Current Sisterhood Board Members

The Executive Officers, Trustees and Coordinators of Standing Committees meet monthly to plan and execute the programs and activities of the Sisterhood. The Executive Officers and Trustees are elected bi-annually by the Sisterhood membership at a May general meeting to hold office for a one or two-year term. Committees are formed and Coordinators are appointed by the President with approval of the Sisterhood Board as the need arises.

Temple Sholom Sisterhood Board June 2016 – June 2018

President: Reesa Devlin
Executive Vice-President: Toni Kennedy
Vice-President Membership Development: Jean Angus
Co-Vice Presidents Marketing & Communications: Donna Ornstein & Annette Kozicki
Vice-President, Programming: Jenny Glickman-Rynd
Co-Vice-Presidents Social & Community Action: Debbie Rootman & Jill Bloom
Treasurer: Alexis Rothschild
Recording Secretary: Linda Arato


Alison Klein (2016 to 2018)
Alisa Streat (2016 to 2018)
Eve Silverman (2016 to 2018)
Anna Chmielewski (2016 to 2018)
Mary Kleiner (2015 to 2017)
Myra Elson (2015 to 2017)

Chairs of Standing Committees

Autumn Fling: Reesa Devlin
WRJ YES Fund Cards: Helen Parker
Book & a Bite: Iris Dayson & Alisa Streat
Shabbat Lunches: Sara Ciacci
Sisterhood Service: Jean Angus
Sisterhood Choir: Joyce Cherry
Women’s Knitting Circle: Elaine Book
Rosh Chodesh Renewal: Barbara Heller
WRJ Lilith Salons: Donna Ornstein
Constitution, Procedures & Policies Committee: Donna Ornstein
Social Action
Dress for Success: Debbie Rootman
Bedtime Kits for Kids: Jill Bloom
Social & Community Action
Soup Making: Myra Elson & Debbie Rootman
Tikun Olam Gogos: Jill Bloom
Mah Jongg: Alicia Matas
Walking Group: Myra Elson
Membership Development
History Book: Donna Ornstein

Reesa Devlin 

ReesaMy husband, Bob, and I and our three children moved from Winnipeg to Vancouver in 1990. I became very involved in the Burquest Jewish Community Association and sat on several boards, in addition to serving as President and Past President from 2002-2007. Bob was instrumental in finding a permanent home for the Burquest Community and both of us took the better part of a year to oversee renovations to the building. Thirteen years ago we built a home in the Village of Anmore, a tiny village bordering between Coquitlam and Port Moody. We became members of Temple Sholom in 2002 and I became involved in Sisterhood in 2007 as VP Fundraising. I have chaired fundraisers for Sisterhood’s numerous programs, including our annual Autumn Fling. This program not only became our major fundraiser for the year but won a Kavod award from the WRJ Pacific District for best Annual Fundraiser. We also host an annual Sisterhood summer barbecue in our home for all our Sisterhood members and their partners. This program also was the recipient of a Kavod award, for Leadership Development. Getting to know and work with a group of talented women with a common goal, sharing stories, getting involved in each other’s lives and becoming enriched with Sisterhood’s many programs, discussions and services has been very fulfilling for me. My most recent achievement was being honoured with the Jan Pollock Award for 2013 for outstanding service. In June, 2013, I stepped up to President of the Sisterhood of Temple Sholom. I look forward to helping Sisterhood members achieving their hopes and dreams in the coming years. I run a Bed and Breakfast out of my home and spend lots of time gardening, cooking, keeping involved in the lives of my three children and in recent years have taken up golf.

Toni Kennedy

ToniI relocated from Calgary to Vancouver to be closer to my daughter, Jessica, in July of 2007, after I retired from teaching. When I joined Temple, the Temple Executive Director suggested that I join Sisterhood to meet new friends. I joined the membership committee and after a couple of years on the committee became Co-VP, Membership Development. Other than exploring this wonderful Vancouver that I now call home, I like to golf, hike and be the forever learner.

Jean Angus

I have beJeanen a member of Temple Sholom since 1979. My first position on the Sisterhood Board was as Secretary. I have held several positions on the Sisterhood Board since then and became President six weeks after losing our beloved synagogue on West 10th avenue. I arrange participation in the Sisterhood services, maintain the Sisterhood membership information and am the Corresponding Secretary. I have served on the Temple Board for over twenty years and am chair of the Ritual Committee. After retiring from Vancouver Coastal Health I became active in the Sisterhood Tikun Olam, Rosh Chodesh and knitting groups. I enjoy going to plays or music concerts. Photography is a fun hobby. I spend a lot of time with my family and friends.

