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.

Victoria, BC stands with Israel

More than 240 people gathered in British Columbia’s capital city, Victoria on Tuesday evening to stand in solidarity with Israel. “Am Yisrael Chai:  A Jewish Community Gathering for Solidarity and [...]

September 11, 2014
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ACT NOW: Operation Protective Edge

After weeks of intense fighting, Israel completed the destruction of Hamas attack tunnels and has withdrawn ground forces from Gaza. The IDF’s goals in the operation were the cessation of [...]

August 7, 2014
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Yad b’Yad Represents Jewish Community at Vancouver Pride Celebrations

Despite tragedy and conflict darkening our past few weeks, the spirit of Israel shone through at Vancouver’s annual Pride Parade this weekend. Representatives, volunteers, and supporters from more than a dozen [...]

August 7, 2014
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Opinion: When it comes to Israel, Premier Clark echoes B.C. values

By Darren M. Mackoff, Vancouver Sun Earlier this week, Premier Christy Clark issued a statement in response to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas. In it, the Premier remarked: [...]

August 4, 2014
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BC Premier Stands with Israel

The current conflict in Israel and Gaza is of great concern to anyone who believes in democracy and human rights. While the world watches in agony, we recognize the need [...]

July 27, 2014
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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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