What is Jewish Heritage Month?
In 2018, Parliament unanimously passed a bill proclaiming, that throughout Canada, the month of May will be marked as “Canadian Jewish Heritage Month,” celebrating the inspirational role that Jewish Canadians have played and continue to play in communities across the country. From law, to politics, to culture, to sports, this important initiative celebrates the contributions Jewish Canadians have been making to this country for 250 years.
Why is Jewish Heritage Month significant?
This type of initiative helps Canadians understand one another by allowing different communities and cultures to be showcased and celebrated. Jewish Canadians have made enormous contributions to the fabric of Canadian society and, regardless of their cultural background, all Canadians are rightly proud of the country we have built together. Understanding and appreciating the contribution different communities make to Canada brings us close together.
Who helped create Jewish Heritage Month?
All parliamentarians who supported this important legislation deserve recognition for their efforts to bring Canadians closer together. We particularly commend and thank Senator Linda Frum and MP Michael Levitt for their leadership in bringing this bill forward. From drafting the initial bill to stick-handling it through the long Parliamentary process, Senator Frum and MP Levitt deserve enormous credit for their cross-partisan effort.