One of the most exciting and innovative social justice initiatives to emerge in Canada this past year has been the formation of the Jewish Refugee Action Network

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Speaker's Bureau

JRAN offers speakers for congregations or community organizations interested in the topic of refugees in Canada, the current challenges faced by refugee claimants, and possible courses of action. JRAN will provide knowledgeable and articulate speakers and will assist in planning your event, whether it takes place after a service or as an independent meeting. JRAN will also assist your social justice advocacy or adult education committee develop educational seminars and workshops.

Contact: Valerie Elliott Hyman, email:; telephone: 416-920-2759

Lesson plans and resources

Lesson plans on the refugee experience have been developed by the Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust, and are available for use by educators in formal and informal settings.

1.  Seeking Refuge – Understanding Refugees in Canada

“Through a series of engaging activities, students will be introduced to the concepts of refugee protection. In particular, students will gain an understanding of what it means to be a refugee, analyse how Canada has treated refugees in the past, and determine if our historical responses to refugees should affect/inform law today. 

This lesson plan fulfills multiple provincial curriculum expectations.”

For more information click here.

2.  Changes to Refugee Treatment in Canada since 2012

This lesson plan is currently in development.

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