Throughout our history, the Jewish people have often been said to be eternal.
But as history has shown us, in every generation our enemies come for us.
The name La’ad was chosen for those two reasons; Just as the Jewish people are eternal, the word La’ad (לעד) means forever or eternal in Hebrew. The name לעד is also an acronym meaning להגן על דורנו (Lehagen al Dorenu) – defending our generation.
La’ad Canada was founded in 2017 by a group of young professionals who saw the need for an advocacy organization focused on the needs of the next generation of Jewish Canadians.
The world is a different place, with different challenges, than it was when many of the other Jewish organizations were founded. Unfortunately however, we are at a critical time for the Canadian Jewish community; we are seeing a dramatic and alarming rise in antisemitism, and unprecedented numbers of young Jews disengaging from Jewish life. Today, more and more Jewish Canadians are worried about making sure that their kids get quality Jewish education and Jewish tradition is carried on to the next generation, that our schools and synagogues are safe, and that our interests as a community are represented before lawmakers and government.
That is the mission of La’ad.
If you, like us, believe that a Jewish advocacy organization should use your donation dollars to impact real change, and help to ensure continuity of Jewish life across all spectrums, please consider supporting our work, join us today.
The Three Organizational Pillars of La’ad
Jewish Continuity & Building a Strong Jewish Home
Jewish dayschool is expensive, and it’s not for everyone. Nor is weekly synagogue attendance. But without these traditional pillars of Jewish identity-building, how can our children learn what it means to be a Jew, in order to pass on that knowledge to future generations?
In order to ensure that the next generation of Jewish Canadians has a strong identity, we provide resources for parents and families, to help explain the meanings behind Jewish holidays and traditions, and to help build interest in our Jewish heritage.
Most Canadian Jews attend synagogue only at the high holidays. These are serious, somber and thought-provoking days, which are not necessarily a lot of fun for the youngest among us (or often for their parents, for that matter!) If a child’s only experience of being Jewish is an onerous synagogue experience, especially in families who lead an otherwise secular life, that child is unlikely to have a positive perception of their Jewish identity, or to continue it into adulthood.
That’s why we offer fun and engaging activities, discussion points, colouring sheets and events that Jews from all walks of life will appreciate. As a non-religious and unaffiliated organization, La’ad offers a refreshing and fact-based approach to the Jewish calendar and lifecycle, that everyone can identify with.
Advocacy & Fighting Antisemitism
Our advocacy team is lead by professionals who all bring the table more than a decade of experience. All of our advocacy team has worked for other Jewish organizations, so we know what works and what doesn’t, and where the other guys are failing.
One thing that anyone working in advocacy can tell you, is that most often, antisemitism is born out of ignorance, rather than deliberate malice. That’s why we take a position of education first. We work closely with clients from all areas of the public and private sector, to provide tolerance training and anti-racism workshops, in an effort to stop antisemitism before it starts.
For those instances where education isn’t enough, we work closely with law enforcement to ensure that those who break the law are fairly and justly punished.
Government Relations & Lobbying
An important component of advocacy, government relations is a pillar in it’s own right. Because of CRA regulations, as a non-profit organization La’ad Canada can advocate in ways that other, charitable, groups cannot. Our team brings years of experience and carefully cultivated connections to the role of government relations, making sure that the needs of the Jewish community are heard at all levels of government, across the country.