New Interfaith Council Broadens Dialogue for Local Rabbis

April 12, 2007

Author: Frances Kraft

Source: The Canadian Jewish News

TORONTO - Rabbi Lori Cohen of Temple Sinai Congregation and Rabbi Roy Tanenbaum of Beth Tzedec Congregation are part of the new Toronto Area Interfaith Council, launched March 20 at a breakfast with Mayor David Miller.

The two rabbis, representing the Toronto Board of Rabbis, were among more than 190 representatives from more than 40 faith communities and 15 interfaith organizations to attend the inaugural event.

Rabbi Cohen – whose participation came about through an ad hoc interfaith committee that is working on a proposal for an interspiritual centre for Toronto’s waterfront – told The CJN she thinks initiatives like the new council are important. “We live in such a diverse city, ethnically and religiously, and I think we do need to find these bridges.”

As a result of the mayor’s breakfast, she was asked to speak on April 1 at a multifaith program organized by the International Muslims Association.

Imam Abdul Hai Patel, who was scheduled to speak at the same program, is also on the new council. “We are looking forward to greater awareness and relationships among faith communities,” he told The CJN. “We have to see ourselves as Canadians and work together on issues affecting us, and see how we can support one another.”