Naomi Azrieli (Hon. Member) is the Chair of the Board of Trustees and has served as Executive Director of the Azrieli Foundation since 2002.  In this capacity, she has established the Azrieli Foundation as a force for creative and effective philanthropy in a number of fields, and as one of the premier charitable organizations in Canada. She has created and launched several programs, including the Azrieli Institute for Educational Empowerment, the Azrieli Fellows Program and the Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Publishing Program. She serves as a Senior Editor for the Azrieli Series of Holocaust Survivor Memoirs, and has edited and written introductions for several of the volumes published in the series.  Dr. Azrieli holds a D.Phil. in History from the University of Oxford (UK), and has written and lectured on European diplomacy in the 19th and 20th centuries, on the economic aspects of totalitarian regimes, on Soviet foreign policy during and just following World War II, and on the origins of the Cold War.

Darryl Gershater is a DJCS parent and works as a therapist in a community health centre in Toronto and in private practice.  Committed to issues of diversity, equity and inclusion, Darryl sat on the Board of Queen West - Central Toronto Community Health Centre, Chairs Flemingdon Health Centre’s Access and Equity Committee and is the Lead for Bowmore School Council’s Diversity and Inclusion Team.  Darryl has an MSW from University of Toronto, a B.Ed from Queens and a BA in English Literature from York University.

Rebecca Holzman bio coming soon!

Suzanne Keppler (Board President) has been a DJCS parent with one daughter in the school since 2006.She has served as President, Vice-president, and Treasurer of the Garrison Creek Community Daycare Centre (a non-profit, school-based centre) and Treasurer of the Garrison Flats Community Garden. Suzanne currently works as a manager of financial reporting for the Canada Media Fund, a private non-profit funding agency. She holds an MA in Philosophy and a B.Ed. from the University of Toronto and a BA in Judaic Studies from the State University of New York at Albany.

Barbara Silverstein is a freelance writer, certified nutritionist and registered social worker.  She is the co-founder of the Natural Balance Weight Loss Centre, where she does professional coaching in weight management. Barbara has a passion for writing and is a regular contributor to The Canadian Jewish News. Her articles have appeared in The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, Homemakers Magazine and numerous community publications.  She has worked as a copy editor for many clients including The Canadian Jewish News.  She was a social worker at Kinark Child and Family Services and at The Jewish Home for the Aged at Baycrest.  She is a past coordinator of the Hebrew Heritage Program at Withrow Avenue Junior Public School. She also taught art and Jewish studies at Temple Emanu-El Beth Shalom religious school in Montreal.  Barbara has a BA from McGill University, a BAA in Journalism from Ryerson University, an MSW from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work (Yeshiva University) and a certificate in applied nutrition from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition. She is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.


Brian Smith (Board Treasurer) is a part time consultant to medical and dental professionals on real estate issues and is currently taking Honours BA at York University in Judaic studies.  He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and his career has spanned 45 years in retail and real estate. Brian is currently involved on boards of Shir Libeynu, Heart To Heart and New Israel Fund.  He is a husband, father and grandfather who loves to read, travel, play with his dog and eat.


Randi Sokolsky (Past President) has worked for over 17 years in the  non-profit sector, primarily in the areas of strategic development, fundraising and marketing, on behalf of Toronto's Jewish and Native Canadian communities, as well as a number of Israeli-based NGO's.  She is currently involved in the pre-production stage of a full-lengthdocumentary about Jewish resistance in the Holocaust and WWII, entitled Butterflies in the Storm, as co-producer and development coordinator.  


Avi Spector (Vice President) (bio coming soon)


Ted Winick (Hon. Member) has worked in a variety of industries, including the restaurant business, dry cleaning, real estate, furniture manufacturing and fundraising and development. Though he considers his biggest learning experience to be the 25 years he spent parenting his three wonderful children.  Ted has been teaching chess for nearly two decades in schools around Toronto. He co-founded the Chess Institute of Canada in 2005.  Ted is also very active in his community and is instrumental in helping his wife, Heidi, with her successful Spirit of Math, Central Toronto Campus. Ted also finds time to play the trombone in a local community band.

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