Today, we remember those murdered during the Shoah and we honour the survivors, but unfortunately the day is usually referred to only by the first part of its name Yom Hashoah, the day of remembering the Holocaust.
"But in Israel, the second part of the name is stressed: U'gevruah--and heroism. The heroes who resisted--the Bilski brothers, the Warsaw ghetto and other ghetto fighters, other partisans--are remembered.
From this perspective--the fact that in this country only the first part of the name of the day is stressed perpetuates the victim mindset. Perhaps it's time for diaspora Jews to stress the second part of the name, and assume a more EMPOWERED mindset."
Rabbi Cary Kozberg, Ohio
Listen to a Holocaust Survivor, 98 year old Joe Mandel from Toronto, whose personal experience did not turn him towards vengeance but towards life, freedom, the joy of family and Judaism.
Peace message from the Imam of Peace
In reaction to the destructive attacks by Palestinian Arabs at Joseph’s tomb he wrote on April 11th, "Jewish people are dealing with neighbors who have no identity, no historykl no real ties to the land and no sense of reality. This is the reason why they appropriate other identities and causes; then destroy the Abrahamic sacred sites when their “cause’ is threatened with facts."
APRIL 29 IS PROCLAIMED AS “#ENDJEWHATRED DAY” IN NY STATE
April 11, 2022 - Suffern, NY
"On April 29, 2022, NY State Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick (D-38th) will present a Proclamation declaring that day to be #EndJewHatred Day in the 38th Senate District and recognizing the urgent need to act against Jew-hatred. He will present the Proclamation at the Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education in Suffern at 11am. April 29 is the day after Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day).
The skyrocketing attacks against Jews inspired the formation of a grassroots End Jew Hatred civil rights movement to alter public discourse and make Jew-hatred unacceptable in contemporary society."
Read story here from Amy Rosenthal, April 14, 2022
Amy Rosenthal lived in Israel as a child. She is a physician and former faculty at Duke University. She is also a Co-Founder of the North Carolina Coalition for Israel. She is appalled to see the rise in anti-Israel Jew hatred on campus.
The Government of Canada has launched consultations to inform the first ever National Action Plan on Combatting Hate. People across Canada, particularly those with lived experience of hate, are encouraged to have their say in the development of the Nation Action Plan by completing an online questionnaire by May 4, 2022. (TBD)
This questionnaire will recognize the voices of those with lived experiences. Including First Nations, Inuit, Métis, Black, Asian, Latinx, Arab, Muslim, Jewish, and racialized and faith-based communities, alongside newcomers, women, persons with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ persons.
We invite you to share the consultations web page with your networks (members?) and encourage them to complete the online questionnaire so they can have their voices heard. We have attached visuals to accompany your messages on social media. You can also tag us using these hashtags:
Thank you for spreading the word. Together, we can build a safer, stronger, and more inclusive and equitable future for all where everyone can live their life free from the fear of attack or abuse because of who they are.
Peter Flegel Executive Director Federal Anti-Racism Secretariat
Sign the petition to Government of Israel to declare April 25th a National Holiday called: YOM SAN REMO
Watch Webinar presented by Adath Israel, co-sponsored by CAEF, featuring Bassem Eid, Palestinian Arab human rights activist and Zionist, speaking on Inside the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) and Gaza
Advocacy & Action
CAEF calls upon Mayor John Tory and Council to stop Jew hatred displays in the City of Toronto
CAEF asks Dr. Uton Robinson, Toronto School Board Superintendent to disclose criteria for hiring a biased equity consultant to talk about Palestinian identifies.
CAEF letter to Queen’s University Journal regarding the biases expressed by its editor.
CAEF letter to Jagmeet Singh, Leader of the NDP, regarding antisemitic post by Deputy Leader, Alexandre Boulerice.
CAEF letter to the National Post, calling for a correction in regards to a story about the riots on the Temple Mount which were neither instigated by nor inflamed by Israel.