About Us


Samantha Bacher

PJ Library Manager

Samantha manages the PJ Library program for the Toronto area, including both PJ Library (ages 6 months – 8 years) and more recently PJ Our Way (ages 9-11)! She works closely with our community partners, building relationships with synagogues, supplementary schools and JCC’s in the GTA to bring more fantastic PJ Library programs to our community. Samantha also manages our Neighbourhood Connectors initiative as well as our amazing PJ Plus weekly parent/grandparent and tot classes - two programs that help Jewish families meet one another in their neighbourhoods. She is constantly working hard to develop new programs to grow PJ Library’s offerings and impact on young Jewish families and can’t wait to see what the future has in store for PJ!

Yael Bendat-Appell

Director, Jewish Engagement

Yael oversees our work engaging young families, children, teens, and young adults in multiple meaningful Jewish experiences. Yael works across our team to develop and implement innovative strategies for increased Jewish engagement and partners with community agencies to support their work in the field. 

Tamar Dobner

Communications and Recruitment Manager

Tamar works collaboratively with the entire CJE team to identify and develop marketing/communication strategies to increase engagement and enrollment across multiple initiatives, programs and events. She is also responsible for curating unique content that showcases the CJE's unique and important work.

Nitza Daniel

PJ Library Administrator

Nitza is part of our amazing PJ Library team! She manages the almost 9,000 and counting PJ Library subscriptions and assists with the administration of the PJ Plus Parent-Tot program.  She works very closely with the PJ Library team to ensure all PJ programs are running smoothly

Chani Greenwald

Project Manager (maternity leave)

Chani manages short and long term research projects and is excited to help with a variety of educational and identity initiatives. She manages community partnerships and acts as liaison to local and international stakeholders in order to ensure the overarching goals of capacity building are achieved. 

Daniel Held

Executive Director

As Executive Director of the Centre for Jewish Education, Daniel leads the CJE team in fulfilling our vision to ensure that every Jew has access to a youth filled with multiple, high impact Jewish experiences. Daniel is dedicated to strengthening our community by developing and deploying excellence in formal and informal Jewish education.

Evan Mazin

Director, Educational Capacity Building

Evan works in partnership with CJE lay leaders and professionals and is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to strengthen the programming and reach of our Jewish educational agencies.

Shoshana Newman

Teen Engagement & Philanthropy Manager

Shoshana wears many hats. From working with talented, bright and engaged youth on the Jewish teen board to managing and growing relationships with Jewish summer camps, supplementary schools, youth groups and synagogues, Shoshana constantly strives to create more unique and memorable experience and opportunities for Jewish teens.

Alexandra Sipos-Kocsis

Project Manager

Alexandra manages the UJA Community Scholarships online portal. Working closely with day schools, part-time schools, camps and other community partners, she ensures that all families are able to easily access UJA scholarships. Alexandra has extensive experience working in Jewish educational institutions and is excited to be part of such a great team.

Natalie Walden

Manager, Part Time Jewish Education

Natalie works closely with part time Jewish education programs across the GTA. She assists agencies in building their capacity to better serve our 21st century learners and coordinates opportunities for professional development. Natalie is excited to manage the WOW! Initiative, an innovative program aimed to address massive cultural and demographics changes in our community. To learn more about the WOW! Initiative click here.

Tanya Werger

Project Coordinator

As the Project Coordinator for the Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Education, Tanya is responsible for ensuring the smooth operations of the daily happenings of the department. Tanya is delighted to work in cooporation with our schools, camps, and partnering agencies.


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