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2007-06-26

Betar Canada Presents
An Evening in Recognition of
Leadership and Activism

Jewish Heroism
Past and Present

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Frank Dimant
Vice President, B'nai Brith Canada

Honouring
Student leaders and activists from across Canada
Rabbi Rafi Lipner — Executive Director, The House
Ya'acov Brosh — Israel's Consul-General
Peter Silverman — Founder, Jewish Resistance Movement in Poland

Sunday, July 15th 2007
8:00pm
Adath Israel Synagogue
37 Southbourne Avenue

Sponsored by:
Betar Tagar Canada
Adath Israel Congregation

For more information email info@betar.ca
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2006-05-01

Betar-Tagar Canada today named Talia Klein as its new Executive Director, to replace outgoing Jewish Agency Shaliach Itay Gadot, who will be ending his extended 4 year tenure in August.

After years of having Shlichim, the Betar Tagar Advisory Board has opted to hire a local community professional who will maintain the momentum developed over the past several years.

Klein has served the community in a variety of positions, including as the National Chair of the North American Jewish Students Network, the Vice President of the World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS), Research Associate for the Institute for International Affairs and League for Human Rights of B’nai Brith Canada. As a student, Klein was appointed as the youngest ever National Officer of the Canadian Jewish Congress. Following a 5 year residence in Israel, Klein most recently returned to Toronto to serve as the Director of the Hillel at York University. Klein holds a Masters degree from the University of Toronto, where she wrote her major research paper on the political theory of Ze’ev Jabotinsky. By joining Betar Tagar, Ms. Klein is returning to her ideological home, having begun her student career as a Betaria at York University.

"We needed someone who could combine the community and campus experience with the Jabotinsky Betari ideology. And, we needed someone who could match the record of student outreach, education and campus activism set by Itay Gadot," said Betar Tagar Advisory Board Chair Rose Lax.

"Talia is the personification of Betar. She embodies the spirit of Hadar (pride) and Tagar (tenacity). Talia’s proven record as an activist and leader in various organizations is an asset to Betar Tagar and the community at large," said Betar Tagar Executive Director Itay Gadot. "I firmly believe that under Talia's guidance and leadership, Betar Tagar will flourish and continue to develop strong student leaders and Israel advocates on campus and in the community."
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2005-12-11

Sunday December 11th, Hamilton’s Jewish community was enlightened to the situation facing Jewish students on university campuses. Betar-Tagar, the Zionist youth movement, brought together students from several Ontario campuses to the Adas Israel synagogue to share with the community their first hand accounts of what it is like to be a proud Jew and a Zionist on campus today. The one and a half hour long brunch and presentation was opened by Rabbi Morton Green, Betar-Tagar President Rose Lax, MPP Cam Jackson and Dr. Charles McVety of the Canada Christian College. The presentation featured the presidents and executives of several Betar-Tagar chapters testifying to first hand accounts of antisemitic and anti-Israel events on their own campuses. Highlights included Jonathan Jaffit, Director of Campus Affairs for Betar-Tagar and master of ceremonies for the event who presented an evocative power-point presentation regarding “Israeli Apartheid Week” at the University of Toronto and independent documentaryfilmmaker Igal Hecht who presented a shocking ten minute film depicting the anti-Israel vitriol at York University followed by a captivating address by Dina Glatter and Uri Nachim of York U. Audience members were riveted the entire time especially during the final presentation from the executive of the “Zionists at McMaster”, Lisa Cohen, Andrea Rowan and Dave Levine.

Funds raised during and after the event will enable “Zionists at McMaster” to have their “Israel Week” program in McMaster University.
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2005-07-21

The community is invited to attend the Jabotinsky Memorial Featuring the Canadian premiere of the eye-opening documentary:

“QASSAM” – LIFE IN THE SHADOW OF THE PULLOUT by Israeli Canadian Filmmaker Igal Hecht

“Qassam” offers a rare look at what the Gaza Disengagement plan would mean to the people of Israel.

Addressed by Mr. Yaacov (Cobi) Brosh Consul General of Israel and Mr. Amos Hermon Chair of the Educational Department of the Jewish Agency for Israel.

