We would like to extend an immense thank you to everyone who joined us yesterday at the FSWC-sponsored high holidays luncheon at Queen's Park!
A standing ovation for FSWC in the House by all three parties was followed by a wonderful luncheon that welcomed many MPPs as well as consul generals from the US, Poland and Germany. Most impressive was the amazing contingent of FSWC leaders who attended and hosted the numerous MPPs who dropped by. Following opening remarks by FSWC's Avi Benlolo, Premier Doug Ford took the podium, recognizing the importance of countering antisemitism, racism and all forms of hate. He also agreed that there is no room in Ontario for events like Al Quds Day.
A special thank you to Dr. Molly Shoichet for speaking on behalf of the FSWC Board of Directors, Rabbi Aaron Flanzraich who gave a spiritual talk in honour of Rosh Hashanah, and Mark Teitelbaum for helping spearhead this initiative and chairing the Task Force that helped make the event such a success!
FSWC's Work Recognized by MPPs at Queen's Park
Following the luncheon, MPP Roman Baber rose to recognize the work of FSWC and share the following statement:
Today, over the lunch period, many of us visited the reception held by the FSWC and had an opportunity to learn about the important work they do. This non-profit human rights organization is committed to countering racism and anti-Semitism while promoting principles of tolerance, acceptance and Canadian democratic values through advocacy and education.
Their important work is guided by the words of Holocaust survivor and founder, Simon Wiesenthal: “Freedom is not a gift from heaven. One must fight for it every day.”
The Friends of Simon Wiesenthal are working all across Ontario. They work with various communities. They provide Holocaust studies. They work with young offenders to give them a second chance. They inspire and empower Canadians to speak in support of freedom and democracy everywhere. They are here to help educate so that the Holocaust or genocide never happen again—never again—not for the Jewish people, not for anyone.
I’m pleased to support the great work that the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center do and thank for them for their efforts.