Saara Greene

Saara Greene has been a member of the Danforth Jewish Circle since 2003.  Her children, Sam and Rebecca, have been faithful students of the DJC Jewish Studies program and the DJC B’nei Mitzvah program. During this time, Saara was a member of the Education Committee starting in 2006, taking on the role of chair from 2007-2017. As a youth and young adult, Saara sang with the Chai Folk Ensemble based in Winnipeg and feels very lucky that her love of Jewish music continues to be fulfilled through her participation in the DJC choir, which she has been a part of since 2009. Her favourite DJC activity is the annual Earth Hour Havdalah service and coffee house.

In her professional life, Saara is a Professor in the School of Social Work at McMaster University where she teaches in the areas of Feminist Approaches to Social Work and Social Justice and Community Based Practice and Research. Her research focuses on the health and social care needs of women identified individuals who experience marginalization along multiple axes of identity with specific attention to women living with HIV and women who consume cannabis. In partnership with the communities and women that she works with, Saara engages in arts-based approaches to research, education, knowledge mobilization and advocacy.