This Week in Canadian Jewish Advocacy, December 11, 2022

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|December 11, 2022
This Week in Canadian Jewish Advocacy


This week, we celebrated the government's investment in the Vancouver Jewish Community Centre, partied on the Hill, and clarified why the IHRA definition of antisemitism is so important when it comes to fighting antisemitism. 

Read on to learn more.  

The CIJA Team  

CIJA is delighted that the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver has received $25 million from the Government of Canada in support of its redevelopment!

The preservation of distinct cultural communities is an essential thread in the fabric of Canada. As one of the most attended cultural, community, and recreational centres in Vancouver, the Vancouver JCC welcomes one of the most diverse demographics anywhere, a place where so many families and individuals find activities, resources, and  – most importantly – a sense of belonging.

We join the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver in thanking the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage for their support of this vision.



We were proud to celebrate Chanukah in Ottawa on Tuesday at “Hanukkah on the Hill” — hosted by MPs Anthony Housefather and Ya'ara Saks — with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Leader of the Official Opposition of Canada Pierre Poilievre, Members of Parliament from all parties, and Jewish community leaders.



"Jews defining hate against Jews isn’t controversial. Ignoring our lived experience should be."

CIJA CEO Shimon Koffler Fogel explores the critical role played by the IHRA definition of antisemitism — the consensus definition that best reflects lived experiences of Jews today that is used by 37 countries across the world — in the ongoing fight against Jew-hatred and the importance of Jewish voices being heard where antisemitism and other hatred are addressed.

December 18 | 8 Gays of Channukah 
December 18-26 | Chanukah 
*CIJA offices closed December 26,27 & 30

Does antisemitism 'count'? Why some Jewish activists believe it's being ignored (CBC News)

Why antisemitism needs to be defined (Toronto Star)

'I take marching orders from Palestinian rep.' - Canadian politician (The Jerusalem Post)

Ottawa : Des responsables se dissocient d’un pro-Palestinien accusé de négationnisme (The Times of Israel)

'We as Canadians need to be concerned': Advocates fear continued rise in antisemitism with Kanye's 'I like Hitler' comments (Yahoo News)

Perpetrator of antisemitic threats in CSL sentenced to restrictions (The Suburban)

Man charged with uttering threats must stay away from Jewish community (Montreal Gazette)

Drive-by antisemitism in a Montreal neighbourhood nets a perpetrator conditional sentence—and a hate charge for his accomplice (The CJN)

Man accused of yelling antisemitic slurs while driving in Montreal charged (Israel National News)

Attendance of man accused of antisemitism at Hill event sparks outcry from MPs, Jewish groups (CBC)

Hammer falls on Kanye West after he praises Hitler, posts swastika (Global News)

Canada-Palestine MP group vows review after accused ‘Holocaust denier’ attended event (Toronto Star)

Canada-Palestine MP group to 'review' after accused 'Holocaust denier' attended event (CTV News)

Canada-Palestine MP group vows review after accused Holocaust denier attended event (CP24)

WATCH: May says she takes her orders from Palestine (Western Standard)

MPs group to 'review' after accused Holocaust denier attended Parliament Hill reception (Montreal Gazette)

Terry Glavin: Trudeau Liberals can't stop attracting antisemites (National Post)

Nikki Haley addresses 200 Jewish leaders in Montreal (JNS)
Nikki Haley: 'Peace in Middle East will only happen if US stands with Israel' (Israel National News)

‘Freedom is sometimes a messy business’: The Freedom Convoy’s former spokesman Benjamin Dichter’s view of three weeks that paralyzed Ottawa (The CJN)'

CIJA is Hiring:

Executive Director | Kehillat Beth Israel, Ottawa
Campaign Engagement Specialist (Jewish Federation of Ottawa)

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