About the Canadian Society for Yad Vashem

Established in 1986, the Canadian Society for Yad Vashem (CSYV) has worked for over 30 years to fulfill its mission.

Our Mission

To educate Canadians about the Holocaust through educational and commemorative programs while sharing the facts, knowledge and universal lessons of the Shoah (Holocaust).

CSYV is a national organization with a core group of significant donors, volunteers and professional staff who are committed to the vision of advancing education and commemoration of the Holocaust. CSYV supports its vision by developing philanthropic support from individuals, families, foundations, government agencies and the business community.

Canadian Society for Yad Vashem holds a tradition of excellence in bringing together the community for the purpose of remembering and learning about the Holocaust, which is integral to increasing the knowledge of Canadians about the Shoah so that they can then proceed to make significant contributions to Canadian Society. Our vital educational and commemoration programs focus on educating future generations of Canadians about the Holocaust. To name a few:

  • The CSYV Holocaust Scholarship Program

    Annually recruiting and sending dozens of Canadian educators, with full scholarships to a unique three-week seminar at Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies.

  • Ambassadors of Change Program

    Helping to create a more tolerant and inclusive society, as Holocaust survivors share their firsthand experiences about the Holocaust with groups of students of varied faiths and cultures from Canadian schools.

  • Bar/Bat Mitzvah Twinning Program

    Pairing Canadian Bar and Bat Mitzvah children with child Holocaust victims, the CSYV helps to put a human face on the Holocaust, builds bridges between generations, and helps the participants link the past to the future.

  • Memorial Site

    The only organization in Toronto to have a Memorial Site, enabling the community at large to commemorate victims of the Holocaust and honour survivors.

With a dedicated memorial site specifically focused on the core fundamentals of Holocaust education and commemoration, the CSYV is uniquely positioned to raise awareness and advance the collective knowledge about the Holocaust while helping meet the challenges of preserving the Shoah’s legacy.

Guided by a mission to remember the past and shape the future, CSYV offers educators diverse ways to teach the holocaust through experiential learning opportunities that are practical, innovative and socially conscious. To name a few, CSYV maintains a digital archive of Righteous Among the Nations stories and Testimonies of Canadians survivors that are available to teachers and students as a learning tool.

CSYV is constantly evolving and is currently developing a new Holocaust Education program to facilitate learning about the Holocaust through the CSYV Holocaust Memorial Site. This program aims to integrate Holocaust learning experiences into the program of study of both Jewish and non-Jewish schools. On occasions, CSYV also brings mobile exhibitions on the Holocaust, to Canada.

The Canadian Society for Yad Vashem is the only organization to have at its fingertips the expertise and resources of Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Centre, which is internationally recognized as being a global leader in Holocaust research, documentation, education, and remembrance. The Society’s numerous educational and commemorative initiatives bring Yad Vashem’s world-leading knowledge and expertise to multicultural Canadian audiences. As generations change, the Canadian Society for Yad Vashem is dedicated to advancing and expanding its important mission.