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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, 2019-2020

Executive  

Dana Glickman President
Edward Yudin 1st Vice President
J ay Kowal 2nd Vice President
Adam Fisher Treasurer
Dan Berchuk Secretary

         

Board Members  

Brian Forman Elaine Page
Anna Flisfeder Gabriella Prut
Phil Gertler Brynna Trakht
Erin Keller  

 

     
 
Ex-Officio  

Elliot Miller
TBD

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 2019-2020

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!

 

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.

 

 



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.

 

 

 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.

 

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 Education 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!

 

 

 

 

Phil Gertler

Phil was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1984. He is a graduate of McGill University School of Management in 1978 and of Queen’s University Faculty of Law in 1981.

Phil has been active in the community throughout the years including involvement in B’nai Brith Canada, Trident Yacht Club in Kingston, Ontario (where he has served as Commodore, Vice-Commodore and Fleet Captain) and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Neshamah Congregation of York Region. He is currently a member of the Temple Kol Ami Finance Committee.

Phil has been married to Lee for 35 years and they have two adult children. In his spare time Phil may be found on the family sailboat cruising the 1000 Islands.

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.

 

 

 

 

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. Looking for more ways to support and grow our Kol Ami community.

 

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