While there are many community organizations doing great work, the Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee (CJPAC) and the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) specialize in the political arena. While we both exist to serve our community, our approaches are different, and our mandates often get mixed up. It’s easy to lose track of what all those letters mean.
We promise we’re not trying to confuse you!
CJPAC and CIJA are both passionate about the Canadian Jewish and pro-Israel community. We both work to strengthen and empower that community. But we do it in different ways.
So, what is the difference between CIJA and CJPAC?
CJPAC exists to help our community effectively engage in the democratic process, and during elections, fosters active political participation in Canada’s electoral process by encouraging community members to volunteer for candidates and campaigns of their choice.
CIJA exists to preserve, protect, and promote Jewish life in Canada through advocacy – the process by which a community builds political and public support for a cause or public policy.
If you care about the future of our community, there’s no better time to get involved than during a federal election. Our two organizations are here to help you participate in Canadian democracy.