Political action requires a set of skills that you may not currently possess, but can be learned. CJPAC, the Canadian Jewish Political Action Committee is a national, independent, multi-partisan organization who's mandate is to engage Jewish and pro-Israel Canadians in the democratic process and to foster active political participation. They have a page outlining all of the options for becoming politically involved: https://cjpac.ca/get-involved/
Our former executive director, Rabbi Jennifer Gorman, is their National Director of Outreach & Programming.
She writes: "Amid the current challenges faced by the Jewish community, many of us feel an urgent need to take action. One of the best ways to make an impact is by helping to elect leaders who will stand up for the values that we hold dear. At CJPAC, we work to make sure that you have the tools and knowledge you need to lead this sort of change."
For more information, please visit the CJPAC website.
With the advent of e-mail, writing a letter to a politician has become incredibly easy to do. No longer do you need to write it out, put it in an envelope and walk to the post office, all you need to do is fire up your e-mail programme and write!
Letters that politicians and others receive make an incredible difference. While they may not ready your letter personally, their staff will read each and every one, record the topic and keep track of the numbers on each side of an issue.
A small number of e-mails can make a difference, and a large number received on a topic can the public narrative on an issue.
Sample letter, please feel free to copy and edit:
I am writing to you asking that Canada increase it's support the actions of the State of Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East.
We further ask that you work to prevent supporters of the terrorists from threatening harm, impeding freedom or vandalizing the homes and properties of Canadians, regardless of their religions.
As we all know, Israel was ruthlessly attacked by Hamas terrorists on October 7, 2024, who raped, killed and tortured, babies, children, men and women, often dismembering and desecrating the bodies, all while recording their actions. The terrorists provided their own proof of their actions, requiring no further proof of their guilt.
Their history since 2005 has included numerous terror attacks on Israeli civilians along with indiscriminate bombardment of Israel, with unguided rockets, missiles and mortars, all of which are crimes against humanity.
Israel must respond to these attacks to prevent further harm to it's citizens, whether Christian, Moslem, Druze or Jewish.
We in Canada would not allow a foreign entity to invade or attack our country, and we cannot expect another democracy to endure such horrors.
I trust we can count on you to ensure that Canadians and our allies are not forgotten by the government of Canada.
Work with B'nai Brith Canada
B’nai Brith is a leader in Jewish advocacy in Canada and has created an easy-to-use templates to enable concerned citizens to send emails to academic institutions from coast to coast. B'nai Brith keeps active records of the number of e-mails that are sent through it's pages and has used this information in several court cases to show that warnings and letters were written. These have become essential to convincing the courts and the governments in these cases.
B'nai Brith also has a series of petitions to sign.
Government leader's e-mail addresses:
Right Honorable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister: Justin.Trudeau@parl.gc.ca
The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister: email@example.com
The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Defence: email@example.com
The Honourable Ya'ara Sacks, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Honourable Pierre Polivievre, Leader of His Magesty's Loyal Opposition: email@example.com
NDP Leader, Jagmeet Singh: Jagmeet.Singh@parl.gc.ca
Bloc Québécois Leader, Yves Francois Blanchet: Yves-Francois.Blanchet@parl.gc.ca
Contact & Media e-mail addresses: