Introducing the Terumah Fund
The Yamim Noraim are a time of hope, introspection, and new beginnings both physically and spiritually. We think about all that we have done, and all that we continue to do for the people in our lives - - in our homes, in our communities, and for the State and People of Israel. When we rededicate ourselves to our purpose and mission, we strive to be a light unto others.
On Rosh Hashanah our liturgy commands us to give tzedakah (teshuvah, tzedakah and tefillah) in order to repent, the sharing of wealth and prayer.
Tzedakah is the Hebrew word for philanthropy and charity. It is a form of social justice in which donors benefit from giving as much, or more than the recipients. It is so much more than a financial transaction. Tzedakah builds trusting relationships and includes contributions of time, effort, and insight.
The word tzedakah derives from the Hebrew tzedek, “justice”; performing deeds of justice is the most important obligation Judaism imposes on the Jew. The Torah instructs, “Tzedek, tzedek, justice, justice you shall pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:20). A hundred years later, the Talmud taught, “Tzedakah is equal to all the other commandments combined.” (Baba Batra 9b).
This year Masorti Canada embarks upon a new program: The Canadian Foundation for Masorti Judaism “Terumah,” an endowment fund that will make charitable giving easy and rewarding so that individuals and families can fulfill their personal philanthropic goals and translate their charitable vision into viable solutions, addressing some of our and the Masorti community in Israel’s most pressing needs. Our Mission is to create a long-term resource to meet the challenges and needs of our Jewish community both at home and in Israel.
Our Vision is the motivation for Jewish philanthropy, which remains what it has been for generations; to sustain the Jewish people; to enhance Jewish life; and to strengthen the Jewish community, both here and in Eretz Yisrael.
This year, 5882, The Canadian Foundation for Masorti Judaism will be asking you for a gift of eighteen dollars either by cheque payable to Canadian Foundation for Masorti Judaism or credit card online at www.masorti-mercaz.ca. Please note “Terumah” on the cheque or choose the Terumah fund online. You will receive a tax receipt and become a founding member of Terumah. In the coming months we will provide you with other ways to contribute to the Terumah endowment. For now, we start small.
Our parents left an important legacy for us. By becoming a founding member of our Terumah Fund your contribution will ensure their lessons continue to impact future generations for decades to come.
L’shanah tovah u’metukah,
Charles Wrock B.Sc., M.A, LL.B.
President, Canadian Foundation for Masorti Judaism
Masorti Judaism is Israel's fastest growing religious movement. We are a traditional, yet pluralistic religious movement affiliated with Masorti/Conservative Judaism around the world. We recognize that there's more to being Jewish in Israel than residency, more than the historic choice of ultra-Orthodoxy or secular life.
Who we are - Masorti Canada
President - Charles Wrock, Innisfil, ON
Treasurer - Rick Wronzberg, Toronto, ON
Immediate Past President - Ron Hoffman, Toronto, ON
Rabbi David Seed
We are proud that our member and friend, Rabbi Philip Scheim, is the president of Masorti-Olami
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The Masorti Movement in Israel is a pluralistic, religious movement in Israel affiliated with Masorti/ Conservative Judaism around the world. The Canadian Foundation for Masorti Judaism supports the work of the Masorti Movement in Israel which promotes scholarship, Zionism and religious tolerance and pluralism within the context of modern Israeli society. The Foundation raises funds to support Masorti programmes in Israel through the Movement and in its synagogue centres.
Founded in 1979, the Masorti Movement is the umbrella organization of Masorti kehillot (congregations and communities) which aim to promote a healthy, pluralistic, spiritual and ethical foundation for Israeli society. Masorti Judaism is guided by halakhah, combining Jewish law and tradition with an open approach to scholarship, Jewish life, Zionism, and the ideals and values of each new generation.
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