February 14, 2020
CIE: Birthright Israel Friends with Special Needs
11 Canadians with cognitive disabilities and their support workers immersed themselves in Israel on the 2nd JFC-UIA CIE: Birthright Israel Experience for Friends with Special needs. A customized program ensured that participants got the most out of their Israel experience.
Herzog Visits Mother of Lone Soldier Injured in Terror Attack
After the car-ramming attack last week in Jerusalem, Jewish Agency Chairman Isaac Herzog joined the mother of a lone soldier injured in the attack to plant a tree in honor of the Tu Bishvat holiday during a visit to the San Diego Jewish Academy.

I Survived the Warsaw Ghetto.
Here Are the Lessons I’d Like to Pass On.
'As a Polish Jew born in 1925, who survived the Warsaw ghetto, I lost my family in the Holocaust, served in a special operations unit of the Polish underground, the Home Army, and fought in the Warsaw uprising of 1944, I know what it means to be at the sharp end of European history – and I fear that the battle to draw the right lessons from that time is in danger of being lost.'

Israeli judoka befriends champ who fled Iran
Israeli judoka Sagi Muki posted a photo to Instagram Monday showing him embracing former Iranian champion Saeid Mollaei, who fled to Berlin following the 2019 World Championships in Tokyo Iran ordered him to lose bouts in order to avoid competing against an Israeli.

Chinese Restaurants Experience Loss of Customers Due to Coronavirus Fears

Fears of the deadly coronavirus have seeped even into Israel as Chinese restaurants in Tel Aviv have experienced a sharp decline in business in recent weeks.

Israeli Startup Helps Fight Coronavirus

Israeli startup Sonovia sent masks and other fabrics with its anti-pathogen nanoparticle finishing tech to Chinese scientists for testing. Co-founder Shay Herscovich says they will evaluate if the tech can block the virus.
Celebrating Women in Science
Meet the inspirational Israeli women responsible for some of the most important scientific discoveries and the future scientists who are ready to take on the world!
CALLS TO ACTION
Join the Combat Anti-Semitism Movement
Combat Anti-Semitism (CAS) is a non-partisan, global grassroots movement of individuals and organizations, across all religions and faiths, united around the goal of ending antisemitism.
CIJA and our partners at Montreal's Federation CIJA are asking for your help to let the Mayor of Montreal know that you want City Council to reverse its decision to develop its own definition of antisemitism and adopt the IHRA definition.


Click here to join us in calling Ontario MPPs to support the Combating Antisemitism Act. Bill 168 provides an internationally accepted definition which empowers government and civil society to tackle growing antisemitism and anti-zionism.
What issues do you care most about? What priorities should our community focus on? CIJA is inviting you to share your views through an online grassroots community survey. The feedback received will shape advocacy priorities for 2020.

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