Special presentation of THE ZE’EV JABOTINSKY NATIONAL AWARDS FOR CAMPUS ACTIVISM

Thursday, August 4th, 2005 – 7:30PM Leah Posluns Theatre 4588 Bathurst Street, Toronto. Admission Free!

Sponsored by: Betar-Tagar, Likud Canada, and HADAR – The Morris Lax Centre
In partnership with: The Jewish Agency for Israel, Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State of Israel Bonds Canada, Jewish National Fund, The Aliyah Center, Bank Leumi le Israel BM, Canadian Coalition for Democracies.
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2005-03-21

Thousands of students participating in coast-to-coast live interactive video conference with Israeli Finance Minister.

Toronto, March 21, 2005... Students from 10 campuses and locations across Canada will be coming together on Tuesday, March 29th, 2005 12:30pm EST, simultaneously to take part in a live and interactive event with current Israeli Finance Minister, and former Israeli Prime Minister, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu.

Organizers responded to the numerous requests pouring in from campuses across Canada for Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu to speak on campus. They realized that in order to fulfill these requests and to work with Mr. Netanyahu’s schedule, a live and interactive video conference was the answer. Each campus and location involved will be linked to all the other campuses, as well as to Mr. Netanyahu in the Jewish Agency’s Contact Center in Jerusalem. Students participating in this unique event attend Carleton University, Concordia University, McGill University, McMaster University, University of Manitoba, University of Calgary, York University, Osgoode Hall, University of Toronto, and the University of British Columbia.

Event organizer Itay Gadot, Executive Director of Betar Tagar, says this will be a “huge celebration of students, brought together on-line via video from across the country in order to learn about current developments in Israel and the Middle East.” Gadot stresses that students are encouraged to ask Netanyahu thought-provoking questions – the campuses will have the opportunity to directly ask Netanyahu questions. Event sponsors include: Betar-Tagar, The Jewish Agency, Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Likud Canada.

A special guest will welcome the students to kick-off the live event. Some of the guests include Stockwell Day, MP who will be at the UBC campus in Vancouver; Pierry Poilievre, MP will be at McMaster University; Israeli Ambassador Alan Baker will be addressing Carleton University; and Israel Consul General Ya’acov Brosh will attend the University of Toronto event. Gadot continues, “These special guests and Mr. Netanyahu will strengthen the feeling of pride in Israel on Canada’s campuses.”

All Toronto events commence at 12:30pm EST on March 29th. At the University of Toronto, the location is: 45 Wilcox Street, New College, New Residence, William Doo Auditorium.
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2004-03-22

September 19th, 2002, Gideon Black, a British student studying in Israel, got on a bus with his first cousin and best friend Yoni Jesner to visit their family flying into Tel Aviv. The bus was blown up, murdering Yoni and changing Gideon's life forever.

Both HAMAS and the Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

Gideon's journey continues as he visits the University of Toronto on March 24th, 2004 to tell his story and how his life has moved on, like so many Israelis have had to try to do. He will tell the story of his experiences and of his cousin Yoni. "Yoni wanted to be a doctor," Gideon notes, adding that one of Yoni's kidneys was harvested to save the life of a 14-year-old Palestinian girl - a true manifestation of the ironic concern for life which he possessed.

"We are very excited to be hosting Gideon and to bring to the campus community his message of extraordinary hope", said Jonathan Jaffit, President of Betar-Tagar at UofT. "Gideon is bringing us the story of thousands of Israelis - a nation targeted that still finds a way to maintain a normal way of life in these days of escalating anti-Semitic actions".

Gideon's address will take place on a bus driving around downtown Toronto. The bus will depart in front of Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street, on Wednesday, March 24th at 6:00pm, sharp.

TO BOOK A SEAT on the bus or for more information, please e-mail: uoft@betar.ca

The event is being co-sponsored by Betar-Tagar - World Students Zionist Movement, the Canadian Federation of Jewish Students, the Yoni Jesner Foundation and UIA's National Jewish Campus Life.

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BETAR-TAGAR is part of World Betar, a non-profit global organization. Its mission is to present the public with accurate facts about Israel and the Middle East by running educational campaigns in Canadian Universities, colleges and throughout the general public.
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2004-01-12

Former PLO terrorist comes out against terror.

