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 a choir at our High Holyday services and co-leads the DJC community B’nai Mitzvah ceremony. Lisa also works in the community as a freelance service leader. Since July 2017 she is licensed to perform Jewish weddings for interfaith couples.
Lisa is an Honours graduate with a bachelor’s 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 choir at High Holyday services, and in Bar and Bat Mitzvahs ceremonies. Together they have two 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 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 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.
Jewish education has always been an important part of Alysse’s life, in both formal and informal environments. Alysse is very 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.
Alysse also holds a PhD in Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies from the University of Toronto. She works privately as a dramaturg and teaches in the performing arts at Centennial College.
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.