As an arm of the Canadian Consulate to the Southeast, Maddie Cook connects Canadian businesses with businesses across six states. She also connects people in the Southeast with Jewish Canada, which is fulfilling for Cook. She recently connected with Birthright Israel co-founder Charles Bronfman to share the importance of philanthropy with those in Jewish Atlanta.

Maddie Cook

“Philanthropy is a pillar of the Jewish community and also makes it a warm, welcoming community for other religions.”

The Midtown resident has been a member of the American Jewish Committee ACCESS steering committee for three years, helping engage the Jewish community in cross-cultural and cross-religious events. What she sees in Jewish Atlanta is an optimism when connecting with young people from other cultures.

“There’s an openness and willingness to cooperate.”

Over the next 20 years she plans to expand her involvement in the Jewish community with more of a focus on world affairs. She is a member of the World Affairs Council Young Leaders Program and is moving toward working in international affairs with the Canadian government.

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