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 recommended reading, organizations, and a handout for parents of children facing peer situations.
• 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.
• Right now, disinformation about Israel and Hamas is spreading on social media. It can be tempting to immediately comment on and/or share what we see online, but now, more than ever, it’s important for us to take the time to carefully assess what we’re reading and respond thoughtfully. Refer to this Guide for more information.
To report an incident to the Jewish Federation of Ottawa, please email David Sachs.
Students, please tell your teacher AND your parents right away.
Parents/Students should then email the school principal, with several individuals copied (cc'd) on the email: David Sachs of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa email@example.com, and the school superintendent. The principal should be aware of all incidents, and Federation needs to track incidents.
For the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, please include Jewish Equity Coach Brian Kom, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Superintendent of Equity, Mary Jane Farrish, email@example.com. If there is a need to elevate the report, please contact OCDSB Director of Education Pino Buffone, firstname.lastname@example.org, and email the appropriate school trustees.
For the Ottawa Catholic School Board, please include Director of Education Tom D’Amico, email@example.com