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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, 2018-2019

Executive  

Elliot Miller President
Elaine Page 1st Vice President
Janis Prut 2nd Vice President
Adam Fisher Treasurer
Dana Glickman Secretary

         

Board Members  

Aviv Haras Marla Nagel
Annie Papernick Manny Prut
Daniel Berchuk Edward Yudin
Brian Forman  

 

     
 
Ex-Officio  

Mark Wolpert
Michael Sharivker

Past President
TAKAY President  
 
 

 

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

Elliot Miller 

About 8 years ago Leanda and I were looking for a congregation both for high holidays  and in anticipation of Ethan's Bar  Mitzvah. We had tried different shuls in the preceding 4  years but none of them felt quite right. When we attended the Kol Ami high holiday  services, we knew we had found something. We both loved the music, warmth,  English/Hebrew split, and a few other nice touches like the sign language interpretation.

 

A year after joining Kol Ami, I started attending services and Torah Study in particular. My  immediate interest in Torah Study led to several occasions where I led the discussion, a  few others where I read from the Torah, and to an invitation to join the Adult Education  Committee. That in turn lead to serving as Co-Chair of the Committee and to joining the  synagogue Board of Directors. I enjoy meeting and working with a group of engaged, enthusiastic, friendly and intelligent people, including our excellent Rabbi, and hope to continue contributing what I can to
Kol Ami.

 

Elaine Page 

I am a proud member of Kol Ami and served on the Board for 6 years, as well as being a member of the Adult Education and Interfaith Families Committees.  I have previously been a member of the choir and a lay-leader.  I am the Canadian Director of the Memorial Scrolls Trust, a wedding officiant and by day a practising paralegal.

 

 

 

 

Janis Prut

My family and I have been members of Kol Ami for over 20 years. I am currently the Chair of the Adult Social Committee and serve on both the Ritual Committee and Chesed Committee. I am also head usher for High Holy Days and co-lead shiva services, Shabbat evening and morning services. This will be my second term on the Board.

When I’m not at Kol Ami I own a printing and graphics company with my husband Manny for over 35 years. I have three adopted children and love to travel (cruising is the best!!). I grew up in Queens, NY and have been in Canada for 36 years.

 

 

Dana Glickman   

A little bit about me- My husband Nathan and I are the proud parents of Samantha & Tanner. I'm very happy to join Kol Ami as the former President of Neshamah. I served on the Neshamah Board and numerous Committees for a few years. I'm a Re/Max Realtron Real Estate Agent and have been involved with Colon Cancer Canada, Canadian Friends of Haifa University and Crafting for a Cure. Together with Cantor David Rosen, I started the Supplementary Hebrew School at Beth Radom Congregation in 2003. I've also been very active in my children's School Parent Council for over 8 years.

I'm looking forward to continuing my involvement with my Community and with Kol Ami. Enough about me, tell me about you! 

 

 

Marla Nagel

Kol Ami has been our spiritual home for four years now. It is a very welcoming environment where everyone knows your name. My eldest son had a wonderful and unique experience with Rabbi Streiffer during his Bar Mitzvah. We were so impressed with the experience that I was inspired to enhance my Jewish learning and joined the adult B'nai Mitzvah program over the past year.

I have been practising dental hygiene for 27 years and over the past 12 I have taken the challenge of becoming an adult educator at a private dental hygiene school. Being part of a faculty enables me to observe both the educational as well as the student perspective. I am confident that these experiences will enable me to contribute to this board and help shape the future of this wonderful and diverse congregation.

 

 

Annie Papernick

I am honoured to be a member of the Kol Ami board, where I can utilize my skills as a clinical social worker to contribute to the future of our synagogue. I have belonged to Kol Ami with my husband, Edward and our teen-aged children, Hannah and Jeremy for seven years. I have been particularly drawn to Kol Ami because of the warmth of its members, the wonderful leadership of Rabbi Streiffer, and the beautiful component of the music, which intersperses the service.

 

I recognize the importance the congregation continues to have in my life, from celebrating my adult Bat Mitzvah, to comforting me on the loss of my father. I appreciate the opportunity to give back to the congregation as a board member


 


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.

 

 

  Brian Forman

 I am proud to be a member of the Kol Ami Board. I am a partner of HSM LLP, a  local  accounting firm, and look forward to using my expertise to assist the finance committee. I previously served on the Board of Directors for Neshamah from its inception and now look   forward to getting to know and be involved with the Kol Ami community.

 

 

 

 

Manny Prut

My family of three children and my wife joined Kol Ami over 20 years ago. After being brought up Orthodox, I often wondered how wonderful it would be to worship side by side with my family. After going to my first service at Kol Ami, my wife and I realized that Kol Ami is a special place - a warm and caring community.

At the beginning, we would just attend services. Then my wife volunteered her time and I supported her efforts.

The more you put into something the more you get out. After my father passed away we had shiva on New Year’s Eve and we thought no one would show up but I was wrong as our Kol Ami community was there for us. I make it a point to attend as many shiva calls as possible. I also usher at High Holy Days and volunteer for the Out of the Cold Program.

 

 Edward Yudin

My wife Annie and I have enjoyed Kol Ami ever since we joined seven years ago. But the best part is we have made so many valued friends through the congregation. Our son Jeremy had his Bar Mitzvah at Kol Ami while our daughter Hannah actively participates in services and as a volunteer for the Munchkin Minyan program.

I enjoyed a 30 -year career in the Ontario Public Service as a communications and public relations advisor. Prior to that, I was a journalist in print, radio and TV platforms. I am now semi-retired and looking forward to using my career experience to contribute to the future of Kol Ami.

 

 

Aviv Haras​​​​​​​

Aviv has been a member for over 8 years with prior Finance Committee work.
Aviv is a Director of Commercial Banking for a large Canadian Bank.  He has over 20 years of credit and
lending experience. He holds a MBA in Corporate Finance.
He resides in Thornhill with his wife Paula and both daughters attend the Kol Ami Religious School.


 

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