Board of Directors

Alexandra Obadia Ciocilteu

President of the Board

She is Chief Executive Officer of CARTaGENE. She holds graduate degrees in law and biotechnology, specializing in the fields of biomedical law and bioethics. An attorney with twenty-five years’ experience, Alexandra’s expertise covers legal and ethical issues related to privacy, governance, commercialization and access to sensitive information. As an executive, she has also developed extensive knowledge relating to management of operations, budgets and human resources. A mother of two students attending Herzliah, Alexandra is committed to contributing to the development of her children’s schools. She has served as Vice-President of the Board of Directors of CPE-CCJ during a five-year period of significant governance and financial changes. Alexandra currently serves as President of the Talmud Torah | Herzliah Board of Directors.

Adam Weinstock '92 '97

Immediate Past President of the Board

Adam is a graduate of both Talmud Torah and Herzliah. He went onto study at Marianopolis College and then graduated from McGill University with a degree in Economics and a double minor in Management and Political Science. He has spent over a decade on the TT||Herz Board of Directors and has served in every capacity on the Executive Committee. Adam also serves on the Board of Directors of the United Talmud Torahs of Montreal Foundation and the Association of Jewish Days Schools. In the past, he has been a Director of the Donald Berman Maimonides Geriatric Centre Foundation and has served on several committees at Federation CJA. Adam is a graduate of Federation CJA’s Leadership Development Program. Professionally, Adam is a Portfolio Manager & Senior Wealth Advisor with Scotia Wealth Management where he manages investment portfolios for personal, corporate and pension plan clients. Having worked in wealth management for over fifteen years, he is widely regarded as an expert in the field. Adam and his wife Melanie, a fellow Montreal Jewish day school graduate, have three young children – all future graduates of the Montreal Jewish day school system!

Howard Lohner

Treasurer

He is a graduate of McGill University and a practicing Chartered Professional Accountant specializing in tax, assurance and business advisory services for owner-managed corporations. Immediately prior to joining the Board of Directors of Talmud Torah | Herzliah, Howard was president of Agence Ometz. He continues to sit on its Board of Directors. Howard is a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Program and the Federation CJA Leadership Development program. Howard is married to Dana Zinman and has three children, one recent graduate of Herzliah, one currently attending and one at Akiva school.

Galit Suissa Antebi

Member at Large

She was born in Israel and raised in France. She graduated from Bar Ilan University with an undergraduate degree in the humanities. Galit has been an active community leader, serving on the Board of the CPE-CCJ, and as a member of the “Family Matters” Committee at Solomon Schechter Academy. Galit was Chair of the Sephardic Campaign for Federation CJA in 2008-09, and went on to co-chair a number of other CJA committees and fundraising events. In 2011 she chaired the Migdal Ohr Gala to raise money for Israeli orphans. She also lent her support to the Communauté Sepharade du Quebec (CSUQ), helping families in need, and to the Libi Committee in support of Israeli soldiers. Galit is committed to helping people live their best lives. She has studied several modalities of alternative practices and is currently studying hypnotherapy. She is deeply motivated to help people heal and grow and her true passion is to empower people and bring more Love and compassion into the world. Galit is passionate about Israel, the Montreal Jewish community and Jewish education. She and her husband, Joseph Antebi, are parents to two current Herzliah students and one graduate.

Gregory Azancot '81 '86

Member at Large

He is a graduate of l’Université de Montréal law school and an attorney in private practice for over twenty years as the founding partner of Azancot & Associates Inc. He is active on a variety of Quebec and Montreal Bar Association Committees and is currently a Board member of the Lord Reading Law Society. Greg was both a member and president of the Board of Directors of the CPE-CCJ for several years. He is highly involved in minor hockey as a certified coach, high-level referee and member is a member of various committees, namely the Ethics and Governance Committee. Greg has one child attending Herzliah and one graduate.

Steeve Azoulay '90 '95

Member at Large

He is a graduate of l’Université de Montréal with a degree in Law. He is currently the Director Public Affairs & Communications at Pharmascience. With over 13 years of combined experience in law, government, communications, stakeholder relations and nonprofit management, he’s had the opportunity to work in both the private and public sectors. Steeve has been actively involved with many organizations in the Jewish community both in a volunteer and professional capacity. He is also a proud graduate of U.T.T and Herzliah. Steeve and his wife Jessica have three young children, one already a student at Talmud Torah.

Isaac Bendayan

Member at Large

Isaac graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Engineering & Minor in Management. Joining AXXYS Group in 2006, he has successfully developed projects all over Canada through his strong organizational, communication & leadership skills. He is now Director of Retail Construction. With the support of his loving wife Gabrielle, he has established a home in Montreal with their two children: Moshe and Mila. A proud UTT parent, Zionist and Montreal Jewish Community supporter; he is dedicated to the continued success of Talmud Torah | Herzliah.

 

Dr. Isabelle Danino

Member at Large

She is a graduate from the Ecole Nationale Veterinaire de Maisons-Alfort (Paris), and holds a degree in bioethics. Since the family moved from France to Canada 9 years ago, she is widely involved in the community, through Akiva School and Federation CJA; she also sits at the Shaar Hashomayim Board. She and her husband Alain are parents of four children, three are attending Herzliah and one at Akiva school.

Marlene Grossman-Rutenberg

Member at Large

She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Psychology) from Concordia University and a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from McGill University. She worked for almost 20 years in a secondary school working with students with varied learning challenges. Currently working as a Psychology teacher at Vanier College and past Coordinator of the Explorations Program, she is involved in research with Dawson College and John Abbott College to further best institutional practices and best teaching practices. Marlene has served in many past positions on the Board of Directors and Parents’ Association at Hebrew Foundation School.She and her husband, Rodney Rutenberg, have one son at Herzliah in Secondary IV and a daughter in second year at CEGEP.

