Photo (L-R): David Sadowski, Executive Vice President, Jewish Community Properties of Toronto, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto; Sara Lefton, Vice President, Greater Toronto Area, CIJA; Berl Nadler, Chair, CIJA Toronto; Bruce Leboff, Chair, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto; Adam Minsky, CEO, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.
Earlier this month, you joined us in taking a strong stand against antisemitism in Toronto. When CIJA learned that white supremacist leaders had rented space in a local public library, you and many others in our community responded our call for action – and urged city and library officials to cancel this outrageous event.
While the Toronto Library refused to cancel the event, both Mayor John Tory and a number of city councillors came out strongly against the use of space by the group.
While this shameful event is over, we continue to pursue this matter with this city, which is why we are writing to you today. Last week, representatives from CIJA and UJA Federation met with the Mayor to discuss next steps, reiterating our position that fundamental changes are necessary to ensure this cannot happen again.
As a result of our intervention, the Mayor’s office has urged the library board to review its room rental policies moving forward.
Antisemitism has no place in our city, especially in our public spaces. CIJA will continue pursuing this matter, and will update you with relevant developments.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time.
CIJA Toronto Chair
Vice President, Greater Toronto Area