Most people have no idea that Jews are, by far, the most targeted group for hate crimes in Canada. Yet Jews are consistently left out of anti-racism programs. These are examples of culturally embedded antisemitism that even people who pride themselves on being anti-racist are blind to. For a brief history of antisemitism in Canada, visit this entry at the Canadian Encyclopedia published by Dr. Irving Abella in December 2012.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
• Report incidents of antisemitism. (Please see below for detailed steps.)
• Visit here for Antisemitism Resources, including books, organizations and thought leaders.
• Become a Jewish Community Advocate
It is more important now than ever before to advocates for the Jewish community and for Israel. Jewish community advocates play a vital role in representing and advancing the interests, concerns, and well-being of the Jewish community. Help with letter writing, and communicating with various groups to ensure our community’s needs are heard. Please fill in this form to help us identify your area of interest and we will reach out to you with a toolkit to support you in these efforts.
• We are currently working on guidelines for dealing with antisemitism in social media. Please stay tuned.
To report an incident to the Jewish Federation of Ottawa, please email David Sachs.