Fredelle Brief

fbprofilepicFredelle Brief is a Jewish woman, active in the community and in interfaith work.  Fredelle has worked as a social worker, an environmental planner and a television executive.  Her passion for peace-building has animated her work in the volunteer sector.  She has participated in interfaith dialogue and peace-building all her adult life. Fredelle was a Board member of the International Association for Religious Freedom, the World Conference on Religions for Peace and was program chair of NAINConnect 2013 in Toronto.  In 1998, Fredelle was awarded the Canada Peace Medallion from the YMCA for her work in interfaith dialogue and peace-building.

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Everyone is created in the image of God. I am not sure why some police pay less attention to reports of missing people, if...

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As the days get darker much earlier, I am so attracted to the colourful lights in store window and other people’s houses as I...

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Recently, I attended a big dinner to honour a worthy person. We sat in tables of 10 in a large hotel dining room.  There...

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Photo credit: Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre When my grandmother’s five nieces arrived at our home from the refugee camps, she did not...

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We will be celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8. This year, I was invited to create a scroll on the theme of Blood,...

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Balancing my family life, my work life and my community life is a worthwhile challenge. Volunteers are the glue that hold the community together....

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We Jews are numerically a very small people in this world. When I look at us in proportion to other peoples, I am astonished...

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When I was a little girl, we all lived with my grandparents together in one old house on Robert Street. When Passover was coming,...

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Every day I make several big and small decisions, often without thought, sometimes with a brief pause to consider the options and,sometimes, I come...

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When I hear BDS anti-Israel messages steeped in self-righteous indignation – at once demanding and accusing – I remember the playground bullies in the...

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Walking down Queen Street in Toronto on a bright sunny day, I hear an inquiry every so often: “Spare change?” I look over and...

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As a little girl, I was taught to watch my words. Words could be dangerous – hurt other people’s feelings, lead others astray, or...

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Over the years, I have told myself that I would never visit central Europe.  I felt that I knew enough by listening to Jewish...

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Now that the stage is set before the Seder, the dishes are out, the food is cooking, I can think about the meaning of...

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It is very early for me to start cleaning for Passover. It’s not even Purim yet. But I am doing a tightly focused cleaning...

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Where have all the Jews gone? I went to three Shuls in Toronto over the holiday period and saw fewer Jews in pews this...

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In the past several weeks, I have received several BCC messages via email and notices via Facebook that made me feel anxious and powerless....

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Just under the surface, behind the edit function in our brains, in the wind of our emotions are the grudges, resentments, fears, and boiling...

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This is the third day of the ceasefire between Hamas and Israel since the start of Operation Protective Edge a month ago. As a...

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My friend, Morris, asked me this morning what we will all do when peace breaks out.  The confrontation between Hamas and Israel will come...

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What is next after this confrontation between Israel and Hamas finishes?  This has to end at some point, and then what?  How do we...

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Like many people now, I am hooked on newscasts, newspapers, the web, Facebook and tweets to hear up-to-the second news about the Israel /...

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The road to hell is paved with good intentions is a well known aphorism that we say when our high hopes and diligent efforts...

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Read more what other contributors are saying about  “Jewish Values: What and Why?” Living Jewish Values by Rabbi Elizabeth Bolton On Becoming a Jewish Fireman by Rabbi...

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In my previous post, I shared my interest in interfaith dialogue.  Getting to know people of different faiths has shown me that there are...

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I have been involved in interfaith dialogue since childhood. When I was a little girl, it was OK to ask anyone questions.  I was...

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