Discussion hosted by The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs/Pacific Region and Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver
VANCOUVER, B.C.—The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs and the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver hosted a fruitful and meaningful discussion between Jewish community leaders and B.C.’s Leader of the Opposition, Adrian Dix on Wednesday, October 3rd.
The goal of the meeting was to strengthen the Jewish community’s relationship with the Provincial New Democratic Party and to provide B.C.’s opposition leader with greater insight into the issues of concern and challenges faced by the more than 30,000 Jewish British Columbians.
Lay leaders and professional staff representing a wide spectrum of backgrounds and affiliations discussed a number of critical topics with Mr. Dix including anti-Semitism, poverty, affordable housing, seniors’ care, Jewish education and the centrality of the State of Israel to the Jewish community.
During the meeting, Mr. Dix expressed his deep appreciation for B.C.’s Jewish community and recognized the importance of strengthening B.C.’s vital Jewish communal services. The B.C. NDP leader also stressed the need to confront hatred and extremism wherever it exists.
Mr. Dix shared his understanding of the important role Israel plays in the Jewish community, as Canada’s democratic ally and as a global leader in innovation and technology.
“British Columbia’s Jewish community cherishes the historic, enduring and positive relationships existing with both the B.C. NDP and B.C. Liberal parties,” said Darren Mackoff, Director for The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs/Pacific Region.
“The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs is committed to strengthening our relationship with all provincial parties in order to affirm our shared values and confront the important issues affecting the Jewish community and all of British Columbia’s ethnic and religious minorities,” said Mackoff.