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Our Leadership Team

Jon Arnold

Jon has been active with City Shul for several years, and going back to Kolel times, has been in Rabbi Goldstein's orbit for much longer. Raised Reform in Boston area, he has stayed on that track since moving to Toronto with his family at age 11. Toronto remains Jon's home, where his two adult sons, Maxwell and Dean, still live with him. Sara Belmont is Jon's long-time partner, and both have been active with City Shul since joining together. Jon's primary involvement has been leading with adult education program for the past three years, where he draws on his love of culture to enrich our membership with programming that appeals to the cultural side of Judaism.


By day, Jon is an independent technology analyst, where he is widely-published and speaks regularly about trends in communications technology and how they impact the workplace. His practice has been running since 2005, and holding an MBA from York (now Schulich), is well grounded in the realities of being self-employed. By night, Jon is avidly interested in playing music, loves cooking, art, literature and cinema, and is a fitness fanatic. Within the music community, Jon has been a long-standing Board member of the Toronto Blues Society, and has been with them since inception back in 1985.

 

Daniel Gruner

Danny was born and raised in Mexico City. Went to university all over the place, starting in Mexico, and then Technion and Hebrew University in Israel. After meeting Simy and getting married, they arrived in Toronto for graduate school, at U of T, where Danny earned a PhD in Chemical Physics. Daniel Gruner is CTO for the SciNet High Performance Computing Consortium at the University of Toronto. SciNet runs the largest academic computer systems in Canada. Danny has more than thirty years' experience in computational science and scientific computing. Computation is now pervasive, affecting and helping all fields of research and human endeavour. Thus being in the middle of it, teaching researchers and enabling their work, is tremendously important. This is what we do every day at work. 


City Shul has become, since its inception, one of the centres of our lives, one of our homes. Being on the Leadership Team is one contribution to helping City Shul grow, and remain central to the lives of our community.

 

Danielle Keystone-Adler

Called to the Bar in 2002, Danielle is a non-practicing lawyer with extensive professional experience in the not-for profit sector. She spent several years at the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation National Office responsible for health promotion and grants where she cultivated a vast network in the medical and fundraising communities. In addition, she was instrumental in positioning the organization at a federal level by representing the organization at Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada’s cancer control strategy meetings. In her time at Willow Breast Cancer Support Canada she led the organization’s communications and development strategies.

Today, her primary job is to provide leadership in the growth and development of her two children, currently in Grades 6 and 8. A fitness instructor and tireless volunteer, Danielle recently completed four years as the President & Chair of Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School’s Board of Directors. She will continue as Chair of the Development Committee for a fifth year while serving as Past President. In June 2018 Danielle received a community volunteer award from UJA.

Danielle was delighted to be recruited by the City Shul Board – she and her family have been members of the shul since its inception, and her husband, Amos Adler, was a founding member of the shul Board. With her, Danielle brings a depth of experience and a passion for Board governance that will be the focus of her energy. Danielle also brings a history of fundraising success that will be an asset to the Board and the shul.

 

Tanya Kirsch

Tanya Kirsch is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto where she teaches Finance and Accounting courses. She is a Chartered Accountant as well as a Chartered Financial Analyst, and worked both as an accountant and as an investment analyst before joining the world of academia.

Prior to joining the board of City Shul, Tanya served as Treasurer for a Toronto Day School for many years.

She is originally from South Africa, and immigrated to Canada with her family 14 years ago. She and her husband have two children, a son who celebrated his bar mitzvah with City Shul last year, and a daughter who is looking forward to her bat mitzvah at City Shul next year.

 

Karen Lewis

Karen grew up in a huge Reform congregation in Detroit. Her family were “twice-a-year” and holiday Jews. She always loved lighting Shabbat candles with her grandmother while either in Toronto or Muskoka. She was confirmed in ninth grade and her family switched to another temple which was not welcoming to a “newcomer”.

Fast forward many years, Karen moved to Toronto, and had the amazing luck to meet Rabbi Goldstein and really become involved in “Jewish stuff”. She sat on the Board of Kolel: An Adult Jewish Learning Centre, for many years, and was a very active student and volunteer. With the birth of City Shul, Karen slowly became involved, and soon understood that this was the place to be.

She loves our community, our spirit, and our mission. She is grateful to be a part of our current plans and activities, as well as our future goals and growth.

 

Paul Robinson

Paul Robinson is a wandering Jew. Along with his wife, Rochelle Dworkin, they live full-time in small-town Hanover, and week-ends in Toronto. They have belonged to synagogues from Waterloo to Jersusalem and have found a home at City Shul. Along with daughters, Laruen and Tessa, the family has been attending Rabbi Goldstein's services through Kolel and City Shul for almost 20 years.

