Born to Jewish parents, Sue didn’t know what a Seder was until into adulthood. Her eventual desire to explore and embrace her Jewishness led to enrollment in a Reform movement “conversion” class, and later joining the DJC, where she has been a member off and mostly on for many years. Sue’s now 15 year old daughter Maya participated joyfully in the DJC’s Bnei Mitzvah Program.
As a single by choice mom and one who has felt like an outsider in Jewish circles, the warmth, diversity, culture of inclusivity and progressive values of the DJC resonate deeply with Sue. She is delighted to have an opportunity to contribute to the well-being of this vibrant community
Professionally, Sue has been a social worker/psychotherapist for over thirty years and she enjoys a busy and fulfilling private practice.
Emma Firsten-Kaufman has been attending DJC services and events for half her life and is excited by the opportunity to be involved with the Board. With a Jewish identity borne of secular Sunday school, religious summer camp, and international volunteer work, she was committed to reconnecting as an adult to a Jewish community inclusive of the breadth of Jewish experience. Emma has a Masters of Public Health degree and works at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, where she is dedicated to making Ontario’s health system more coordinated, accessible, and evidence-based. When not working, she is mostly practicing Spanish, doodling, or dancing.
Kathy Glazier joined the DJC fifteen years ago. She feels very much at home with its egalitarianism and inclusive values and is uplifted by the music and meaningfulness of the services. On the DJC’s Social Justice Committee for two and a half years, Kathy has been integrally involved with our sponsorship of a Syrian refugee family as Project Lead. She is also part of the DJC’s Threads Project which created the Yahrzeit tapestry.
Now retired from the Ontario Public Service, she worked in areas such as employment equity, disability issues, domestic violence and services for at-risk youth. In her early career, she was an occupational therapist and worked in international development education. Kathy has volunteered actively in front-line and policy roles with non-profit agencies, including six years on the Board of Family Service Toronto, where she served as Vice-President and chaired the agency’s Access and Equity and Social Action Committees.
Kathy is step-mom to her partner Max’s five daughters and loves to spend time with her seven grandchildren. She belongs to two book clubs, enjoys travelling, is learning Spanish and dabbles in painting.
Sarah first joined the DJC in 1996, as a teacher with the brand new Jewish Studies program. She and her husband Bob have been members for 15 years, and first joined while living in Riverdale. They moved to the west end just in time to enroll their children in the east end DJC Jewish Studies program on Thursday afternoons, during rush hour. They’ve made the cross-town journey (almost) every Thursday since, and their son Elijah joyfully became a Bar Mitzvah as part of the Bnei Mitzvah program.
Sarah loves the DJC for its warmth, inclusiveness and persistent curiosity. She’s been involved in several committees over the years, and is committed to supporting the growth of this welcoming, progressive Jewish community.
Professionally, Sarah runs a training company focused on helping leaders and employees make powerful connections through inclusive communication. In her spare time, she loves theatre, potato chips and early morning running.
Marlene and her husband live in Riverdale and have been members of the DJC since 1997. Both their daughters attended the DJC Children’s Jewish Studies Program and participated in the B’nei Mitzvah Program.
Marlene has a graduate degree in Community Nutrition and over 27 years of working experience as a program and project manager in cancer prevention, working in collaboration with clinical and community partners with a focus on reaching populations that are disadvantaged. She is honored to assist the board in serving the DJC community.
Nicki Weiss and her husband Mike Fox have been members of the DJC, off and on, over the past 20 years. As longtime Riverdale residents, we feel it is important to be part of our local Jewish community. Since our family’s sabbatical to Jerusalem in 2000, we enjoy attending shul regularly & celebrating Jewish holidays. Nicki is a member and currently co-chair of DJC’s Membership Engagement Committee. Nicki and Mike are both active volunteers and participants in the broader Toronto Jewish community, including the Downtown Jewish Day School, UJA, Toronto Jewish Film Society, and the MNJCC.
Professionally, Nicki is the Founder and President of SalesWise, a training and coaching company dedicated to helping business leaders and their teams become more functional to achieve the results they’re looking for. She brings this “tribal leadership” perspective to the DJC Board. In her spare time, Nicki is a beekeeper, an avid walker, kayaker and general fitness devotee, bridge and Maj Jong player, and traveler.
Josh Greenhut and his wife Susan Rich have been members of the DJC since 2003; their 11-year-old Jonah and 8-year-old Sadie both attend the DJC school. Growing from a “high-holiday only” DJCer, to a hesitant member of the Fundraising Committee, and now to a member of the Board, Josh loves this community, in all its diversity, full-heartedness, and willingness to wrestle with big questions. Professionally, Josh is a researcher and brand strategist, working with companies to figure out and articulate who they are and what they stand for. He brings the same keen ear and respect for common vision to the DJC. In his spare time, Josh likes cycling, live indie rock, and playing monster with his kids. Josh sits on the board of directors as ex-officio for 2019-2020.
Nadya has been involved in the DJC for 10 years. She was one of the founders of the DJC’s B’nei Mitzvah program; her elder son was in the first B’nei Mitzvah year, and her younger son was in the 2012-13 year. Both her sons also had individual Bar Mitzvahs at the DJC.
Nadya’s passion for the DJC centres on commitment to creating an open, thought-provoking, alternative and widely inclusive Jewish community. Understanding progressive Jewish community as a place that both welcomes and honours the diversity that walks through our doors, that centres mixed-faith and queer families, Jews of colour, those with disabilities or less access to economic resources, and all those who may often tend to be ‘outsiders’ to Jewish community, is an aspect of the DJC that is close to her heart and that she seeks to support and strengthen. A critical, thoughtful approach to Palestinian rights and peace in Israel/Palestine is also an aspect of the DJC to which she is committed. In her working life, Nadya is a sociologist and Associate Professor in the Midwifery Education Program at Ryerson University.
David and his wife, Liat, have lived in Greektown since moving back to Toronto from the UK. They have been members of the DJC since 2013, and were drawn to the progressiveness and inclusiveness of the community. Both their daughters enjoy attending the DJC Children’s Jewish Studies Program. David converted to Judaism after studies at the West London Synagogue in the UK, which offers him a personal perspective on interfaith relations. Professionally, David is a Managing Director at a defined benefit public pension plan. David has close to 25 years of experience in global macro and emerging markets investing, research and country risk management in roles based in Toronto, New York and London. David has a Master of Arts (Economics) and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
When not working he enjoys travelling, canoe tripping and skiing with the family.
Juliet and her husband James Rolfe have been members of the DJC since 2014, when their daughter Miriam joined the B’nei Mitzvah program. As an intercultural family they value the deeply inclusive spirit of the DJC and feel blessed to have found a welcoming and progressive spiritual home. They’ve been grateful for community support as they deepen their Jewish learning and for the creativity and curiosity that underpins the DJC.
Juliet was raised in New Zealand, Singapore and the UK. Before moving to Canada in 1998, she lived and studied in the New York area for seven years. Juliet is a composer and interdisciplinary artist whose work spans music, dance, theatre, video and architecture. Reaching beyond boundaries is intrinsic to her work in the wider community as mentor, facilitator, educator, gardener, artist and volunteer. When it’s not raining, she loves the bicycle ride to the DJC from her home in The Junction and enjoys wintertime skiing in the city’s ravines and river valleys.