Vancouver rabbis privately met with Justin Trudeau to tell him ‘Jewish Canadians are not safe’

Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met on Wednesday March 27, 2024, with (from left) Taleeb Noormohamed, Liberal MP for Vancouver Grenville; Rabbi Dan Moskovitz of Temple Sholom; Rabbi Philip Bregman (facing away from the camera) and others. (PMO photo)

Just two months after Justin Trudeau held a closed-door meeting with Toronto’s Jewish leaders, the Canadian prime minister spent an hour last week doing the same thing at a Vancouver synagogue, Temple Sholom. Trudeau met privately with four leading community rabbis: Dan Moskovitz and Philip Bregman of Temple Sholom, Andrew Rosenblatt of Schara Tzedeck, Susan Tendler of Beth Tikvah, and also with the local Jewish federation’s chair of the community security committee, Jason Murray.

While there are 10 members of the Rabbinical Association of Vancouver, the meeting was kept small. Several told The CJN they received criticism from their community for attending, because the meeting came a week after the Liberal government supported an NDP motion on March 18, in the House of Commons, that resulted in halting arms sales to Israel, resuming funding for UNRWA, and—before the language was hastily amended—would have seen Canada unilaterally recognize Palestine as a state.

On today’s episode of The CJN Daily, Rabbi Dan Moskovitz of Temple Sholom explains why he felt it was important to “take the prime minister to task” on a half-dozen key issues.

What we talked about:

  • See and sign the petition to stop the B.C. Ministry of Education from including the Nakba (meaning “The Catastrophe”, what Palestinians call Israel’s 1948 War of Independence) in the provincial social studies curriculum 
  • Watch Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre’s speech at Beth Israel Beth Aaron synagogue in Montreal on March 26, 2024
  • When Justin Trudeau quietly met with Toronto Jewish leaders in Jan. 2024—and why some rabbis left dissatisfied, on The CJN Daily

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