Board of Directors

CIJA’s National Board includes 30 members from communities across the country.

Nominations to the Board are guided by an independent process whereby the Nominating Committee thoroughly assesses the background, skills, experience, performance, and qualifications of prospective Directors and submits a list of candidates to the CIJA Members. Candidates are then considered by the CIJA members, a group that includes representatives of all federated communities (Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Windsor, London, Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal), non-federated communities (Victoria, Saskatoon, Regina, Regional Jewish Communities of Ontario, and Atlantic Jewish Council), and Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA. The Members vote on the candidates during CIJA’s annual general membership meeting, and the Directors subsequently appoint elect the Chair(s), Vice Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary.

Joel Reitman and Jeff Rosenthal are the co-chairs of the CIJA Board of Directors.

Shimon Koffler Fogel is CIJA’s Chief Executive Officer.

Joel Reitman, Co-Chair, ON

Joel Reitman

Joel Reitman

Joel Reitman is Founder and President of Jillcy Capital ULC, a global investment firm. He co-founded the advertising company, MIJO Corporation, and served as its President and CEO from 1978 to 2011, when it was sold.

Joel is an active volunteer in the Jewish community and beyond. He has a long history of involvement with the Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee (CJPAC), having served as a Board member since its inception in 2005 and as National Chair from 2009-2011, for which he received a letter of commendation from Prime Minister Harper.

From 2007-2013, he served as a member of the Jewish Federations of Canada – UIA(JFC-UIA), as Co-Chair of CIJA’s Local Partnership Council in Toronto, and as a member of the Board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Toronto. Joel serves on the Sinai Health System board and is a co-founder, advisor and Board member of The Cyril & Dorothy, Joel & Jill Reitman Centre for Alzheimer’s Support and Training at Mount Sinai Hospital (2009 to present).

Joel is also a member of the Steering Committee for the Toronto Western Hospital Tanz Centre for research in neurodegenerative diseases. In 2015 Joel joined the Board of Directors of the Siminovich Prize, recognizing excellence and innovation in Canadian theatre. Joel is a Vice President of the Board of the Jerusalem Foundation, an independent community foundation dedicated to preserving an open, equitable and modern society in Jerusalem through an approach centred on community vitality, cultural life, and coexistence for all of Jerusalem’s residents.

In 2013 Prime Minister Stephen Harper presented Joel with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Joel also received the Jewish Federations of Canada – UIA CHAI Award in recognition of his dedication to strengthening Jewish life and Jewish identity in Canada, Israel, and throughout the world. Joel and family received a Humanitarian Award from McGill University in recognition of support for the Montreal Neurological Hospital.

Joel received his Bachelor of Science in Educational Communications from Ithaca College. He is a graduate of Cushing Academy (Ashburnham, MA).


Jeffrey Rosenthal, Co-Chair, ON

Jeffrey Rosenthal

Jeffrey Rosenthal

Jeffrey Rosenthal is a Managing Partner of Imperial Capital Group, which he cofounded in 1989.  Mr. Rosenthal has co-led the formation of all Imperial Capital Acquisition Funds and the resulting acquisition of successful portfolio companies.  He has been integrally involved in the oversight and growth of these businesses, leading or co-leading follow-on acquisitions and arranging both private and public debt and equity financings.

He currently serves as a Board member of the Dental Corporation of Canada, the Canadian Veterinary Network, Total Eyecare Partners, Infinity Laboratories, Matrix Sciences, and Ackerman Security.

Jeff is a past Co-Chair of the Toronto United Jewish Appeal 2011 Campaign. He is Co-Chair of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) and a long-serving member of the Board of the Sinai Health Foundation.  He is co-founder of Venture Sinai and a Past Chair of the Canadian Shaare Zedek Hospital Foundation.

Mr. Rosenthal received his B.A. with majors in Commerce and Economics from the University of Toronto in 1984, and his M.B.A. in Finance and Entrepreneurial Studies from the Schulich School of Business in 1988.

David J. Cape, Immediate Past Chair, QC

David J. Cape

David J. Cape is the President of Groupe Marcelle Inc. in Montreal and the Immediate Past Chair of CIJA. 

Carol Ryder, Treasurer, AB

Carol Ryder

Carol Ryder is an active partner and principal in her family’s property management and real estate holdings companyLouson Investments, in Calgary. She is also the Chair of CIJA’s Budget Committee. 

