Make your views known

As most of the readers of this weekly update know, CIJA–The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs–is a non-partisan, non-profit advocacy agency of the Jewish Federations of Canada. Its broad mandate is to be a voice to government and other high profile decision-making bodies on policy matters that affect the quality of life for the Jewish community of Canada. By advocating on behalf of the welfare of the Jewish community of course, CIJA is also advocating on behalf of the welfare of the general community.

Educational matters are among the many key public policy issues that occupy CIJA’s staff. Some months ago, CIJA launched an initiative – Every Kid Counts – whose aim is to place all Ontario children with learning disabilities on an equal footing in terms of receiving health support services from the Government of Ontario.

Each year, CIJA consults directly from members of the community to hear what we consider to be the most important policy priorities for the Jewish community. That direct consultation in the Greater Toronto Area is taking place from January 27 – January 30. To be part of this consultation, individuals must register online.

The schedule for the CIJA consultations is:

  • Toronto North: Sunday, January 27th at 10:00 AM
  • Thornhill: Tuesday, January 29th at 7:00 PM
  • Toronto Midtown (Young Professionals): Wednesday, January 30th at 7:00 PM
  • Toronto Downtown: Sunday, February 3rd at 1:00 PM

However, in addition to participating directly in the consultation, or in case the sessions are already fully subscribed, you can complete an online survey to personally convey your views of the most urgent and most pressing communal priorities.

You can access the online survey/consultation at:

We urge you to go online to complete the survey and let CIJA know your views about communal priorities and especially, of course, about the need to make Jewish education affordable. Thank you.


Shabbat Shalom.


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