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I, Jeff Lehman, Mayor of the City of Barrie hereby proclaim
May 1-31, 2022 asJewish Heritage Month
WHEREAS; Jewish population of the City of Barrie is growing and reflects the rich and varied history of the Jewish people comprising a population tracing its origins to many different parts of the world and embracing the many different traditions and practices within Judaism.  Statistics Canada notes that the Jewish population in the country is approximately 400,000 people, more than 1% of the total Canadian population, making it the fourth-largest Jewish population in the world; and
WHEREAS;  The Jewish community has a long and proud history in Canada and has made significant contributions to the wellbeing, growth and prosperity of Canada while overcoming tremendous obstacles; excelling in a wide range of endeavours including the arts, sciences, the law, architecture, media, finance, entertainment and business significantly contributing to Canadian life; and
WHEREAS;  In 2018, Parliament adopted Bill S-232 "An Act respecting Canadian Jewish Heritage Month" designating the month of May as Canadian Jewish Heritage Month thereby recognizing the important contributions that Jewish Canadians have made to Canada’s social, economic, political and cultural fabric and provides an opportunity to remember, celebrate and educate future generations about the inspirational role that Jewish Canadians have played and continue to play in communities across the country.
THEREFORE, I, Jeff Lehman, Mayor of the City of Barrie, do hereby proclaim May 2022 as “Jewish Heritage Month.”

- Jeff Lehman, Mayor of the City of BARRIE

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