The Project

Beit KKL JNF Canada House in Sderot


Partner with us to help build the Beit KKL JNF Canada House in Sderot, a project designed to close the educational achievement gap, foster academic success and empower youth in the periphery of Israel. This state of the art fortified building is fully accessible for people with disabilities, the innovative design combines learning classrooms with relaxation areas equipped with a variety of educational and multimedia resources to encourage creative learning. The Beit KKL JNF Canada House will provide the necessary tools and skills to maximize scholastic and personal success, enhancing the lives of youth and strengthening a marginalized community in need of assistance.

All donations will be matched dollar for dollar by our partner in Israel Keren Keyemet L’Yisrael (KKL).


Jacob & Odette Masliyah

Professor Jacob Masliyah, OC, AOE

Jacob Heskel Masliyah was born in Baghdad, Iraq, the youngest child of a family of eight. After completing grade twelve in Shamash school, he left Iraq to pursue his undergraduate education at University College London. In 1964, he immigrated to Canada where he obtained his graduate degrees. In 1977, he joined the University of Alberta and, over his 40+ year career, became a legend in the area of bitumen extraction. Jacob is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a member of Alberta Order of Excellence. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and International Member of the US National Academy of Engineering. He holds an honorary degree from the University of Alberta and was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Jacob served as a board member of the Talmud Torah and as president of the board. During his mandate, he assisted in establishing junior high studies at Talmud Torah.

Odette Masliyah

Odette Masliyah née Ishayek was born in Baghdad, Iraq. She attended Shamash school learning Arabic, French, English and Hebrew. As hostilities towards Iraqi Jews heightened, she and her family were smuggled out of Iraq in 1969 via the Iraqi-Iranian mountain range, settled in Israel, and eventually immigrated to Canada. After moving to Edmonton in 1977, Odette taught French and Hebrew part-time. Subsequently, she joined the Edmonton Talmud Torah teaching Hebrew. Odette co-founded the Talmud Torah Junior Congregation and she is a frequent Torah reader during Shabbat services at Beth Shalom Synagogue. She served on the boards of Beth Shalom Synagogue, Drop-In Centre, Edmonton Jewish Film Festival as well as treasurer of the Beth Shalom Women’s League.

Odette and Jacob have three children, Tamara (Larry), Ruth (Michael) and Daniel (Nicole) and four grandchildren, Ellie, Jasmine, Judah, and Hannah.

When & Where

August 27th, 2020

From the Comfort of your Home!


Income tax deductible receipts will be issued at year end for the maximum amount allowable by law

Contact Us

Jewish National Fund of Edmonton

JNF Edmonton
100-10220 156 St
Edmonton, Alberta
T5P 2R1

Jay Cairns
Executive Director
Tel: (780) 481-7881
Fax: (780) 487-4747
Email: edm@jnf.ca