Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Record numbers turn out for ACTION

TORONTO – Last night CJPAC’s 6th annual ACTION Party saw a record number of politicians and young professionals flood the Skywalk for a celebration of Jewish and pro-Israel political engagement.

“The ACTION Party keeps growing – breaking records and shattering traditional ideas about what it means to be young, pro-Israel, and politically active. With so many innovative programs like ACTION, CJPAC is filling a vital role in the Jewish and pro-Israel community that must be addressed if we hope to have a voice in the decisions that affect all of us,” said Jared Tessis, one of the Chairs.

The party, which drew more than 1,200 young professionals, featured performers, music, gourmet food, and the opportunity to mingle with over 40 elected officials representing every political party and every level of government.

“The record attendance is fantastic, but even more important is what this means for our community. A generation of Jewish and pro-Israel activists are being given the opportunities and encouragement necessary to engage deeply with our democratic institutions, including every political party and every level of government,” said Mark Waldman, CJPAC’s Executive Director.

Founded 7 years ago, CJPAC is a unique national, grassroots, independent organization. Its mandate is to activate the Jewish and pro-Israel community in the political process in order to advance relationships with members of the Canadian political community and foster Jewish and pro-Israel political leadership. CJPAC mobilizes grassroots across the country, builds relationships with elected officials – of all political parties – and works for Jewish community interests, on a multi-partisan basis, during and between elections.

Photos from the event can be found here or on our Facebook page.

Elected Officials in Attendance:

FEDERAL (in alphabetical order)

Hon. Carolyn Bennett, P.C., M.P.
Hon. Scott Brison, P.C., M.P.
Patrick Brown, M.P.
Olivia Chow, M.P.
Bob Dechert, M.P.
Hon. Bal Gosal, P.C., M.P. (Minister of State for Sport)
Hon. Jason Kenney, P.C., M.P. (Minister of Citizenship, Immigration & Multiculturalism)
Senator Frank Mahovlich
Larry Miller, M.P.
Hon. Joe Oliver, P.C., M.P. (Minister of Natural Resources)
Ted Opitz, M.P.
David Sweet, M.P.

PROVINCIAL (in alphabetical order)

Hon. Chris Bentley, M.P.P. (Minister of Energy)
Mike Colle, M.P.P.
Dipika Damerla, M.P.P.
Hon. Brad Duguid, M.P.P. (Minister of Economic Development & Innovation)
Michael Harris, M.P.P.
Hon. Eric Hoskins, M.P.P. (Minister of Children & Youth Services)
Tim Hudak, M.P.P. (Leader of the Official Opposition)
Rod Jackson, M.P.P
Helena Jaczek, M.P.P.
Monte Kwinter, M.P.P.
Monte McNaughton, M.P.P.
Paul Miller, M.P.P.
Rob Milligan, M.P.P.
Reza Moridi, M.P.P.
Julia Munro, M.P.P.
Teresa Piruzza, M.P.P.
Peter Shurman, M.P.P.
Hon. Charles Sousa, M.P.P. (Minister of Citizenship & Immigration)
Bill Walker, M.P.P.
Soo Wong, M.P.P.

MUNICIPAL (in alphabetical order)

Councilor Ana Bailão (Toronto)
Councillor Colin Campbell (Markham)
Councillor Josh Colle (Toronto)
Councillor Maddie Di Muccio (Newmarket)
Mayor Rob Ford (Toronto)
Councillor Logan Kanapathi (Markham)
Councillor Josh Matlow (Toronto)
Councillor Joe Mihevc (Toronto)
Councillor James Pasternak (Toronto)
Councillor Alan Shefman (Vaughn)
Councillor Howard Shore (Markham)

Consul General Amir Gissin (Israel)

CJPAC Toronto ACTION Party 2012 – Skywalk

What an amazing night, shattering records.

