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 42nd 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 Jewish Federations of Canada – United Israel Appeal 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 75th 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 a regional office on our premises, Camp Kadimah contributes both through rent and a grant for youth programming.