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Addressing Anti-Semitism


The Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) is committed to fostering genuine partnerships with community organizations to build cultural awareness in a reflective and responsive manner and listen and learn from authentic voices. Our work in this area allows us, as a Catholic community, to dialogue and network with various faith organizations to develop appropriate curriculum materials and promote interfaith conversations and partnerships. 


TCDSB has always championed initiatives, professional learning opportunities and sharing of resources to raise awareness and understanding of the atrocities that have occurred throughout history and present day. The Catholic Church honours the shared history between Christianity and Judaism and makes effort to engage in dialogue for learning and collaboration. 


In the news, we have observed a disturbing increase of hate crimes targeting Jewish people in Toronto and around the world. It is our collective responsibility to acknowledge and intentionally combat anti-Semitism. As such, we want to ensure that students who may be impacted by this have access to resources and support to take action in making Canada a more tolerant and inclusive society. 


Our continued commitment to educate both teachers and students is reflected in recent learning opportunities, including a webinar was hosted about genocide with special guest Max Eisen, holocaust survivor, to speak about his memoir and the devastating events of the Second World War and beyond. You can view this TCDSB interview on YouTube: Stories of Resilience - The Road to Hope. To learn more about Max Eisen and his award-winning novel, visit the By Chance Alone website.  


Resources


The Curriculum department collaborates with advisory groups, Community Relations and the Equity department to build capacity and leadership in TCDSB schools. 


We encourage staff, students and our community to access the following resources to continue their Holocaust education and remembrance:


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