Storified by CJPAC · Mon, Apr 02 2012 11:55:34

The Toronto ACTION Party is now sold out. Looking forward to seeing everyone who bought tickets tomorrow night at 8 pm.CJPAC
RT @CJPAC: Checking out the venue. Looks amazing. Tomorrow nights going to be amazing ^tom Ben Aaron
ACTION Party setup taking shape
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RT @MaddieDiMuccio: Looking forward and proud to represent the Town of #Newmarket at tonight’s exciting @CJPAC event!Mark-Alan Whittle
@CJPAC Action Party tonight in the Skywalk. Supposed to be one hell of a good time, or so I am told. I Will find out soon enoughAndrew Harris
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@CJPAC #Action2012 Vadasz
Looking forward to the @CJPAC ACTION party tonight! Excited to catch up with my Jewish and political friends! :)Melissa Grosser
Transforming #unionstation into a jewish fundraiser for #CJPAC. Head over to the Skywalk tonight and support. @Magenboys is ready to rock!Nicole P
Entrance to the @CJPAC ACTION Party at 20 York st (corner of York and Station st) west of Union Stn Waldman
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Looking forward to #CJPAC event this evening.James Pasternak
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Heading to @CJPAC soon, should be a great event.Uber Toronto
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Pumped for @CJPAC Action party tonight in #Toronto #cdnpoliMarco Glasman
Looking forward to tonight’s @CJPAC #YYZ Action party, this will be my 3rd consecutive one & yet again happy to show my support!Ken Chan
MBE tonight live at the Union Station Sky Walk for an awesome night w/ @cjpacMBE Group
Mellow sax welcomes us aboard #CJPAC Action Party at Union Station. My Dad would have loved it!! Mock
The Skywalk transformed into a very cool venue for #CJPAC event.Kim Wright
At my first @CJPAC event – held on the Skywalk between Union + the CN Tower. Big turnout! #CJPAC #cdnpoli Drew
@chrisjamesdrew @CJPAC so that’s why the Skywalk is closed. Do U like the new fresh coat of white paint? They were working on that all weekMarianne
On my way to @CJPAC #ACTION Party at Skywalk.Dr. Eric Hoskins
At CJPAC# with @jemadams. It’s been awhile since I was in heels. My feet!Lisa Pearson
Glad to be at the CJPAC event in Toronto. #lpc #cdnpoliGeorge Takach
Heading to the @CJPAC ACTION party!Rachel Levy
Just saw @DipikaDamerla and @HelenaJaczek along w @teresapiruzza at @CJPAC Action Party! #onpoli #olpJon Kastikainen
CJPAC Liberals! @ Skywalk Ha-Redeye
@cjpac in action right now Toronto
Great turnout at CJPAC event @SousaCharles @StephenAdler @Carolyn_Bennett @briames Always nice to connect with friends #CJPAC #ACTIONFerd
Great turnout at CJPAC event – Part 2: @Cherniak @BradDuguid @jacksiegel @KarenMock Always nice to connect with friends #CJPAC #ACTIONFerd
Great turnout at CJPAC event- Part 3 @SousaCharles @BernieFarber @JoshMatlow @teresapiruzza Nice to connect w friends #CJPAC #ACTIONFerd
This party is off the hooks! @CJPAC @ Skywalk Kim
"Hello Mr. Mayor. We agree to disagree but that’s the great part about democracy." – me. #CJPAC #TOpoli Drew
En route vers le party Action de @cjpacRichard Marceau
Walking To #cjpac Action party (@ Maple Leaf Square w/ 2 others) [pic]: Bencsik
At @CJPAC Action party w @GilaJoy and @TOMayorFord – fab event! Di Muccio
Terrific to chat with @TOMayorFord at @CJPAC event! Di Muccio
