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Our Leadership

Kol Ami is represented by a Board of Directors responsible for the general management of the affairs of the congregation and for overseeing matters of policy. The Board, which meets on a monthly basis, consists of a maximum of 16 elected members, each serving a two-year term from July to June.

To contact the Board of Directors, please email president@kolami.ca. 


Board of Directors, 2021-22

Executive  

 

Dana Glickman

President

 

Edward Yudin

1st Vice President

 

Anna Flisfeder

2nd Vice President

 

Alen Schiller

Treasurer

 

Jen Kowal

Secretary

         

Board Members  

David Ben Salem Jeff Bornstein
Sara Hollander Lynda Levenstein
Talya Moshinsky Christina Murdock
Max Spivak  

     
 
Ex-Officio  


Elliot Miller                    Past President                              2018-19


 

Board duties include partnering with clergy and staff and acting as the liaison to (and sometimes the chair of) taskforces and congregational committees. Portfolios encompass many of Kol Ami’s activities, such as ritual policy and practices; lifelong learning and education; social and festival events; social action initiatives; communication and membership; financial management and governance.

The Board of Directors also elects specific Officers from among the Board members. The list of elected Officers is as follows:

  1. President
  2. First Vice President
  3. Second Vice President
  4. Treasurer
  5. Secretary

 

These Officers, plus the Past President and the Rabbi, form the Executive Committee. This committee assists the Board in setting long-term goals and strategies as well as identifying key issues for action and policies for approval by the Board. There are also ex-officio (non-voting) members of the Board, which include the Immediate Past President, the Rabbi, the Cantorial Soloist, the Director of Education, the Office Manager, presidents of auxiliaries like the youth group and past presidents of the Congregation.

Kol Ami has a constitution and documented bylaws that are reviewed as needed. The articles of the constitution provide guidance on most congregational governance matters, including definition of membership, direction concerning meetings and elections, and duties of the Board and the Executive. 

Board bios 2020-21

Dana Glickman   

I feel very lucky to be part of the Kol Ami Community, where I have been given the opportunity of serving on the Executive, the Board and various committees. Since the age of four, the Reform movement has been an integral part of who I am. At that time my parents, sister and I joined Temple Har Zion.

As the former President of Neshamah, I participated on numerous committees and have learned the importance of teamwork and compromise. My participation with BBYO, Colon Cancer Canada, Canadian Friends of Haifa University and Crafting For A Cure have all proven to be invaluable in developing lifelong tools that I utilize each and every day whether professionally or personally.

In 2003 Cantor David Rosen and I started the supplementary Hebrew School at        Beth Radom Congregation. Something I am still very proud of today. For the past nine years, I have been very active in my children's School Parent Council. When not with my family, or working, or attending a committee meeting you'll find me at the gym or walking in my neighborhood.

Professionally, I have been a licenced Real Estate Sales Representative for almost 20 years.

I'm excited about what's ahead for our Kol Ami Community, and look forward to getting to know my extended Kol Ami family!

 

Edward Yudin

During the last decade, my wife Annie and I have made wonderful friends through the Kol Ami community.  We are enthusiastic participants in the KA educational and religious programming and find they are actually more convenient online!  Annie keeps very busy chairing the social action committee.  We also enjoy spending time with our Kol Ami friends in our Chavurah.  Our daughter Hannah is an active participant in Kol Ami while our son Jeremy has helped out Kol Ami by volunteering.

I found my 30-year career in the Ontario Public Service as a communications and public relations advisor a rewarding experience. Prior to that, I was a journalist in print, radio and TV platforms.While semi-retired, I enjoy serving on the Kol Ami Board where I have made even more great friends.

 

  

Jen Kowal

I have been a member of Temple Kol Ami since 2005. My husband Jay, and my children Benjamin and Sydney are all active members as well. As soon as we joined, we felt welcomed and embraced by the TKA community. I have been enjoying singing with the choir for the last 16 years. I am a member of the book club, co-chair of the High Holiday Committee, and chair of the office move for Project Exodus.

Outside of Kol Ami, I am a stage manager primarily for the Canadian Opera Company. I am originally from Texas but am proud to have obtained my Canadian citizenship!

I am looking forward to this new chapter as a board member and seeing what exciting opportunities will arise in our new space.

