Who Is Ve’ahavta?


Ve’ahavta was founded in 1996 by Avrum Rosensweig in response to the local and international indifference to the 1994 Rwanda genocide. The international community’s lack of intervention unmistakably echoed its response to the holocaust perpetuated against Europe’s Jews in World War II. Something had to be done!

Inspired by the Torah’s commandment of Ve’ahavta L’reacha Kamocha – to “love your neighbour as you love yourself” and the Jewish values of tzedakah (justice) and tikun olam (repairing the world) – the organization aims to assist the disadvantaged at home and abroad through four basic principles:

  • Tzedakah (justice)
  • Volunteerism
  • Partnership Enhancement
  • Client Support

Since 1996, Ve’ahavta’s donors and volunteers have worked in North and South America, Africa, Asia, and Israel. We have sent millions of dollars of humanitarian aid, and have provided thousands of hours of health care and professional training to local practitioners in our international client communities. Our crisis team has responded to numerous natural and human-made disasters including earthquakes, floods, and tsunamis. In addition, we are continuously engaged in poverty alleviation projects in Canada and abroad through volunteerism, outreach and relief, as well as capacity building.



To be recognized as Canada’s central address for tikun olam (repairing the world)


Ve’ahavta is a Canadian humanitarian and relief organization, motivated by the Jewish value of tzedakah, that assists the needy at home and abroad, through volunteerism, education, health & healing, and acts of kindness, while building bridges between Jews and other peoples.

‘Repairing the World (Tikun Olam) through Volunteerism, Kindness and Building Global Bridges’


• Community Poverty Relief with a Focus on Health & Education • International Development Targeting Health & Education • International Crisis Response • Scholarships for Tikun Olam projects

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