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Lay Leadership

Allan M. Snow | President

ALLAN SNOW ~ Occupation; Operations and Technology Consultant. Married at Beth Emeth and joined with wife Susan in 1982 with 4 children who are all members. Has served as Membership Chairman from 2003 to 2007. Has served as Chair of the Adjustment Committee from 2003 to 2007. Has served as Catering Chairman and Web Development Co-Chair.

Has served on the House, Computer, and Choir Director Search Committees. Helped start the Young Professionals Group. Graduated from the Beth Emeth Leadership Development Program. Facilitated the first 5 Yakir Hakahal Honouree Dinners & Tribute Books. Facilitated the Jubilee Dinner & Tribute Book honouring our past 50 years. Co-founded the weekly Hashkamah Minyan held on Saturdays at 7:30 am. 

Co-founded the Monthly Minyan Dinner, now in its 11th year. Joined the Executive in 2005 as 3rd Vice President, after serving on the Board of Governors, chairing the Membership Development Steering Committee. 2007 - 2nd Vice President, chairing the Financial Development Steering Committee. 2008/2009 - Vice President, chairing the Governance & Administration Steering Committee 2010/2011 - Served on the Governance & Administration Steering Committee & the Financial Development Steering Committee.


Steven Greenwood | Chairman of the Board & Vice-President / Chair GAASC

Steven Greenwood, married to Lori, father to Deborah and Julia, zadie to Riley, Sadie, Hayden and Molly. Professionally, I am the President of Magstar Inc., a Canadian software development company providing solutions to the retail marketplace globally.

My parents were part of the Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda amalgamation so I have been a member for most of my life. All of our life cycle events have been held at BEBY.

Since 1976, I have been an active participant in our synagogue. I started my involvement as the first President of what was known in 1977 as the Young Couples Club. Over the course of 40 years I have had the pleasure of being President of the Brotherhood, Chairman of United Congregation Schools, Chairman of the Computer Committee, advisor to clergy, Chairman of Aleph Beit School, Ushering/Greeter Committee, served on both the Board and on the Executive of the Board. I appreciate the fact that members of the Board must represent our membership, provide strong stewardship in programing, operations and fundraising. At the same time ensure that our Synagogue is welcoming and can meet the spiritual and social needs of our congregants and their families.

Joan Segal | Vice President / Chair MDSC

I am married to Howard and have three children and two granddaughters. I am retired, after a 30+ year career in nursing. I have been a member of the Synagogue since 2002 and active since joining.

I have served in many volunteer positions — including  the Continuing Education committee; president of Sisterhood for four years; assisted/co-chaired Sisterhood Shabbat for nine years; the Out of the Cold committee for two years and still volunteer in the programme; the Board of Directors for four years (2011 - 2015), serving as chair of the Special Events committee (organizing various holiday, Shabbat and social events within the synagogue); chaired the first David Anisman and Silent Auction Dinner Draw (a successful fundraiser for the synagogue); served on the 60th Anniversary Committee, planning the launch and closing gala; member of the House Committee. Since retiring from the Board of Directors in 2015 I continue to co-chair the Special Events committee; Cantor Search Committee (2017); Va’ad Haetza (past-president’s advisory committee, a two-year appointment at the discretion of the President) and co-chair the “Food for Thought” program which addresses senior financial abuse in a five session educational series utilizing specialists in this field.  I am enthusiastic about life at Beth Emeth. I feel I can bring a wealth understanding and experience to take on the position of vice-president. I look forward to meeting and working with you and ask for your support.

Malcolm Weinstein | Vice-President / CHAIR FDSC 

I have been a member of Beth Emeth since 2005 and have been a Board member since 2010, and Treasurer for the past 3 years. I am currently Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, Chair of the Audit Committee, Chair of the Adjustments Committee, Chair of the Investments Committee and a member of the Ritual Committee.

Over the past number of years I have become more and more active in the Shul community and in 2014 I moved into The “Manor”. I attend daily and Shabbat services on a regular basis, often leading the davening and have also led services in the main sanctuary. I also lead services at Shiva houses when needed.

As a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) with over 34 years of public accounting experience I believe that I can make a significant contribution in leading Beth Emeth through the challenges it faces, both now and in the future, especially from a financial and continuity perspective. I am committed to seeing Beth Emeth flourish and grow and to this end my energy, drive and effort can make a difference.

I have been instrumental in facing head-on the financial challenges of the Synagogue and I am committed to ensure that the policies and procedures put into place over the past few years are continued, built and improved upon. 

Mark Jadd | Secretary

I, along with my wife, Eileen, and our three children have been active members of BEBY since 2000 and have had the privilege of celebrating three bar/bat mitzvot at the shul. I joined the Board of Beth Emeth in 2015. Since joining the Board, I have gained an appreciation of the opportunities and challenges facing Beth Emeth and many other synagogues in the current economic climate and with changing visions of what members expect from their synagogue.

Professionally, I am a senior partner of a global law firm, specializing in the area of tax law. I have also served on a number of Boards of Directors, including several years on the Boards of The Toronto Heschel School and Jewish Campus Services (now Hillel). I am also honoured to have been a past recipient of UJA Federation’s “Shem Tov” volunteer recognition award and a two-time recipient of the Ontario Volunteer Service Award.


Stephen Werger | Treasurer

I feel that it is important to build on the successes we have achieved so that Beth Emeth continues to support our growing congregation. I am confident that with my experience and leadership skills, together with a committed board team, we can take the synagogue to the next level; working with the established groups and programs that contribute to our vibrancy while maintaining our traditions.

Michael S. KerznMichael Kerznerer | Immediate Past-President 

Having served with enormous pride as President for the preceding two years I reflect back on several major accomplishments that have changed the trajectory of our Synagogue for the better.   My term was represented by a large increase in our membership, the largest in fact since 1973 and the substantial strengthening of the financial affairs of the Synagogue.  In large part, efforts were successful in advancing The Guardians of Beth Emeth Group concept which encouraged our legacy families to donate and engage their Synagogue with their expertise and resources and provide crucial funds for programming initiatives such as the Chai Music Society.  Advances were also made to make our Synagogue a leader in the greater community by being a founding participant in the York Centre Interfaith dialogue task force. During my time as President, I wrote a weekly Torah column, and made every effort to dialogue, write, email and phone as many members of our Congregation as possible, to provide support in good times and in sad. I took regular counsel from my predecessors – our Va’ad (Past Presidents and Honoured Board Members).  I lead by example as a weekly Shabbat Greeter in the Sanctuary, spokesman and attendee for the Congregation on many community programs and had a very close relationship with our leadership team of volunteers, clergy and professional staff. I was humbled by the trust reposed in me by our Congregation to serve ably as President, with the support of my family, colleagues and friends.  It was the highlight of over 30 years of continuous community leadership. I look forward to being an active participant in the current Executive.

Mon, 14 October 2019 15 Tishrei 5780