September 24, 2019
PRESS RELEASE: CIJA Honours Anglican Bishop Bruce Myers
TORONTO, ON – Last night, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) presented the Dr. Victor Goldbloom Award for Outstanding Interfaith Leadership to Bishop Bruce Myers, the Anglican bishop of Quebec.
Bishop Myers’ leadership led the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada, which took place in Vancouver in June 2019, to delete a prayer from the Book of Common Prayer calling for the conversion of the Jews and replace the text with a prayer for reconciliation with the Jews, which asks forgiveness for acts of violence and prejudice committed by Christians against Jews. The resolution, which passed with nearly unanimous support, will proceed to the 2022 General Synod for final ratification.
In response, Shimon Fogel, President and CEO, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, issued the following:
“In our evermore diverse society, true dialogue and genuine respect between different faith groups and communities are essential. And at a time of rising antisemitism around the world, including in Canada, for the Anglican Church of Canada to replace a prayer for the conversion of the Jews for one for the reconciliation with the Jews is a very meaningful and welcome gesture.”
Upon receiving the Award, Bishop Myers said:
“The overwhelming approval of the change by all three orders of the General Synod — the laity, the clergy, and the bishops — shows how supportive the Anglican Church of Canada is. Our Church stands for reconciliation with the Jews, our elders in the faith, and against all forms of antisemitism.”
“I am grateful to CIJA’s Canadian Rabbinic Caucus for its help and guidance in developing the new prayer.”
While Dr. Victor Goldbloom’s son Jonathan was unable to attend, his nephew, Dr. Alan Goldbloom, represented the family and delivered remarks on its behalf.
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA
- The Dr. Victor Goldbloom Award for Outstanding Interfaith Leadership has been launched as an annual initiative to recognize the contributions of leaders from various faith communities in advancing interfaith relations.
- Dr. Victor Goldbloom, z”l, passed away on February 15, 2016, after a lifetime of service as a medical doctor, elected official, and interfaith leader. He was first elected to the National Assembly of Quebec in 1966, and made history when he was appointed Quebec’s first Jewish provincial cabinet minister in 1970.
- Dr. Goldbloom was an active member of CIJA and its predecessor organization, the Canadian Jewish Congress, where he served as the Quebec president.
- The many honours bestowed upon Dr. Goldbloom include being named an Officer of l’Ordre National du Québec and a Companion of the Order of Canada, the country’s highest distinction. In 2012, he received the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Sylvester Pope and Martyr from Pope Benedict XVI for his outstanding contribution to promoting Christian-Jewish dialogue and understanding.