CARE Project

Data shows that the Jewish community is the most targeted group for hate crimes incidents in the city of Toronto, and consistently one of the highest in Canada (Toronto Police Statistics, Statistics Canada). Further, according to statistics gathered by other Jewish community organizations, many Jewish Canadians face systemic and widespread discrimination and antisemitism at school, work, and while accessing public services, even if the incidents themselves do not rise to the level of hate crimes. As such, it is critical that those public employees who are most likely to interact with the Jewish community understand not only what constitutes antisemitism and how to prevent it, but also how to accommodate their Jewish clients, patients and students in a way that is culturally appropriate.

Training

The CARE Project provides direct inter-community outreach and cultural sensitivity training on antisemitism and the Jewish community, to 4 key public sector employee groups who are likely to encounter Canadian Jews in the course of their work:

  • Police and first responders

  • Health care workers

  • Teachers and educational professionals

  • Other public sector workers and civil servants

Project Coordinators

The project will be overseen by Amanda Hohmann, a respected and widely recognized expert on antisemitism. Her work on the subject is often quoted by governments, NGOs and academic institutions around the world. She previously sat on the Ontario Government’s Anti-Racism Directorate’s Antisemitism Subcommittee. She is a former post-secondary professor with more than a decade of experience in curriculum design, as well as training in various learning styles and engaging program delivery.

Program Overview

The CARE training program has been designed to provide public sector employees with practical, job-relevant knowledge and information on how to identify and combat antisemitism, both in the workplace and when interacting with the public at large.

The general training program focuses on three main areas, followed by an open question and answer period:

Overview of Jewish culture and practice as relevant to first responders and program participants

  • Cultural practices you may encounter
  • Responding to calls at a Jewish home on the Sabbath (if applicable)
  • Jewish sensitivities which could affect interactions during a call/interaction

Hate crimes legislation and hate crimes in Canada

  • Understanding the legal definition of a ‘hate crime’ in the criminal code
  • Legal vs. non-legal definitions of ‘hate’
  • Hate crime vs. hate incident
  • Difficulties prosecuting hate crimes and your role as an officer or public sector employee

Tackling commonly held beliefs about the Jewish people which may or may not be antisemitic

  • Examining preconceptions about Jews which may affect your interactions, both at work and generally
  • A brief overview of ‘Israel’ with regards to antisemitism
  • Question and Answer: Ask a Jew anything

Facts at a Glance

Hate crimes against the Jewish population rose in 2020, from 306 to 321 incidents (+5%)

Percentage of total hate crimes that targeted the Jewish community in Toronto in 2020: 34%

The same as the next two highest groups combined
*Percentage of the Toronto population that is Jewish: ~2%

Jews were the victims of 62% of all religiously motivated hate crimes in 2020, nearly quadruple the next group (Muslims) which made up 16%

Each training program is specifically tailored to the unique needs of different public sector workers

About Our Organization

La’ad Canada is a non-partisan, evidence-based Jewish community organization. Our mandate is two-fold: to fight antisemitism directed at Canadian Jews, and to
encourage and foster a strong Jewish identity.

We believe that the best, most effective advocacy and anti-racism work is done through research and education. As such, we rely on data when making recommendations or shaping our advocacy initiatives, and our core staff and volunteer leadership was chosen with these considerations in mind.

La’ad Canada has been doing community outreach and anti-racism work since its inception in 2016. Most recently, La’ad has been conducting training with police agencies, first responders and public sector workers in Canada and the United States on how to combat antisemitism, how to relate more effectively with Jewish people on emergency calls, and how to proactively address the needs of the Jewish community.

Workshops

Focus

Workshops for both teachers and students are designed to help participants better understand antisemitism through an overview of the history of the Jewish people, Jewish religion and culture and an exploration of historical and modern manifestations of antisemitism. Courses are tailored to meet the unique needs of partnering organizations with a focus on practical, job-relevant information. The goal of these workshops is to provide real world examples, tips and strategies to assist in recognizing and combatting antisemitism in the classroom and out in the community.

Availability

  • Individuals

  • Groups

  • Classes

Primary (Grades K-3)

  • What is Racism & Discrimination
  • Who are the Jews

  • Hate Symbols

Primary (Grades K-3)

  • What is Antisemitism
  • The Jewish People
  • Hate Symbols

  • Internet Hate

Intermediate (Grades 7-10)

  • The Jewish People
  • Historical & Modern Antisemitism
  • Hate Propaganda
  • Ask a Jew Anything

Senior (Grades 11-12)

  • Who are the Jews (Advanced)
  • Antisemitic Tropes, Themes and Their Effect on Society
  • Hate & the Legal System
  • Modern Antisemitism
  • Ask a Jew Anything