Meet the Team

MORDECHAI (MAX) ROTHMAN M.A

MORDECHAI (MAX) ROTHMAN M.A

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Regional director overseeing both Toronto & Montreal Chai Lifeline Canada offices.

Interesting thing about you that most people do not know: I’m a Chaplain in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Hobby: Love cycling, swimming, running and reading.

Favourite quote: “Knowledge is power.” Francis Bacon

mrothman@chailifeline.org

TEDDY LUBIMZEV

TEDDY LUBIMZEV

OPERATIONS OFFICER

Cultivates and implements programs and services that supports our mission.

Interesting thing about you that most people do not know: I’ve been teaching break-dancing for 15 years.

Hobby: Reading biographies, BBQ yummy food, history documentaries and dancing.

Favourite quote: “Who is wise? One who learns from everyman.” Ben Zoma, Ethics of the Fathers 4:1

tlubimzev@chailifeline.org

ORLY DAVIS

ORLY DAVIS

SR ADMINISTRATIVE & SPECIAL EVENTS COORDINATOR

Director of office administration & fundraising events.

Interesting thing about you that most people do not know: I am ambidextrous.

Hobby: Snowboarding, hiking, travelling and eating.

Favourite quote: “…the most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you can find someone to love the you you love, well, that’s just fabulous.” Carrie Bradshaw

odavis@chailifeline.org

SYLVIA SCHWARZ

SYLVIA SCHWARZ

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

Admin assistance with clerical duties and assisting with family and fundraising events.

Interesting thing about you that most people do not know: Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela.

Hobby: Love to read, swim, camping, and arts & crafts.

Favourite quote: “Todos para uno y uno para todos.” Alejandro Dumas – The 3 Musketeers

cageneral@chailifeline.org

CRAIG FRIED, MHA

CRAIG FRIED, MHA

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

Lead fundraiser, developing and executing fundraising programs and initiatives
cfried@chailifeline.org

MIRIAM LEIBOWITZ MHSC. RD

MIRIAM LEIBOWITZ MHSC. RD

TEAM LIFELINE CANADA, PROGRAM MANAGER

Recruitment and coaching for Team Lifeline Marathons.

Interesting thing about you that most people do not know: My favorite food is licorice.

Hobby: Playing piano, singing, running, swimming and relaxing on a beach with a good book.

Favourite quote: “V’im lo achshav eymatai” –  There’s no time like the present to get things done.” Hillel { a famous Rabbi in Babylonia and Jerusalem over 2,000 years ago}

mleibowitz@chailifeline.org

SONYA KAPLAN

SONYA KAPLAN

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MANAGER &  DIRECTOR OF SHINING STARS & CAMP LIFELINE

Manages Toronto’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program and Digital Marketing and Fundraising Specialist.

Interesting thing about you that most people do not know: I am the only member of my immediate family growing up that was born in Canada.

Hobby: Photography & DIY projects around the house. If it’s broken, I’ll attempt to fix it using YouTube.

Favourite quote: “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” Benjamin Franklin

skaplan@chailifeline.org

RIFKY BLAU MSW, RSW

RIFKY BLAU MSW, RSW

SOCIAL WORKER & HOSPITAL SERVICES COORDINATOR

Cultivates and develops strong relationships between client families and Chai Lifeline Canada.

Interesting thing about you that most people do not know: I speak 5 languages.

Hobby: Piano playing, swimming, crossfit, baking and scuba diving.

Favourite quote: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi

rblau@chailifeline.org

JENNIFER GELBERGER M.S.W, R.S.W

JENNIFER GELBERGER M.S.W, R.S.W

CASE MANAGER

Cultivates and develops strong relationships between client families and Chai Lifeline Canada.
jgelberger@chailifeline.org

DINA BENAYON

DINA BENAYON

CASE MANAGER

Cultivates and develops strong relationships between client families and Chai Lifeline Canada
dbenayon@chailifeline.org

SARA BLUM

SARA BLUM

CASE MANAGER

Cultivates and develops strong relationships between client families and Chai Lifeline Canada
sblum@chailifeline.org

NECHAMA MARKOVIC

NECHAMA MARKOVIC

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

Manage volunteer-driven hospital and home based support for both ill children and their families. Additionally, volunteer coordinators plan and implement volunteer programs.
nmarkovic@chailifeline.org

NECHAMA DUBRAWSKY

NECHAMA DUBRAWSKY

FAMILY EVENT COORDINATOR

Design, implement and manage our monthly family events.
ndubrawsky@chailifeline.org

LINDSAY FRIEBERG

LINDSAY FRIEBERG

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

Manage volunteer-driven hospital and home based support for both ill children and their families. Additionally, volunteer coordinators plan and implement volunteer programs.
lfrieberg@chailifeline.org

Photo credits: Justine Apple Photography