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Aidan Fishman

Aidan Fishman

Aidan Fishman and his mother Michele Feierstein


by Rhonda Spivak, February 12, 2013

Editorial Comment:

The Winnipeg Jewish Review is pleased to tell our readership that one of the writers who has contributed to this website, Aidan Fishman, was awarded the inaugural Blankfeld Award for Journalism this fall by Honest Reporting.

In fact the Winnipeg Jewish Review was the first publication to publish Aidan's articles, and we are very proud that he chose this publication as an entry point for his journalistic talents. (He has since been published in the Jerusalem Post and the Times of Israel)

In establishing this publication, close to four years ago now, it was my hope that it would spark young writers in the community to stimulate discussion about important issues facing our local Jewish community, Israel, and the Jewish world at large.

Personally, I have had a long time interest in issues pertaining to Israel and the Middle East as well as how these issues play out in a Canadian context. As an editor, it was deeply satisfying to receive Aidan's submissions knowing that he was able to use this publication as a vehicle for his intellect and a spring-board to reach a wider audience beyond our city. In the Internet age, we live in a world where quality work can be read and appreciated globally. For this reason, I believe that our community ought to encourage and actively foster quality publications with educational content that will encourage talented writers to come forward to offer their views on issues that interest them and others.

I believe that for this publication to be meaningful, it must not only report on local issues, but also offer quality commentary and opinion on issues of vital concern to our people across the world. Even though this publication is only four years old, articles written by local Winnipeg writers have been picked up by many other websites and publications.

With the Canadian Museum for Human Rights set to open in Winnipeg, it is my firm belief that issues of global importance will be reaching Winnipeg's doorstep at a pace that we are not familiar with, be they issues pertaining to antisemitism, the Holocaust, European politics, conflicts in the Middle East, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or other issues which have significant human rights dimensions. Our Jewish community writers will need to contend with issues that are, in their essence, international in scope and complex in nature.

It is for this reason that I believe our community ought to foster the talent of local writers such as Aidan. I urge our readers who think they may have something to say of significance to email me with their ideas.

Below is a recent interview that I conducted with Aidan, who is a graduate of Ravenscourt, and is currently the co-chair of the Fellowship Program for The Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee [CJPAC] and also a former Ambassador for the Shalom Square Israel Pavilion coordinated by the Rady JCC in Winnipeg.


CJPAC is a unique national, grassroots, independent organization, whose mandate is to activate the Jewish 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. The CJPAC Fellowship brings together the top-tier pro-Israel student leaders from Canada's premier political training program. All participants are trained to run political campaigns and are given opportunities to engage at the highest levels. Many participants go on to careers in politics and related fields.

 As Mark Waldman, CJPAC Executive Director says of Aidan, “It has been a privilege to get to know Aidan and watch him grow as a political leader and as a person. He is a true mensch and we are so proud to call him a CJPAC Fellow.”

Eleanor Johnston, CJPAC Director, Western Region & Fellowship adds, "When choosing the co-Chairs for our Fellowship program, we wanted someone to help train the next generation of Jewish and pro-Israel political leaders in Canada and Aidan was the first person who came to mind. His passion and personality have been a tremendous asset and made it a pleasure to work with him this year.”  

Q. Why did you decide to write in and contribute articles to the Winnipeg Jewish Review?
A. As my parents will surely tell you, I've always had a lot to say about Israel, the Jewish People, and the Middle East (as well as a whole host of other issues about which I am far less qualified to give an opinion). I noticed the Winnipeg Jewish Review when it first began publication, and decided that it would be a great forum for me to articulately express my views for a wider audience. Because the Winnipeg Jewish Review is, of course, read mostly by Winnipeg Jews, many of whom I already know, I felt more comfortable initially airing my opinion in its virtual pages, rather than jumping straight to a larger national or international publication.
Q. Tell us about the experience of being a CJPAC fellow and what you like best ?
A. CJPAC is an amazing organization, and it's a great privilege to serve as co-chair of the Fell
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