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Our Staff

Administration

 

Randi Feldman

Executive Director

randi@templeemanuel.ca

Randi, newly appointed as Executive Director, began her career at Temple Emanu-El  in 1991. She has been involved with life cycle events, festivals, cemetery management and membership to name a few.

She ensures that the policies and directions of the Board of Directors and its committees are implemented effectively.

Randi grew up in London, Ontario. She has a BA degree in Sociology from the University of Western Ontario and is a member of NATA. She is married to David and together, they have two grown children, Ashley and Matthew.

 

Cantor Audrey Klein, MJEd

Congregational Engagement Director

audrey@templeemanuel.ca

Cantor Audrey Klein is thrilled to join Temple Emanu-El as the Congregational Engagement Director and can’t wait to meet you!  She received her cantorial ordination in June 2017 from Hebrew College in Newton, MA, where she also earned a Master’s degree in Jewish Education.  Born in Chicago and raised in Shaker Heights, OH, Audrey attended Northwestern University, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in theatre.  She worked as a performer, event coordinator, and wedding consultant in Chicago before turning to the cantorate. 

Audrey served as cantorial intern at Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland, MA, from 2015-2016, in addition to teaching in the congregation’s religious school for three years.  She served as the Religious School Program Assistant at Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto from 2016-2017.  Audrey has served as the High Holiday cantor for the Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation-Emek Shalom in Simsbury, CT as well as the Greater Washington Coalition for Jewish Life near Litchfield, CT. 

Audrey lives in Toronto with her husband, Dr. Joshua Albert, a native Torontonian, and their dog Joni.  Audrey loves to cook and bake and is having a great time discovering the museums, restaurants, shops, and so many other exciting things Toronto has to offer.

 

Carli Portman

Administrative Coordinator

carli@templeemanuel.ca

Carli Portman is excited to be working at Temple Emanu-El as the Administrative Coordinator. Being active, and working, in the Jewish community has been one of Carli’s passions since she was very young.  Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Carli was an avid participant in synagogue youth groups and regularly attended Shabbat services. 

After one year of study at the University of Winnipeg, Carli moved to Toronto and graduated from York University in 2005, with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.  Having studied American Sign Language Levels one and two, Carli developed an interest for working in the Deaf community and graduated from George Brown College’s American Sign Language-English Interpreter Program in 2009.  While attending university and college, Carli continued to work at Jewish summer camps as a counselor, program director and supervisor for youth of all ages.

It was her roles at Pinemere Camp in Pennsylvania that brought Carli’s heart back to working in the Jewish community. After working at Loving Care Centre as an Educational Assistant, Carli turned her focus to administration and worked at Congregation Darchei Noam as Office Administrator for the last six years.

Carli enjoyed working for a warm, liberal Jewish community and is thrilled to have the opportunity to work at Temple Emanu-El.  Carli lives in Toronto with her husband, Zack (whom she met at summer camp!), 3-year old son, Benji, and their dog, Dexter.

 

Education 

 

Jennifer Katz, R.J.E.

Director, Centre 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.

Jenn 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. In 2015, Jenn received 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 the GTA with her husband, Aron, children Hailey and Rory, and their two dogs.

 

Lauren Bernstein

Youth Engagement Coordinator, Centre 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 grades 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, daughter Molly, and their dog, Gus.

 

Robin Leszner, R.J.E.

B'nei Mitzvah Program Coordinator

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.

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