Mission Statement

The Atlantic Jewish Council is dedicated to enhancing the quality of Jewish life in Atlantic Canada and promoting the continuity of Jewish communities in the region.

We are committed to supporting the democratic State of Israel and its long term viability. In particular, the Atlantic Jewish Council is committed to a secure and prosperous State of Israel with a vibrant social network.

The Atlantic Jewish Council (AJC), now in its 37th year, has undergone many changes since its inception in 1975. With changing demographics, shifts in population, and the aging of many of our people, the AJC has had to make many changes to meet its new challenges. Our fundamental responsibility to the Jewish community of Atlantic Canada is to maintain Jewish continuity wherever we can.

The major responsibilities of the AJC are Israel advocacy as the local partner of CIJA; community relations, fighting anti-Semitism, and promoting interfaith dialogue and multiculturalism. Through our Regional Chaplain, we attempt to provide some religious presence to those communities that can no longer sustain full-time rabbinical services. Shalom Magazine, published three to four times a year, brings our whole region together with news and views from Atlantic Canada.

The AJC acts as a spokesperson for our region on a local and national level to government and a large number of Jewish and non-Jewish organizations. Funded mainly by UIA Federations Canada we conduct annual United Jewish Appeal campaigns and are responsible for implementing the agenda through the region. We are an umbrella organization with responsibilities throughout the region for State of Israel Bonds, Canadian Young Judea, and many other national programs, all of which contribute to our overhead in return for their use of our facilities and, in some cases, program implementation.

Camp Kadimah, now entering its 67th year, is owned and operated by the AJC, and has grown both in size and reputation to the extent that it is now one of Jewish Canada’s foremost summer camps. With an office on our premises, Camp Kadimah contributes both through rent and a grant for youth programming. With the generous donation of a “Bayit” from the Albert and Temmy Latner Foundation (Toronto), the Jewish Students’ Association of Atlantic Canada-Hillel has a home to hold events such as meetings, Shabbat dinners, and social gatherings.


Kathy Zilbert, Atlantic Jewish Foundation Chair


The Atlantic Jewish Foundation is dedicated to creating permanent residence to perpetually fund the challenges and needs of the Atlantic Jewish communities. Providing scholarships (see below for information) for young people and others in our community broadens their Jewish education and experiences.
Raising funds for chaplaincy services will become a major initiative as there is only funding remaining for this service for 2 more years. Holocaust education and immigration initiatives are two of the many focused of the AJC which require stable funding as well.
As some Atlantic communities shrink and demographics and desires change the AJF is the answer to dealing with issues as they arise.

You don’t have to be wealthy to help.

With every modest initial gift, you can create a permanent legacy.

The Atlantic Jewish Foundation supports:

  • The Atlantic Chaplaincy program
  • CampKadimahScholarships
  • Israel Experience Scholarships of Canadian youth and young adults
  • PJ Library Program

For more information contact:

Kathy Zilbert, Atlantic Jewish Foundation Chair
Email: kathyzilbert@gmail.com Tel: (902)465-8702


Atlantic Jewish Foundation Scholarships:

The Atlantic Jewish Foundation, established in 1996, provides an opportunity for our generous supporters to leave legacy gifts both directed and undirected.

Scholarships available for Atlantic Canadian students:

 priority will be given to first time applicants

1.) All applications must be submitted by April 30, 2014

2.) Scholarships will be awarded on merit and on the availability of funds.

3.) Submitting an application does not mean automatic receipt of scholarship.

4.) Noa and Sarah Heinish Foundation Trust – One scholarship per year for study in Israel.

5.) Miasnik –  $2000 each.  Maximum 5 scholarships per year.

6.) Jayson Greenblatt Bursary – $500

Click to open the 2014 scholarship application form