@SousaCharles w Consul General @argissin #CJPAC #ACTION
@ShiraTaylor and me at the @cjpac action party Froman
What a party! Kudos to the organizers! Mazel Tov! @cjpac #onpoli #olpTeresa Piruzza
Adam Giambrone #cjpac Ha-Redeye
@SousaCharles w TVO’s @TheAgenda Steve Paiken at the #CJPAC #ACTION party– Well done @CJPAC !!!
Packed crowd at @CJPAC Action Party, always a great event #onpoliTim Hudak
Tim Hudak. #cjpac Ha-Redeye
I asked 2 stand in the middle 🙂 #ONpoli #OLP #PCPO #ONDP #strongaction CC @PaulMillerMPP @Shurmantor #CJPAC Drew
Huge crowd tonight at CJPAC Action Party tonight. #cjpacJosh Colle
Had a great time at @cjpac action party. Incredible to see so many politically engaged young adults from the Jewish community.Soo Wong
CJPAC Action Party 2012 – Torontowinston2004
Look who I ran into at the @CJPAC #ActionParty! What lovely Liberals Cc @chrisjamesdrew @GKennedyPHP Brunsdon
Me and @Heather_Hogan met @TOMayorFord @CJPAC thanks to @EarlToronto #cdnpoli
Good to see young #lpc activist @zpaikin at tonight’s @CJPAC party in Toronto! #cdnpoli Takach
@CJPAC #ActionParty in full swing! Big Crowd.Chris Bentley
Having a great time at the @CJPAC #ActionParty! Tons of people here. What a great event!Alan Shefman
Had a phenomenal time at CJPAC!Ryan Ruppert
Thanked @oliviachow for donating Mr. Layton’s books to @RyersonU. He taught at #Ryerson. #cdnpse #CJPAC Drew
What a kick ass party!! Congrats @CJPAC !!Fashion to Food
Amazing event @cjpac! Thanks for the invite! #fbAna Bailao
@JoshColle Saw you from the distance at CJPAC Party tonight….was there with a few friends, what a crowd!Eva S.
Good chat with Lance Davis of @CJPAC at #Actionparty.Canada India Found’n
Wishing I was at @cjpac ACTION PARTY!!! #cdnpoli #actionAdam Moscoe
RT @georgetakach: Multi-partisan support for @CJPAC in #Toronto tonight! Just ran into @TOMayorFord at the party. #cdnpoli
Great action party @CJPAC – till next year!Max B. Rubin
.@kenneyjason and I. Agreeing to disagree on CIC policy but thankful for democracy here. #CJPAC #cdnpoli Drew
Yashar koach to all the staff + volunteers with @CJPAC for an amazing #ACTION party!! #partyrock #cdnpoli #cdnjewAriela
Great time toni with @DavidSweetMP @TedOpitz @MichaelL@shurmanator and @timhudak at CJPAC 2012.Geordie Elms
Another young #lpc activist at @CJPAC’s ACTION Party tonight! Good to see you, @d_gatto. #cdnpoli Takach
@CJPAC with Gary Gladstone & Minisrer @Chris_Bentley M. Farber
#CJPAC Action party or J Date mixer? Carson
More from @CJPAC with friends Minister Jason Kenny & Reza Moridi MPP Richmond Hill M. Farber
It would appear my new superpower is shimmying my way up to a packed bar #CJPACAlyssa Schwartz
With my other dad at @CJPAC Action Party. Matlow
This shit is "urban chic" @cjpac Harris
A solid Jewy night capped off with the always lively @CJPAC Action partyNoah Godfrey
Saw so many good friends at the @CJPAC Action party. While it’s an honour to be a politician, here I’m reminded, oy, I coulda been a doctor.Josh Matlow
@cjpac action party planner extraordinaire! Singer
CJPAC Action was amazing!Jason Grossman
RT @CJPAC: 1230 am and the ACTION Party’s still going strong! #cdnpoli #cdnjew Haworth
Amazing night at the @cjpac action party!Sara (Berger) Lefton
We’re next, #Montreal – May 17! Msg 4 tix! RT @CJPAC: 1230am & the ACTION Party’s still going strong! #cdnpoli #cdnjew Kessel