Regional Jewish Communities of Canada

  • Community Spotlight: Thunder Bay

    When Susan Goldberg and her partner moved north from Toronto nine years ago, the biggest challenge they faced was not just the colder weather in Thunder Bay. As their family grew, they struggled to find ways to introduce their two sons to Jewish culture and community. ”We couldn’t just fly to Toronto for every holiday,” says Susan, “although we did do that for a while.”

More than 23,000 Jews reside in regional communities, with limited opportunities to affiliate and become jewishly literate. In many regional Canadian communities, there is an underdeveloped communal infrastructure of synagogues, Jewish day schools and social-service organizations to serve the population.


At Jewish Federations of Canada – UIA we work directly with over 40 small regional communities across Canada with limited or no formal Jewish infrastructure and services where we often serve as the primary provider of Jewish educational experiences, particularly for young people. Regional community services extend to the Atlantic Jewish Council, Saskatoon, Regina and Victoria/Vancouver Island.


Our activities and initiatives within regional communities in Canada strengthen individual and communal Jewish identity and engage our regional community members in discussions about political and social issues that are part of the larger national and international environment.


Program and service delivery is focused on:


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