Atlantic Jewish Foundation Scholarships

The 2018 scholarship application deadline has now passed.
Information about 2019 scholarships will be available in early 2019. 

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 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.

Noa and Sarah Heinish Foundation Trust – $1,000-$2,000.

One scholarship per year for study in Israel.


The Miasnik-Rein Trust

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.

Miasnik-Rein Trust – $2000 each.

Maximum 5 scholarships per year.


Halifax Endowment Fund (Jayson Greenblatt Bursary)

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

Jayson Greenblatt Bursary – $500.

One scholarship per year.


Abe Leventhal Memorial Scholarships

The Atlantic Jewish Foundation invites applications to the Abe Leventhal Memorial Scholarships for the pursuit of post-secondary education. Applicants must be a resident of Atlantic Canada and must be pursuing an education in a post-secondary institution in Halifax.

Leventhal Memorial Scholarship – $1,000 minimum each.