New Israel Advocacy Model Unfolds in Canada

ISRAEL POLITICAL BRIEF

Source: EJewish Philanthropy, from The Canadian Jewish News, 7-1-11

New era in community advocacy to begin

Call it the Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy 2.0 (CIJA 2.0) – for now.

The much-anticipated reconfiguration of the existing Canadian Jewish community national advocacy structure will officially begin on July 1.

Gone are organizations including the Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC), the Canada-Israel Committee (CIC), Quebec Israel Committee (QIC), the University Outreach Committee (UOC) and National Jewish Campus Life (NJCL).

All their functions have now been absorbed into a greater Canadian Jewish advocacy apparatus under the auspices of the Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy (CIJA), which had previously acted as the umbrella organization for the above-mentioned agencies.

… As a national entity, CIJA 2.0 will create policy and messaging for “local partners” throughout the country’s Jewish communities.

Each local partner will be “anchored or embedded” in a local federation – in smaller Jewish communities without a federation presence, there will be an alternative.

… CIJA 2.0 “will provide resources” for all local partners, and the chairs of the local committees will, together, form a national cabinet.

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