Fredelle Brief

Jan 23, 2017 | CIJA Publications

Fredelle Brief is active in her Jewish community and in interfaith work in the Greater Toronto Area. Fredelle has worked professionally as a social worker, an environmental planner, and a television executive (Director, Multifaith Programming, Vision TV).  Her passion for peace-building has animated her extensive work in the volunteer sector. 


Sister of Zion, Dr. Lucy Thornton, Interfaith Scholar, Scarborough Mission and Fredelle Brief when they received a lifetime recognition award for their interfaith work.

With a profound interest in dialogue among various communities, Fredelle is currently a participant in Jewish / Muslim Dialogue Toronto; Christian-Jewish Dialogue, Toronto; Canadian Interfaith Conversation; the Toronto Area Interfaith Council; a Jewish / Muslim women artists’ collaboration, Blood, Milk and Tears; and a Member of CIJA Toronto’s local Board.

Her past community work includes serving as President, Work Conference on Religions and Peace/Canada (WCRP / Canada); as Chair, Community Relations Committee and Vice-Chair, Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region; and a Board Member of WCRP International and International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF).

At the invitation of the Vatican, in 1991 (before the Oslo Accords), Fredelle took on the role of facilitator at private peace explorations by Israeli and Palestinian academics and clergy.

She has spoken at national and international religious conferences such as the World Council of Churches, (Vancouver); All Africa Council of Churches (Nairobi, Kenya); and International Council of Christians and Jews (Amersfoort, Holland); and the North American Interfaith Network (Guadalajara, Mexico); the United Church of Canada 2000 General Council; and World Council of Churches Executive meetings (Potsdam Germany) in 2002.

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Chander Khana (seated) and Fredelle Brief at the Parliament of the World’s Religions, Salt Lake City Utah.

While at Vision TV, Fredelle co-produced with the National Film Board a five-part series of one-hour episodes called Faithful Women, filmed at the World Conference of Churches’ conference on the International Decade of Women.

Fredelle participated as part of multi-faith peace-building delegation to Israel during the Gulf War, in 1991. She has served as a member of the Advisory Board of a Ve’ahavta Briut project focused on improving public health among seven First Nations communities. In 2013, Fredelle was Program Chair of the North American Interfaith Network (NAIN) Connect conference in Toronto.

In 1998, Fredelle was the recipient of a Canada Peace Medallion from the YMCA for her tireless work in interfaith dialogue and peace-building that continues to this day. 

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