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Beauty and Horror: A Spring Visit to Central European Capitals

Over the years, I have told myself that I would never visit central Europe.  I felt that I knew enough by listening to Jewish people who lived through the Holocaust and by reading scholarly books and novels. I did not want those people in central Europe to benefit financially from me. But I remembered that […]

June 29, 2015
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PRESS RELEASE: Israel supporters rally in Geneva, urging UN Human Rights Council to shed anti-Israel bias

GENEVA – Some 1,000 participants from a dozen countries, including Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, and Switzerland, gathered in Geneva this afternoon to express their support for the State of Israel as the United Nations Human Rights Council held another debate on Israel and on the Commission of Inquiry report into the […]

June 29, 2015
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Veteran community leader takes reins at JFC-UIA

The Canadian Jewish News For the next two years, Julia Berger Reitman, a veteran of Canada’s Jewish community leadership, will be chair of the Jewish Federations of Canada – UIA. The position, which alternates its home base between Toronto and Montreal, returned to Montreal this year after Berger Reitman replaced Ralph Shedletsky earlier this month. […]

June 26, 2015
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Minister Nicholson Regrets Palestinian Politicization of the ICC

June 26, 2015 – Ottawa, Ontario – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement: “Canada is disappointed by Palestinian attempts to politicize the International Criminal Court [ICC]. Yesterday’s submission by Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riad Malki of […]

June 26, 2015
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Executive Assistant Position – Toronto

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), the advocacy arm of Canadian Jewish Federations, is seeking an energetic, enthusiastic administrative assistant for a one year contract to support the activities of CIJA’s Greater Toronto Area (GTA) team. The successful candidate will be an organized team player with exceptional people skills, good judgment, excellent computer […]

June 25, 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 [...]
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 people. Religious, ethnic, linguistic [...]
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 [...]
We are counting down 65 days until Yom Ha’atzmaut, the day commemorating Israel’s declaration of Independence. Why 65 days? Because this year we are celebrating Israel’s 65th year of independence! [...]
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 advertisements currently placed on Vancouver transit by the Palestine Awareness Coalition depict a series of misleading and inaccurate maps that suggest Israel is a creeping, immoral and illegitimate state. [...]
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 [...]
March 17th, 2015 Israelis will go to the polls for their upcoming election. Below we offer bi-weekly insight directly from Jerusalem. [...]
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 [...]
Stay up to date here with information about Israel’s economy, geography and other tidbits on “the Start-Up Nation” [...]
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, [...]
A remarkable spiritual leader who has touched the lives of millions, Pope Francis has had a long and extraordinary relationship with the Jewish community. Whether co-authoring a book with a [...]
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 [...]
For up to date news on this topic click here. To stay up to date on all issues sign up for our mailing list here. Take Action to Stop the [...]
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 [...]