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Evangelical Fellowship of Canada and the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs Launch Partnership
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Last month, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) and the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) signed a declaration of dialogue and partnership between the two organizations.

The declaration notes that, although “Evangelicals and Jews have distinct theological perspectives, our communities share many foundational values, interests and concerns that afford an opportunity for joint advocacy initiatives.”

It specifically commits the two organizations to discuss issues of common cause, including palliative care, affordable housing, religious freedom in Canada, peace and security in the Middle East, and support for persecuted minorities in the region.

Through biennial dialogue sessions between representatives of the EFC and CIJA, this partnership aims to “strengthen mutual understanding and identify joint advocacy opportunities in the above policy areas."

In response, Mr. Bruce Clemenger, President of the EFC, stated:

“We look forward to increasing our engagement with CIJA as together we seek to contribute to the public good and well being of Canada, and to peace in the Middle East. Collaboration between faith groups in Canada is vital. It both deepens the mutual respect we share and fosters a better understanding of the diverse communities we each represent. Our shared convictions provide a strong basis for working together for the betterment of all.”

Rabbi Shimon Koffler Fogel, CEO of CIJA, noted:

“We are excited to take our positive relationship with our friends at the EFC to the next level. On a wide range of issues, from alleviating poverty to supporting the people of Israel to advancing religious freedom, Jewish and Evangelical Canadians are longstanding natural allies. Built on a foundation of shared values and mutual respect, the goal of this partnership is to ensure we have an even greater impact in advocating for public policies that benefit all Canadians. Our voices are stronger when we speak as one.”

The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada is the national association of evangelical Christians whose affilates include denominations, ministry organizations, institutions of higher education as well as local congregations.

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA

Click HERE for The full text of the Declaration of Dialogue and Partnership.