Founder, The Canadian Jewish Humanitarian & Relief Committee
Avrum Rosensweig is the founder of Ve’ahavta: The Canadian Jewish Humanitarian & Relief Committee, Canada’s only Jewish humanitarian organization (est. 1996). Ve’ahavta’s mission statement is to encourage all peoples to play a role in tikun olam (repairing the world). Through his leadership, the Jewish community has worked with Canada’s homeless population and Native Canadians, orphans in Haiti, villagers in Guyana, doctors in Zimbabwe, and peoples and childrens of all backgrounds in Israel, El Salvador, Honduras, Cuba, Turkey, Sri Lanka and many other countries. Last year Ve’ahavta launched a school for homeless/near homeless called the Ve’ahavta Street Academy, co-chaired by Hockey Night in Canada’s, Ron Maclean. Ve’ahavta has also joined Mia Farrow in her work in Sudan. Avrum has also written extensively over the last 25 years. He is a weekly columnists with the Canadian Jewish News writing on the Jewish people, Israel, people, slices-of-life and ideas. He has also been published in the Toronto Star, Toronto Sun, Ha’aretz and other publications. He is a dad and loves his cat, Lilly.