As members of CIJA’s Young Leaders Circle (YLC), we are part of a diverse group of young Canadian Jewish leaders dedicated to empowering our generation to improve the quality of Jewish life in Canada through advocacy.
We are proud to operate as part of CIJA who, as the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada, represents the organized Jewish community and is committed to ensuring the myriad of perspectives in our dynamic community are reflected in its work. CIJA embraces our community’s diversity, which is a sign of strength and vitality. Like CIJA, our goal in the YLC is to advance the public policy interests of our community, while enhancing unity – not uniformity – among Jewish Canadians.
Earlier this week, the YLC gathered in Ottawa to discuss how we can effectively advance the priorities of Canada’s organized Jewish community. We discussed the challenges facing communities across the country and brainstormed ideas for initiatives the group could undertake that would achieve our goals for the coming year.
As a reflection of our emphasis on diversity of opinion, CIJA’s Young Leaders’ Circle presented our inaugural Unity Not Uniformity debate, co-chaired by YLC members Raphael Brass (Ottawa) and Emmanuelle Amar (Montreal). This lively debate between Shuvaloy Majumdar, Minister Baird’s former Director of Policy and a Fellow at the MacDonald-Laurier Institute, and Costanza Musu, a professor at the University of Ottawa, was featured live on our Facebook Page.
The highlight of our retreat came during our Lobby Day on Parliament Hill when we could immediately apply the knowledge acquired during our YLC sessions. We met with Members of Parliament, Senators and staff from all major political parties to discuss such pressing issues as enhancing the Security Infrastructure Program (SIP), combating antisemitism, and ensuring affordable housing for people with disabilities.
This retreat was an incredible opportunity for us to engage in the advocacy process. It also served as a reminder of the importance of grassroots advocacy and the significant role we — as young members of the community — can play in achieving meaningful results.
Though the retreat is over, our commitment to engage our generation in this critical work remains. If you’re a professional under 40 and would like to get involved in CIJA’s advocacy work, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome your feedback and look forward to hearing from you!
|Adam Hummel (Toronto)||Tamara Fathi (Ottawa)|
|Co-Chair, Young Leaders Circle||Co-Chair, Young Leaders Circle|