B’nai Brith gets its marching orders from the Jewish community. We are an organization that exists solely to better the lives of Canadians nationwide, be it by fighting antisemitism, promoting Holocaust education, awareness and commemoration, providing anti-bias training to schools, police agencies, and others, by bringing Nazi war criminals to justice, providing affordable housing to our most vulnerable, or by promoting social interaction for Jews of all ages through our many sports leagues and seniors’ programs, we are committed to fostering a well-rounded and fulfilling Jewish life in Canada both now and well into the future.
Since the 2019 election, the Jewish community has seen a continuous rise in antisemitic incidents in Canada, capping off at a historic record of 2,610 incidents in 2020. We have seen the growth of the antisemitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, and the mainstreaming of antisemitism in the public sphere. During the COVID-19 crisis, our community has faced three new threatening waves of hatred: one blaming Jews for the pandemic itself, another lashing out at our community during the Israel-Hamas fighting of May-June 2021, and another just as the election campaign began.
That is why not only do we need to hear from you about your priorities, needs, and concerns, but so too do our elected officials. It is not only a matter of holding our elected representatives accountable, but rather, is a matter of engagement with them so that our leaders – regardless of party affiliation – are aware of what matters to us as a community, and act in the best interest of the community. That is why we need to take an active role in the election process leading up to Election Day on September 20, 2021.
We therefore urge you to use this guide as a resource that will inform your activism. Whether by writing letters to local candidates and party leaders, or by organizing virtual meetings and town halls, familiarizing yourself with the issues that matter most to us as a community and making it known to today’s leaders and our future leaders is as critically important as it ever has been.
As always, B’nai Brith Canada is here to help and we are grateful for your support and attention over the years and urge you and your families to get active in the political process.
CHAIR OF THE BOARD
B’NAI BRITH CANADA
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
B’NAI BRITH CANADA
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