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B’nai Brith Launches National Jewish Heritage Month Campaign

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May 1, 2023

B’nai Brith Canada is pleased to launch its annual Jewish Heritage Month Campaign. May is recognized in several countries as the month to honour the contributions of Jewish people to their local communities.

To mark Jewish Heritage Month in Canada, B’nai Brith is delighted to introduce initiatives from coast to coast, designed to recognize the vitality of Jewish participation in Canadian society. There are over 325,000 Canadian Jews who make up less than 1 percent of the population. Cities such as Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Calgary and Ottawa have significant Jewish populations.

B’nai Brith’s League for Human Rights collaborated with more than 60 different Canadian political entities to encourage widespread recognition of Jewish Heritage Month. Throughout the month, B’nai Brith will present videos and proclamations to highlight a wide range of dignitaries, leaders, community members and others spotlighting the vibrancy and longevity of Canada’s Jewish community.

“The Jewish presence in Canada goes back to 1738,” said Marvin Rotrand B’nai Brith Canada’s National Director of the League for Human Rights. “May honours the contributions and achievements of this remarkable segment of the Canadian population. We are thrilled to share and celebrate with our supporters, friends and others Canada’s Jewish community.”

“Expect to see Jewish Heritage Month observed on a national scale,” said Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer of B’nai Brith Canada. “As Canada’s most senior Jewish human-rights organization, we are proud to lead this national celebratory initiative. This month, please join us in celebrating the significant contributions of Canadian Jewry to the country.”