Welcome to my website! I'm Tema, a third-generation Torontonian, who returned to Toronto in 2008 and have since, personally and professionally, dedicated my skills and conviction to Toronto’s Jewish community. I am currently the Director of Community Engagement at Holy Blossom Temple after working at Congregation Darchei Noam for four years, as the Manager of Membership and Communications. I formerly held the roles of Programming Co–Chair at Limmud Toronto, Programming Coordinator of Makom: Creative Downtown Judaism, and Project Coordinator of the Canadian National Task Force on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research.
I'm a sought after speaker on issues of Jewish diversity, and I have presented or facilitated conversations at events such as the Toronto Jewish Film Festival, Limmud Toronto, and Where Sinai Meets Spadina: Downtown Tikkun Leyl Shavuot.
Professionally, I am an affiliate of Big Tent Judaism, an organization dedicated to creating pathways to Jewish life for those who feel unaffiliated, marginalized, or disenfranchised from mainstream Jewish life. I am also affiliated with Be’chol Lashon, an organization that advocates for ethnic, cultural, and racial inclusiveness in the Jewish community.
I hold a BA (Hon) in Cultural Studies and Philosophy from Trent University, and was a Master’s student under the Canada Research Chair in Modern Jewish Thought at McMaster University. I have also studied as a visiting graduate student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Beginning this fall, I will be joining the inaugural cohort of the Interfaith Families Jewish Education Certificate at Hebrew College as a Crown Family IFJE Fellow.