What is CIJA’s role outside Canada?

Serving as the Canadian affiliate of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), CIJA regularly leads delegations of Jewish Canadian lay leaders, activists, and students in the WJC’s plenary sessions and offers a Canadian perspective on global trends and advocacy approaches to key issues.

CIJA also serves as a member of the Jewish Federations of North America’s Israel Action Network as well as the Global Coalition for Israel.

CIJA has worked many Jewish community organizations around the world, among them: the American Jewish Committee (AJC), the America-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), NGO Monitor, the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), and the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, the Conseil Représentatif des Institutions juives de France (CRIF), UK’s Board of Deputies, and the US Anti-Defamation League.

CIJA is the only organization outside the US that has established a formal strategic partnership with the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. CIJA partners with the World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) and serves as the Canadian representative organization to the Material Claims Conference, with two permanent directors serving on the Claims Conference Board. CIJA serves as an active member of the Advisory Council of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IRHA), a body of experts and governments from 35 (and growing) countries dedicated to preserving the memory and lessons of the Holocaust (Shoah).

CIJA maintains an office in Jerusalem to conduct on-the-ground fact-finding missions and liaise directly with Israeli government officials and Members of the Knesset from across party lines. Through its Jerusalem office, Board members, and professional leadership, CIJA engages directly with key interlocutors in the region. When requested of CIJA, with the consent and endorsement of the governments of both Canada and Israel, this engagement has included meeting with Palestinian and Jordanian officials as well as other leaders and influencers in the region.

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