Pacific Region

Relationships Matter. That is the motto of the Pacific Region of The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs.  Professional staff and grassroots advocates from the Pacific Region are continuously developing relationships with the decision-makers and the decision-makers-to-be at the federal, provincial and local levels in order to strengthen British Columbia’s diverse Jewish community. More than 30,000 Jews reside in the province—the majority of which live in the Metro Vancouver area. Since the mid-19th century, B.C.’s Jewish community has played a significant role in the development and growth of Canada’s western-most province. Under the leadership of the Local Partnership Council and in partnership with the Greater Vancouver Jewish Federation, The Centre is the region’s preeminent voice on matters concerning Israel, antisemitism and domestic issues affecting the region’s Jewish community. The Pacific Region works with members of the federal, provincial and municipal governments as well as other community leaders in order to strengthen the Canada-Israel relationship, increase security for the Jewish community, ensure funding for local agencies and foster advocacy efforts on university campuses.

For more information on how to get involved in advocacy contact the Pacific Region directly.

Community Memorial Services for Israeli Teenagers

On June 30, 2014, the bodies of three Israeli teenagers, Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Frenkel, and Gilad Shaar, abducted on June 12th by Hamas were discovered outside Hebron. “Jewish Canadians are united [...]

July 1, 2014
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Take Action: Abduction of Israeli Teens

Latest Developments The IDF’s ongoing mission, Operation Brother’s Keeper, aims to rescue the abducted teens (Gilad Shaar, 16; Naftali Frenkel, 16; and Eyal Yifrach, 19) and uproot Hamas’ extensive political, [...]

June 17, 2014
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World Jewish Congress Report from CIJA: May 25-31

Canada: Report from the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) On May 25th, CIJA supported UJA Federation of Greater Toronto’s annual Walk with Israel, which attracts 16,000 participants and [...]

May 30, 2014
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Exchange - Celebrating Israel
Celebrating Israel 66 years young… in the Diaspora

Yom Ha’atzmaut is my favourite time of year (though admittedly I find myself saying that before many holidays). I love the availability of the Declaration of the State of Israel [...]

May 6, 2014
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Statement on the 66th Anniversary of the Creation of the Modern State of Israel

Toronto, ON – This week, Israelis observe two national holidays that reflect the deepest contrast in emotions of life in the Jewish State. Yom Hazikaron (Remembrance Day), which begins on [...]

May 4, 2014
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“Today we remember the lives lost and the families torn apart in one of the darkest periods in human history. British Columbia is an inclusive society and we will continue to be vigilant to ensure racism, bigotry and discrimination have no place here.” - Minister Teresa Wat
Yom HaShoah at the British Columbia Legislature

The Province of British Columbia paid tribute to the more than six million victims of the Holocaust in a ceremony at B.C.’s Parliament Buildings on April 28th to mark Yom Ha’Shoah [...]

May 1, 2014
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