Naomi Rosenfeld, Executive Director
While born and raised in Toronto, it was as a staff member at Camp Kadimah, followed by time spent as the Director of Jewish Student Life for the Atlantic Jewish Council, where Naomi developed a love and appreciation for the Atlantic Canadian Jewish community. Naomi holds an undergraduate degree from Queen’s University where she graduated with both the medal in Psychology and admission into the Tricolour Society – the highest non-academic non-athletic honour that can be bestowed upon a student. Then, immediately prior to beginning her role as the Executive Director of the AJC, Naomi completed a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and Masters of Arts (MA) in Jewish Professional Leadership at Brandeis University with a concentration in Israel Education from The iCenter. During this time, Naomi was a recipient of Jewish Federations of North America’s Federation Executive Recruitment and Education Program (FEREP) Graduate Scholarship and the Charles R. Bronfman Scholarship from the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program. Naomi is also a proud member of the Board of Directors of the University of King’s College and the Treasurer of the Board of JPRO Network.
Contact Naomi at (902) 422-7493
Edna LeVine, Director of Community Engagement
As the Director of Community Engagement, Edna has overall responsibility for the AJC’s community outreach short and long-term programs and initiatives including Holocaust education and immigration. As an innovative leader within the organization, Edna has fostered a culture that encourages excellence in program partnership, capacity building, volunteer participation and collaboration with local community organizations. Edna is the AJC’s representative with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission group Partners for HumanRights, dedicated to working towards respectful and inclusive communities.
Edna has over 20 years of broad experience with all aspects of non-profit organization governance, administration, volunteer services and project management. A longtime Halifax resident, Edna earned a master’s degree in educational psychology from Dalhousie University and completed a certificate in professional human resource skills from Saint Mary’s University.
Contact Edna at (902) 422-7491 x226
Svetlana Ratchinski, Controller
Svetlana arrived in Halifax with the first group of Israeli immigrants supported by the Atlantic Jewish Community in 2009. She was born in the Former Soviet Union where she graduated from Odessa Polytechnic University with a diploma in electronic engineering of robotics and automation of production. In 1992, she immigrated with her family to Israel. She lived in kibbutz Grofit near Eilat for her first year in Israel and studied Hebrew. When the kibbutz program was over, Svetlana moved to Eilat where she lived for four years. Eilat is known as a tourist city and there was not much work in the industrial field, so Svetlana made a decision to change her career. She completed an accounting course at Eilat College and then moved with her family to Beer-Sheva where she worked in the accounting field for 12 years before immigrating to Halifax. Svetlana has been working for the AJC since October 2009 and is so pleased to be a part of Jewish life in Atlantic Canada. She hopes her work reflects her aspiration to support the Atlantic Jewish Community and is grateful for this special place that she now calls home.
Contact Svetlana at (902) 422-7491 x223