President – Lee Weisser
Temple Emanu-El, Toronto
Lee Weisser is a proud member of Temple Emanu-El where she has served in a variety of capacities, including co-chair of the Social Action Committee for the past eight years. Lee studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in her youth and, more recently, participated in the Beutel Leadership Seminar Israel in 2017, the Israel Reform Movement Biennial in 2018, the World Zionist Organization Va’ad HaPoel in 2019 and the World Zionist Congress in 2020. She has been a member of ARZA Canada since 2015, working closely with the president for the past three years. She has been a volunteer facilitator for the Ve’ahavta Skills Academy, and received a Canada150 Award for Citizenship in 2017.
She is a Professional Certified Coach, holds a Master of Adult Education degree from the University of Toronto, and currently works as a career coach. She lives with her husband Steven Gauley in Toronto; her daughter Julia lives in Montreal.
Liaison to Reform Jewish Community of Canada – Len Bates
Temple Har Zion, Thornhill
Vice-President, Special Projects – Cheryl Englander
Solel Congregation, Mississauga
Cheryl Englander presently serves as a Vice President of ARZA Canada, having been a member of the Board since 2008. Previously she worked part-time as a staff member for CCRJ and ARZA Canada.
She is active at Solel Congregation, Mississauga and in the local community.
Vice-President, Membership/Fundraising – Dorothy (Dodi) Millman
Temple Sinai, Toronto
In 1972 Dorothy launched DMS Market Services as an Outsource Contact Center service. By 1995, she employed 2000 people, went public in 1995 and in 2001 sold to Minacs Worldwide where she was Vice Chair for over two years. From 2005 to 2019, Dorothy’s company, SBS Communications, specialized in client advocacy, process and contact centre strategies, solutions, outsourcing on a global platform and vendor management. Dorothy is now enjoying retirement.
Dorothy has worked on several for profit and not-for-profit boards over her career. She serves on the ARZA Canada Board of Directors as Vice President Membership/Fundraising and as Co-Lead for the Temple Sinai Israel Connections group.
Vice-President, Communications – Jeff Denaburg
Holy Blossom Temple, Toronto
Jeff Denaburg is the Vice-President of Communications for ARZA Canada. Jeff has held the position of co-Chair of the Israel Committee at Holy Blossom Temple for several years, where he also serves as Shaliach Tzibur.
When not pursuing his Israel-related interests, Jeff works as a Project Manager in Information Technology at CIBC. Jeff is married and he and his wife Phyllis have two children.
Vice-President Finance/Treasurer – Valerie Whitefield
Temple Sinai, Toronto
Valerie joined the ARZA Canada Board in 2008, soon became the volunteer bookkeeper and is now serving as Treasurer of ARZA Canada. She has been a member of Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto since 1986 and has served on the Pulpit & Services, Adult Education, Membership and Festivals committees, as well as serving the community as a Shaliach Tzibur.
She currently works as a freelance bookkeeper and a volunteer at Toronto Rehab. Valerie and her husband Brian have two children. They are volunteers and avid supporters of The Toronto Jewish Film Festival. Their shared love of Eretz Israel has taken them there on many missions and personal vacations.
Secretary, Judith Wiley
Temple Israel, London
Judith Wiley joined the ARZA Canada board in 2017 as representative from Temple Israel in London, Ontario, and has recently been appointed as Secretary. Before moving from downtown Toronto to Port Stanley, Ontario Judith was an active member of Holy Blossom Temple. She has worked in the voluntary sector for most of her career, as CEO of various organizations at the national and international level. Known for her knowledge of non-profit governance and community development, Judith is currently vice chair of J Space Canada Foundation and a member of J Space Canada Advisory Committee.
She has been fortunate to have worked in many areas of the world, as consultant for various charities, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Caribbean Development Bank. She tries to spend part of every year in Israel and is a keen observer of the small and large “p” politics of the country. Judith attended the Beutel Leadership Seminar in 2018, and returned home more committed than ever to working to strengthen the Reform movement in Israel. Judith is currently CEO of the Central Community Health Centre in Elgin County and is very honoured to serve on the ARZA Canada board.
Immediate Past President – Miriam Pearlman
Miriam Pearlman has served on the ARZA Canada Board since 2004 in a variety of roles.
She is an active lay leader member of Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto, having served on the Board of Directors and as Chair of the vibrant Israel Committee. She has been active in many Temple Sinai missions to Israel led by their senior rabbi.
Professionally Miriam was a pioneer as a woman in education throughout her 37-year career. Starting as a secondary school teacher of mathematics with the North York Board of Education during a time when women teaching mathematics were rare, she moved up the organizational ladder as the first woman to serve as the Coordinator of Mathematics in a large urban school board, to Secondary School Principal to Superintendent of Education with the Toronto District School Board.
Miriam has an Honour B.A. in Mathematics and an M.Ed. in Education Leadership and Administration, both from University of Toronto.
She and her husband enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.
Naomi Cohen – Temple Kol Ami, Thornhill
Penny Fine – City Shul, Toronto
Elliot Goldenberg – Temple Emanu–El–Beth Sholom, Montreal
Ellen Gordon – Temple Sholom, Vancouver
Mark Paidra – Temple B’nai Tikvah, Calgary
Pam Albert – Holy Blossom Temple, Toronto
Mark S. Anshan – Holy Blossom Temple, Toronto
Arliene Botnick – Solel Congregation, Mississauga
Spencer Brawner – Temple Beth Ora, Edmonton
Glenn Cohen – Temple Sinai, Toronto
David Dewitt – Holy Blossom Temple, Toronto
Gerald Fisher – Temple Anshe Shalom, Hamilton
Joan Garson, Past President – Holy Blossom Temple, Toronto
Rabbi Steve Garten – Temple Israel, Ottawa
Shirley Herman – Solel Congregation, Mississauga
Spencer Brawner – Temple Beth Ora, Edmonton
Ronald King – B’nai Shalom V’Tikvah, Ajax(Durham)
Ruth Livingston – Temple Shalom, Winnipeg
Jesse Primerano – Temple Sinai, Toronto
Adam Roberts – Temple Emanu-El, Toronto
Les Rothschild, Past President – Holy Blossom Temple
Rabbi Michael Stroh, Past President – Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Har Zion, Thornhill
Rabbi Stephen Wise – Shaarei Beth-El Congregation, Oakville
Hartley Witten – Temple Sholom, Vancouver
Herman Yeger – Or Hadash, Newmarket
Pekka Sinervo, President, Reform Jewish Community of Canada
Carole Sterling – Holy Blossom Temple, Toronto; World Union of Progressive Judaism