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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, 2017-2018

Executive  

Elliot Miller President
Elaine Page 1st Vice President
Janis Prut 2nd Vice President
Aviv Haras Treasurer
Jay Kowal Secretary

         

Board Members  

Jeff Haymer Marla Nagel
Annie Papernick Manny Prut
Tom Siklos Edward Yudin
Adina Zaiontz  

 

     
 
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 6 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 5 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 practicing 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.

 

 

Jay Kowal

I live in Thornhill and am a dedicated husband, father and Realtor. I came to Kol Ami because of the music and casual, modern approach to Judaism. It's a community that fits my family. As chair of the Festival committee I get to engage with entire Kol Ami community in our celebrations.

 

 

 

 

Aviv Haras

 

Jeff Haymer

I believe that most Jewish people, at some level, have a desire to connect with their Jewish identity and to gain some knowledge of their heritage. Since joining Kol Ami, I have found that a wealth of knowledge can be obtained by attending services, Torah studies, and other supplemental activities offered at Kol Ami. At Kol Ami, I have found that the Rabbi and other members are very receptive - nobody need feel that they are lost in the crowd.

I am a retired mainframe software developer. In my retirement, I give back to the community as a tutor for “Pathways to Education” in the Lawrence Heights district. I also coach high school wrestling. One of my passions is wilderness canoeing. I will often join a small group to explore the quiet lake or running the rapids of rivers in Northern Ontario.

 

Tom Siklos

Our family (Judi, Danny, Mary and I) joined Kol Ami in 1991. We were recent immigrants from Hungary at the time and wanted a Jewish upbringing for our kids. The Reform environment with music and instruments and a congregation of mostly similar age members attracted us.

Judi and Danny went through the school system in Kol Ami and Danny had his Bar Mitzvah in November 2000. Post Confirmation, both of our kids taught younger grades at Temple Kol Ami’s Hebrew School.

I was a member of the Brotherhood and participated in the Bingo fundraising program for several years.

I'm a Mechanical Engineer and a Project Management Professional and I plan to improve the coordination and management of Kol Ami's communication.

 

Marla Nagel

Kol Ami has been our spiritual home for three 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 practicing 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

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Adina Zaiontz

 


 

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