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Our Leadership Team

Amos Adler is the President of MEMOTEXT Patient Adherence Solutions, a Health technology firm. In his previous life Amos was a "property guy" with expertise in the development of private and not-for-profit affordable housing, as well as residential, medical and commercial properties in and around the GTA—expertise he brings to the leadership team of the City Shul. Born and raised in one of Toronto's Orthodox congregations, Amos and his family are committed to creating a Jewish life that is Reform yet traditional, open-minded, reflective and creative. Educating their children in a Jewish day school, they are excited about the prospect of broadening their downtown Jewish community. Alongside his volunteer activities and his work, Amos is passionate about music and fitness. Teaching indoor cycling (spin) classes and training for extreme challenges keeps him sane.

 

Kim Beckman has made downtown Toronto her home since her arrival, from Boston, in 1983.  Kim went to law school in Toronto, had her children here and looks forward to the day she will bring her grandchildren to the City Shul (hoping, of course, that her children read this and get on with it already).  Kim has served on a number of community boards in Toronto.

 Kim’s biological children, Zack and Ari Korn, attended the Downtown Jewish Community School and Hillel at U of T. Kim’s family also includes her husband, George Popper, and George’s biological children, Niki and Adam. The family was forged following significant personal loss following the untimely deaths of Zack and Ari’s father and Niki and Adam’s mother. While not all members of the Beckman/Popper/Korn family still live under the same roof, everyone still lives in downtown Toronto. All four children are impressive citizens of the earth, whether through engagement with environmental causes or providing service and support to those struggling with the fallout from trauma. 

Kim yearns for a Jewish community that is welcoming and accessible to all members of her family. She is anxious to help build an inclusive shul in downtown Toronto that provides a year-round community.   Kim and her family look forward to giving back to the wider community, in Canada and abroad, through efforts coordinated at the City Shul.  Kim is also anxious to engage in educational programming at the City Shul that addresses divergent views and levels of Jewish education. 

 

Jonathan Center emigrated to Toronto in 1996 to complete a dental surgical residency at Mount Sinai Hospital. Growing up in Montreal he attended United Talmud Torah Hebrew Day School and Herzliah High School. He now enjoys professional life as a dentist in private practice and as an Associate in Dentistry Clinical Instructor at the University of Toronto. He met his wife Tania Lewis (who was born and somewhat raised in South Africa) in Toronto and they were married at the magical and mystical Altneu Shul in Prague. Jonathan has always felt a strong connection to Israel. He was a Madrich for Bialik High School and participated in the inaugural March of the Living. He most recently spent time in Israel with his family : Tania, daughter Joey and son Lewis at the Dental Volunteers for Israel Clinic, which provides free dental care to Jerusalem’s at-risk children and youth, regardless of race or religion. 

Jonathan looks forward to contributing to the building of a sensitive, inclusive and spiritual downtown Jewish Shul.

 

Jeff Cipin immigrated to Toronto in 1975. From Edmonton. After studying Film & Video Production at York University he married Aviva Busheikin from Calgary. In those days such marriages, between an Edmontonian and a Calgarian, still raised eyebrows. How could they return to Alberta? At least that’s the story they still tell their children, Dina and Elana. Jeff began working in video production after university and figured he’d stick around Toronto until the Leafs won the Stanley Cup. Right.

Jeff and Aviva were involved in Kehillat Ahavat Hesed for a number of years. They have fond memories of what that experience provided in their lives. They eagerly welcome the opportunity to participate in the creation of another egalitarian shul.

In the past, Jeff has enjoyed working with Rabbi Goldstein as Kolel High Holidays Gabbai. Now he’s looking forward to belonging to a congregation the other 50 weeks of the year. Davening, learning and commiserating with old and new friends – it doesn’t get better than that. Even if the Leafs do win it all some day. Ah well, a man needs a dream. But The City Shul? That’s reality.

