Newsletters

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February 10, 2017

Truth vs. Post Truth on Israel and the UN

Seminar on facts vs alt.fact.

January 30, 2017

JSpaceCanada joins Jewish groups in condemning mosque attack and Trump’s immigration order

JSpaceCanada statement on the terrorist attack in Quebec and Trump’s executive order. Links to responses by other Jewish organizations

December 30, 2017

President’s Message to Members

New JSpaceCanada President Karen Mock’s message to members and highlights of AGM, Nov. 29, 2016

Nov. 13, 2016

Annual General Meeting 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.

Oct. 13, 2016

Colliding Dreams screening

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.”

Sept. 22, 2016

Join us at a screening of the acclaimed documentary Colliding Dreams

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.

Sept. 15, 2016

Canada’s Ambassador-Designate to Israel Reaches out to JSpaceCanada

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.

Sept 7, 2016

Letter to Members

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.

Sept. 13, 2016

Israel’s March to the Right

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.

Sept. 11, 2016

6th Annual Shira Herzog Symposium

David Grossman • Nabila Espanioly • Daniel Sokatch • Yael Splansky • Jonathan Kay • Ayelet Tsabari

July 26, 2016

Heart to Heart’s 2016 Community Reception

Opening remarks by Hon. Bob Rae, former Premier of Ontario and a voice for social justice around the world.

July 4, 2016

New JSpaceCanada Discussion Page

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.

June 22, 2016

Letter to Members

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.

June 15, 2016

The launch of JSpaceCanada’s new French section

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.

May 28, 2016

A timeline of Avigdor Lieberman

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.

May 19, 2016

Hand In Hand Bilingual Schools

Hear about the school’s achievements and challenges in building bridges between Jews and Arabs in Israel.

May 4, 2016

Why I am a member of JSpaceCanada

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.

April 20, 2016

Happy Passover from JSpaceCanada

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.

March 29, 2016

Four Coming Events

Erev Shabbat Service, Building Heart 2016, European Jews and Israel, and Canadian Arab Institute 2016 Awards Gala.

March 6, 2016

New Features – Videos

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.

Feb. 21, 2016

Highlights of the BDS debate in Parliament

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.

Feb. 7, 2016

The Future of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict – Inside and Outside Israel

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.

Jan. 24, 2016

Answering violence with the voices of peace

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.

September 1, 2015

A program that truly warms the heart

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

Accused terrorists – Jewish and Palestinians – deserve due process

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.

A glimmer of hope on college campuses

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 missed opportunity in the Middle East

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

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