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What is CIJA doing to Strengthen Security for the Jewish Community?

A memo in response to a recent disturbing incident at the Beth Avraham Yoseph of Toronto (BAYT) Synagogue.  The security of our community is paramount to CIJA, which is why CIJA has a national community security strategy and a comprehensive staff infrastructure, including a National Director of Community Security. CIJA provides training, support, and resources […]

July 27, 2015
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Canada is right not to lift Iran sanctions prematurely

Hill Times Canada will become vulnerable again to Iran’s illicit finance and procurement activities. It is not in Canada’s interest to lift sanctions prematurely. WASHINGTON, D.C.—The nuclear deal that six world powers signed with Iran earlier this month will soon remove most international sanctions in exchange for Iran’s acceptance of long-term restrictions on its nuclear […]

July 27, 2015
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Tabgha church after fire set by vandals
With fire she was consumed and with fire she will be rebuilt

On June 18, a group of three men jumped the security fence of the Tabgha church in Northern Israel, entered the heart of the church complex, and vandalized and burned parts of the building. Recently, I joined Montreal’s Rabbi Ron Again and Rabbi Alon Goshen-Gottstein of Israel, the founder of the Elijah Interfaith Institute, on […]

July 23, 2015
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After the Iran deal, a call for action

Shimon Koffler Fogel | The Canadian Jewish News   The nuclear deal with Iran is a stunning diplomatic failure. The agreement allows Tehran to maintain its nuclear infrastructure and conduct advanced nuclear research and development. It allows Iran to stall inspectors for 24 days before entering suspected nuclear sites, and red tape could allow Iran […]

July 23, 2015
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steinmetz tisha
On Hunger, Iran and Tisha B’Av

Fasting is foreign to us. In the Middle Ages, people fasted a great deal. The 9th century Babylonian work Halachot Gedolot (Tur OH 580) lists no less than 25 additional fast days that are obligatory; in addition, people fasted on Mondays and Thursdays, Yartzeits and when they had bad dreams. In the medieval era, fasting […]

July 23, 2015
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Spotlight on York

Check out the latest feature on The Exchange – a profile of Jewish life at York University. Read Daniel Ferman's piece here. Read Adam Hummel's piece here.

The need to build support for Israel among Canadians is particularly important given the limited knowledge and lack of connection most Canadians have when it comes to Israel. The Middle [...]
Download this document here. Jews have lived in Canada for more than 250 years, with the first recorded Jewish newcomer settling in Trois-Rivières, Québec, in 1760. Most of the early [...]
Iran’s Human Rights Abuses The Government of Iran continues to use amputation, flogging, torture, public execution and other cruel, inhuman, and degrading punishments to impose its will on the Iranian [...]
Events change quickly in the Middle East. There are a lot of different factors and players at work. To make things simple, clear, and understandable, here are the basic facts [...]
Download this document here. Each year, students on university campuses across Canada are subjected to various anti-Israel events, including “Israel Apartheid Week.”  While we know that much of the campus community [...]
Initially greeted with enthusiasm by many, it is now abundantly clear that the so-called “Arab Spring” has not brought liberal democratic transformation to the Middle East. Rather than an idealistic [...]
CIJA is proud to share with you A Year in Conversations, an innovative initiative designed to help families explore, address and engage in discussions around topical, contemporary issues facing Israel [...]
Download this document here. Update: As the Knesset is headed to elections on March 17th, all proposed legislation is currently on hold pending the formation of a new Knesset post-elections. [...]
Download the document here. Download the timeline of milestones in the Canada-Israel relationship here. The Canada-Israel bilateral relationship continues to flourish and expand, as it has under the leadership of [...]
The Government of Canada’s changes to the immigration and refugee system have attracted a great deal of attention over the last few months, particularly from within the Jewish community. Canada [...]
The Government Relations team advocates on behalf of the Jewish community on all levels of government and all major political parties in Canada on a wide-range of domestic and foreign-policy [...]
Stay up to date here with information about Israel’s economy, geography and other tidbits on “the Start-Up Nation” [...]
Hamas-Fatah Unity Agreement Derails Peace Talks On April 23rd, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced an agreement with Hamas to form a national unity government, which calls for the establishment [...]
The years following the 1948 Arab-Israeli war witnessed a massive dislocation of civilians in the Middle East. As one contemporary observer described the refugee situation: “Hundreds of thousands of men, [...]
Download this document here. Jewish tradition upholds the centrality of ethical obligations to one’s neighbour, which often ties into modern concepts of social justice. These moral imperatives have spurred Jewish [...]
Download this document here. The Jewish community is one of the most consistently targeted victims of hate- and bias-motivated crime, often directed against communal institutions. In 2007, the Government of [...]
Seek Peace and Pursue It represents a small sample of the many worthwhile projects that aim to break down the barriers between Israelis and Palestinians. No single project is going [...]
Download the Holocaust Timeline here. Introduction “Holocaust” is a word of Greek origin meaning “sacrifice by fire.” The Nazis, who came to power in Germany in January 1933, believed that [...]
Key Points Increased activity by Iran and its proxies – Hezbollah and the Assad regime – on the Golan Heights has escalated tensions on Israel’s northern borders. Iran and Hezbollah [...]
A short timeline of the history of the peace process in the Middle East 1947 – The United Nations recommends partition with the passage of Resolution 181 by a vote [...]
Download this document here. CIJA believes that the United Nations has an important role to play in international affairs. However, every year, the United Nations General Assembly’s agenda is clogged [...]
Download this document here. Read the Action Plan for Combating Antisemitism 2013 and Beyond here. The Jewish community of Canada is the country’s most frequent target of hatred. According to [...]
Introduction BDS is an acronym for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, which seek to delegitimize and isolate Israel – and Israel alone – around the world and in global forums. BDS [...]
Overview CIJA has provided the following information for your consideration and use. In summary, we have highlighted the following key points as essential to understanding why the Palestinian Authority’s current [...]
“We declare Fallujah as an Islamic state, and we call on you to be on our side! We are here to defend you from the army of Maliki and the [...]