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  • Allied Voices for Israel (AVI)

Empowering students in Fredericton, Hamilton, Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver & beyond!

AVI is impacting students and community members from coast to coast!

AVI Educational Advisor Gabriela Rosenblum speaks with high school students from Moncton, Fredericton, and Saint John

Since beginning our journey a little over a year ago, we at Allied Voices for Israel (AVI) have been overwhelmed and touched by the students we've worked with who are fighting for a change. At high school, college, and university campuses from coast to coast, it's been our honour to unite students of all backgrounds and work together against anti-Jewish hatred.

Last week, our Educational Advisor Gabriela Rosenblum led a trip to Fredericton, New Brunswick, where she led a series of interactive workshops for high school students from Moncton, Fredericton, and Saint John. It was our first time leading a workshop in the region.

Gabriela spoke about the connection between the Jewish People and the Land of Israel and how to engage in impactful dialogue. We would like to thank our friends at the Atlantic Jewish Council for having us.

While Gabriela was leading the workshops in Fredericton, she met with a family whose daughter was a target of an antisemitic attack near her high school and offered support in reporting the incident and formulating a response to get police involved.

The student also attended our workshops to better understand how to respond to anti-Jewish hatred in the classroom.

AVI High School Ambassadors Talia Mintz and Naomi Nathanson in Winnipeg

In Winnipeg, Manitoba, two of our AVI High School Ambassadors Talia Mintz and Naomi Nathanson proudly represented AVI at a local Yom Haatzmaout (Israel Independence Day) party. We are proud of their continued hard work throughout the school year!

In Hamilton, Ontario, we co-hosted a Medical Networking Event in partnership with Hillel McMaster and the Jewish Medical Students Association at McMaster.

Students enjoyed connecting with esteemed professionals, including residents, physicians, and department chairs in the medical field. It was a tremendous success with some delicious food to boot!

AVI student ambassadors Mishel Anisimov and Pe'er Krut, alongside AVI alum Avi Teich and the boys from Gishmak Herring, pose with AVI Executive Director Daniel Koren at Israel's 76th Club Night in Toronto

What an incredible turnout at our Israel's 76th Club Night in celebration of Yom Ha'atzmaut in downtown Toronto last Thursday! It was a night filled with good vibes as 300 university students joined us to celebrate Israeli independence. We are so grateful for the incredible organizations that partnered with us for this monumental party.

This event was an enduring reminder that no matter how many challenges the Jewish People face, #WeWillDanceAgain!

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Later this week, AVI will be in Vancouver to lead aPacking for Universityworkshop for high school students! We are excited to partner with Hillel BC, CIJA, Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, and the Rabbinical Association of Vancouver on this initiative.

AVI will share resources and practical skills to prepare Grade 12 students for what they may encounter on campus next year and how to have a positive experience on campus. 

If you are interested in attending,please register here.

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On June 5th at Toronto's Beth Tikvah Synagogue, join us for a conversation between AVI Executive Director Daniel Koren and Harvard student Charlie Covit.

Both speakers will share their on-the-ground experiences and help community members understand the rise of anti-Jewish hatred and unrest across North American university campuses in the wake of the Oct. 7th attacks.

Click here to register for what will be an important conversation.

Lebanese-Christian singer Carine Bassili is our #allyspotlight!

This week’s #allyspotlight is Lebanese-Christian singer and activist Carine Bassili. Overcoming the traumas of Lebanon’s civil war, Carine started a non profit called Pure Love Ministries, with the mission to reach and fight for people all over the world, especially in the Middle East.

Last week Carine performed a cover of Israeli singer Eden Golan’s song “Hurricane,” as an act of support against the bullying she experienced in Malmö during the 2024 Eurovision Song Competition.

The cover went viral, sparking an outpouring of support and well wishes from all over the world. “It’s pretty tough to sing this song, but I couldn’t pass up the chance. I wanted to support her because I felt that as an artist competing in a music contest, she was treated very unfairly,” Carine said. “I felt I needed to support her in any way I could.”

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