WHAT?
Terrorism and violence confronts the Middle East with no viable solutions in sight. Now, taking great personal risk, Walid Shoebat, who has renounced his past as a PLO terrorist, offers new insight into the causes and effects of terrorism. Along with scholar and Mideast expert Rabbi Tovia Singer they shed light on not only history, but also on future possibilities for peace in this era of terrorism and violence. Betar-Tagar, World Zionist Students movement will host Walid Shoebat and Rabbi Tovia Singer in a live taping of a radio show entitled "LET'S TALK PEACE" at the University of Toronto.

WHEN?
LET'S TALK PEACE Radio Show: Tuesday, January 20, 7:30 PM.

WHO?
Walid Shoebat, former PLO terrorist who has renounced his past and now lives in the United States. Rabbi Tovia Singer is a popular radio talk-show host who is known for his insightful and controversial presentations and interviews. Betar-Tagar, World Students Zionist movement encourages university students to take an active approach in promoting Israel on campuses across Canada.

WHERE?
University of Toronto
80 St. George Street
Lash Miller Chemical Laboratories
Room 159

HOW?
To secure free tickets or to volunteer please e-mail: uoft@betar.ca
For more info please e-mail: itay@betar.ca
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2003-10-07

It is a very sad day.
Canadian media baron Israel 'Izzy' Asper, philanthropist and founder and chairman of CanWest Global Communications Corp., has died. He was 71. A news release issued by the Asper family said he died shortly after being admitted to St. Boniface Hospital Winnipeg at about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. Asper's wife Babs Asper, sons David and Leonard and daughter Gail were present when he died.

Mr. Asper was a great supporter of the Betar Zionist movement in Canada as well as in Israel.

There will and should be much said about all the accomplishments of Israel Asper, as this self-made man built the largest media empire in Canada, its size only dwarfed by the number of wonderful projects that he was involved in for the Jewish people and Canadians at large. He was a true mensch in every sense of the word, and from the huge philanthropic projects he had created to his very strong and eloquent defence of Israel, he will be sorely missed by the whole Jewish world and by all Canadians.

He was a true mensch and a strong fighter for the Jewish people. He will be sorely missed.
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2003-10-09

The Arab-Israeli conflict is not limited to the Middle East. For the past 3 years anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist propaganda has been reaching our campuses.

Thursday, October 9 at 8:00 p.m.
Beth Tikvah Synagogue, 3080 Bayview Avenue


A screening of Martin Himel's TV documentary: "Confrontation at Concordia"
Keynote speaker Yoni Petel B'nai Brith Outreach Coordinator in Montreal
Former President of Montreal City-wide Hillel

With testimonials given by students from Concordia and GTA Universities. An opportunity for Students and their Parents to learn skills to deal with racism and anti-Zionism on campus! Sponsored by: Beth Tikvah Israel Affairs Committee, Media Action Group and Betar-Tagar -- student Zionist movement.

Admission free!
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2003-01-17

Members of the worldwide Betar-Tagar Zionist movement and other Toronto community groups will be rallying outside Canadian Broadcasting Corporation headquarters in Toronto to protest the irresponsible and biased manner in which its news department reports on the Middle-East situation. We condemn the refusal of the CBC to use the word "terrorist" to describe those who intentionally perpetrate violence directed against Israeli civilians, murdering them in cafes, buses, hotels, and markets. We demand of the CBC that it immediately reverse this appalling policy, and cease using taxpayer dollars to fund its immoral bias.

Michelle Oliel, President of Tagar at York U: "The Canadian Government announced "Hamas" and "Hezbullah" as terrorists organizations, yet the CBC, which is funded by the Canadian tax payers, still refers to them as militants and gunmen. We demand the CBC to align with its Government's policy".

David Horuvitz, President of Tagar at UofT: "As Canadians, we deserve to have honest reporting on the Middle-East situation from the CBC. We want the CBC to tell the truth about the Arab-Israeli conflict".

The rally will be held in front of the CBC building,
on Sunday, January 19, at 1 PM
250 Front St. West, corner of John St., Toronto.
TTC Union station
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2002-08-13

New web site
Likud Canada announces the activation of its new web site.