Bearing Witness


February 27, 2024

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Photo: Ottawa Rally for Israel, 4 Dec. 2024. Ontario Jewish Archives.

You make history. Your stories are crucial to the historical record. Your experiences and actions matter.

The Ontario Jewish Archives (OJA) is partnering with the National Library of Israel (NLI) to collect local materials that tell the story of the aftermath of October 7th in Ontario, including the rise in antisemitism and the Jewish community’s response.

This collaboration is part of Bearing Witness, a global effort led by NLI to collect and preserve materials that document what happened on October 7th and its aftermath, including actions and reactions around the world, all of which together tell the story of this challenging moment in our history. 

As the trusted custodian of Jewish heritage in the province of Ontario, the OJA is with NLI to help ensure that the local experiences and actions of our community become part of this global initiative and widely available for research and education. We recognize the importance of working in collaboration with NLI to illustrate the deep connections between Ontario Jewish communities and Israel.

Your photographs, videos, social media posts, and more, are important parts of our shared story, the story we want to preserve and tell. 

  • Have you read or written meaningful speeches, prayers, poems, or sermons?
  • Did you participate in a public appeal, advocacy initiative, rally, or solidarity march on behalf of Israel, the hostages, or the Jewish community? Did you take a selfie there? Did you make a sign?
  • Do you have any documentation of antisemitic incidents or responses to antisemitism and anti-Zionism?
  • Have you used or developed educational materials about the war?

Please share them with us so your experiences become part of the historic record, preserved and made accessible at both the OJA and NLI, for this and future generations.

If you are an organization and have physical records to donate, please reach out to the OJA directly.

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