Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs

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Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs
  • 2004
  • 2011
TypeAdvocacy group
Headquarters4600 Bathurst Street
North York[a], Ontario, Canada
M2R 3V2
Official languages
  • English
  • French
  • Joel Reitman
  • Jeffrey Rosenthal
Chief executive officer
Shimon Fogel
Budget (2012)
Approx. $11 million[1]
Websitecija.ca Edit this at Wikidata
Formerly called
Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA; French: Centre consultatif des relations juives et israéliennes) is a Zionist and Jewish advocacy organization and an agency of the Jewish Federations of Canada. It was founded in 2004 as the Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy (CCIJA) and headquartered in the district of North York within Toronto, Ontario.


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.[2] The group's Chief Executive Officer was Hershell Ezrin, who served in that position until his retirement at the end of 2010.[3] Shimon Fogel, former CEO of the Canada-Israel Committee, now serves as CEO.[4][5]

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  1. ^ The City of North York was formally dissolved in 1998, when it was amalgamated with the other lower-tier municipalities of Metropolitan Toronto to form the single-tier City of Toronto government.


  1. ^ Bybelezer, Charles (10 October 2012). "Center for Israel, Jewish Affairs' Misguided Policy". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  2. ^ Csillag, Ron (23 August 2011). "Canada's Restructured Jewish Advocacy Agency Gets Name". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  3. ^ Gordon, Sheldon (27 February 2004). "Head of New Canadian Council to Organize Grassroots Efforts". The Forward. Retrieved 17 June 2009.
  4. ^ "CIJA Responds to the Final Report of the Canadian Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism" Archived 26 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine, CIJA, 7 July 2011
  5. ^ "CIC Exec Named to Lead Restructured Agency". Canadian Jewish News. 23 December 2010. Archived from the original on 26 September 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2011.

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