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Jerusalem College of Technology & Yedidut Toronto foundation launch high-tech course; Herut expands to India

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B’nai Brith Canada, Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center and CIJA wrote a joint letter to Justin Trudeau insisting Canada reject upcoming “toxic and one-sided” anti-Israel resolutions at the UN (photo: Global Affairs Canada)

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Canada asked to stand against annual United Nations parade of lies about Israel

Three leading Jewish organizations have jointly called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to stand up for Israel and oppose all elements of upcoming United Nations resolutions targeting the Jewish State.

B’nai Brith Canada, Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs co-signed and delivered a letter to the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne last Friday in advance of the yearly UN basket of resolutions tabled under the topic, “The Question of Palestine.”

“This annual exercise attacking Israel employs offensive language that does not promote peace and prejudges the outcome of negotiations,” Michael Mostyn, CEO of B’nai Brith Canada, stated. “Through unbalanced and prejudicial support for Palestinian self-determination, this resolution in particular denies the very same inherent right to the Jewish people. It impairs the legitimate goals and the effectiveness of the United Nations.” 

Since 2002, successive Canadian governments, starting under Paul Martin and continuing through Stephen Harper, had adopted a policy of uniform rejection of all resolutions in the Question of Palestine resolutions tabled annually at the UN General Assembly, noted Michael Levitt, President and CEO of FSWC. “For nearly 20 years, successive Canadian governments have rejected such toxic and one-sided resolutions, declaring that they projected a distorted narrative of the conflict in the Middle East and were unhelpful in advancing peace.”

However last November, the Trudeau Liberal government departed from the long established policy on one pro-Palestinian resolution, which the pro-Israel community has now urged Trudeau to ensure was an anomaly and not a new standard heading into this week’s UN session.

CIJA CEO Shimon Koffler Fogel noted, “The unity expressed in jointly writing to the Prime Minister underscores how deeply this issue resonates within Canada’s Jewish community. We understand that Canada is looking for ways to reaffirm its support for a peaceful resolution that results in two states for two peoples. However, there are far more constructive opportunities for Canada to do so, especially given that support for this resolution perpetuates the distortion and abuse of the United Nations and its agencies.”

“Z-Skills” course by JCT will prepare Haredi students for an ever-changing workforce

As the “start-up nation” looks to fortify its reputation as a global hub of entrepreneurship, the Jerusalem College of Technology (JCT) and the Yedidut Toronto Foundation’s Career 21 initiative have launched a new course aimed at fostering the integration of Israel’s Haredi and National Religious communities into the high-tech industry.

The course, “Z-Skills: From Academia to Employment,” will facilitate the entrance of JCT’s third- and fourth-year undergraduate computer science students into the technology professions by providing the knowledge and skills suited for an ever-changing employment market. Participating students will immerse themselves in a curriculum that covers workforce trends, creative thinking, and innovation and entrepreneurship while receiving practical tools in areas like interview preparation and career development.

Drawing JCT faculty members from five departments, the course is among the Yedidut Toronto Foundation’s projects which aim to strengthen the education and employment landscape for Haredim in a way that respects the unique cultural and social characteristics of that community.

Graduates of the course will be poised to bolster an Israeli labor market which is well-known for its entrepreneurial spirit but could use reinvigoration in that area amid the COVID-19 pandemic. JCT has an exceptional track record of strengthening Israel’s labor market through working to increase technology-related educational and employment opportunities for underserved populations, including Haredim, women, and Ethiopian immigrants. Haredi graduates have attained an 89-percent employment rate, far exceeding the roughly fifty-percent employment rate for Haredi men throughout Israel. Fifty-three percent of all JCT’s computer science students are women, which is almost twenty percent higher than any other Israeli academic institution.

“Young Haredi men and women who are looking to build a Torah-based home and make a living turn to JCT in order to study computers, engineering, and other technology disciplines,” said JCT President Prof. Chaim Sukenik. “We are working to assist these future industrial leaders by positioning them to secure prestigious jobs in the high-tech world, the defense establishment, and cybersecurity. We could not do this without empowering our students with the tools they need to be successful in the workforce. We thank the Yedidut Toronto Foundation for placing their trust in us and generously investing in the only Israeli academic institution where such a course could take place.”

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Herut starts building Zionist movement in India

World Herut, a member organization of the World Zionist Organization, has announced that it has launched its second new branch in the last six months with the establishment of Herut India.

“We cannot thank and praise the fantastic leaders of Herut India enough,” said Karma Feinstein Cohen, Executive Director of World Herut. “World Herut sees the utmost importance in bringing the tribes home; meaning the ingathering of all the Jewish People, of our sisters and brothers from the four corners of the earth. We are all part of one united Jewish People. We are absolutely ecstatic (and) look forward to building a strong Zionist movement in India.”

“Herut India is the newest branch of Herut’s movement of “unapologetic Zionists.” We have families involved with Herut in both the north and the south of India as well as from emerging Jewish communities,” said Rivka Reis, a key organizer. “We wish to promote Zionism in order to bring about a deeper sense of love and belonging to Eretz Yisrael.”

Last month, it was announced that Herut Mexico is now active and on Twitter. Herut Mexico is the second Herut branch in Latin America, joining Herut Argentina.

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