Meet Kulanu Canada’s Dedicated Board Members
Jennifer Badani (Board Member)
My interest in Kulanu stems from my involvement in issues of Jewish diversity since 2009. I bring to the Board of Directors over ten years of experience in public relations and in marketing. My work has made me familiar with using print media, radio, and television to get across a message, and I am eager to put those skills to work to tell Canadians about Kulanu and about the many Jewish communities around the world.
Retired Social Worker and Educator, Gilda worked in the gerontology field. Interested in connecting with and helping Jewish communities in remote areas of the world. Gilda also loves Israel and plans to visit soon and often.
Doris Strub Epstein
Born in Hamilton, Doris has many years of experience as a multimedia journalist. She has worked in radio, television and print journalism and written on a variety of topics especially the crucial issues in Canadian and Jewish life today. Dance has been a life-long avocation for her – she has taught international and Israeli folk dancing. She is also Co Chair of the Canadian Institute of Jewish Research in Toronto.
Reena Kronitz (Board Member)
I had the good fortune to connect with the little-known Beta Avraham Ethiopian Jewish community when I was in Ethiopia in 2014. Members of that community, who have for generations practised in secrecy and isolation, welcomed me into their midst, eager to make contact with other Jews, anxious to learn about contemporary Jewish practices, and determined to make connections with the larger Jewish world. It was there that I first heard about the work of our sister organization, Kulanu Inc. in the United States. I was immediately intrigued, eager to learn more, and hopeful that there might be ways that I too could contribute to isolated and emerging Jewish communities around the globe.
Penny Parnes (Secretary of the Board)
My commitment to and interest in Kulanu stems from several things that are important in my life. Though I was raised in a Jewish home, I have spent the last decade trying to find the right fit for my Judaism and my values. My journey taught me that Judaism can be expressed in many ways. Another part of my life has provided me with opportunities to work in many parts of the world with an emphasis on Asia and Africa. Through my work I have learned that different cultures have much in common and yet much that is uniquely expressed. My involvement in Kulanu allows me to bring together my Jewish values and my world view.
Andria Spindel (Chair)
My involvement in Jewish diversity followed years of travel from the Canadian Arctic to Africa and Israel. I read about Kulanu on line in 2007 and invited the founding president, Dr. Jack Zeller, to speak to our congregation, Darchei Noam. I have since served on the Kulanu board as a Canadian member, and in 2012 I began the process of incorporating Canadian Friends of Kulana, which has become Kulanu Canada. We engage Toronto’s Jewish community to help isolated and emerging Jewish communities so that they can be fully educated and integrated into the global Jewish world.
Jacob Steinberg (Board Member)
Over the years, I have worked in Africa, South America, Eastern Europe, and Asia. I had the opportunity to visit small and isolated Jewish communities, and to see first-hand their struggle to maintain a meaningful Jewish life. While working in Suriname, I decided to get involved in supporting the small local Jewish community, the oldest existing Jewish community in the Americas. Being part of Kulanu Canada is an opportunity for me to help other small Jewish communities around the world meet their unique needs.