Donna Ornstein

My husDonnaband, Neil, and I first joined the Temple in 1972. I have been a Sisterhood Executive Officer since 2002, including serving as Sisterhood President from 2006 to 2009. For the sisterhood, I am currently Co-VP Marketing, the WRJ Lilith Salons Coordinator and a member of the Membership/Marketing Committee. I have also held Executive Committee positions on the Board of the Women of Reform Judaism Pacific District since November, 2010 and am proud to represent our Sisterhood at this level. Before retiring in 2008, I had a demanding career as a Securities and Corporate Finance paralegal at major Vancouver law firms for over 40 years. In addition to ongoing volunteering for Sisterhood and WRJ Pacific District, I am very busy with family and friends, enjoying my home, gardening and travelling, as well as playing Mah Jong and golf.

Annette Kozicki

AnnetteI grew up in Temple Sholom, having been a member since 1986. After a decade in Europe I returned home in 2009 and have been a dedicated member of Sisterhood since. In these 5 years I started Sisterhood’s Women’s Knitting Circle, have sung in the Sisterhood Choir, and volunteered on countless programs & events. Now I very much look forward to my new role as Co-VP of Marketing. With my husband Ryan Kozicki, we run a thriving doggy business which includes a mobile wash, boarding and walking. In my spare time I enjoy singing and playing music with my husband, gardening, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Jenny Glickman-Rynd

Jenny Glickman-RyndIt’s been six years since I moved to Vancouver from Calgary and joined the Temple Sholom community. In that time, I’ve been involved in the Temple school, both as a teacher and interim principal, while Jen Jaffe was on Maternity leave (twice in fact!) For my spiritual enrichment, Torah study on Shabbat mornings has provided a place to ask big questions and when followed by Naomi’s chanting and our Rabbis’ thoughts at services, I am well enriched. As far as sisterhood is concerned, I participated in many sisterhood events before joining the board in 2015 – taking my husband dancing at the Autumn Fling is a huge favourite of mine. Since joining the board, I have learned a lot about the wide range of work sisterhood does, but my focus has been on the (hopefully first annual) Women’s Seder. I retired last year and so far have found that grandchildren, books, community, cooking and eating great food, in addition to discovering Vancouver are forming a good life.

Debbie Rootman

DebbieI have been a member of Temple Sholom and Sisterhood since 1985. Sisterhood was a great way to get involved with Temple Activities and meet some amazing women. I was on the Sisterhood excecutive for about 12 years : 6 as a Vice president and Co-president with Gayda Coblin from 2000 to 2002. I am a native Calgarian and my career was in Fashion which resulted in a couple of fun fashion shows during my time on the board. In 2002 I bought and ran a bakery on Mayne Island for 5 years-sisterhood even visited for an outing which demonstrates the power of the friendships in Sisterhood. Upon returning to Vancouver in 2007 I became a volunteer with the Jewish Food Bank and now run the JFB as a part time job. In partnership with Gayda, we solicit all the baking for the Autumn Fling. As Vice president of Social Action I hope to create programs with my committee to impact the 16% of Jews living in poverty in Vancouver.

Alexis Rothschild

AlexisI am the Immediate Past President of the Sisterhood of Temple Sholom, WRJ and now Treasurer. I have been active in the Temple for over 26 years mostly through the Religious School Committee and then on the Temple board. I became involved with Sisterhood seven years ago. During my presidency, sisterhood continued to serve our members with a variety of interesting programs. I am especially proud of sisterhood’s initiative and financial support of the Bima Access Ramp.  I  presently serve on the WRJ board as a trustee and its grants committee. I  also serve on the URJ Camp Kalsman Commission. Sisterhood has provided me a place to be with interesting women who share the same values and goals. I have been married to Shawn Gold for almost 35 years and have two daughters, Annette, who also serves on our sisterhood board and Rebecca.

Linda Arato

LindaAratoI have been involved in community work since my youth. I am a long time Board member of NCJW, Vancouver Section. I joined Temple about 16 years ago with my late husband, George, and became a Trustee of Sisterhood subsequently.   I have served as Executive VP of Sisterhood from 2006 – 2010 and I previously ran the Book & A Bagel group for several years.  I enjoy the opportunity for Torah study at the Rosh Chodesh meetings. I am retired and spend time with my grandchildren  – 3 boys and 1 girl.  I am an avid reader (3 book clubs). I love music from ABBA to opera and enjoy speaking French and trying to speak Italian. I am a member of Abreast In A Boat and for 6 years I have proudly paddled every spring with my crew. I love travelling and learn from my experiences by keeping a journal.

