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Our Staff

Administration

Howard Cramer, Temple Operations Administrator

howard@templeemanuel.ca

Howard oversees the business and building operations of the Temple. He is the point of contact for all external services provided to the Temple.

 

Randi Feldman, Congregational Life Administrator

randi@templeemanuel.ca

Randi oversees all congregational life cycle events and member services. She is the first point of contact for all member inquiries.

 

Education 

Jennifer Katz – Director, Center for Jewish Living and Learning
jenn@templeemanuel.ca

Jenn considers herself a product of the reform movement. She grew up in Bedford, NH where her formal Jewish education, youth group and summer camp experiences in conjunction with her family’s home observance helped to shape
her love of Jewish learning and Jewish life. She holds a Bachelors of Music and Education with a minor in mathematics from the University of Illinois, where she was also involved in leadership of the university’s Hillel chapter. Jenn recently graduated with a Masters in Religious Education from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion.

Jenn has worked in various roles in Jewish education over the past 15 years including Director of Education, b’nai mitzvah program coordinator, classroom teacher, resource teacher, retreat facilitator and youth group advisor.

Jenn met her husband at the 2005 URJ Biennial and moved to Toronto in 2007 and has been immersed in the Toronto Jewish community ever since. She lives in Thornhill with her husband, Aron, daughter, Hailey, and their two dogs.

 

Lauren Bernstein – Youth Engagement Coordinator, Center for Jewish Living and Learning

lauren@templeemanuel.ca

Lauren grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, where she belonged to a small reform congregation. For years she attended and worked at URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute in Indiana. She even met her husband there! Lauren attended The Ohio State University where she received her BA in Strategic Communications. She was also very involved in Hillel and her Sorority, Alpha Epsilon Phi. After her move to Toronto she was immediately introduced into the Jewish community. She started working at a PR firm, as well as advising a youth group and teaching grade 1-2 at Temple Kol Ami’s religious school. After four years of working with synagogues, she has decided to continue a career in Judaism. While she is adjusting to big city life she lives with her husband, Kyle and their dog, Gus.

 

Robin Leszner, R.J.E. – Coordinator, B’nei Mitzvah Program

robin@templeemanuel.ca

Robin is a graduate of Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion with a Masters degree in Jewish Education and she has been granted the respected title of Reform Jewish Educator. She also holds degrees in Music Theory and Composition, specializing in Piano and Flute performance and pedagogy and Jewish Liturgical Music, with post-graduate studies that focused on Jewish text, history, and musical tradition. She has extensive experience as a Jewish educator, both here at Temple Emanu-El and in the wider Toronto Jewish community. She taught for many years at the Leo Baeck Day School and in private practice she supported the B’nai mitzvah preparation of children with special learning needs. Robin has been deeply involved in the Reform Jewish Community at local, Canadian and North American levels.  She has been a frequent presenter at the biennials of the Union for Reform Judaism, teaching on Torah cantillation, synagogue music, and accommodating children with Autism in our synagogues. As a passionate, long-time member of our Temple community, she designed and implemented our popular JAM! (Jews and Music) program of learning and Shabbat services. Robin brings us her warmth and care, and her love of the Jewish people.

 

Tikka Smiley, School Communications & Administration Assistant
tikka@templeemanuel.ca

Tikka ensures that our Lomdim classes run smoothly, and that everyone knows about events, holidays and school happenings. Whether designing promotional flyers, drafting email communications or catering dinners, Tikka brings her smile and passion for Jewish learning to every task!