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.

Webinar on Israel’s African Asylum Seekers

Register here. In recent months there has been growing concern for the status of African asylum seekers in Israel and discussion, both in Israel and around the world, about  the [...]

April 8, 2014
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Advocacy: A Personal Story

Whatever affects Israel, sooner or later, affects us all. As I come to work every morning, I try to think about this for a moment, so I am reminded why [...]

March 19, 2014
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In December 2013 CIJA led Mayor Watts and a delegation of more than 15 innovators and business leaders to Israel.
Unique Surrey-Israeli Partnership Driving Innovation

By: Barbara Yaffe, Vancouver Sun columnist From crime-ridden municipality to innovation hub, with a little help from the state of Israel, Surrey is overhauling its image. It is an unexpected [...]

February 26, 2014
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What can you do in a day?

How long can a day be? When waiting in the delivery room in the hospital for your first born – it’s long,  LONG day; approaching tax return deadline, a day [...]

February 21, 2014
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Meeting with Canada’s Minister for Citizenship and Immigration, Hon. Chris Alexander, in Vancouver

This week, Canada’s Minister for Citizenship and Immigration, Hon. Chris Alexander met with leaders of Vancouver’s Jewish community to brief them on recent changes to Canada’s immigration policy and to [...]

February 20, 2014
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Small & Mighty: The inspirational Story of Avodah

We are very happy to share with you a project that Victoria’s Congregation Emanu-El’s social action committee has put together. The presentation Small & Mighty: The inspirational Story of Avodah [...]

February 19, 2014
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