Relationships Matter. That is the motto of the Pacific Region of CIJA. Professional staff and grassroots advocates from the Pacific Region are continuously developing relationships with the decision-makers and the decision-makers-to-be at the federal, provincial and local levels in order to strengthen British Columbia’s diverse Jewish community. More than 30,000 Jews reside in the province—the majority of which live in the Metro Vancouver area. Since the mid-19th century, B.C.’s Jewish community has played a significant role in the development and growth of Canada’s western-most province. Under the leadership of the Local Partnership Council and in partnership with the Greater Vancouver Jewish Federation, CIJA is the region’s preeminent voice on matters concerning Israel, antisemitism and domestic issues affecting the region’s Jewish community. The Pacific Region works with members of the federal, provincial and municipal governments as well as other community leaders in order to strengthen the Canada-Israel relationship, increase security for the Jewish community, ensure funding for local agencies and foster advocacy efforts on university campuses.
For more information on how to get involved in advocacy contact the Pacific Region directly.
Updates from the Pacific region
The time has come for action. An open-letter to federal decision makers on Canada’s discriminatory blood donation ban.
Zionism, its origins, and the role it plays in modern Jewish life are interesting, consequential, and often misunderstood. Our friend David Matlow, who has the largest collection of Theodor Herzl...
On September 19th, the Government of Ontario announced changes to the rules governing social gatherings in the province. Does this impact High Holiday Services? No. The number of people allowed to...
This week, we are headed to the West Coast to connect with the amazing volunteers, community leaders, and staff of the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver.
A startling number of people, including some in Canadian media outlets, have weighed in on the Abraham Accords by vilifying the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain, and going as far as portraying...
The shameful events in recent days have reminded us that there is a growing hate crisis right here in Canada. Now is the time to act!