Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs
|Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy|
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) (French: Centre consultatif des relations juives et israéliennes) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada. CIJA is a non-partisan, non-profit organization, representing the perspectives of 150,000 Canadian Jews affiliated through local Jewish Federations.
Founded as the Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy, CIJA was formed as a non-partisan organization to oversee Jewish community advocacy efforts aimed at improving the quality of Jewish life in Canada and abroad, increasing support for Israel, and strengthening the Canada-Israel relationship. As the advocacy agent of UIA Federations Canada, with the Canadian Jewish Federations and Regional Communities, CIJA coordinated the activities of the Canadian Jewish Congress, the Canada-Israel Committee and Quebec-Israel Committee, and the University Outreach Committee.
In 2011, CIJA assumed its current name following an 18-month restructuring process in which the functions of the Canadian Jewish Congress, the Canada-Israel Committee, the Quebec-Israel Committee, and the National Jewish Campus Life and University Outreach Committee were consolidated. The group's Chief Executive Officer was Hershell Ezrin, who served in that position until his retirement at the end of 2010. Shimon Fogel, former CEO of the Canada-Israel Committee, now serves as CEO.
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- Sheldon Gordon (February 27, 2004). "Head of New Canadian Council To Organize Grassroots Efforts". The Forward. Retrieved 2009-06-17.
- "CIJA Responds to the Final Report of the Canadian Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism" Archived August 26, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, CIJA, July 7, 2011
- "CIC exec named to lead restructured agency", Canadian Jewish News, December 23, 2010