Last Shabbat, eleven of our fellow Jews were murdered while at prayer at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. It was the deadliest antisemitic attack in North American history.
Our community is resilient and in the face of such unspeakable tragedy, we will come together, we will stand together, and we will move forward together.
This Shabbat, we encourage you and your family to attend services at a local synagogue and to invite your friends and colleagues to stand with us.
From Toronto to Tampa. Montreal to Minneapolis. Vancouver to Vallejo. Ottawa to Oakland. Synagogues and Federations across the continent are participating in Solidarity Shabbat: Stand With Pittsburgh.
Fighting Antisemitism As a Community
Combatting antisemitism is at the very core of CIJA’s work. Our plan to fight this vile hatred includes:
- Ensuring our community is secure. Learn more about the National Community Security Program here, including our efforts to expand the Security Infrastructure program for all at-risk communities.
- Advocating that federal and provincial governments and relevant agencies adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism.
- Strengthening law enforcement capacity to combat hate including establishing dedicated hate crime units within police agencies that currently lack them.
- Advocating for a comprehensive national strategy to combat antisemitism online that includes government, law enforcement, and social media providers.
- Educating Canadians about the pernicious nature of antisemitism and how it is a challenge that extends well beyond the Jewish community.
There is a role for you. Please stay connected as we will be asking for your help in the coming days. Learn more about our current priorities in CIJA’s Federal Issues Guide.
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David J. Cape