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About Me

Tema is dedicated to building a meaningful and inclusive Jewish community through research, training, writing and relational engagement work.

She is currently the Director of Community Engagement at Holy Blossom Temple, and a freelance writer.

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Relational Engagement Think Tank

Relational Engagement Think Tank

Songleader Bootcamp, St. Louis, MO, February 2019

With colleagues on-site at the Staenberg Family Campus of the St. Louis JCC.

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MNjcc Tikkun Leil Shavuot Jewish Learning Festival

MNjcc Tikkun Leil Shavuot Jewish Learning Festival

Co-chair, 2019

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PEP-RJ and the URJ Biennial

PEP-RJ and the URJ Biennial

Program and Engagement Professionals of Reform Judaism, and the Union for Reform Judaism Biennial, Boston, December 2018

At a working lunch with the Membership Directors of large congregations, URJ Biennial, Boston, 2017.

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Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement Fellow

Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement Fellow

Hebrew College, 2016-2018

The first cohort of IFJE Crown Family Foundation Fellows with program director Dr. Keren McGinity at the summer residential seminar on campus in Newton, MA, July 2017.

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Holy Blossom Temple

Holy Blossom Temple

Director of Community Engagement, 2016-present

With the Senior Staff team, summer, 2016.

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Big Tent Judaism Professional Affiliate

Big Tent Judaism Professional Affiliate

2014-2016

On-site at Public Space Judaism program, Passover in the Matzah Aisle, April 2014.

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Be’chol Lashon

Be’chol Lashon

Toronto Program Coordinator, Speakers Bureau Member, 2012-present

With Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder, Rabbi Juan Mejia, and Rabbi Gerhsom Sizomu at the Be’chol Lashon International Thinktank, San Francisco, 2013.

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Congregation Darchei Noam

Congregation Darchei Noam

Manager of Membership & Communications, 2012-2016

At Hands-On Hanukkah with our community partner, The Mad Bean Café, on Eglinton. 

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New Israel Fund of Canada

New Israel Fund of Canada

Programming Committee, 2012-present

At the 2018 Shira Herzog Symposium, featuring Noa.

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National Task Force For Holocaust Education, Remembrance & Research

National Task Force For Holocaust Education, Remembrance & Research

Project Coordinator, 2009-2012

National conference, The St. Louis Era: Looking Back, Moving Forward, with staff from the Multiculturalism branch of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Sutton Place Hotel, Toronto, June 1-2, 2009. 

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Massey Hall

Massey Hall

Front of House Usher & Floor Captain, 2000-2002; 2008-2018

My heart will always belong to Massey Hall. More than a job – a family.

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Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Visiting Graduate Student, 2007-2008

Emphasis: Hebrew Language, Jewish Civilization, Religious Studies

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McMaster University Department of Religious Studies

McMaster University Department of Religious Studies

M.A. Candidate, TEACHING ASSISTANT, RESEARCH ASSISTANT, LEVINAS RESEARCH SEMINAR COORDINATOR, CONFERENCE COORDINATOR FOR "JEWISH PHILOSOPHY: PAST APPROACHES, NEW DIRECTIONS" 2006-2009

Major Area: Religion & Politics, Minor Area: Early Judaism

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Trent University

Trent University

B.A. (Honours) in Cultural Studies & Philosophy, 2006. Dean's List, President's List, Philosophy Department Gadfly Prize.

Receiving my degree from Chancellor Roberta Bondar, Canada’s first female astronaut.

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