 

 

Alen Schiller

My wife Carolynn and I found Kol Ami in 2018 as we attended the High Holiday Services. During the service, a flyer was handed out asking for volunteers in many areas. This inspired me to join the Finance Committee because of my strong background in finance and IT. At the first meeting, I discovered a group of hard working, dedicated, and vibrant people who immediately made me feel welcome. When the opportunity arose, I gladly accepted the position of treasurer in the belief that I can further contribute to the success and well-being of the Kol Ami community.

I look forward to serving with the rest of the board in the future.                              

 

                                Lynda Levenstein

My husband Ralph and I have been members of Kol Ami for over 18 years. This is my second stint on the board.  I am chair of our religious school, which suits me well since I am a semi-retired secondary school teacher with the TDSB. I have two adult children, Ari and Esty-both had Bar/Bat Mitzvahs at TKA. The also finished the entire school program, confirming at age 16. We are members of a Chavarah at Kol Ami and have made many friends over the years. 

 

Sara Hollander

When I was growing up, my family never belonged to a congregation, and it was always something I felt was missing in my Jewish life. My husband, Brian Elkin, and I first joined Temple Kol Ami in the fall of 2017 to try out the High Holiday services and Hebrew School for our then 5-year-old son. After attending a most inspiring and beautiful Simcha Torah service & celebration led by Rabbi Streiffer, we knew we belonged here and were immediately welcomed by the community. Since then, I have joined several TKA committees and become more immersed in the wonderful events and programs that Kol Ami has to offer.

 Outside of Kol Ami, I am a graphic designer with over 20 years of experience working in-house for a variety of industries including healthcare, legal & financial, and real estate. 

I am honoured to join the Board and look forward to contributing my ideas and                                            supporting the development of the Kol Ami community.


                                      Max Spivak

When my family and I moved to Canada 10 years ago, we had very little knowledge about Reform Judaism. So, we were really pleased to discover the reform setting here, in our new home country. We joined Kol Ami in 2017, and, like many other fellow KolAmites, we felt welcomed and supported by the incredible TKA community from the very beginning!

Outside of Kol Ami, I am a project manager with nearly 20 years of experience working on complex projects across various industries and geographies.

This is my first term sitting on the Board, and I’m really looking forward to contributing my skill and experience to our extended Kol Ami family.

 

Anna Flisfeder

I am continuing on the board for my second term. Our family joined Kol Ami when it combined with Neshama several years ago. We find the Reform setting welcoming and inspiring. We love participating in Rock Shabbat, Purim Spiel and in Adult Ed opportunities, and our daughter Ellie, now 8, happily attends the Hebrew school.

Outside of Kol Ami, I am a lawyer, working for the federal public service. I am pleased to contribute my experience to the stewardship of this wonderful community, particularly at this time as we navigate the pandemic and moving into a new home.

 


Talya MoshinskyTalya Moshinsky

I discovered Kol Ami in 2017 and was hooked from my first Rock Shabbat. Since then I have immersed myself in Jewish education and worship as part of this welcoming and engaging community. My husband, son and mother are also proud members of Kol Ami.

Outside of Kol Ami, I am a freelance graphic & web designer, and have over 20 years’ experience in design and marketing.  

As a Member of the Board, I look forward to further contributing my skills, ideas and experience to the Kol Ami community.

 

David Ben Salem

I moved to Toronto from the U.K in 2016 and was looking for a liberal synagogue in the GTA. I used to be a member of West London Synagogue and I felt that I will never find a similar welcoming, intergenerational, inclusive and vibrant community. I was wrong. I had a meeting with Rabbi Micah Streiffer and attended a Torah study breakfast. From day one, I felt at home, loved and supported by Kolami community who helped me during my rather challenging move to Canada. Now, I would like to give back to Kol Ami community!

 Outside of Kolami, I worked as a lawyer in France, UK and now in Canada as I am looking forward to contributing to the success of our marvellous community!

 

                                               Christina Murdock

My husband and I have been members of Kol Ami since 2019. We were introduced by another family and after one meeting with Rabbi Streiffer, we knew Kol Ami was the place for us. Since then I’ve learned a lot connecting with the community. I’m co chair of the Racial Equity Taskforce and a member of the Adult Education Committee. Outside of Kol Ami, my husband and I have a 5 year old tabby cat named Cleo. She’s fun, smart and has a few thousand Instagram followers! I’m currently a Training and Programs coordinator at a large Telecom. I’m excited to bring fresh ideas and new perspective to the Board. 

Tue, November 30 2021 26 Kislev 5782