Approximately 200,000 Jews live in the Greater Toronto area (GTA), making it Canada’s largest Jewish population centre. In fact, the GTA is home to over half of the country’s entire Jewish population. Toronto is Canada’s business capital and the political capital of Ontario.  GTA Jewry has played an important role in the development of the city and the province.  In the GTA, CIJA, in partnership with UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, deals with the provincial and municipal government on issues of Jewish concern, anti-Israel activity on GTA campuses, government funding for Jewish social services, community security, antisemitic incidents and many other Jewish community concerns. CIJA receives direction from the Local Partnership Council, consisting of leading volunteers who serve as the advocacy steering committee for the Greater Toronto area, based on CIJA’s strategic objectives.

GTA Local Partnership Council:


Barbara Bank



Toby Abramsky
Fredelle Brief
Oren Cainer
Tomer Chervinsky
Lisa Draper
Rick Ekstein
Shelly Feld
Rabbi Aaron Flanzraich
Gary Fogler

Joan Garson
David Gordon
Gershon Herwen
Melissa Lantsman
Hartley Lefton
Micki Mizrahi
Karen Mock
Berl Nadler
Marc Newburgh

Hersh Perlis
Evan Pilz
Felicia Posluns
Joel Reitman
Lori Shapiro
Steven Shulman
Deena Spiro
Carole Sterling
Rabbi Chaim Strauchler

For more information on our Local Partnership Councils, click here.
For more information on how to get involved in GTA advocacy activities, please contact Cindy Osheroff.
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