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It’s up to you to make a difference in this election: An open letter to Manitoba’s Jewish and pro-Israel community

Over the coming few weeks, you have a choice to make. A choice that goes beyond who will be Premier and which candidate will sit in the Legislature. You can choose to sit on the sidelines of the campaign, allowing others to shape the future of our province and community, or with just a small effort you can give voice to your values and ensure the continued vibrancy and impact of the Canadian Jewish community. 

In Canada, the Jewish community comprises only 1.1% of the population, and that number is expected to decrease as time goes on. In order to ensure that our community’s values and concerns continue to resonate at every level of government, it is imperative that each of us embrace our democratic responsibilities, and thus ensure our voice is heard.

The Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee (CJPAC) is a national multi-partisan organization dedicated to achieving that goal by activating the Jewish community in the political process (and within all parties). We are here to help you get involved with the campaign of your choice, including providing information, training, connecting volunteers and facilitating political support. With even a small contribution of time or money you can have a significant impact on the political system.

So what can you do?
1. It’s up to you to get informed.
Learn more about where the candidates and parties stand on these issues. Stay informed by reading the newspaper, watching the news and being active politically in your riding. Visit for links to party websites, information on voting, and information on what you can do to make a difference.

 2. It’s up to you to get involved. 
Volunteering for an election campaign is a great way to build relationships with MLAs and other decision-makers.  These relationships are essential to ensuring our collective voice is heard. It's also a great opportunity for networking, professional development and community involvement. Those who have volunteered in the past know how important and fun it can be.  Getting involved on a campaign is easier than you think: fill out our volunteer form at and CJPAC will pair you with the campaign of your choice.

3. It’s up to you to support candidates. 
Many do not know how easy it is to support candidates in a significant way.  Every dollar counts and there are generous tax credits for political donations.  You can target your support and make sure you are involved in an effective way.  Every dollar donated should be sent with the message, “thank you on behalf of the Jewish community for your support of our issues.”  Call Jonathan Ain at 1.866.929.9552 ext. 238 for more information on how to make your political dollars count for the Jewish community.

4. Most of all, it’s up to you to vote. 
By exercising your right to vote, you have a say in charting the province’s course on issues of importance to you and the community.  Find out more about voting rules and locations at

Together, we can protect and build our community’s voice across the political spectrum. Remember – it’s up to you!

Mark Waldman                                           Henry Wolfond
Executive Director, CJPAC                       Chair, CJPAC

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