Howard Liebman '85 '90

Member at Large

Howard Liebman ’85 ’90 is a graduate of both Talmud Torah and Herzliah. He went on to study at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and then graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Commerce (’95) and the national program in Law (’99). Howard articled at McMillan Binch in Toronto (’00) and was called to the Bar in Ontario (’01) before returning to Montreal and being called to the Bar of Quebec (’02). After practicing corporate law at Stikeman Elliott LLP for several years, Howard started a new career in public service and was appointed Parliamentary Chief of Staff and Executive Assistant to the Hon. Irwin Cotler, then Justice Minister & Attorney General of Canada, where he served for 11 years. In 2015, Howard was appointed Special Advisor to Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, with responsibility for the city’s international and inter-governmental relations. In 2018, Howard was appointed Senior Director, Government and Community Affairs at Transat A.T., a leading international integrated tourism company, parent of Air Transat. Howard has been an active and engaged member of the community since his student days. Howard and his wife Heather, an educator in the EMSB, have three boys in the Montreal Jewish day school system with their eldest currently attending Herzliah.

Aviva Orenstein-Kalin '91

Member at Large

She graduated from University of Michigan with an Masters in Social Work majoring in Nonprofit Management and a dual certificate in Jewish Communal Service and Judaic Studies. After working in fundraising and community development at UJA Federation in Toronto and later as Director of the Jewish Community Centre and Federation in London, Ontario, she returned to Montreal to be raise her growing family. She is currently CEO of GMF Santé Kildare and serves on the Board of MADA and Maison Shalom. Aviva’s parents met at TT/Herzliah. She and her husband, Michael Kalin, have six children including 2 current Herzliah students.

Steve Sebag

Member at Large

Steve was born and raised in Montreal and is a proud Jewish Quebecer and Canadian that has always felt that this city, and country, had everything, potholes and taxes omitted, to be the best place in the world to juggle a successful career with a great quality of life and offer a wonderful opportunity to raise a Jewish family. Steve is married to Sonia and they have 2 beautiful girls Mikah and Emily aged 6 and 5. Mikah goes to UTT and her younger sister will follow her this year, as is the case with everything she does!

Steve is a partner in private wealth management boutique called Pavilion Investment House and acts like a family’s quarterback, providing them with peace of mind and helping them achieve their financial and lifestyle objectives.  

Steve started volunteering through Hillel. Over the last 7-8 years, he has spent most of his charitable time in various roles at Federation CJA where he now sits on the board of directors. Steve is the president of GenMtl, the department of FCJA geared to the 18-41 cohort. Steve is the founding co-chair of FIX, a program aimed at supporting young people in the Jewish community dealing with a spectrum of challenges and issues, especially addiction.

Steve is a member of the Wexner Heritage Program, a North American leadership group that wishes to expand the vision of Jewish volunteer leaders, deepen their Jewish knowledge and confidence and inspire them to exercise transformative leadership in the Jewish community.

Steve’s favorite movie has always been and will always be Gladiator for what it means in terms of leadership, conviction and courage.

Mallary Sackman Segall

Member at Large

She joined the Communications Department of AJCS (now Federation CJA) after graduating from McGill University, and later the Campaign Department where she was responsible for revamping Super Sunday, staffing multiple campaign divisions, and planning and coordinating most major events. After twelve years at Federation CJA, Mallary was appointed Executive Director of the Montreal Chapter of the Canadian Associates of Ben-Gurion University, a position she held for nine years. She is a member of MAZON Canada’s annual Montreal fundraising event committee, its Quebec Allocations Committee, and its National Board. Mallary’s commitment to the Jewish community was sparked by a mission to Israel at age nineteen; since then she has been a steadfast believer in the value of Jewish education. She and her husband, Mark Segall, have three children, including Herzliah and Bialik graduates as well as a current Herzliah student.

Ouriel Soudry '90 '95

Member at Large

He is a graduate of John Molson School of Business and a practicing Chartered Professional Accountant for the last 15 years. Ouriel is an audit partner at PSB Boisjoli where he helps his clients navigate and keep apace of new and ever-changing accounting, assurance, and taxation standards. Ouriel participated in both the CSUQ Leadership Program and the Federation CJA’s Leadership Development Program. Ouriel and his wife Michaela, an active member of the Home and School, have three young children. As an alumni of both Talmud Torah and Herzliah, he is committed to the long-term viability and success of both institutions.

Lionel Soussan '90

Member at Large

He graduated from Herzliah and continued his studies at McGill University with a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science). He is currently Vice President of Phidal Publishing, Inc. with offices in several countries. Lionel is also a co-founder of En famille – a grass-roots charitable foundation that works in conjunction with the Jewish General Hospital and helps families coping with cancer. He has also volunteered and worked with many Jewish community organizations. Lionel and his wife Anna have 3 children – the eldest who will attend Herzliah in 2018.

Tanya Toledano '88

Member at Large

She is the founder of MontrealMom.com Inc. and TRACK-B Communications. A noted blogger and marketing strategist, Tanya is a regular contributor to a wide range of media outlets, from The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs to MatzoBlogSoup.com. When she isn’t consulting with corporate clients or growing her ever-popular “MontrealMom” website, Tanya can be seen on “Breakfast Television Montreal,” and on her very own YouTube channel. She is a law graduate, a cookbook editor, a foodie and a serial volunteer who is well known for turning vision into reality. A strong believer in the importance of Jewish Education, Tanya has served on the Board of Directors of both Hebrew Foundation School and its CPE. She and her husband, Ron, are parents to three Herzliah students and one graduate.