Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
CJPAC’s ACTION Party breaks barriers, shatters records

MONTREAL – Over 800 young professionals from the Jewish and pro-Israel community spent last night meeting and mingling with more than two dozen elected officials at CJPAC’s annual ACTION Party.

“It’s amazing to watch so many people who might otherwise avoid politics break through that barrier,” said Kim Heilpern, one of the ACTION Party Chairs. “Bringing the community and politicians together for a fabulous party with great food, music and drinks is a great way to show that becoming politically active can be both easy and fun.”
Now in its fourth year, the party once again broke previous records for attendance by both community members and politicians, welcomed 2 busloads of attendees from Ottawa, and has become a cornerstone of CJPAC’s work in Montreal,  helping to define the organization.

“CJPAC’s work in Quebec and around the country focuses on Jewish and pro-Israel political engagement, especially among young people,” said Mark Waldman, CJPAC’s Executive Director. “If our community is going to be heard and have an impact, it will be because average Jewish and pro-Israel Canadians participate in the democratic process; young people are especially open to this message.”

Founded 7 years ago, CJPAC is a unique national, grassroots, independent organization. With an office in Montreal, lead by Quebec Regional Director Steeve Azoulay, CJPAC hosts multiple events throughout the year helping activate Jewish and pro-Israel Quebecers in the political process.

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Officials in attendance (in alphabetical order):

Hon. Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs) 
Michael Applebaum, Mayor (Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce)
Tyrone Benskin, MP
Dida Berku, Councillor
Françoise Boivin, MP
Herbert Brownstein, Councillor
Mitchell Brownstein, Councillor
Andrée Champoux, Councillor
Mike Cohen, Councillor
Rick Dykstra, MP
Steven Erdeyli, Councillor
Bonnie Feigenbaum, Councillor
Mylène Freeman, MP
Cheryl Gallant, MP
Jonathan Genest-Jourdain, MP
Michael Goldwax, Councillor
Anthony Housefather, Mayor
Hon. Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism 
Ruth Kovac, Councillor 
Pat Martin, MP 
Peter McQueen, Councillor 
Isabelle Morin, MP 
Thomas Mulcair, Leader of the Official Opposition 
Glenn Nashen, Councillor 
Pierre Nantel, MP 
Jamie Nicholls, MP 
Deepak Obhrai, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs 
Hon. Bob Rae, Interim Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada 
Mathieu Ravignat, MP 
Justin Trudeau, MP