Alisa Streat

FullSizeRenderIn 1975, I moved to Vancouver from Montreal with the intention of staying one year only. Forty-one years later, I am still here because I can’t think of a reason to leave! I joined Temple Sholom in 1991. From that time, I volunteered in the Judaica Gift Shop on Sunday mornings, initially because I couldn’t think of anything else to do while my kids were in religious school, but finally because it was a fun connection to the synagogue and sisterhood. In 2010, I retired from my position as business analyst at BC’s Children’s and Women’s Hospital. With retirement, I became more active in sisterhood. I am co-chair of Sisterhood’s Book-and-Bite book club. I prefer to read non-fiction, but because I belong to three book clubs, I read a lot of fiction, too, which I find is better for small-talk! For the past two years, I have been very involved in behind-the-scenes work on the Autumn Fling. As a child, I remember how active my mother was in her sisterhood, and I took it for granted that all synagogues have sisterhoods as dynamic as Temple Sholom’s. It was a surprise, therefore, to learn recently that ours is the only active sisterhood in the Lower Mainland. I am pleased to be associated with such a wonderful group of women.

Eve Silverman

FullSizeRender (2)I relocated to Vancouver in 1989 and have resided in Burnaby ever since. Originally from Montreal, I also spent some years in Ottawa and Toronto. I joined Burquest Jewish Community around 2000 and my son Matthew had his Bar Mitzvah there. I joined the sisterhood in 2014. I like being involved in the Book Club, Autumn Fling and this year 2016 looking to serve on the Sisterhood board as a Trustee. As I get to know the members of Temple Sholom and do more volunteering on various projects, I realize being a member is like coming home.
When I left the High Tech Industry in 2009 I followed my own path and interest in working with seniors. I took on a roll as a Leasing Manager at the Poppy Residence (independent Seniors Residence). I pursued some relevant certificates on aging and opened up my own company focused on assisting seniors. I also wrote a monthly column for the local paper called “Ask Eve” focusing on issues regarding seniors.
Since retiring I have turning my attentions to volunteering in organizations that focus on the aging population. I am now a leader and presenter for COSCO Health and Wellness (Council of Senior Citizens). Most recently I have gone back to an earlier passion of creating various crafts.

Joan Fader

I’ve bJoan Fader 2013een a member of Temple for more than 34 years. I have served on the Temple’s Board and Executive, first as a Trustee and then as Recording Secretary. I joined Sisterhood over 20 years ago, and was President from 1995 to 1996. I also volunteered for many years in the Judaica Gift Shop on Sunday mornings. I retired in 2012 from being an office administrator. I now enjoy spending time with friends and family, reading, playing mah jongg. bridge and travelling. I am married to Stephen Fader and have 2 grown children, Jennifer and Jonathan.

Helen Parker

HelenI have been a Temple member since 2003 and a Sisterhood member since 2005. Having spent my working life as an Executive Assistant, I semi-retired in l990 and began working with my husband in the family business. Upon complete retirement, volunteering became my focus. Some favorite volunteer jobs are: L’Chaim ADC (Board member), Vancouver Opera, Vancouver Symphony, Jewish Film Festival, and Louis Brier Auxiliary (Board member). In Sisterhood, I am responsible for the YES Fund cards of WRJ, and I enjoy participating in the Women’s Knitting Circle.

Sara Ciacci

SaraI have been an active member of Sisterhood since 1974. Over the years I served two separate terms as Sisterhood President and have been involved in many Sisterhood projects and fund raising activities. I was co-chair of the former Sisterhood catering committee for 15 years and of the Temple’s Second Passover Seders (previously organized by Sisterhood) for 22 years. I have chaired the Break the Fast for the Temple, originally a Sisterhood project, since 1977 to the present. My many friends in Sisterhood have given me a loving extended family. It is, and has been, a pleasure for me to spend time working in the Temple kitchen and fundraising for Sisterhood and the Temple. I hope to resume traveling and look forward to my 23nd trip to Israel in the coming year. I have raised 4 sons, and am blessed with 3 granddaughters – age 19 to 45, a 43 year old grandson, a 9 year old great granddaughter, and I am expecting another great grandchild in the coming year.

Joyce Cherry

JoyceI have been a member of Temple Sholom since 1981 when my husband and I moved to Vancouver from New Westminster. I have served on the Temple Board in various positions including Recording Secretary, Vice-President and President. I joined Sisterhood soon after joining the Temple and promptly found myself as President. I have continued to support Sisterhood over the years, and presently I enjoy the position as Choir Director of the Sisterhood Choir. I especially love working with this group and find it extremely rewarding. I have been married to my awesome husband, Gordon for 40 years, have two wonderful adult children, Rebecca and Avi, two dogs, Lenny B and Quincy and I am now retired after having taught for 33 years as a music specialist with the Surrey School District.

Anna (Anya) Chmielewski

AnyaChmielewskiI have been living in the Vancouver area (presently in New Westminster) since 1996. I moved here from Montreal for work – project engineer, now project manager, in the high tech industry.

I have joined the Sisterhood about one year ago and have since met many wonderful and talented ladies. I am looking forward to serving as a trustee on the Sisterhood board and am happy to contribute in any way I can. I enjoy reading, writing, traveling, making documentary films, technology, and spending time with family and friends.