Atlantic Jewish Foundation Scholarships

The Abraham Leventhal Memorial Scholarships
The Noa & Sarah Heinish Scholarship
The Miasnik-Rein Scholarships
The Jayson Greenblatt Bursary


The Abraham Leventhal Memorial Scholarships

The Atlantic Jewish Council invites applications for Abraham Leventhal Memorial Scholarships. The award will normally be to a maximum of $5000.00 for each application. The biannual application deadlines are May 31st and November 30th. Applicants can apply once in any 12- month period.

Criteria for Application:

  • The applicant must be a resident of Atlantic Canada. For the purposes of this application, this means that the applicant must have resided continuously in an Atlantic Canadian province (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, or Newfoundland & Labrador) for at least one period of 24 consecutive months immediately prior to their enrollment as a full-time student at a post-secondary institution. “Full-time student” means that the applicant was enrolled in a post-secondary education program for at least 60% of the regular course load, or 40% if the applicant is disabled, including internships and practicums.
  • Applicants must be attending a post-secondary institution in the Halifax Regional Municipality. (Please note that the Halifax institution must be the institution from which the applicant expects to receive a degree/diploma).

Please Click Here to Access the Abraham Leventhal Memorial Scholarship Application


The Noa & Sarah Heinish Scholarship

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 awaiting 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.

One scholarship per year worth between $1,000-$2,000 for study in Israel. This scholarship will be awarded based on financial need, merit, and on the availability of funds. Submitting a scholarship application does not confirm automatic receipt of a scholarship. Priority will be given to first-time applicants. 

The application for the 2019 Noa & Sarah Heinish Scholarship will be available in early 2019. 

The Miasnik-Rein Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships of $2,000 each 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 an organized program of study, travel, community service or other suitable means.

Five scholarships per year worth $2,000 each for registration and travel costs of an organized Jewish program. Scholarships will be awarded on financial need, merit, and on the availability of funds. Submitting a scholarship application does not confirm automatic receipt of a scholarship. Priority will be given to first-time applicants. 

The application for the 2019 Miasnik-Rein scholarships will be available in early 2019. 

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The Jayson Greenblatt Bursary

A $500 bursary awarded to a Jewish student from Atlantic Canada to further Jewish studies in Israel or in the Diaspora.

One scholarship per year worth $500 each for Jewish studies. This scholarship will be awarded on financial need, merit, and on the availability of funds. Submitting a scholarship application does not confirm automatic receipt of a scholarship. Priority will be given to first-time applicants. 

The application for the 2019 Jason Greenblatt Bursary will be available in early 2019.