Who We Are

We are a grassroots organization of concerned individuals who have joined forces to try to make Jewish education affordable for every family that wishes to send its children to a Jewish day school in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

Mordechai Ben-Dat


Mordechai Ben-Dat was the editor of The Canadian Jewish News for 18 and a half years



sara-dobner-picture-colour-cropped1Sara Dobner is a Senior Policy Advisor with the Ontario Government. As an Israeli-Canadian, she is the chair of the Israeli Identity Program, Schwartz/Reisman Centre. She has volunteered at the UJA Federation and Limmud 2015, and she is a CJN advisory board member. Previously, she was a board member of TanenbaumCHAT and Kachol Lavan Centre. Sara is a member of Congregation Darchei Noam. Married to Michael, she is the mother of two CHAT graduates.

Jay KelmanRabbi Jay Kelman CPA, CA is the founding Director of Torah in Motion and teaches Jewish Law and Rabbinics at the Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto (CHAT). His monthly column Money Matters is published in the Canadian Jewish News. Rabbi Kelman worked for ten years as a Chartered Accountant and served for nine years as Rabbi of Beth Jacob Congregation. He and his wife Ilana are the proud parents of six children.

Israel MidaIsrael Mida has been a partner and consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) since 1985, including terms as Chair of the PwC Canadian Board of Directors and a member of the PwC International Board of Directors. Israel is a member of the boards of Canadian Society for Yad Vashem, Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre for Holocaust Studies, Canadian Jewish Public Affairs Committee (CJPAC), and Beth David B’nai Israel Beth Am synagogue , and he is a member of the professional advisory committees of Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto (including two terms as Chair) and Baycrest Hospital. Israel is a past honouree of ORT Toronto and he is inscribed in the Book of Life of the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto.

Zac KayeZac Kaye has worked in the Jewish community for over 45 years, mostly with Hillel around the world. He is currently the Interim Executive Director at Cornell Hillel. Zac retired as the founding director of Hillel of Greater Toronto in 2013, and then he became the Interim Executive Director of Hillel in Minneapolis. Zac has a Masters in Jewish education from Brandeis University’s Hornstein program, and  he studied education at Manchester University, England. Married to Suzanne, they have 4 children and 8 grandchildren.

Jennifer-0898-web-clrJennifer Paton Smith is a technical writer. Although born in Toronto, she lived in Israel for 12 years, where she met her husband, Sander, and where their son was born. She is a member of First Narayever Congregation. She was a board member of Kehillat Tiferet Shalom (Ramat Aviv) and a founding member of Kehillat Veahavta (Zichron Ya’acov). Jennifer is a proud day-school graduate and parent.

Jeffrey StutzJeffrey Stutz is a specialist in public policy. He is a member of Congregation Beth Haminyan and volunteers with UJA Federation. Married to Shirley, he is the father of three day-school graduates.

Howard Price_croppedDr. Howard Price is a gastroenterologist married to Leah, with two wonderful children and son-in-law and two amazing grandchildren. Previously he has volunteered at UJA Federation, JNF, Hillel, Shaarei Shomayim Synagogue, DARA, and Ve’ahavta. Currently he volunteers at UJA Federation, JNF, CIJA, Beth Tikvah Synagogue, and Herzog Hospital.

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Parents Tell Their Stories

We would like to share personal stories about how the affordability issue has affected families in our community. We will post these stories anonymously on our Facebook page and on our website.

We will not include any personal information such as names, schools, other institutions, or any other identifying information. We reserve the right to edit all submissions.

To share your story, either send us a message on our Facebook page or email us @ info @ gaje.ca.

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