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The Antisemitism Educators Alliance of Canada is comprised of individuals and organizations dedicated to fighting antisemitism through education

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There were 2,206 antisemitic incidents reported in Canada in 2019, according to the annual audit conducted by B’nai Brith Canada. That’s an eight per cent increase over the previous year. There was also a 27 per cent increase in violent incidents against Jews. The Jewish people remain the most targeted religious minority in Canada.

With the realization that more action is needed to fight this scourge, a new alliance was formed this week, dedicated to combating antisemitism with education. The alliance is made up of individuals and organizations who understand the critical need to teach others to recognize and confront antisemitism, in all of its guises. The group is called the Antisemitism Educators Alliance of Canada (AEAOC).

Antisemitism is not just something that exists when it hits the mainstream or social media. It’s present in our workplaces, our communities, and our schools. There is a steady flow of incidents reported to various Jewish advocacy organizations.

But each of the organizations in Canada has a particular area of focus when it comes to dealing with antisemitism, and though they sometimes overlap, they are often quite different. This can be challenging when we, as Jews, want to present a unified front when dealing with issues of antisemitism.

The public, as well as our Jewish communities, do not always know the nuances of the mandates of each organization. However, there is one thing that all of the organizations understand when it comes to dealing with antisemitism: education is the most effective tool in our arsenal.

That is where AEAOC strives to fill the gap. It is a group of participants that, as either individuals or organizations, directly provide education regarding antisemitism.

The group serves as a network to share best practices, benefit from each other’s experiences, ask for advice, or act as a sounding board for each other. No organizational politics or organizational mandates allowed. Plain and simple: the AEAOC is there to further education on the topic of antisemitism.

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To that end, a website (AEAOC.ca) was created, and while currently under construction, will soon allow a safe space for participants to communicate with one another via a forum, exploring antisemitism education matters. There are also plans to publish a journal, in December and in June.

The hope is that AEAOC members can draw on each other’s strengths to build even stronger programs that make our nation, and the world, a better place.

When forming the AEAOC, I reached out to a number of individuals and organizations that I thought might be interested in taking part in this initiative. Everyone I contacted agreed that this was an idea whose time has come and they gladly participated.

Among our participating organizations are camps, schools, community organizations, and community leaders. The inaugural meeting included participants from B’nai Brith, NCSY/Torah High, JNF, JTeach, and Liberation75.

If the first meeting is any indication, we are well on our way to building a solid network of dedicated, caring professionals, who will make positive changes.

Corey Margolese is the founder of JTeach.ca, a not-for-profit organization that offers training and resources in the dangers of antisemitism, Holocaust education, and in Judaic traditions, culture and religion. He is a public school teacher.

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