Our Staff 2017-05-16T11:58:12+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 Susan Sermer

Susan has been an active member of Temple Har Zion since 1984, and has served as Director of Education since 2003. Before taking on this role, Susan was on staff of the Religious School in the role of Teacher Training Coordinator. As Director of our school, Susan develops and implements curriculum, and interacts with staff, students and their families in order to create the best possible Religious School for the children of our community.

Susan received her education at the University of Toronto. Before making Jewish education her life’s work, she spent many years in the public school system, where she taught in the classroom, developed family education programming, and acted as a host teacher to York University students in the Bachelor of Education program.

Susan is an active member of the Reform community in the Toronto area. She is a member of the Reform Educators’ Council, and was its chair in 2008-2010; she is a member of the Supplementary Principals’ Council, and the Family Educators’ Network.

Susan is married to Paul, and has two daughters, Tanya and Julie.To contact Susan Serner call 905-889-2252 ext 104 or email susansermer@templeharzion.com

Hebrew Coordinator Karen Weiss

Karen Winkler Weiss received her Master of Arts in Jewish Education (MAJE) at the Rhea Hirsch School of Education of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and her Doctorate in Jewish Religious Education (DJRE) also from HUC-JIR. She served as Religious School Principal of Temple Emeth in Teaneck, New Jersey; as Director of Education of Congregation Beth Israel in West Hartford, Connecticut; and as Religious School Director of Congregation Adath Israel in Middletown, Connecticut.

With a passion for Reform Jewish synagogue life, she has taught in synagogue early childhood, elementary, b’nai mitzvah, junior and senior high school, and adult education programs. She has had Divrei Torah published by the Union for Reform Judaism, as well as publications of curricular work on prayerbook Hebrew education.

As Hebrew Coordinator, she supervises the Hebrew faculty, curriculum, and student progress of Beit Ivrit, Temple Har Zion’s weekday Hebrew program. She assists the Director of Education in creating and implementing family education programs, integrating Hebrew, Judaica, and Torah learning, and coordinating synagogue events with Religious School programming. She is also a teacher in our Beit No’ar (high school) program. To contact Karen Winkler Weiss, call 905-889-2252 ext 106 or email karenweiss@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.