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

Shimon Koffler Fogel is CIJA’s Chief Executive Officer.

Our Team

David Cooper Vice President, Government Relations (613) 234-8271 x244
Gerry Almendrades Security Advisor, NCSP  613 234-8271 x228
Martin Sampson Vice President, Communications and Marketing (613) 234-8271 x223
Richard Marceau Vice President, External Affairs and General Counsel (613) 234-8271 x242
Shimon Koffler Fogel President and Chief Executive Officer (613) 234-8271 x240
Silvia Di Nardo Executive Assistant to Shimon Fogel (613) 234-8271 x239
Sumiko Yabushita Administrative Assistant (613) 234-8271 x241
Susan Marcus
Senior Accounts Payable Technician (613) 234-8271 x232
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
Debbie Climans
Executive Assistant
(416) 638-1991 x5624
Gayle Nathanson
Associate Director, External Affairs
‭(416) 638-1991 x5622‬
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
Noah Shack
Vice President, Greater Toronto Area
(416) 638-1991 x5609
Sophie Helpard
Director, Government and University Relations (Ontario)
(416) 638-1991 x5712
Zach Ellison
Creative Strategist
(416) 631-5718 x5718
Dan-Michael Abécassis
Associate Director, External Affairs (Quebec)
(514) 345-6411 x3630
David Ouellette
Director, Research and Public Affairs (Quebec)
(514) 345-6411 x3675
Elana Minz
Associate Director, Community Relations and Project Management
(514) 345-6411 x3674
Eta Yudin
Vice President, Quebec
(514) 345-6411 x3169
Peter Subissati
Manager, Communications and Marketing (Quebec)
(514) 345 1567 x 3618
Sara Saber-Freedman
Executive Vice President
(514) 343-8703
Etti Goldman
Manager, Partnerships
Nico Slobinsky
Director, Pacific Region
(604) 622-4235
David Weinberg
Director, Israel Office
011 972 2 566 6220
Adam Levy
Public Relations and Communications Director, Jewish Federation of Winnipeg
(204) 477-7423
Naomi Rosenfeld Executive Director, Atlantic Jewish Council (902) 422-7491 x22


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