Campus Advocacy 

CIJA works directly with university and college administrations to identify strategies and support implementation of policies that address antisemitism and other forms of discrimination. Our experts serve as valuable resources to university administrators, including university Presidents’ offices, EDI (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) offices, campus security, university communications and others, as they work to prevent hate on campus. CIJA also partners with faculty organizations and student representative bodies in our efforts to ensure the Jewish community at institutions of higher learning enjoy a rewarding, safe and inclusive campus experience.   

Canada and Israel benefit from academic partnerships between the two countries, through research collaboration and student / faculty mobility. CIJA serves as an experienced point of connection among administrations, faculties, and scholars in Canada and Israel as institutions increase their offerings in these areas. Facilitated by CIJA, Canadian university administrators can build and enhance productive relationships through delegations to Israel as they leverage newly formed and established connections with Israeli institutions. 

To learn more about CIJA’s work on campus, please contact: 

Scott Goldstein 
Director, University Relations 
Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs 
[email protected]

Resources for Israel-Hamas War 2023

The Jewish campus community is experiencing unprecedented levels of antisemitism and serious concerns for personal safety. The following resources are for concerned community members looking to do more to address concerns regarding the situation on our Canadian universities and college campuses. 

Reports that raise concerns over safety and harassment have the greatest potential to be taken seriously by the institution. Hillels on campuses across Canada help students file formal complaints with their university administrators. CIJA supports students through the reporting process at campuses without a Hillel presence.  

Parents, please share these tips with your student-aged children:  

  • If you feel a threat to your safety, call 911 immediately. 
  • For non-emergencies, find the contact information for your campus security and save it in your phone. 
  • Document everything you see and experience, in and out of the classroom, even online. Take screenshots and photos, if safe to do so. This information will be useful for law enforcement and for reporting to the administration. You should share this info with your Hillel or with CIJA, even if you don't report to the administration. 
  • Locate the Code of Conduct resources on your university website and submit formal complaints using the relevant reporting procedures for that institution. Hillel is available to help you, and CIJA will help if you do not have a Hillel on your campus. 
  • Find the listing details of your campus mental health and wellness resources and take advantage of these services. 
  • Remember, you are not alone Hillel and other campus organizations are here for you! 

For non-students who want to take action, here are some important steps to consider: 

Campus Resources 

Israel Young Leaders Program 

CIJA’s Israel Young Leaders Program (IYLP) is a highly competitive experiential learning initiative that provides Canadian student leaders with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn about Israel through first-hand experience in a holistic and intellectually honest fashion. Participants spend seven days on the ground learning about Israeli history, society, politics, culture, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Learn more 

Local Hillels 

Hillel is the Jewish community organization mandated to protect and facilitate Jewish campus life and lead advocacy efforts that ensure Jewish students feel safe at all Canadian colleges and universities. Please contact your local Hillel for any questions or concerns related to Jewish student issues on Canadian campuses. 

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Report Hate

Whether online or in the real world, we track incidents of hate to measure and combat antisemitism in Canada. Use the form below to report incidence of hate to CIJA to help combat antisemitism in your community.

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