About CIJA

Our Mission…

…is to protect Jewish life in Canada through advocacy.

About CIJA

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of Jewish Federations across Canada. CIJA is a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to protecting Jewish life in Canada through advocacy.

CIJA represents hundreds of thousands of Jewish Canadians affiliated with Jewish Federations across Canada.


  • Combating antisemitism
  • Promoting community security
  • Educating Canadians about the important role Israel plays in Jewish life


Our Board of Directors

Joel Reitman, Co-Chair, ON
Michael Eliesen, QC
Jeffrey Miller, ON
Jeffrey Rosenthal, Co-Chair, ON
Heather Fenyes, SK
Hon. Marie Poulin, ON
David J. Cape, Imm. Past Chair, QC
Maxyne Finkelstein, QC
Rabbi Reuben Poupko, QC
Toby Abramsky, ON
General Ed Fitch, BC
Yael Ricquebourg, QC
Hon. John Baird, ON
Brenda Gewurz, QC
Steven Shafir, AB
Barbara Bank, ON
Jonathan Goldbloom, QC
Alan Shuster, BC
Rafi Brass, ON
Marilyn Kaufman, NB
Jeff Smith, AB
Hon. Darrell Dexter, NS
Steve Kroft, MB
Robin Turack, ON
Geoffrey Druker, BC
Joel Lazer, MB
Henry Wolfond, ON
Rick Ekstein, ON
Hartley Lefton, ON

Shimon Koffler Fogel is CIJA’s Chief Executive Officer.

Our Team

Adam Levy Public Relations and Communications Director, Jewish Federation of Winnipeg (204) 477-7423
Adir Krafman Associate Director, Communications and Analytics (416) 638-1991 x5143
Catherine Morrow Associate Director, Development (416) 638-1991 x5619
Cindy Osheroff Associate Director, Services and Project Management (GTA) (416) 638-1991 x5126
Dan-Michael Abécassis Associate Director, External Affairs (Quebec) (514) 345-6411 x3630
David Cooper Vice President, Government Relations (613) 234-8271 x244
David Friedland Associate Director, Government Relations 613-222-9866
David Ouellette Director, Research and Public Affairs (Quebec) (514) 345-6411 x3675
David Weinberg Director, Israel Office 011 972 2 566 6220
Elana Minz Associate Director, Community Relations and Project Management (514) 345-6411 x3674
Eta Yudin Vice President, Quebec (514) 345-6411 x3169
Etti Goldman Manager, Partnerships (604)-622-4240
Gayle Nathanson Associate Director, External Affairs (416) 638-1991 x5622
Gerry Almendrades Security Advisor, NCSP  613 234-8271 x228
Jason Grossman Senior Manager, Public Affairs 416-638-1991 x5142
Jessica Burke Associate Director, Community Training and Campus Advocacy (416) 638-1991 x5394
Judy Zelikovitz Vice President, University and Local Partner Services (416) 638-1991 x5608
Martin Sampson Vice President, Communications and Marketing (613) 234-8271 x223
Naomi Rosenfeld Executive Director, Atlantic Jewish Council (902) 422-7491 x22
Nico Slobinsky Director, Pacific Region (604) 622-4235
Noah Shack Vice President, Greater Toronto Area (416) 638-1991 x5609
Peter Subissati Manager, Communications and Marketing (Quebec) (514) 345 1567 x 3618
Richard Marceau Vice President, External Affairs and General Counsel (613) 234-8271 x242
Sara Saber-Freedman Executive Vice President (514) 343-8703
Shimon Koffler Fogel President and Chief Executive Officer (613) 234-8271 x240
Silvia Di Nardo Executive Assistant to Shimon Fogel (613) 234-8271 x239
Simon Granat
Senior Manager, Policy and Communications
416 648 5448
Sophie Helpard Director, Government and University Relations (Ontario) (416) 638-1991 x5712
Sumiko Yabushita Administrative Assistant (613) 234-8271 x241
Susan Marcus Senior Accounts Payable Technician (613) 234-8271 x232
Terri Boidman Director, Digital Engagements (416) 452-7778
Zach Ellison Creative Strategist (416) 631-5718 x5718

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