Lisa Kent, Cantor & Choir Director
Lisa is a founding member of the Danforth Jewish Circle, and has been the Cantor since its inception. She also conducts two choirs at our High Holyday services and leads DJC community B’nai Mitzvah ceremony. Lisa also works in the community as a freelance service leader guiding families through the process of creating meaningful Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies and baby namings, as well as singing at weddings and funerals. Since 2011 she has also been singing at Congregation Habonim in Toronto, and is their Associate Cantor.
Lisa is an Honours graduate with a Bachelors degree in voice and music education from Berklee College of Music in Boston, and has studied under Cantor Anna Trubashnik of Temple Emmanuel in Toronto. With over 20 years of teaching experience in both public and private schools, she is currently teaching at The Creative Preschool of East Toronto.
Lisa is married to musician and music producer Danny Greenspoon, who accompanies her and the DJC choirs at High Holyday services, and in Bar and Bat Mitzvahs ceremonies. Together they have two teenage sons.
Kathy Miller, Director of Administration
Kathy and her husband Emil were founding members of the DJC in 1996. Kathy has been delighted to be on staff overseeing community administration since 2001 and the Children’s Jewish Studies Program since 2005. Daughters Sophie and Molly are graduates of the program, and worked there as teaching assistants.
Kathy enjoys singing in the High Holy Day choir each year.
Kathy holds an RN from Victoria General Hospital and a BA from Carleton University. She has many diverse interests including cooking, reading, and loves the yearly winter family road trip to Florida since their daughters were babies.
Alysse Rich, Principal, Children’s Jewish Studies Program
Alysse has been teaching in the DJC Children’s Jewish Studies program since 2007, and the principal since 2010. She holds a PhD from the University of Toronto’s Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies. Jewish education has always been an important part of her life, in both formal and informal environments.
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 very excited 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, she has overseen the inclusion of Hebrew language lessons, the very popular “chuggim” (“special activities”) program, and most recently, the addition of technology to the school.
Amy Mark, Administrative Assistant
Amy has been a volunteer with the DJC since its inception in the 1990s. During this time she was involved in many different aspects, including producing the newsletter and other communications. She is now on staff part time as an administrative assistant responsible for communications. Amy also works as a freelance proof reader and book editor.
Among her many diverse interests are musical theatre and creative writing.
Amy has degree in Fashion Communications from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.
Anne Shaddick, Volunteer Coordinator
For the past eight years Anne has been Manager of Registration & Operations during the High Holyday services. She is very excited about her new role as Volunteer Coordinator, and sees this as an opportunity to help members feel a deeper connection to their community.
Anne worked at the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH) for many years. She is now in private practice as a stress management practitioner and teacher of meditation. As a Trager practitioner, she enjoys helping people feel more ease and less stress in their bodies.
Her passions in life have always been helping people, anything to do with food, reading really good books, and her teenage son.