About Us

Who We Are

The Speakers Action Group is an initiative of the Canadian Antisemitism Education Foundation (CAEF), a registered Canadian charitable organization. 

The CAEF is a registered Canadian charity, and it has worked to provide Canadians with knowledge and understanding across ethno-racial and faith communities to see the humanity in all, and to confront discrimination. Jew hatred is the oldest hatred in the world. Antisemitism was so profound in WWII and that it led to the annihilation of over 6,000,000 Jews and approximately another 12,652,900 people  of other ethnic communities, minorities including LGBTQ folks, people with disabilities, Roma people and others. Hatred, in words and deeds, has to be STOPPED.
 
Today, there is a new form of antisemitism, as well-documented in many countries and described in the language of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). The new definition points to the phenomenon that applies a double standard to Israel among the nations of the world, judging everything that Jewish country does through a distorted prism. Antisemites try to demonize Israel with false claims of apartheid, when it is the only country in the Middle East and North Africa, Iran included, in which women, gays, and minorities have equality before the law, equal rights of citizenship and are represented in all aspects of society.
 
Denigration of Israel and Israelis follows the pattern invoked by the Nazis in Germany and then across the countries they conquered: first use words, then isolate and denigrate and then destroy.  Well, Israel will not be isolated or destroyed and the words used by our enemies will be countered with facts and with Truth. That is our Mission. We invite you to join us.
 

CAEF Projects


Speakers Action Group (SAG)

  • Fighting antisemitism has been the overarching mission since its inception in 2004, and SAG is the flagship program of the Canadian Antisemitism Education Foundation (CAEF). Website: www.speakersaction.com
 

Canadians for Israel's Legal Rights (CILR)

  • CILR was founded in 2009 by the late Salomon Benzimra, together with Goldi Steiner, to educate Jewish youth and the general public about Israel’s Legal Rights under International Law. This effort has been ongoing ever since. Website: www.israelslegalrights.org

 

Canadians for Balfour 100 (CFB100)

  • CFB100's mission, leading up to and following the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration on November 2, 2017, is to join with like-minded groups and people, to educate the world - and, particularly our students and youth - about the irrefutable legal rights that emerged from the Balfour Declaration and the assertion of them, notwithstanding the implacable distortion of history by those bent on the destruction of that State and of that People. Website: www.canadiansforbalfour100.org


The CAEF organization is overseen by a Board of Directors, comprised of dedicated volunteers who devote time to promote programs of tolerance, interfaith education, combatting antisemitism and racism, and enhancing cross-cultural awareness.

 

Board Members

  • Irving Weisdorf, President
  • Joan Shapero, Vice President
  • Lloyd Duckman, Treasurer
  • Sean Egan,at large
  • Goldi Steiner, at large
  • Shirley Anne Haber, Emeritus

 

Executive Director

Andria Spindel, M.S.W., LLD, Honoris Causa,  joined the organization in January 2019, to provide professional services in governance and management. Andria has over 40 years experience as an executive in nonprofit charitable organizations and  will help develop a strategic direction for the organization, enhance board development,  and work with our Steering Committee and other committees to bring interesting and innovative programs to our community.

Andria Spindel

Communications Coordinator

Daniel Bordman, Graduate from Queens University in Psychology, a stand-up comedian, and a writer for Post Millennial, Daniel provides public relations and media relations support to programs, and technical support (which only a millennial can do).

Daniel Bordman

 

What We Do

CAEF operates Speakers Action Group to provide guest speakers for lectures, panel discussions, seminars and conferences, as part of events coordinated by other organizations or wholly sponsored by us. We can provide speakers for small or large groups, be they faith or cultural organizations, educational, business or small study groups in the Greater Toronto Area or surrounding communities.

A list of past speakers and topics is available and more will be added. Contact us to discuss how Speakers Action Group can contribute to your event.

Past events have featured internationally recognized experts such as Bret Stephens, Dr. Mordechai Kedar, The Honorable Irwin Cotler, Dr. Martin Sherman. Topics ranged from assaults on our Western values, to the media and antisemitism, Middle East issues in Iran, Egypt, Syria and Turkey, and issues affecting Human Rights in Canada and current challenges. Most recently, Dr. Martin Sherman gave two talks, addressing the myths of the Palestinian Peoplehood, and the Humanitarian Option for resolving the conflict with Israel.