Paul is a retired elementary school principal and special education teacher with over 32 years in education. He continues to consult for administrators in Ontario schools on a part-time basis and also sits on the board of a local Children's Mental Health provider in Grey/ Bruce counties. Paul also holds a doctoral degree in education from the University of Toronto. 

Paul and Rochelle are active members of City Shul and enjoy assisting with the music for Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat services, as well as working together to organize the Torah readers for our services. Paul also sits as a member of the Prayerbook Task Force and is looking forward to lots of exciting growth in our community. Paul is excited about having the opportunity to work on the Leadership Team to assist with growing our community into a place for everyone.

Anne Sealey

Anne grew up in and around Toronto, with a brief foray in Ohio, where she solidified her love of Judaism and buckeyes. Anne and her family have been members of City Shul since 2012 (or in one case, since birth). Anne was one of the first head ushers for the Shul, which was a hands-on effort in community building and audacious hospitality. After "retiring" from being a head usher after the birth of her daughter, she is excited to contribute to the City Shul community in a new way and to help grow and solidify our inclusive, vibrant community.

On Saturdays, Anne can often be found in the prayground or being assisted in reading Torah by her daughter Naomi. On non-Saturdays, she works for the provincial government and can often be found in playgrounds or reading books.

 

Liron Taub

Liron Taub is a Legislative Counsel (a lawyer who drafts laws) for the Government of Ontario, and was an Assistant Crown Attorney in Northern Ontario before that. Liron was born in Toronto and as a child was raised in a grassroots liberal Jewish community in the west end of Toronto.

Liron joined City Shul three years ago and he serves as a gabbai, occasional lay leader, and on the Adult Education task force. He also is a member of the Varsity Jews, a Toronto Jewish music a cappella choir.

Liron believes that liberal Judiasm is not "Judaism lite" but rather demands genuine active critical and creative engagement with Jewish text, practice and ethics.

 

Barbara Wade Rose

Barbara Wade Rose is the child of an army family and has lived throughout Canada and in Britain. She and her family, Jonathan, Jessica and Hannah, now reside in Toronto. Barbara has been a Judeophile since she was twelve years old, and became a member of tribe in May, 1982. She has worked both as a journalist and author but her greatest privilege was serving as an interviewer for the Survivors of the Shoah Foundation in Toronto and northern California, recording testimonies of Holocaust survivors.

She hopes to help City Shul maintain its beautiful balance of growth and gemutlich in coming years.

 

Sandy Wynia Katz

Sandy grew up across the pond.......Lake Ontario that is, and has made Toronto her home since 1986. Her first full time social work gig was at Camp Reena - the perfect marriage of career and Judaism! 

Sandy has a long history of leadership in the children's non-profit sector, specializing in children and youth mental health. She is a passionate advocate for children and enjoys engaging and mentoring young people in all aspects of community life. She is a policy geek and is process and growth oriented.

After many years as a wandering Jew in the GTA, Sandy and her partner Steve Katz have been happy to find their home at City Shul and are proud founding members. Sandy looks forward to contributing to City Shul using her leadership experience, love of Judaism and commitment to Tikkun Olam and Reconciliation. Though she is not a medical professional, she is known to inject a healthy dose of humour and good will into all she does.

 

Carly Ziniuk

A teacher for over 25 years, Carly is "well-known" by the pet name her students have given her: "Zin". Her true love is talking to kids about Math. Carly is heavily involved in Math education, presenting at conferences around the world. She has created materials for TVOntario and the National Gallery in Ottawa, and writes a regular column for The Gazett. In 2016, she was awarded the Descartes Medal for Excellence in Mathematics Education. She has additional qualifications in Public Health, Positive Psychology, and Mental Health First Aid. Asher and Noam assert that their Ima spends most of her volunteering hours also talking and planning about school. When her kids were little, she was on the board of their co-operative preschool and then joined the Hillel Children's Workshop, a parent-run Jewish supplementary program as Principal and Coordinator. She believes strongly in the importance of parental involvement in Jewish learning. Carly has been Chair of City Shul's Education Committee for the past four years. Carly loved her classes with Kolel and brought Rob (now Gabbai-extraordinaire) along into the tribe first as a learner. Ask Rabbi Goldstein about their wedding at the Ontario Science Centre! Their family loves to plan, challenge, and especially learn about how to improve the world within a Jewish framework.

 

 

 

 

Mon, 22 July 2019 19 Tammuz 5779