OUR ALLOCATION TO JEWISH FEDERATIONS OF CANADA-UNITED ISRAEL APPEAL (JFC-UIA), THE NATIONAL AGENCY FOR CANADIAN JEWRY, ASSISTS US IN FULFILLING OUR NATIONAL MANDATE ON TWO LEVELS:

NATIONAL RESPONSIBILITY: JOINTLY WITH OTHER LARGE CITY FEDERATIONS, WE PROTECT THE VIBRANCY OF JEWISH LIFE IN SMALLER COMMUNITIES ACROSS CANADA.

ADVOCACY: WE PROVIDE CRUCIAL SUPPORT TO THE CENTRE FOR ISRAEL AND JEWISH AFFAIRS (CIJA), THE ADVOCACY ARM OF CANADIAN FEDERATIONS, TO ADVANCE THE PUBLIC POLICY INTERESTS OF CANADA’S ORGANIZED JEWISH COMMUNITY, FIGHT ANTISEMITISM IN ALL ITS FORMS, PROVIDE STEADFAST SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL, AND OFFER EXPERTISE AND RESOURCES TO PARTNERS FACING LOCAL ADVOCACY CHALLENGES.

TRANSFORM

Local Advocacy

Locally, CIJA-Québec continues to provide strategic advocacy services and programming, and actively engages with government representatives, universities, media, civil society and other faith and ethnic communities to advance our communal interests.

Social Action

Federation CJA plays a leadership role in a coalition of organizations within the Jewish community working to advance public policy issues of common concern such as anti-poverty, housing and access to health care services. We fight for social justice for all Quebecers and we support organizations that provide practical assistance to the most vulnerable, disadvantaged individuals in society.

CONFRONTING ANTISEMITISM, IN CANADA AND AROUND THE WORLD

The Issue

Antisemitism is rising around the world. There has been a marked increase in antisemitic harassment, vandalism, and violence in recent years, including the tragic shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue.

How we helped

As Federation CJA’s advocacy agent, CIJA is committed to speaking out and taking action against antisemitism. Over the past year, CIJA has continued to work closely with elected officials at all levels of government to brief them about the dangers of antisemitism here in Quebec and abroad, and to educate them about why it threatens not only the Jewish community, but Quebec society at large.

The Impact

Thanks to CIJA’s advocacy, the federal government recently adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of antisemitism. CIJA is also campaigning for federal support to establish dedicated hate crime units and strengthen legal tools to combat hate speech. CIJA monitors hate speech and files criminal complaints against those who call for violence against Jews, engages with counter-radicalization efforts, pushes for stronger laws to protect us from those who dispel antisemitism, and lobbies for increased federal money for security infrastructure. In Montreal, Federation CJA is spearheading efforts to coordinate and streamline updated security measures for the local Jewish community.