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Our Clergy And Staff

Rabbi Micah Streiffer

Rabbi Micah Streiffer believes in thinking outside the box! Since he arrived at Kol Ami in 2011, the congregation has seen increased participation and engagement in the areas of music, learning, and ritual. From the classroom to the bima, from the board room to the hospital room, from “Sushi & Study” to “Rock & Roll Shabbat,” Rabbi Streiffer is excited to be part of this thriving community.

A skilled teacher and a gifted speaker, Rabbi Streiffer is known for his informal and approachable style on the bima and in the classroom, and for making Judaism accessible and meaningful for people of all ages and backgrounds. His rabbinate is guided by the principles of Lifelong Learning, Inclusiveness, and Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World). He serves as an active member of the Reform Rabbis of Greater Toronto.

Rabbi Streiffer grew up in south Louisiana, and was ordained a rabbi in 2007 at the Cincinnati campus of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He served previously as Associate Rabbi of Temple Beth El in Charlotte, North Carolina, and has spent extensive time as an educator, musician, and rabbinical faculty member at a number of Jewish summer camps. He is active in the Reform Movement, having participated in a number of committees and boards at the local, national, and international levels. He is a corresponding member of the CCAR Responsa Committee, which deliberates on matters of Jewish law for the Reform Movement. As well, he is a member of the Rabbinic Advisory Councils for New Israel Fund Canada and JewishVeg.
In addition to the bima, look for him at the guitar store, the sushi bar, the CrossFit gym, or cheering on the Blue Jays. He is the proud father of three sons.

Read Rabbi Streiffer's messages and sermons here.
Check out his blog and publications here.

Learn Torah with Rabbi Streiffer's weekly podcast, Seven Minute Torah.

David Bernstein
Cantorial Soloist

David is a long-standing member of Kol Ami, and has served the congregation as a Religious School teacher, a board member, a member of the Choir, and part of the band "Shtyx." Outside of Kol Ami, he has been active in the Jewish community as a camper and counsellor at Camp George, a songleader at NFTY-NEL, and a member of Hillel.
He has actively pursued his passion for music as the lead of the "Arbah B'shir" Barbershop Quartet, and as a member of the Toronto Jewish Chorus and the Kol Neshama Choir. Throughout his life, it has been the combination of music and community that have forged his strong connection to Judaism. David is excited to help forge these same connections at Kol Ami through song and prayer.
Outside his role at Kol Ami, David works as a lawyer, practicing in civil litigation. In his spare time, he can be found baking ginger snap cookies, playing board games and tossing a Frisbee around.

Raquel Black
Director of Family Learning and Engagement

Raquel has had a distinguished career as a teacher and administrator across the province for the past 30 years in both the public and Jewish day school systems. Her expertise in pedagogy and commitment to high academic standards will provide excellent support for students and staff. With a background in school community engagement and outreach,
she is excited to assist in building Kol Ami to its full potential.


Marla Berns 

Office Administrator

Kol Ami is excited to welcome Marla Berns to its staff as our new Office Administrator!Marla had a 30 year career in the Financial Services industry, with a focus on operational management, training, business development and relationship management. In her spare time, Marla volunteers in community service organizations such as CHATS, Chai Tikvah and Ezer Mitzion. Outside the office, you can find her reading a great book, travelling and spending time with her husband and 3 children.

She is looking forward to getting to know our community and beginning this journey together.  

Mathias Memmel

Choir Director

Mathias Memmel is a graduate of the Bachelor of Music program at the University of Toronto where he studied under the tutorship of Elizabeth MacDonald. Mathias previously studied under the late Brian Emery and Barbara Collier. He has been a member of many fine ensembles including: the National Youth Choir of Canada, the Ontario Youth Choir, the MacMillan Singers at the University of Toronto, directed by Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt, and the Bach Music Festival of Canada Chamber Choir, under Gerald Fagan. Mathias is currently a Choral Scholar with Pax Christi, under the direction of Stephanie Martin, and Orpheus Choir, under the direction of Dr. Robert Cooper. He currently works as Vice-President Internal at the University of Toronto Students' Union.


Rebecca Ross

Teen Program/ Madrichim Coordinator

Rebecca Ross is the Teen Program/ Madrichim Coordinator at Kol Ami!. She has completed a degree in Child and Youth Care at Ryerson University and has decided to stay for a 5th year to work towards a double-minor in Psychology and Sociology. She is  the President of Hillel Ryerson, where she has the opportunity to work with university students to create initiatives that seek to invite more space and dialogue for conversations on campus surrounding Jewish education, social justice, wellness, leadership development, arts and culture, and more. Outside of University, she loves to rock climb, go camping, listen to podcasts, and paint.

Fri, May 20 2022 19 Iyar 5782