Moshe Ronen, Secretary, ON

Moshe Ronen

Moshe Ronen is a Toronto-based lawyer and international business and strategic advisor. He is also the head of CIJA’s mission program.

Toby Abramsky, ON

Toby Abramsky

Toby Abramsky is Vice President of Keystone Property Management Inc., a family-owned asset management and development firm in Kingston.

Hon. John Baird, ON (non-voting)

Hon. John Baird, P.C. (non-voting)

The Honourable John Baird, P.C., is a former senior Cabinet Minister in the Government of Canada and a Senior Business Advisor with Bennett Jones LLP in Toronto.

Barbara Bank, ON

Barbara Bank

Barbara Bank is the Chair of CIJA Toronto’s Local Partner Council. 

Brenda Gewurz, QC

Brenda Gewurz


Rafi Brass, ON

Rafi Brass

Raphael (Rafi) Brass has been a government consultant at Bluesky Strategy Group since April 2015 and previously worked on Parliament Hill for two Liberal MPs.

Hon. Darrell Dexter, NS (non-voting)

Hon. Darrell Dexter

The Honourable Darrell Dexter is the former Premier of Nova Scotia and Vice Chair of Global Public Affairs.

Rick Ekstein, ON

Rick Ekstein

Rick Ekstein is the President and CEO Phaze 3 Management and the CEO of Weston Forest, both based in the Greater Toronto Area.

Michael Eliesen, QC

Michael Eliesen

Michael Eliesen is the Chief Executive Officer and President of NTD Apparel Inc. in Montreal.

Heather Fenyes, SK

Heather Fenyes

Heather Fenyes is the Co-Founder of Think Good. Do Good. and the Chair of CIJA’s Local Partner Council in Saskatoon.

Maxyne Finkelstein, QC

Maxyne Finkelstein

Maxyne Finkelstein is the President of the Morris and Rosalind Goodman Foundation in Montreal.

General Ed Fitch, BC

General Ed Fitch

Edward Fitch served in the Canadian Armed Forces 1966-2009, retiring as Major-General E.S. Fitch, OMM, MSM, CD.

Jonathan Goldbloom, QC

Jonathan Goldbloom

Jonathan Goldbloom is a Montreal-based communications expert with a focus on crisis and issues management.

Ronnen Harary, ON

Ronnen Harary

Ronnen Harary serves as Chairman and Co-CEO of Spin Master Ltd. in Toronto.

Marilyn Kaufman, NB

Marilyn Kaufman

Marilyn serves on the Management Committee of the Atlantic Jewish Council and is the AJC Local Partnership Chair. She is based in Fredericton.

Joel Lazer, MB

Joel Lazer

Joel Lazer is a Senior Partner and Licensed Insolvency Trustee at Lazer Grant LLP in Winnipeg.

Hartley Lefton, ON

Hartley Lefton

Hartley Lefton is a partner in Dentons’ Corporate Group in Toronto.

Jeffrey Miller, ON

Jeffrey Miller

Jeffrey Miller is a Partner at Ginsberg Gluzman Fage & Levitz (GGFL) Chartered Professional Accountants in Ottawa.

Jason Murray, BC

Jason Murray

Jason Murray is a partner at the Vancouver office of law firm Eyford Macaulay Shaw & Padmanabhan LLP.

Hon. Marie Poulin, ON (non-voting)

Hon. Marie Poulin (non-voting)

The Honourable Marie-P. Charette-Poulin is a Senior Associate and Project Manager at the Institute on Governance (IOG) headquartered in Ottawa.

Rabbi Reuben Poupko, QC (non-voting)

Rabbi Reuben Poupko (non-voting)

Rabbi Reuben J. Poupko has served as Rabbi of the Beth Israel Beth Aaron Congregation of Cote St. Luc since 1986. He is also the Chair of CIJA’s Canadian Rabbinic Caucus (CRC).

Yael Ricquebourg, QC (non-voting)

Yael Ricquebourg (non-voting)

Yael Ricquebourg is the Executive Director of the Palliative Care Foundation at Hôpital Notre-Dame (CHUM) in Montreal.

Steven Shafir, AB

Steven Shafir

Steve Shafir is a partner in the law firm Witten LLP in Edmonton. He is also the Chair of CIJA’s Edmonton Local Partner Council.

Alan Shuster, BC

Alan Shuster

Alan Shuster is the President and CEO of Samsa Capital in Vancouver.

Jeff Smith, AB

Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith is a Calgary-based private-sector lawyer.

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