Our Team

Naomi Rosenfeld, Executive Director
Edna LeVine, Director of Community Engagement
Svetlana Ratchinski, Controller
Lindsay Kerr, Director of Hillel & Next Generation Engagement
Neli Shpoker, UJA Campaign Administrator
Rabbi David Ellis, Regional Chaplain


Naomi Rosenfeld, Executive Director 

While born and raised in Toronto, it was as a staff member at Camp Kadimah, followed by time spent as the Director of Jewish Student Life for the Atlantic Jewish Council, where Naomi developed a love and appreciation for the Atlantic Canadian Jewish community. Naomi holds an undergraduate degree from Queen’s University where she graduated with both the medal in Psychology and admission into the Tricolour Society – the highest non-academic non-athletic honour that can be bestowed upon a student. Then, immediately prior to beginning her role as the Executive Director of the AJC, Naomi completed a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and Masters of Arts (MA) in Jewish Professional Leadership at Brandeis University with a concentration in Israel Education from The iCenter. During this time, Naomi was a recipient of Jewish Federations of North America’s Federation Executive Recruitment and Education Program (FEREP) Graduate Scholarship and the Charles R. Bronfman Scholarship from the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program. Naomi is thrilled to have returned once again to Atlantic Canada, and cannot wait to help strengthen this Jewish community that means so much to her!

Contact Naomi at (902) 422-7491 x222


Edna LeVine, Director of Community Engagement

As the Director of Community Engagement, Edna has overall responsibility for the AJC’s community outreach short and long-term programs and initiatives including Holocaust education and immigration. As an innovative leader within the organization, Edna has fostered a culture that encourages excellence in program partnership, capacity building, volunteer participation and collaboration with local community organizations. Edna is the AJC’s representative with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission group Partners for HumanRights, dedicated to working towards respectful and inclusive communities. 

Edna has over 20 years of broad experience with all aspects of non-profit organization governance, administration, volunteer services and project management.  A longtime Halifax resident, Edna earned a master’s degree in educational psychology from Dalhousie University and completed a certificate in professional human resource skills from Saint Mary’s University. 

Contact Edna at (902) 422-7491 x226


Svetlana Ratchinski, Controller

Svetlana arrived in Halifax with the first group of Israeli immigrants supported by the Atlantic Jewish Community in 2009. She was born in the Former Soviet Union where she graduated from Odessa Polytechnic University with a diploma in electronic engineering of robotics and automation of production. In 1992, she immigrated with her family to Israel. She lived in kibbutz Grofit near Eilat for her first year in Israel and studied Hebrew. When the kibbutz program was over, Svetlana moved to Eilat where she lived for four years. Eilat is known as a tourist city and there was not much work in the industrial field, so Svetlana made a decision to change her career. She completed an accounting course at Eilat College and then moved with her family to Beer-Sheva where she worked in the accounting field for 12 years before immigrating to Halifax. Svetlana has been working for the AJC since October 2009 and is so pleased to be a part of Jewish life in Atlantic Canada. She hopes her work reflects her aspiration to support the Atlantic Jewish Community and is grateful for this special place that she now calls home.

Contact Svetlana at (902) 422-7491 x223


Lindsay Kerr, Director of Hillel & Next Generation Engagement

Hi Atlantic Canada! I am so excited to be joining you and the rest of Atlantic Canada as the new Director of Hillel and Next Generation Engagement. I’m born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba (go jets go!) where I also did all of my schooling. I attended the University of Winnipeg for five years, earning myself Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees. Since I graduated I’ve been subbing (the flexibility allowed me to travel) and teaching in a grade 1 / 2 class but my heart and mind has always been in informal education. I grew up at BB Camp Kenora, Ontario, leaving behind city life for a Jewish wilderness camp on an island! I worked there for 7 years and, after retiring, transitioned to leading trips for BBYO Passport. It’s been so wonderful to be able to combine my interest in informal and experiential education with my love of travel!

I have been lucky enough to see the ocean a bunch times (one time I didn’t realize it was the ocean and thought it was a lake, oops!) but have never spent so much time so close to it. I am really looking forward to seeing the beauty Atlantic Canada has to offer. Every response to “I’m moving to Halifax” has been “wow you are so lucky, Halifax is the most beautiful city!”. I’m also really looking forward to getting to know the community that I have heard such great things about. I am curious to see what winter is like in a city other than Winnipeg.

Contact Lindsay at lindsay@theajc.ns.ca.


Neli Shpoker, UJA Campaign Administrator

Neli was born in Kiev, Ukraine. In August 1990, Neli immigrated with her family to Israel where she spent her first four years living in Acko and attending the Vaitzman elementary school. Later, Neli and her family moved to Carmiel where she completed both junior high and high school. After serving in the IDF, Neli worked at a sole attorney law firm that specialized in Civil Litigation. And, while working, Neli attended and graduated with Honours from Mihlala Meshutefet of Carmiel with a diploma in Legal Assistance. Shortly thereafter, Neli attended and completed the Technion School of Technology. Prior to immigrating to Canada with her family, Neli worked in a law firm that specialized in transportation Law.

Neli and her family immigrated to Halifax with the second group of immigrants the AJC brought over from Israel in the summer of 2011. Since landing in Halifax, Neli has consistently volunteered with the AJC, worked in several law firms as a legal assistant, and graduated with Honours from the Paralegal program at Eastern College. Currently, Neli works as a Property Paralegal at a local Halifax law firm alongside her time at the AJC.  

Neli sees Atlantic Canada as home and strives to help build one united Jewish community here.

Contact Neli at (902) 422-7491 x224


Rabbi David Ellis, Regional Chaplain

As the AJC’s Regional Chaplain, the focus of Rabbi Ellis’ work is the Jewish community of Atlantic Canada outside of Halifax, especially in Sydney, Cape Breton, where he serves as the Rabbinic leader. Rabbi Ellis’ major responsibilities include communicating the Jewish viewpoint to the general society, teaching Jewish studies courses at several institutions across the region, engaging in interfaith discussions, and assisting the elderly. Rabbi Ellis also spearheads the Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance) Ceremony each year in Bass River, NS.

Contact Rabbi Ellis at (902) 237-3687