 

Mark Greenberg and his wife Corin left their native South Africa where he graduated from medical school, did post-graduate training and came via Chicago to Toronto in 1970. He is the father of two children, Natasha and Josh, and grandfather of 2.7  - who are a great delight to their grandparents. In his other life, he is a pediatric oncologist, and together with Corin, founded and developed POGO , a remarkable collaboration of healthcare professionals that embodies the construct of serious illness as more than a biomedical issue, one that touches every facet of the life of the family and of society.  Mark has served as chief of oncology at Sickkids, associate chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto, and North American President of the International Society of Pediatric Oncology, amongst other roles. He is an officer of the Order of Canada. 

A true believer in liberal Judaism and tikkun olam, Mark (and Corin) believe that City Shul has the potential to embody the characteristics they have looked for in a shul over the years: an inclusive liberal, spiritual, social activist community of Jews of all stripes and all ages. 

 

Abby Robins has spent the last 13 years as a Communications Director working for non-profit organizations. She's worked at Frontier College, JVS Toronto and Second Harvest, and prior to 2001, worked in television production for 15 years. She volunteered as a literacy tutor, a CanSurmount visitor, and served as Coordinator of Hillel Children's Workshop. 

Abby is originally from Calgary, and is joining the City Shul Leadership Team to balance the Edmonton element. 

 

 

 

Richard Rotman has been a part  of the Reform movement his entire life, first at North Shore Congregation Israel in Glencoe, Illinois and later at Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto, where he was an active participant and a member of the board. He is currently a PR consultant and a Professor in Humber College's Media Studies department.  

He is a literature and languages graduate of Bennington College, Vt. and has a master's in politics and international relations from Columbia.  He also attended Boston University's communication school and the University of Chicago's summer language program. 

He is a long-time board member of the Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons and is the recipient of the Paul Harris fellowship from Rotary International for his services to persons with physical disabilities. 

The partner of Dr. Ellen Greenblatt, he is also the father of Joshua, a hoteltonight.com executive in Chicago and Talia, a law student at Osgoode Hall.

Richard is very pleased to be a member of the Leadership Team and utilize his skills in journalism and public relations. 

 

Born in Montreal, Marsha Slivka moved to Toronto to work, marry and raise a family.  Marsha has been a passionate supporter of social action throughout her life. Her time has been spent working with the Soviet Jewry movement, Foster Care at JFCS, and establishing the Furniture Bank for Jewish Immigrants. Her volunteer work culminated in being appointed as the Canadian director of the New Israel Fund.  Upon retirement she worked with the Stephen Lewis foundation which inspired her to volunteer at PASADA, an aids clinic in Tanzania.  The most recent project was joining a group to build a school and bring educational supplies to a community in Nicaragua through the organization, SchoolBox.

Marsha is looking forward to her involvement with social action causes closer to home through the City Shul.

 

Weiwei Su was born in Tianjin, China and moved to Northern California at the age of eight. In 2004 she moved to Beijing, where she worked both in front of and behind the camera at CCTV, the national television station, and at China Radio International, where she profiled leaders in the arts, culture, education and more for her self-produced weekly program. 

She joined the World Wildlife Fund's (WWF) Beijing office and later worked at Ogilvy & Mather Public Relations before moving to Toronto in late 2010, after six years of living in Beijing. 

Weiwei is currently a Communications Specialist at WWF Canada's headquarters. She converted to Judaism in early 2012 and celebrated becoming a Bat Mitzvah in 2014. Weiwei has mastered the 6-braid challah and chocolate cinnamon babka, but otherwise has much to learn about Judaism. She is excited to continue her Jewish education through the City Shul and being involved in the community. She lives in Toronto with her dog Hobie.

 

Jonathan Wyman attended day school in Toronto (Bialik and CHAT) before studying Mechanical and Environmental Engineering at the University of Toronto and studying for a year at  the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He also attended Young Judea summer camps and worked for five summers at Young Judea's Camp Solelim, outside of Sudbury, Ontario.

Lunch with a friend one day led Jonathan to a career in film distribution. He is currently Vice-President of Mongrel Media, a Toronto company that distributes independent film, foreign language cinema, documentary films and Canadian feature films to Canadian audiences.

Jonathan and his family attended holiday services at Kolel for 11 years. Noa and Ezri’s first trips to the bima were in their Dad’s arms as he read Torah on Rosh Hashanah and both girls celebrated their bnot mitzvah at City Shul.

Mon, 11 December 2017 23 Kislev 5778