Aish Toronto’s mission since 1981 is to Empower Jews to Better the Jewish World. A better Jewish world is made up of people more knowledgeable about Judaism, more committed to Jewish life, more responsible for Jewish continuity, more dedicated to a secure Israel and more inspired to fulfill the Jewish people’s mission of Tikkun Olam.
Our two synagogue communities; the Village Shul in Forest Hill and the Aish Thornhill Community Shul in Thornhill , have become role models for “outreach communities” whose raison d’être is to create educational programs and activities that embrace Jews from all backgrounds. These programs have been recognized to be so effective that they have been replicated by other Jewish institutions throughout the GTA.
Over the past 12 years 1000’s of students of Aish Campus Canada have strengthened their Jewish identity and have been inspired to take on leadership roles in addressing the challenges facing the Jewish people. From a Shabbos meal in Toronto to a leadership training trip to Israel our students learn, share and live their Judaism and their connection to Israel.
Rabbi Noach Weinberg, of blessed memory, the founder of Aish International, taught that in today’s climate of rampant assimilation, indifference, anti-Semitism, anti-Israel, BDS and other threats there is only so much that a handful of outreach professionals can accomplish. The main strategy is to create a movement by building leaders who themselves see it as their obligation to safeguard Jewish continuity and Israel. Aish Toronto through innovative, cutting edge educational programs, it’s “outreach communities” and Aish Campus programs, has successfully inculcated the value of leadership in its educational efforts, empowering Jews of all backgrounds and ages to advocate for Jewish wisdom, values, continuity and Israel.