Governance 2017-09-04T16:38:36+00:00

The Board of Directors oversees Torah Day School of Ottawa, acting in its best long-term interests. It sets the School’s mission, vision, strategic directions, and overall goals and outcomes within the dual context of the educational standards of the Ontario Ministry of Education and Torah. In carrying out its duties, the Board is transparent and ensures ongoing communication with member families.

Board priorities are governed by its Strategic Plan, which lays the path to a strong and thriving school that meets the needs of the Ottawa Jewish community and prepares our students for success in the next stages of their life. See the 2017-2020 Strategic Plan for more information on the Board’s goals, priorities and approach to tracking success.

The Board meets, on average, once per month. Member families can access minutes from previous Board meetings through the Parent Portal.

Strategic Plan

Board Of Directors

Debbie Scharf is a Director with Natural Resources Canada, holding a Masters in Environmental Economics and Bachelor of Commerce. Debbie has extensive experience in leadership and board governance, in particular within the Jewish community, as the immediate past-chair of JET and Vice-chair of Ten Yad of Ottawa. Debbie is committed to ensuring that Jewish children in Ottawa have access to a high-quality Torah and General studies education, so we can nurture our next generation to be connected Jews.

Evan Green is the Vice-President of the Baastel Consulting Group, managing the Monitoring and Evaluation, Results-based Management and Disaster Risk Management divisions. Evan holds a Masters in Public Policy and Public Administration. He speaks four languages and works around the world with governments and international agencies. Evan has sat on numerous professional international boards and is also active in the Jewish community, as a Chazan at the Ottawa Torah Centre, and past-Chair of Rambam School. Evan is passionate about working towards the continual improvement of education so children have the greatest opportunities in the next steps of their lives.

Rachel Gray is a stay-at-home parent to a busy household. She holds a PhD in philosophy from Queen’s University. Rachel is a regular lecturer at various venues in Ottawa on numerous Jewish topics and parenting, and is a talented writer. Rachel has previous experience in board governance as a founding board member for Ten Yad of Ottawa. Rachel is committed to continually improving Jewish education for children, having sat on the board of Torah Academy of Ottawa for over 10 years, including serving as Chair.

Rabbi Yonah Burr is the Rosh Kollel of the Kollel of Ottawa and a respected leader in the Jewish community, bringing a vast knowledge of Torah to the board along with valuable insights about the broader needs of the community. Rabbi Burr learned under Rabbi Yaacov Gross while at the Miami Kollel, and then moved on to the Lakewood Kollel before assuming the role of Rosh Kollel in Ottawa.

Rabbi Levy Teitlebaum is the Director of the Ottawa Vaad HaKashrut overseeing all aspects of the Beth Din and Kosher supervision. Rabbi Teitlebaum holds Smicha from Tomchei Tmimim Lubavitch. He sits on the Ethics Committee of the Hillel Lodge Long-Term Care Facility, and has held leadership roles with the ORCBC between 1993 and 2005. Rabbi Teitlebaum joined the board to assist Torah Day in achieving excellence.

Rabbi Sender Gordon is the Director of Investment and Leasing with the Regional Group. He holds Smicha from Central Yeshiva Tomchei Temimim Lubavitch and Mohel certification from Rabbi Yackov Shechter. He is currently on the Board of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa and Miles of Smiles Foundation. Rabbi Gordon believes that a strong Torah education is the foundation of Jewish life and continuity. As an Ottawa native, Rabbi Gordon is committed to giving back to his community and paving the way for the next generation.

Ilan Metz is a Senior Software Designer and Team Lead. He has a Bachelor of Computer Engineering and Management from McMaster University. Ilan was on the board of Torah Academy of Ottawa for seven years, including having served as Chair. Ilan has previous experience with board governance, having sat on boards at Beth Israel Synagogue in Alberta and the Jewish Federation of Edmonton, and currently sits on the board of Congregation Beit Tikvah of Ottawa. Ilan jointed the board of Torah Day to ensure that children are able to receive a quality Jewish education in Ottawa.

Moshe Grunfeld is a Competition Law Officer with the federal Competition Bureau. He has an undergraduate degree from Yeshiva University and a law degree from the University of Ottawa. He attended Yeshiva High School at Rabbi Nafatli Riff Yeshiva in South Bend, Indiana, followed by Beis Medrash at Yeshiva Gedolah of Waterbury in Connecticut. Moshe has sat on a committee for Chai Lifeline of Canada, and was co-founder of Community Tax Resource through the University of Ottawa.  Moshe joined the board of Torah Day to help ensure that Ottawa remains a vibrant and attractive community for young Jewish families, with a robust Judaics and General studies educational system.

Shayna Kahane is a certified teacher with a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Science from McGill University. For more than a decade she has run a home daycare with children who often feed into Torah Day. She also tutors high school-level math and science. Shayna joined the board to ensure Torah Day provides a high-quality Judaic and General studies program. Shayna is also a board member at the Young Israel of Ottawa.

Tamara is a lawyer with Lyon Family Law. She obtained her law degree from the University of Ottawa and also holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia. Tamara was a founding board member of Ten Yad of Ottawa and she is a past-Chair of Mitzvah Day (Jewish Federation of Ottawa). Tamara became involved with the board of Torah Day to help ensure the highest quality of Judaic and General studies education is available for current students and can be sustained and improved over the long-term.


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