New Group of Community Leaders Graduate from Joshua Institute


 UJA Federation Initiative is an Investment in the Future  

By Daniel Horowitz--On June 13, 2013, a new group of Jewish Toronto’s leaders emerged as part of the fourth graduating class of UJA Federation’s Joshua Institute for Jewish Communal Leadership.  

The Joshua Institute, which partners with the world renowned Rotman School of Management Executive Programs at University of Toronto, first opened its doors in 2009 to ensure that new Jewish leadership is cultivated and prepared to take on any new challenges facing Jewish Toronto.  

 The unique and innovative program not only trains future leaders, but recruits, tracks and places the best and brightest of our community in a number of Jewish Toronto’s leading agencies, schools and synagogues, to ensure that these organizations flourish under those new leaders.  

The unique curriculum integrates Jewish values, learning, and social responsibility, and participants work with world class faculty and experts who will cover issues such as strategic planning, board governance, financial literacy, effective communication and media training, fundraising and strategic philanthropy.  

“The Joshua Institute is critical to the strength of UJA Federation and its network of agencies and organizations,” said Eileen Silver, Outgoing Chair of the Institute.  

“The program's dual focus on both Jewish values and ethics, as well as organizational behaviour and not-for-profit governance, makes this a unique program in the Jewish world. This year’s cohort and graduates represent many of the best and brightest young people in our community. Their leadership abilities are evidenced in the significant contributions they have already made in their volunteer and professional lives. The success of the Joshua Institute makes me feel very hopeful about the future of our community.”  

Congratulations to the graduates of UJA Federation’s Joshua Institute 2012/13, listed below.  

Justine Apple, Stephen Arbib, Jordana Bergman, Gary Berman, Jamie Davis  Dani Cooperman, Shirin Ezekiel-Hayat, Brian Ginsler, Rebecca Goldfarb, Rick Goldberg, Romm Gurel, Wendy Kauffman, Stephen Libin, Ryan Peck, Evan Pilz  Avi Pollock, Daniel Rethazy, Naomi Rifkind Mansell, Jordie Saperia, David Silber  Leah Silber, Jeffrey Silver, Shawn Stern and Zev Zlotnick.  

It is with great sadness that we announce that a participant of this year’s Joshua Institute, Elana Waldman, a greatly respected leader throughout our community, passed away on June 4th, following a long and courageous battle with ovarian cancer.    

May her memory be a blessing.  

For more information, please contact Robin Gofine, VP, Strategic Community Planning and Engagement and Director of the Joshua Institute at 416.631.5832 or at


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