Jumans of Toronto
We all have dreams. We’re looking for those who are willing to do what it takes to chase after them.
We’re speaking to local Jewish Torontonians who are fueling their lives with passion and purpose. You’ll get an inside look at the dedication and commitment that comes with caring so deeply in the pursuit of something great.
A 50-part series, Jumans of Toronto is a window into the lives and passion of Jewish young adults making their mark in the world.
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“I can’t imagine waking up in the morning and having a day where I don’t have to practice or prepare something. I don’t know what else I’d do with my life. If I didn’t go into music I’d deprive myself of being myself.”
“At the end of the day, I’m just a girl eating snacks. But, I’m showing the world that you can be ‘religious’ and still be on camera. We shouldn’t feel stifled by our level of observance, rather, it should motivate us in the pursuit of our passions.”
“Embrace those qualities that set you apart. Blending in doesn’t work in this industry.”
“I think it is important that we look out for each other. It’s a basic message, we all know it but sometimes we need reminding that if we are just a little kinder to each other, we could solve a lot of societal issues today.”
“I love the idea of consciously making things. I won’t just buy a t shirt at the store, I get to think about what work goes into it and how to make it perfect for me.”
“I try to give people that gift of bringing wonder into their day. Magic can be a moment in your life you don’t want to understand.”
“I felt a drive from then on to speak out and use my voice on behalf of the Jewish community, and now to a greater degree for those who can’t speak out for themselves- those who don’t have a voice.”
“My family has had delicatessens in Toronto since the late 30’s. I watched cooking shows instead of cartoons when I was a little kid. It’s in me. I just love food. It’s almost strange for me to put it into words.”
“The most beautiful thing is to have someone leave and feel good about themselves, which will lead them to make others feel good. I aim to be the igniter of positivity.”
“This is why I do what I do.
To empower the Jewish people.”
“In the Jewish community, I feel a lot of these issues such as mental health related to pregnancy, infertility, and eating disorders are very taboo. They’re not talked about. I want to try to fix that.”
“You want everyone to feel. Music is associated with the good and bad times of our life. As much as it is about making people dance, you want to hit as many hearts as you can.”
“I realized that God gave me another chance at life. I really believe that. It was up to me to choose what to do with it. Would I live selfishly again or give others who need help another chance?”
“If you take the leap, and you’re honest and vulnerable about your journey, the momentum generated from that leap might be enough to propel you to a place where you don’t have to look back.”
“This work is very rewarding. Every day, I really do feel as though I’m doing something important, and that I’m touching people’s lives in big and small ways.”
“I like delving into people’s psyches, taking a micro look into someone’s brain and expanding it. It makes me a better empathizer. I go from acting to looking at the world in a different perspective.”
“You see another side of our city by seeing the humans behind the societal issues. There’s a lot of circumstance leading up to their life situation, and I can see that there are solutions to it.”
“The cheers, the dancing, the kind words, the support, the shivers and goosebumps… It makes it all worth it.”
“The goal of photography is to appreciate with your eyes and capture moments. You want to hold on to a specific second longer than it exists.”
“I want to help people and enlighten them in teaching lessons of the past. Without our history, people don’t get what it means to be Jewish.”
“It’s so important to remember that everyone is on their own journey, and that the only person you should be competing with is yourself.”
“As long as I have a way to express myself creatively, I’m happy.”
“Using social media for good is one of my passions. Realizing I can do that sort of thing for a living has led me to where I am now.”