Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Jewish Heritage Month: The Next Generation — Josh Shneer

josh Shneer

Josh Shneer is a 22 year old from Thornhill, Ontario. Last year, Josh graduated from the University of Western Ontario (UWO), earning a Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Honours). He currently works for Conservative MP, Rob Clarke, through the CIJA Parliamentary Internship Program. Josh will be returning to UWO in the fall to study law. Josh has an older sister, Lauren, and a younger brother, Danny, as well as a pet dog. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, running, cooking and history.

Josh Shneer is a Parliamentary Intern and recent graduate of Western University. Despite completing a Bachelor of Science degree, Josh’s political interest was sparked by an introductory Political Science course taken as an elective in first year. Josh’s political engagement began as a CJPAC Fellow, and he went on to serve as the Co-Chair of the fellowship. “The program helped entrench my support for Israel but also broadened my political horizons by introducing me to current and future political leaders,” he explains. While in university, Josh was a constituency assistant for MP, Ed Holder. Josh’s political engagement has continued to grow since completing his undergraduate degree; he has deferred his acceptance to Western Law School in order to work in Ottawa as a Parliamentary Intern for MP, Rob Clarke.

 

Beyond his political involvement, Josh has established himself as a leader in the Jewish community. While at Western, Josh served as Vice President of Israel on Campus. In this role, Josh had the opportunity to attend many advocacy conferences across North America. “I was given the tools that have allowed me to advocate on behalf of those who identify with Israel, whether Jewish or not,” he explains. “This training has allowed me to act as their spokesperson and liaise with students and student government as a representative of an entire community on campus.” In addition, Josh spent six weeks in Israel volunteering for Magen David Adom as an ambulance first responder, and has worked for the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) as part of the competitive Kohn Summer Internship.

In advising other Jewish youth on how to become politically engaged, Josh makes the following recommendation; “I would encourage youth to identify one or two key issues that are important to them and see how they fit in to the national discourse. Something as simple as reading the newspaper every day may help with that. It may be hard to align yourself with a certain party but take a look at how your values and priorities align most with a political party. I think that many people began their political involvement by championing or believing in specific causes, in an effort to make the community or country a better place.”