Happy Canada Day!
Today marks the 146th anniversary of the British North America Act, which, in 1867, united Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Province of Canada (divided into upper and lower Canada), forming the great nation of Canada. In commemoration of this landmark act, Canadians mark July 1 as Canada Day.
Canadians are celebrating across Canada and the world. In Ontario, more than 350,000 are expected to celebrate on Parliament Hill. Canada Day is also being celebrated by some of Canada’s newest citizens. Citizenship status is being granted in 33 ceremonies across the country today.
The Israel Defense Forces joined in celebrating Canada with a post on its twitter page, noting the strong relationship between Israel and Canada.
This year on Canada Day, take a moment to check out some of the amazing social action programs at some of our most vibrant congregations. Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom has a long-standing commitment to combating human trafficking, partnering with ATZUM Task Force on Human Trafficking; members of Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto help to support the nutritional meals offered to Eva’s Place, a 32-bed emergency shelter for homeless youth aged 16 to 24 in North York; Holy Blossom Temple promotes social justice domestically and abroad, by working with a tutoring program in the Lawrence Heights community and supporting Eritrean and Ethiopian refugees in Israel.
While participating in the festivities, we also send our thoughts and prayers to our congregants in Alberta, Canada where heavy flooding has displaced more than 100,000 residents, caused at least three deaths, and nearly $1 billion in damage. The URJ and CCRJ have opened a fund to support those affected by the flooding. I urge you to donate today!
To all of our Canadian congregations, happy Canada Day!
Image courtesy of Osbourne Village.