This Week in Canadian Jewish Advocacy, March 26, 2023

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|March 26, 2023
This Week in Canadian Jewish Advocacy

This week, we participated in a lively exchange about current developments in Israel, delved behind the headlines of Israeli newspapers, addressed a dangerous factual error, and invited teachers to learn how to unlearn antisemitism. 

Read on to learn more. 

The CIJA Team  

More than 1000 people tuned in midday Thursday to our townhall Unity Not Uniformity: Unpacking the Controversy where expert panelists Professor Adam Dodek, Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, and journalist Haviv Rettig Gur, alongside moderator Ellin Bessner from The Canadian Jewish News, explored the major topics on everyone's minds from the controversial judicial reform proposal, counter-terror raids, to the new Iran-Saudi Arabia deal, and the debates they've generated inside and outside Israel.

You can access it at or on Facebook


In a letter to the editor, Becca Wertman-Traub, CIJA’s Director of Research, addressed factual errors in a recent opinion piece in The Hill Times that left a false impression that only Israel is to blame for the situation in the West Bank.


CIJA is teaming up with UJA Federation of Greater Toronto and Facing History and Ourselves Canada to host Unlearn It, an interactive virtual workshop for Ontario teachers to help them educate their students about antisemitism and its impacts.

Middle-school educators are invited to participate in this free workshop to learn how to use Unlearn It to create safe spaces to initiate productive, courageous discussions about antisemitism among their students. These resources can be used proactively as part of anti-racism programming or in response to an incident that has already occurred at school or in the community. The workshop will be held Monday, March 27, from 4:30 - 6 p.m. and is targeted at educators of grades 5-8.


CIJA in the News 

For a party that’s so against discrimination, here’s a lesson Ontario’s NDP is still struggling to learn (Toronto Star, + Syndication)

Canadian Jews Concerned as Activist Accused of Antisemitism Wins Ontario Parliament Seat (The Algemeiner)

‘Let’s do this:’ Sarah Jama wins Hamilton Centre by-election by a landslide (Now Magazine)

March 23: Spec readers are still talking about last week’s Hamilton Centre byelection, and the city tax increase (The Hamilton Spectator)

Top 100 Lobbyists in 2023: green tech and economy boosting set for top advocacy priorities in 2023, say lobbyists (The Hill Times)

Hiding the truth impedes two-state peace framework: CIJA director (The Hill Times)

Record jump in LGBTQ, religious hate crimes cases reported to police, with men and boys main targets (The Globe and Mail)

OPINION: On Israel, Canadian Jews must embrace unity, not uniformity (The Globe and Mail)

Hate crimes reported by police jumped a record 27% from 2020 to 2021: StatsCan (The Globe and Mail)

A Zionist strategy for Israel (Israel Hayom)

Can modern archeology prove Jews’ historic ties to Israel?" (The CJN – The CJN Daily, 16:46)

Community Calendar

March 27 | Unlearn It Virtual Workshop
April 5-April 13 | Passover 
April 17-18 | Yom HaShoah 
April 24-25 | Yom HaZikaron 
April 25-26 | Yom Ha’atzmaut
May 25-27 | Shavuot


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Chief Executive Officer, Jewish Federation of Winnipeg

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