Our Team

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Rabbi Ilyse Glickman

Rabbi Glickman grew up and completed her undergraduate education here in Toronto. She was then ordained as a Rabbi in 2004 from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the rabbinical school of the Reform movement, and has 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 ...
David Gershon – Chazzan and Director of Music

David Gershon – Chazzan and Director of Music

Some of you probably grew up watching this face on TV singing with his wife, Cantor Judy Adelman Gershon, together known to millions of families as “Judy & David”. But unless you happened to come to his “Chanukah Palooza” shows, you probably didn’t know that David’s first and enduring connection to music has always been as a Jewish song leader. With the touring life gratefully behind him, David now concentrates his time on using music to unite, move, and inspire people of all ages – whether as Chair of Education Arts Canada, or as our new Chazzan and Director of ...
Kohenet Annie Matan

Kohenet Annie Matan

Kohenet Annie Matan is known for using songful prayer to weave ancestral and family traditions together with contemporary, feminist values. She comes to the DJC with her soulful voice and deep Jewish knowledge to facilitate spiritual engagement through music and prayer. As a leader in the Jewish community, Annie was in the first cohort of ordained Hebrew Priestesses in 2500 years, through the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute, in 2009. In addition, Annie earned her BA in Humanities through the Centre for Jewish Studies at York University, a Certificate in Experiential Education at Pardes, and studied for two years in the ...
Diane Wise, Executive Director

Diane Wise, Executive Director

Diane and her husband Larry Till are long time members of the DJC. Their children Abby and Shayna are graduates of the school and both have worked as teaching assistants and high holiday programs. Diane had a long career in the Ontario public service, holding a variety of roles prior to working for the DJC. A small town girl at heart, Diane hails from Brantford, Ontario. She loves the small community feeling at the DJC. Diane is enthusiastic about all things DJC and is looking forward to digging in and getting “under the hood.” In her spare time Diane likes murder mysteries, cooking (and ...
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Alysse Rich, Director of Education

Alysse has been teaching in the DJC Children’s Jewish Studies program since 2007, and has been the principal since 2010. Prior to working at the DJC, she taught Bar/Bat Mitzvah lessons, served as an overnight Jewish camp counsellor, and led children’s services and Jewish song sessions. Alysse is passionate about her work at the Danforth Jewish Circle, and enjoys fostering an inclusive and creative environment in which students of all ages engage with their Jewish identity. In her time as principal (now Director of Education), she has overseen the inclusion of Hebrew language lessons, the very popular “chuggim” (“special activities”) ...
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Toby King, Bet Mitzvah Teacher

Toby King (she/they) was born and raised in Toronto’s Jewish community. She is an alumna of Habonim Dror’s Camp Gesher, the Claude Watson Drama program, and The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. They have over a decade of childcare and informal education experience, have worked for a variety of Jewish after-schools over the years, and are proud to now call the DJC their home. She is a lover of stories, a seeker of justice, a student of Torah, and overall a huge nerd! They are a passionate teacher, and are constantly seeking new ways to make Jewish learning fun, meaningful ...
Miriam Brookman, Office Manager

Miriam Brookman, Office Manager

Miriam has been working at the DJC in various capacities since 2015 as a Jewish Studies Lead Teacher, Communications Manager, and Rabbi’s Assistant. After graduating from Concordia University with a BFA in Studio Arts, she went on to complete a summer intensive at Parsons the New School for Design followed by a Post-Graduate Diploma in Interdisciplinary Design Strategy at the Institute without Boundaries at George Brown College. Miriam wears many hats – working in various areas of Jewish and Non-profit Administration, Jewish Education, Arts Education and Administration, and Graphic Design. She brings these passions together in her work as the Office Manager ...
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Jessie Dolman, Community Manager

Introducing Jessie, our latest member of the DJC family, here to sprinkle her creative magic! Originally from Montreal but now proudly based in Toronto, she's armed with a Communication and Media Studies degree from TMU University. With an unwavering passion for marketing and all things creative, Jessie is on a mission to craft newsletters as informative as they are exciting. And that's not all – watch out for her creative flair across our social media channels and website! ...
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Barbara Parker, Assistant Events Manager and Volunteer Coordinator

I am responsible for organizing, executing, and dismantling various synagogue events, ensuring their seamless operation. My duties encompass replenishing inventory, preparing the event venue, and fostering a sense of community among volunteers. Additionally, I play a key role in coordinating volunteer support for shul events ...
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