Gaining Traction: Spotlight on thriving programs in the GTA
Paul Lewis is a Program Officer for PJ Library. He travels the country to launch the program in new communities and grow it where it already exists. Paul joined PJ Library in 2009 after more than 30 years in journalism. He was an on-air TV reporter, an investigative producer, and a news executive. Along the way, he won numerous awards for journalistic excellence, including multiple Emmys and a Peabody.
Sharoni Sibony, Annie Matan, Aviv Bogdanovsky
Sharoni Sibony is Manager of the Jewish Life Department at the Miles Nadal JCC and coordinates the Downtown Jewish Community Council. Annie Matan is Jewish Life Program Coordinator at the MNjcc and a mentor in the 92Y Shababa Network. Aviv Bogdanovsky is Supervisor of the Libbie Cowan Childcare Centre, MNjcc.
Professor Randal Schnoor
Professor Randal Schnoor is a sociologist (PhD, McGill University) specializing in the study of contemporary North American Jewish life. He teaches at York University and serves as a research consultant for Jewish community policy studies. He recently directed a study on Jewish poverty in Toronto for UJA Federation.
Rabbi Tina Grimberg
Rabbi Tina Grimberg grew up in Kiev. She moved to North America as a teenager. Rabbi Grimberg initially trained and worked as a family therapist. She was ordained by Hebrew Union College’s Jewish Institute of Religion and is the first female émigré from the Soviet Union to become a rabbi in North America. Since 2002, Rabbi Grimberg has served Congregation Darchei Noam in Toronto. Rabbi Tina’s “Out of Line” a book of short stories won the 2007 Jewish Canadian Book Award. Rabbi Grimberg is a lover of a good word and artful expression and employs literature, stories and art in her teaching and presentations.
Originally from Montreal, Stephanie has spent her career strengthening Jewish identity for young people and emerging adults. Stephanie has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from McGill University and a Masters degree in Jewish Communal Service from Brandeis University. Stephanie worked at JCC Association of North America in NYC recruiting and training JCC professionals to the field. Stephanie spent over a decade working for Hillel of Greater Toronto as the Assistant Executive Director. Currently Stephanie is the Executive Director for Congregation Darchei Noam: Toronto’s only Reconstructionist Synagogue.
Annie Glickman received her M.A. in Jewish Education from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America. She is also a graduate of the Senior Educators Program of the Melton Centre for Jewish Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and currently serves as Director of School Services for the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning. She Co-founded Priya: A Fund for Jewish Reproduction, and is a 2015 JTS Seeds of Innovation Grant Recipient.
As a child Kate Noam participated in the Jewish Agency first summer camps back in Moscow, Russia. She moved with her family to Israel at the age of 12. After finishing the army and two academic degrees in the field of political science and diplomacy, Kate worked as an initiator of the programs for Russian speaking Diaspora in North America. Kate graduated Jewish Agency training seminars in the field of informal Jewish education and worked in specialty summer camps in FSU, New York, Israel and Canada. Since 2011 Kate leads a portfolio that focuses on community building and identity empowerment among the Russian speaking Jewish community of Toronto, overseeing activity and outreach strategies at Schwartz/Reisman Centre including J.Roots Supplementary School; J.Academy Overnight Camp; Jewski - Hillel; Limmud FSU and more.
Lee Mes grew up in Petach Tikva and served in the IDF at the intelligence forces training base. She has a magna cum laude MA from Tel Aviv University in Political and communication studies. Lee moved to Toronto in 2003 and began working in the Jewish community as an Israeli community outreach coordinator for Hillel and MNJCC. Lee is currently the Director of Canadian – Israeli outreach & engagement for UJA. She co-staffs the Emerging Communities Committee (ECC) and leads a portfolio that focuses on community building among the Israeli-Canadian community of Toronto. Lee oversees the activity and outreach strategy of UJA for the Israeli-Canadian community that include initiatives in Schwartz/Reisman Centre like Kachol–Lavan Supplementary School; Tzufim – the Israeli scout, Mifgash Theatre. In MNJCC: Israeli parenthood centre, Israeli Kabbalat Shabbat and Ivrit B’downtown. Grassroots initiatives like Israeli film series, Israeli culture initiatives with Hillel and more.