Please join us in welcoming our new interim rabbi, Rabbi Ilyse Glickman!

We’d like to share some of Rabbi Glickman’s background with you. She grew up and did her undergraduate education here in Toronto. She was then ordained as a Rabbi in 2004 at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the rabbinical school of the Reform movement, and has almost two decades of experience as a Rabbi and educator. During that time, Rabbi Glickman has served congregations like Habonim here in Toronto, Am Shalom in Barrie, Shaarei Tefillah in Manhattan, and Scarsdale Synagogue in New York state. She has also worked with several Jewish organizations, including the Reform Jewish Community of Canada, Hillel, and Shoresh. On top of all that, Rabbi Glickman has completed two Masters degrees – one in Hebrew Literature and the other in Religious Education – and is currently working on a Doctorate in Jewish Education. Oh, and did we mention that she’s a certified yoga teacher?

So what can we expect as a community from Rabbi Glickman? As a passionate, forward-thinking, and compassionate rabbi, Rabbi Glickman will connect with our DJC community and help us engage with one another as we seek to strengthen our commitment to Jewish wisdom, Tikkun Olam, and spiritual practice. She believes in a cohesive, holistic approach to Jewish education and Jewish identity building. She also brings expertise in creating and leading dynamic, joyful, and participatory worship and learning experiences.

Rabbi Glickman is delighted to be joining the DJC community along with her husband, David Rosen, who is the Senior Cantor at Holy Blossom, and their 10-year-old son Joel.

We are so lucky to have found Rabbi Ilyse Glickman. We feel she is a wonderful fit for our progressive and inclusive DJC community. Welcome to the DJC, Rabbi Glickman!