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Seminar on facts vs alt.fact.
JSpaceCanada statement on the terrorist attack in Quebec and Trump’s executive order. Links to responses by other Jewish organizations
New JSpaceCanada President Karen Mock’s message to members and highlights of AGM, Nov. 29, 2016
Election of new Board of Directors and public meeting: Principles of a Just Foreign Policy in the Middle East. Keynote speaker: Hon. Irwin Cotler. Moderator: Jonathan Kay.
Variety says: “This excellent, even-handed history of Zionism opens a much-needed space for moderate voices.” The Los Angeles Times says: “A film of ideas and a film of history, a thorough and engrossing look at the root causes of the tortured relationship between Israel and the Palestinians” The Boston Globe says: “It’s knowledgeable and unhysterical, openhearted without seeming naive.”
Colliding Dreams recounts the dramatic history of one of the most controversial, urgent and relevant political ideologies of the modern era. The century-old conflict in the Middle East continues to play a central role in world politics.
At the end of a long day of meetings in Toronto with various Jewish community groups, Deborah Lyons, Canada’s ambassador-designate to Israel, took time to meet with several members of JSpaceCanada’s leadership team. Michael Levitt, Member of Parliament for York Centre and Chair of the Canada-Israel Inter-Parliamentary Group, accompanied Ms. Lyons to the meeting, which was held at the home of Karen Mock, Program Chair of JSpaceCanada.
This letter is being sent to all current members of JSpaceCanada, that is, all those who were paid registrants at the 2015 Conference, which included membership, and/or all those who have signed up since then.
J.J. Goldberg is one of the foremost American journalists covering Israel and the U.S. Jewish community. He has a long association with The Forward, serving as Editor-in-chief 2000 to 2007 and currently as Editor-at-large.
David Grossman • Nabila Espanioly • Daniel Sokatch • Yael Splansky • Jonathan Kay • Ayelet Tsabari
Opening remarks by Hon. Bob Rae, former Premier of Ontario and a voice for social justice around the world.
JSpaceCanada has started a discussion page on Facebook. We have just launched the page so the conversation is still sparse. But if you have an idea or opinion you want to share, this is your chance.
Our Nominating Committee has now begun its work, with the end goal of presenting a slate of officers and board members at the Annual General Meeting on November 17. Board members serve three-year terms, and board members and officers will begin to serve immediately following the AGM.
It is with great pleasure that we announce the launch of JSpaceCanada’s new French section. Its activities will include bilingual events in order to reflect the linguistic and cultural diversity of the Jewish community in Canada.
After days of political intrigue, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to add five Members of the Knesset from the right-wing nationalist party, Yisrael Beiteinu, and to appoint its leader Avigdor Lieberman as the new Minister of Defence, in order to bolster his shaky coalition. In my view, this move smacks of political expediency and speaks to Netanyahu’s highest objective – his own political survival – rather than to a desire to strengthen or unify the country.
Hear about the school’s achievements and challenges in building bridges between Jews and Arabs in Israel.
I believe the safety and security of Israel is of the highest importance. I wanted a place where I could discuss the issues without being labeled either right-wing or left-wing. I wanted to support Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people but I reserved the right to criticize the policies of Israel’s government.
On behalf of JSpaceCanada we wish you a Happy Passover. There are many lessons that we can take from the story of the Exodus that have resonance today. Passover shows that persistence can pay off and that risks need to be taken to achieve progress.
Erev Shabbat Service, Building Heart 2016, European Jews and Israel, and Canadian Arab Institute 2016 Awards Gala.
Topics covered included the current situation in Israel, challenges to democracy and inclusion, BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) and other world-wide movements affecting Israel, and strategies to move the Israeli-Palestinian conflict towards a lasting peace.
The Feb. 18 debate in the House of Commons on Israel and BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) is one of the most complete and thorough discussion of Israel’s relation to Canada ever. We have reformatted the debate into a free 95-page ebook. Our version makes the remarks of Members of Parliament as recorded in Hansards more readable by removing procedural interruptions, hundreds of technical annotations, and remarks that aren’t related to the BDS debate.
Back by popular demand are two of the highly acclaimed speakers from our last conference. Please join us to hear Prof. Mohammed Wattad of the Zefat Academic College School of Law in Israel, in conversation with Prof. Mira Sucharov of Carleton University, Ottawa.
There are people of goodwill on both sides of the conflict, some of whom have suffered violence themselves, who have a better understanding of what will bring peace than the Minister of Public Security.
JSpaceCanada is a sponsor of the annual Heart to Heart Community Reception, part of a program that brings twenty Israeli teenagers to Canada every summer, ten who identify as Palestinian Israelis, and ten who identify as Jewish Israelis. By Karen Mock
Three Jewish extremists have joined nearly 400 Palestinians being held without charge under administrative detention. This practices is wrong for Jews as well as Palestinians. Fighting terrorism with police state tactics will not work in the long run.
The student arm of JStreet elected a Pakistani-American Muslim as President. Her speech at JStreet’s 2015 conference is a sign of hope. By Daniel Schild
Canada’s foreign policy prevents Canada from inspecting Iran’s nuclear facilities under the new nuclear agreement. Only countries with diplomatic relations with Iran can take part. By D. Groskind