All Aboard: Opening Remarks
Daniel Held is the Executive Director of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto’s Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Education, which builds capacity for Toronto’s system of Jewish education and engagement. Daniel has a wide range of experience in strategic philanthropy, conducting research and evaluation to maximize funders’ impact in Jewish education. He holds a doctorate in education from JTS’s Davidson School of Education and is an alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship. Previously, Daniel served as the Director of the Educators Track at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, as a senior educator at Brandeis University’s Office of High School Programs, and as a teacher at TanenbaumCHAT, Toronto’s community high school. Daniel writes a regular column on education, identity and engagement for the Canadian Jewish News and can be reached at email@example.com.
Train of Thought: Identifying
Dvora Goodman is a consultant to the WOW! initiative of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto. She works on a multitude of other Jewish educational projects with day schools, supplementary schools, camps, and Hillels as a consultant, faculty member, mentor, and coach.
Train of Thought: Welcoming
Amit Louis has a diverse background in marketing, communications, and education. He has worked in the market research and communication industries helping companies, brands, and people find and tell their stories. On the communications side, Amit has worked in the non-profit sector designing and implementing communications and integrated marketing strategies. Currently he is the Coordinator for the Jewish Teen Board at UJA Federation of Greater Toronto and works on the marketing and communications side for PJ Library.
Train of Thought: Connecting
With an undergraduate degree in Psychology and certification in Early Childhood Education, Cindy Benedek has built a career working with children at all levels of Jewish education. She served as Assistant Head of School at The Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle, managing Preschool and Admissions. Upon her return to Canada, Cindy accepted the role of Director of Communications – including all marketing, advertising and community communications – at Leo Baeck Day School. Cindy has worked at CBB of Ottawa for the past 5 years – a place where her passion for working with children was first seeded. She believes camp provides an unparalleled opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities – in an environment that reinforces Jewish values, identity and community, while developing friendships that last a lifetime.