Board of Directors

Steeve Azoulay '90 '95


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 four young children, with three already students at Talmud Torah.

Alexandra Obadia Ciocilteu


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

Past President

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!

Ouriel Soudry '91 '96

Vice-President and Co-Treasurer

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 five young children. As an alumni of both Talmud Torah and Herzliah, he is committed to the long-term viability and success of both institutions.

Steve Sebag


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.

Lionel Soussan '90


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 attends Herzliah.

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.

Jordana Bernstein '08

Member at Large

Jordana is a proud graduate of Herzliah and went on to pursue a Bachelor of Commerce (Bcomm) in Accountancy and a Graduate Diploma in Chartered Professional Accountancy at Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), qualifying in 2016. Jordana is currently a Manager in assurance and accounting at MNP and provides superior service, working closely with clients in the private and not-for-profit sectors to understand their business, challenges, and goals. Jordana is also a part-time lecturer in financial reporting in Concordia University’s Chartered Professional Accountancy Department.

Dana Caplan Goodman

Member at Large

Dana graduated from Smith College in Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Upon her return to Montreal, she attended McGill Law School, graduating with both a Common Law and Civil Law degree. Dana is a dedicated community fundraiser and volunteer, chairing and participating in various events and leadership programs. She is a devoted mother of three children and has always been deeply active in their respective schools. From the Foundation Preschool of the Shaar Hashomayim, to the Akiva School, and now Herzliah, where her 2 older children will be attending. Along with her husband Jonathan, Dana believes that excellent Jewish education is the key to Jewish continuity.

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, two recent graduates from Herzliah, one current student and one at Akiva school.

Steven Haupt

Member at Large

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, two who are currently Herzliah students.

Michael Mire

Member at Large

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 3 current Herzliah students.

Darren Yaphe

Member at Large

Darren holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Masters in Business Administration from McGill University. Upon graduation, Darren moved to Chicago where he spent five years working with Fortune 500 companies as a Strategic Management Consultant. Upon returning to Montreal, Darren served as Director of Marketing for Bell Mobility. In 2008, Darren joined LASIK MD as their Chief Marketing Officer, and has helped grow this business to over 45 clinics in Canada. He has volunteered and worked with many Jewish community organizations, most recently serving on the Federation CJA Inclusion Grants Committee. Darren and his wife Bonnie have 2 children – one at Herzliah and the other at Akiva School.