend Canada’s Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States until such time that Canadians can be confident that the United States is in fact a country to which refugee claimants can be returned safely.
Heeding the Call to Social Justice in Canada
In Canada, many of our social justice initiatives focus on advocating for the Aboriginal community. In fact, many Canadian synagogues have adopted the Indigenous Land Acknowledgement, paralleling this week's Torah portion, which acknowledges the history of the Promised Land and those who came before us.
New Canadian Brit Olam
Many of you heard about the Brit Olam initiative of the Religious Action Center at the Boston Biennial and many of you remarked that the Brit Olam as presented at that time did not lend itself to our Canadian Congregations.