Atlantic Jewish Foundation

ATLANTIC JEWISH FOUNDATION established in 1996

BUILDING OUT JEWISH FUTURE
ONE PERSONAL SPIRITUAL CONNECTION AT A TIME
ONE CAMPER AT A TIME
ONEISRAEL EXPERIENCE AT A TIME

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.

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:

  • Camp Kadimah Scholarships
  • Israel Experience Scholarships of Canadian youth and young adults
  • PJ Library Program

Atlantic Jewish Foundation Scholarships

1) Noa and Sarah Heinish Foundation Trust 

Throughout their lives, Noa and Sarah Heinish devoted themselves to the betterment of their community, their house of worship and the state of Israel. Passover of 1943 found Noa and Sarah Assisting in the preparation of a Seder for hundreds of young Jewish servicemen stationed in Halifax before shipping out to Europe. At the end of WWII, Noa was one of a group of interpreters who met the ships which brought Holocaust survivors from Europe to the shores of Halifax. Speaking in Yiddish, he helped them transfer to the trains which took them to family members waiting their arrival in upper Canada. Noa Heinish was one of the founders of Shaar Shalom Congregation and served as its first president. Together with Sarah they lent their support to every arm of the congregation. Sarah Heinish was an active member of Women’s League, Hadassah, Neptune Theatre, the Soroptomists and the Nova Scotia Institute for the Blind. Both Noa and Sarah gave generously of their time and resources in the support of Israel Bond drives, United Jewish Appeal, Camp Kadimah and other groups and were leaders in the Canadian Jewish Congress. For many years they operated a successful clothing business on Gottingen Street in downtown Halifax which closed in 1972. To carry on their good works, the Heinish family established the Noa and Sarah Heinish Foundation. This charitable foundation has provided endowments supporting Jewish educational and health care institutions in Canada and Israel. A portion of the funds has been allocated to the Atlantic Jewish Foundation to provide an annual merit scholarship for a student from the Maritime Jewish Community to study in Israel. Dependent upon the vagaries of the market, the scholarship should provide a stipend of several thousand dollars to the successful recipient.

One scholarship per year for study in Israel

2) The Miasnik-Rein Trust

A limited number of scholarships  are available to worthy students, one or both of whose parents profess the Jewish faith. The scholarship is open to students of the Atlantic Region for the purpose of establishing or continuing exposure to their Jewish heritage by means of study, travel, community service or other suitable means.

$2000 each; Maximum 5 scholarships per year

3) Halifax Endowment Fund (Jayson Greenblatt Bursary)

A bursary awarded to a Jewish student from Atlantic Canada to further Jewish studies in Israel or in the Diaspora.

$500 each; One scholarship per year