A Change Up

The current news cycle has been utterly brutal. The unspeakable tragedy at Lac Mégantic, the Asiana Airlines crash in San Francisco, the deaths of the Arizona firefighters, new violence and unrest in Egypt, and the continuing tragedy in Syria, to name just a few recent events, all make us want to disconnect from our computers, […]

Reflections on the Sacrifices of Others

Mark David’s article from CIJA’s Website: There is no Jewish funeral home in Atlantic Canada. In each community, dedicated volunteers serve on a Chevra Kaddisha to ensure that fellow Jews are buried in accordance with our law and tradition. The task is never easy. It is made more difficult because so many of the people […]

Nova Scotia Missions Reunion

In Halifax on Saturday evening, June 8th, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs hosted an informal get-together of Nova Scotia-based alumni from past political, student leader, journalist and business leader missions to Israel. Particularly noteworthy was the attendance of Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter and Peter Stoffer, MP for Sackville-Eastern Shore. Matthew Godwin and […]


Anti – Israel Boycott Draws Little Interest

An attempted boycott of a Halifax health food store that carries Israeli SodaStream products has mostly fizzled, according to Mark David, the Atlantic region consultant for the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA). Only about a dozen middle-aged protesters appeared at Planet Organic April 7 to urge a boycott of SodaStream products. They were […]

Mark David

Mark David: Flipping A Switch

I have a distinct memory, as a young child, of eavesdropping on a discussion between my parents and their friends, and hearing a comment to the effect that “..had Israel existed during World War II, the Holocaust would never have happened…” While I was vaguely aware of Israel’s military prowess, and had already set off […]

The Knesset

Tom Forrestall: 35 Days in Israel, February 1st -28th, watercolour paintings on paper

Opening reception Wednesday, February 6th 7pm – 9pm. Nova Scotia Archives, 6016 University Ave. Halifax. See group program information below. Painted in Israel in the Fall of 2010, 35 Days in Israel is famed Canadian artist Tom Forrestall’s series of 24 watercolour paintings on paper. The exhibit will be on display for public viewing from […]


Visit to Religious Society of Friends – Halifax

On March 3, 2013, Mark David, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs’ Atlantic Representative, addressed the Israel/Palestinian conflict at a Halifax meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (the Quakers). The Halifax Friends are studying the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Friend Maida Follini noted in her invitation that “…since our national organization of Friends helps support the Friends […]

International Holocaust Remembrance Day Program, Wednesday, January 23rd

The AJC, in partnership with the University of King’s College, will host the International Holocaust Remembrance Day program on Wednesday, January 23rd at 7pm with keynote speakers Holocaust survivor Philip Riteman and Dr. Dorota Glowacka, author of Disappearing Traces, Holocaust Testimonies, Ethics, and Aesthetics. This program will also include musical performances with a reception and book signing to […]