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.