This Week in Canadian Jewish Advocacy, January 22, 2023
This week, we remember the past to build a better, safer, tomorrow, and celebrate the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board's recent stand against antisemitism.
Read on to learn more!
The CIJA Team
Six million Jewish children, women, and men were murdered by the Nazis during the Shoah. Join us to make sure that the #Holocaust is never forgotten by supporting the World Jewish Congress’ #WeRemember social media campaign for International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27.
Until January 27, post a photo on your socials of yourself holding a #WeRemember sign (download it here) with the hashtag #WeRemember. Tag @cijainfo and the World Jewish Congress so that your post is displayed at Auschwitz on January 26 and 27.
Please share information about #WeRemember with your friends and family.
CIJA joins the Jewish Federation of Ottawa in applauding members of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) for voting unanimously to hire a Jewish Equity Coach.
“This board sent a very strong and powerful message to the Jewish community and the entire community in Ottawa that this hate is not going to be tolerated,” said Andrea Freedman, President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa
A critical development in the OCDSB's plan to combat antisemitism at schools, this vote comes in response to a letter and petition signed by 1,000 people about the urgent need to protect students and staff by quelling the persistent rise in antisemitic attitudes, discourse, and behaviour in Ottawa schools. The Jewish Equity Coach will serve as the main point of contact for students and staff facing antisemitism and, while collecting data about antisemitic or hate incidents, will educate students on antisemitism and the Holocaust.
Andrea Freedman, President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa, spoke with CTV News about the dangers of rising antisemitism and how CIJA’s new online platform Unlearn It can help educators and parents learn about, identify, and address antisemitism.
Funded by Ontario’s Ministry of Education, Unlearn It provides educators and parents with educational materials to frame constructive and courageous conversations using case studies based on Canadian middle school students’ real lived experiences of antisemitism and online hate.
This project was developed in partnership with the Toronto Holocaust Museum and Facing History and Ourselves.
CIJA in the News
Information Radio - MB with Marcy Markusa – Noah Shack discusses Unlearn It (CBC Radio)
The Early Edition with Stephen Quinn in Vancouver – Noah Shack discusses Unlearn It (CBC Radio)
Tensions are rising again between Israel and Palestine. Will violence increase? (Global News)
Relaunched parliamentary group seeks to work for ‘undivided Jerusalem’ as Israel’s capital (The Hill Times)
Unlearning Antisemitism: CIJA Launches New Platform (CTV News Ottawa)
Canada expresses its concern over Israel’s ‘punitive measures’ against the Palestinian Authority (The CJN)
January 23-27 | Holocaust Education Week
January 27 | International Holocaust Remembrance Day
February 5-6 | Tu BiShvat
March 2 | The Abraham Accords: A Turning Point in the Legal World
October 16-17 | Democracy in Action
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Associate Director, Partnerships and Community Engagement (Quebec)
Chief Executive Officer, Jewish Federation of Winnipeg
Designer/Creative Coordinator: Jewish Federation of Winnipeg
Hillel Director, Jewish Federation of Edmonton
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