Abraham Leventhal Memorial Scholarships
The Noa & Sarah Heinish Scholarship
The Miasnik-Rein Scholarships
The Jayson Greenblatt Bursary


Abraham Leventhal Memorial Scholarships

The Atlantic Jewish Council invites applications from residents of Atlantic Canada for Abraham Leventhal Memorial Scholarships towards tuition fees for future post-secondary studies in the Halifax Regional Municipality. The award will normally be to a maximum of $5000.00 for each application. The biannual application deadlines are May 31st (for studies beginning the following September, or later) and November 30th (for studies beginning the following January, or later). Applicants can apply once in any 12-month period. Abraham Leventhal Memorial Scholarships may be used towards either part-time or full-time studies. Applications for studies that begin from May to August must be submitted by the November 30th deadline.

Starting in January of 2021, in order to receive this scholarship, all successful applicants must agree to volunteer a minimum of 18 hours to a/several qualifying Jewish organization(s)* in Atlantic Canada in the 12 months following receipt of this scholarship. Up to 8 of these hours may be spent attending Hillel of Atlantic Canada events for post-secondary students. Successful applicants will be provided more details about this volunteering commitment.

Criteria for Application:

  • The applicant must be a resident of Atlantic Canada. For the purposes of this application, this means that the applicant must have resided continuously in an Atlantic Canadian province (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, or Newfoundland & Labrador) for at least one period of 24 consecutive months, immediately prior to submitting their application, not including any time spent enrolled as a full-time student at a post-secondary institution. (“Full-time student” means that the applicant was enrolled in a post-secondary education program for at least 60% of the regular course load, or 40% if the applicant is disabled, including internships and practicums.)
  • Applicants must be attending a post-secondary institution in the Halifax Regional Municipality. Please note that the Halifax institution must be the institution from which the applicant expects to receive a degree/diploma. As well, please note that students studying on a semester/year abroad, or students attending satellite campuses of Halifax-based institutions (e.g. Dalhousie University’s Agricultural Campus) are ineligible for Abraham Leventhal Memorial Scholarships.

*Qualifying Jewish organizations include: The Atlantic Jewish Council and any of its affiliated programs (Camp Kadimah, JOLT, Hillel, PJ Library, Atlantic Jewish Film Festival, etc.), Beth El Synagogue (St. John’s), Beth Israel Synagogue (Halifax), Chabad of the Maritimes (Halifax), Chabad of Newfoundland (St. John’s), PEI Jewish Community, Saint John Jewish Historical Museum, Sgoolai Israel Synagogue (Fredericton), Shaar Shalom Synagogue (Halifax), Shaarei Zedek Synagogue (Saint John), The Jewish Community Havura (St. John’s), Temple Sons of Israel Synagogue (Sydney), and Tiferes Israel Synagogue (Moncton).

Please Click Here to Access the Leventhal Post-Secondary Scholarship Application

The biannual application deadlines are May 31st (for studies beginning the following September, or later) and November 30th (for studies beginning the following January, or later). Applications for studies that begin from May to August must be submitted by the November 30th deadline.


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.

One scholarship per year worth between $1,000-$2,000 for study in Israel. This scholarship will be awarded based 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. Scholarships are only available to residents of Atlantic Canada.  

Please Click Here to Access the Heinish Scholarship Application

Applications are due March 31, 2021

The Miasnik-Rein Scholarships

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 Jewish experiential education program that includes study, travel, community service, or other suitable activities. Examples of appropriate programs include Holocaust Education tours, organized Israel trips, Jewish teens tours, Jewish summer programs, etc. If you are unsure about the eligibility of a program, please contact Naomi Rosenfeld at nrosenfeld@theajc.ca for more information. 

Five scholarships per year worth $2,000 each for registration and travel costs of an organized Jewish program. 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. Scholarships are only available to residents of Atlantic Canada.

Please Click Here to Access the Miasnik-Rein Scholarship Application

Applications are due March 31, 2021

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The Jayson Greenblatt Bursary

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

One scholarship per year worth $500 each for Jewish studies. This scholarship 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. Scholarships are only available to residents of Atlantic Canada.

Please Click Here to Access the Jason Greenblatt Bursary Scholarship Application

Applications are due March 31, 2021