Book of Life Stories

Aryella Weisz

Giving is in my genes—it’s the way I was raised and the way I was determined to raise my own children.

I am originally from Amsterdam, and my grandfather and even my great-grandfather were Jewish community leaders in that city, so charity has always been an important part of my life. We…

Brondell Shapiro

The Book of Life has prompted me to think about what Judaism means to me. Simply put, it’s me; it’s who I am. I can’t separate myself from Judaism, but I can say that my own connection to Judaism and to the Jewish community has deepened over the years and still continues to grow.

I was…

John and Susie Rose

Born and raised in Toronto, we were taught early on the importance of giving back to community. Although we didn’t go to Jewish day school, our parents were our greatest influences and grounded us in Jewish values and how to give Jewishly. This meant volunteering and giving Tzedakah to Jew…

Karen Simpson Radomski

Toronto has always been my home. I was born and raised here and hold so many precious memories of being a part of the Jewish community.

One of my earliest memories is attending Camp Fundale, which was housed in the old Bathurst Jewish Community Centre—now the Sherman Campus. It strikes me…

Jordan Novack and Jordana Kashin

In 2019, when Jordana was pregnant with our son, Ari, I travelled on the March of the Living—to Auschwitz and then Israel. Being there, standing on that train platform, really brought home to me what it means to be Jewish, as well as how important it is to support Israel, now more than eve…