Take a SolidariTEA study break this Friday!

Need a break from  exam studying?

Take a SolidariTEA break this Friday December 10th @ 2:00 pm in the SPOKE,  UCC,  The University of Western Ontario.

Come enjoy some certified organic and Fair Trade Tea and refreshments. In order to collectively reduce our carbon footprint and respect our environment please bring your own mug or thermos.

Brought to you by:
The Tzedaka-Sadaqah Project
The Centre for Jewish-Catholic-Muslim Learning (King’s University College)

What is a SolidariTea?

SolidariTeas are gatherings held across the world bringing together people of diverse faiths and backgrounds to help tackle extreme poverty. Hosting a SolidariTea is an easy way to gather people in a fun and meaningful way. At work, at school, under a tree, in a dorm room, in the morning, afternoon or evening – we’re asking people of diverse faiths and backgrounds, to gather together to demonstrate solidarity. By bringing people together around a cup of tea, you can raise awareness and funds to help bring about a historic end to extreme poverty.

Coming together to end extreme poverty – The Millennium
Development Goals
Ten years ago in September 2000, 192 nations agreed upon eight goals for tackling the scandal of global poverty before 2015. These Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are arguably the clearest expression of globally shared values at work since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. They constitute an unbreakable promise to the world’s most vulnerable. None of these MDGs can be achieved without a global movement behind it.

Faiths Act
Faiths Act, the multi-faith social action programme of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, is an opportunity for people across the globe to help the international community achieve the MDGs. Faiths Act mobilises people of faith in over 100 countries to work together to raise funds and awareness to make progress toward these vital goals, with a particular focus on the elimination of deaths from malaria. In the process, they demonstrate the power of compassionate action and show that faith communities can do so much more together than they can achieve apart. Our signature campaign is the elimination of deaths from malaria (MDG 6), but the Faiths Act movement engages with a whole range of issues that relate to preventable diseases and extreme poverty.

UN International Human Rights Day (10th Dec) & UN Human Solidarity Day (20th Dec)
UN International Human Rights Day is celebrated annually across the world on the 10th December. The date was chosen to honor the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption and proclamation, on 10th December 1948, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the first global enunciation of human rights.

In September 2000, world leaders identified Solidarity as one of the fundamental values essential to international relations in the twenty-first century and emphasised that “Global challenges must be managed in a way that distributes the costs and burdens fairly in accordance with basic principles of equity and social justice. Those who suffer or who benefit least deserve help from those who benefit most.” In the context of globalisation and the challenge of growing inequality, the strengthening of international solidarity and cooperation is indispensable for the realization of the MDGs.

Convinced that the promotion of the culture of solidarity and the spirit of sharing was important for combating poverty, the General Assembly proclaimed 20th December as International Human Solidarity Day.

We’re marking these two important days by asking people of diverse faiths to gather together in the period between them.
This is where people of faith can show religion as a powerful force for good in the world.

For more information feel free to contact Marty at tzedakasadaqah@gmail.com.

Hope to see you there!


Week of Dialogue 2011

The Tzedaka-Sadaqah project is excited to partner with Health as a Bridge to Peace @ York University and Peace by Peace @ Yale to co-create networks of cooperation as we explore health, religion, culture through a variety of programing that will take place during the week of February 28th – March 4th, 2011.

For more information the week and to find out how you or your organization can get involved please click here.


Our Activities

Out of the Cold

This program embodies Judaism and Islam’s religious commitment to Tzedaka or Sadaqah, which literally means charity, but also encompasses all acts of compassion and generosity. In this program, groups of Muslim and Jewish students volunteer side-by-side, once a week, serving warm meals to underprivileged members of the local community. The program encourages students to connect on a human level, regardless of their religious background, and fosters a cooperative environment in which students have been able to build meaningful friendships.

Breaking Down Stereotypes

This program gives students an opportunity to identify and discuss persisting stereotypes and misconceptions that exacerbate Muslim and Jewish tensions and distrust. Participants are encouraged to recognize their own preconceived ideas and biases in an environment that accepts and tolerates different ideas and values.

Meal Preparation

Participants prepare sandwiches on campus, which are then delivered by volunteers to shelters and other social service agencies. All food is donated by local businesses.

Sandwich Making in the UCC with the Tzedaka-Sadaqah Project

In the face of distrust and conflict Muslim and Jewish students have united on campus to break down stereotypes and build a more positive relationship between their communities.

Join us in making sandwiches for London’s underprivileged on Wednesday, March 3rd. Feel free to drop in to UCC 373 between 12:00 – 3:00 to make a few sandwiches and to find out how you can get involved!

Afterwards, we will deliver the sandwiches to Dundas Street Centre United Church in downtown London to be served as part of the congregation’s weekly Out of the Cold program.

This past year groups of Muslim and Jewish students have been volunteering together at the Church’s weekly Out of the Cold program as an expression of the values shared by their religions. Despite political and cultural differences, we have illustrated the importance of setting aside differences to unite for the common good. Through volunteering, we have had the opportunity to learn about one another’s religion which has resulted in a number of meaningful relationships.

About the Tzedaka/Sadaqah Project:

The name Tzedaka/Sadaqah comes from the similar Hebrew and Arabic words for charity. Tzedakah or Sadaqah, literally means “charity”, but also encompasses all acts of compassion and generosity. By sharing in this act together we envision a more positive atmosphere not only on campus but also in the greater community.
All food and supplies have been kindly donated by COSTCO Wholesale, London, ON.

The facebook event can be found here!

New Photos

Check our facebook group for new photos!

General Information Session

Date: Thursday, 29 October 2009

Time: 4:30 – 5:30

Location: Room 289, University College,  The University of Western Ontario

Join us this Thursday to hear what exactly the Tzedaka/Sadaqah Project is all about. Find out how you can get involved and how to volunteer with us. Hear about the program from past participants and get to know fellow students who are interested in giving back to the local community.

Click here to RSVP to the Facebook event.

***Please note: The location of the meeting has been changed ***