This Week in Canadian Jewish Advocacy, September 3, 2023

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|September 03, 2023
This Week in Canadian Jewish Advocacy

This week, we shared details of our national conference in October with the national media, highlighted by a prominent article in the National Post, now our official Antisemitism: Face It, Fight It Media Partner. We are recruiting for one of our flagship mission programs, Israel Young Leaders Program, where we give Canadian student leaders an opportunity to learn firsthand about Israel and life in the Middle East.  

Read on to learn more about both.  

The CIJA Team  

This week, Antisemitism: Face It, Fight It made its media debut with a feature story profiling the conference in the National Post, which also ran nationwide online on more than 70 newspapers websites, including the Montreal Gazette, Calgary Herald, and the Ottawa Citizen.  

Explaining the impetus for the conference, CIJA’s Shimon Koffler Fogel said: “Our experience … as a society is that there has been exponential growth in intolerance, in people feeling entitled to express the most vitriolic ideas, or to disseminate them. And we feel that, by way of response, we have to come together as a community … to express that sense of unity and demonstrate that solidarity to confront and push back against the hate that is polarizing our society.” 

Read the full article, here, and CIJA’s press release distributed to media outlets from coast to coast to coast, here.

CIJA and Canada's Jewish Federations are pleased to announce that the National Post has signed on to be the official media partner of Antisemitism: Face It, Fight It. Canada’s leading national newspaper, the Post was founded 25 years ago as unabashedly pro-Israel. Its partnership with the conference reflects its longtime friendship with the Jewish community and its commitment to combating hate and promoting inclusivity, highlighting the value of this groundbreaking conference as a timely and effective means to join forces in raising awareness about antisemitism and how to face it and fight it. 


Antisemitism: Face It, Fight It is the first-ever wide-scale convening of the Jewish community and allies from across Canada to face, fight, and push back against antisemitism – and you need to be there! 

Learn more at 



Do you know a university student who is fascinated by Canadian politics and journalism or is a leader in student politics or activism? A university student who is interested in experiencing Israel directly to understand the reality on the ground and learn more about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Tell them to apply today for the Israel Young Leaders Program (IYLP). Applications are due by September 29! 
IYLP is a is a highly competitive experiential learning initiative that provides Canadian student leaders with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire knowledge about Israel through first-hand experience in a holistic, intellectually honest fashion. Participants spend seven days in Israel learning about the country’s history, society, politics, culture, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 
N.B. Students eligible for programs through Taglit / Birthright / Canada-Israel Experience are not eligible for this program. All details for applications available at 

CIJA in the News 

Community Calendar

September 4 | Labour Day (CIJA Offices closed nationwide)
September 15-17
| Rosh Hashanah
September 24-25 | Yom Kippur 
October 16-17 Antisemitism: Face It, Fight It


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