Our Staff 2018-02-08T14:05:10+00:00

Executive Director Carol Handelman

Carol Handelman has spent more than 10 years in Synagogue Administration, most recently as Synagogue Administrator of Shaarei Shomayim Congregation in midtown Toronto.

In her position as Executive Director, Carol coordinates and directs Temple Activities, as she leads the office staff in offering support to  and addressing the needs of the Temple congregants.  Carol insures that Temple Har Zion is a  spiritually  beautiful, warm and safe place for all to enjoy its musically rich religious services, its exceptional youth and adult education programming, and its myriad other special activities.  Carol is a member of the

Synagogue and Temple Administrators of Toronto, as well as the National Association of Temple Administrators.
Carol is a life-long Torontonian and has two grown sons, Matt and Ben Reingold.  To contact Carol Handelman call 905-889-2252 ext. 103 or email  carolhandelman@templeharzion.com

Director of Education Ronit Strobel-Dahan

Leading Temple Har Zion’s Religious School, Ronit Strobel-Dahan works closely with our clergy and the Education Committee to create an engaging learning environment, where students will develop a sense of pride in their Jewish heritage and be inspired to embrace Reform Judaism – living a Jewish life in accordance with Jewish values and belonging to a warm, supportive, and inclusive community.

Ronit’s passion for Jewish Education started back when, as a student, she discovered the egalitarian, modern, thoughtful Judaism she expected when attending a Reform synagogue in Lyon. She started tutoring B’nai Mitzvah students there, and one year later she began teaching classes in religious schools in Paris.

Ronit used her professional experiences (consultant on OECD’s Brain and Learning Project, program coordinator for a Brain Training Start Up) in her classroom, and finally, a few years later, Jewish education became her main professional activity.

Ronit received her B.A. in Cognitive Science from Université Lyon II, M.A. in Educational Psychology from Université Paris X, and, in November 2016, earned her M.A. in Jewish Education with Distinction from Leo Baeck College in London, England.  In July 2017, Ronit and her husband, Antoine, moved from their native France to Toronto with their three sons, Elior, Ezra and Levi.

Ronit is honoured to be a member of the Temple Har Zion family and delighted to discover the vibrant Toronto Jewish life.

To contact Ronit, call 905-889-2252 x104 or email ronitstrobel-dahan@templeharzion.com

Music Director Eleanor Rice

Eleanor Rice is responsible for all music at the Temple and for the Temple’s involvement at community concerts. She conducts the adult choir and the youth choir and oversees the music curriculum in the religious school. She is the music accompanist for all services in the sanctuary. Eleanor has composed two choral pieces and is the winner of the World-Wide Yiddish Folk Song Competition (1998). She is the “Eleanor” of Eleanor, Dawn, and Dr. Dave on the successful CD, Chanukah With A Twist. To contact Eleanor Rice call 905-889-2252 ext 105.

Youth Advisor Steve Greenwood

Steven has a wealth of experience working with youth in synagogues, camping and the general community. He is a certified Family Educator and is a long-standing member of the Faculty at Camp George. Steven has grown up through the Reform Movement.

As Youth Advisor, his responsibilities include working with Club 5/6, JHAZY and MHARZY as their mentor. Together with the youth, Steven ensures a full calendar of events throughout the year. He also travels with the youth on Regional events. Steven provides support and guidance in the development of youth involvement at THZ.

In his professional life, Steven is a marketer, fundraiser and a community developer in the not-for-profit sector. He is married to Yael and has three children all of whom are already part of the Temple Har Zion family. To reach Steven, email youthadvisor@templeharzion.com.