Why Naomi Rosenfeld, head of Atlantic Canada’s Jewish community, is moving back to Toronto

Atlantic Jewish Council executive director Naomi Rosenfeld, left, with host of The CJN Daily Ellin Bessner in Sydney, Nova Scotia, in May 2019. (Ellin Bessner photo)

The Atlantic Jewish Council is unique in North America, as the only federation that deals with Jews who live in different cities—even across provincial borders. The organization represents an estimated 4,000 Jews who live in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.

And this month, its executive director, Naomi Rosenfeld, is leaving her post after five years in the job. She and her husband are expecting their first child in November, and the couple has decided to leave Halifax and move back to their native Toronto, so they can be close to their extended families.

Rosenfeld joins today to explain her reasoning, how she feels about the move, her legacy, and the future of Atlantic Canada’s Jewish community.

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