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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, 2020-21

Executive  

 

Dana Glickman

President

 

Edward Yudin

1st Vice President

 

J ay Kowal

2nd Vice President

 

Alen Schiller

Treasurer

 

Gabriella Prut

Secretary

         

Board Members  

 

 

Dan Berchuk 

Talya Moshinsky

 

Anna Flisfeder

David Ben Salem

 

Erin Keller

Brynna Trakht

     
 
Ex-Officio  


Eliott 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.

 

  

Jay Kowal

Toronto born Thornhill father and husband, 20 years working as a realtor and property manager. I am a long time Kol Ami member returning to the board after a short hiatus. My roles at the temple have included organizing our monthly rock shabbat and community dinners, general maintenance and repair of our leased space and chief schlepper for the high holidays.

I'm always looking for more ways to support and grow our Kol Ami community.

 

 

 

 

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.

 


 

Gabriella Prut

I’ve been a member of Kol Ami for 20 years and this will be my second time sitting on the board. Kol Ami is in a time of transformation and I’m excited to bring forward fresh ideas, while keeping in mind the heart of our community.

 

 


 


Dan Berchuk

I was raised in the reform Jewish community of Temple Har Zion in Thornhill. My wife and I are the proud parents of two wonderful daughters who inspire me and make me laugh daily.

I have been a dedicated educator with the York Region District School Board since 2001 where I have enjoyed various roles. My current role involves working with students with special needs. 

I previously served as a board member for the Neshamah congregation and I look forward to continuing the important work with our new Jewish family - Kol Ami.

 


Brynna Tr​​​​akht

My husband Alex and I have three boys who all attend Kol Ami Hebrew school. We were welcomed into the community and I wanted to get involved to give back. I am Chair of the Religious School Committee and look forward to sitting on the board.

 

 

 

 

 

 Anna Flisfeder

I am very excited to be joining Kol Ami's board of directors. My husband Marc and I joined Neshama three years ago when we decided we wanted to become more engaged in Jewish life as we raise our daughter, Ellie, now age six. We found the Reform setting welcoming and inspiring. We love participating in Rock Shabbat and parent talks with Rabbi Streiffer, and our daughter happily attends the Hebrew school.

Outside of Kol Ami, I am a lawyer, working for the federal public service. I'm looking forward to contributing my experience to the stewardship of this wonderful community!

 


Talya 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. I also enjoy creative hobbies and teaching art. 

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!


 

Fri, 23 October 2020 5 Cheshvan 5781