ADVANCING COMMUNAL INTERESTS

NATIONAL RESPONSIBILITY (JFC-UIA)

JFC UIA Jewish Federations CanadaOur 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: In concert with other large city federations, we ensure the well-being of our fellow Jews throughout Canada to protect the vibrancy of Jewish life in smaller communities across the country.

Advocacy: We provide crucial support to the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, the advocacy arm of the JFC-UIA, to improve the quality of Jewish life in Canada by advancing the public policy interests of Canada’s organized Jewish community, fighting anti-Semitism in all its forms, providing steadfast support for Israel including strengthening the Canada-Israel relationship, and offering expertise and resources to partners facing local advocacy challenges.

 

LOCAL ADVOCACY

jewish Israel advocacyLocally, 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. This past year, we worked in close collaboration with CIJA-Québec on issues of paramount importance to our Jewish community, combatting local anti-Semitism and discrimination and advocating for fundamental rights and freedoms and social justice. Together, we were at the forefront of the opposition to Bill 60, the proposed Charter of Values, including the submission of our community’s official position in a brief to the National Assembly. And we supported our partners to provide on-campus expertise, resources and issue-management guidance to Jewish and pro-Israel students working to counter increased Boycott Divest and Sanction (BDS) activity on our university and CEGEP campuses.

OVER 1,000 JEWISH STUDENTS AT 7 CEGEPS AND UNIVERSITIES IN MONTREAL PARTICIPATED IN ON-CAMPUS ACTIVITIES RELATED TO ISRAEL LAST YEAR.

“This past October, we held the first ever Israel Education Month on campus, hosting a number of speakers and a memorial event for Rabin, culminating in a huge party celebrating Israel. Without the constant support of our community, none of this would have been possible. Thank you so much for providing the students of Montreal safe spaces, advice and encouragement during tough times on campus.” - Lauren, Concordia University student

 

SOCIAL ACTION

Social actionFederation CJA supports communal organizations devoted to social action. We play a leadership role in a coalition of organizations within the Jewish community working to ensure effective and coordinated efforts to advance public policy issues of common concern such as social equity, 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.