Board of Directors

Toby Rabinovitz

Toby has worked as an independent consultant in Ottawa, Calgary and now Edmonton. She brings a breadth of experience working in the nonprofit and public sectors in Alberta and across Canada, with a specialization in nonprofit management, planning and facilitation.  Toby recently stepped down as the Executive Director for Compass Centre for Sexual Wellness and will continue to pursue her consulting practice.   Volunteerism is integral to her professional and private life and she has served on the Board of Directors for various local and provincial nonprofit organizations and was recently elected to the Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (ECVO) Board.   For  more information on her background check out her website:

Linda Hartum

I have served on the Board of Directors for Jewish Family Services since June of 2017.  It has been my great pleasure, in addition to regular Board duties, to assist with a number of events focused upon the well-being and enjoyment of our seniors.

I have been involved in a volunteer capacity since the age of twelve, mostly in service to disabled individuals and seniors.  My previous Board experience was as an Education Facilitator and then as a Treasurer.

My husband and I were entrepreneurs and operated several businesses throughout our working careers.  Although retired from business life, we continue to farm and raise cattle at our ranch home west of Edmonton.

Ruth Coppens


Ruth is a retired Human Resources Professional with experience in Government, health care, post secondary education, the not-for-profit sector, and in the oil and gas industry.  Since retirement she has continued to provide human resources support on a volunteer basis to a number of organizations.

Ruth has lived in Edmonton for over 40 years and has been an active member of the Jewish community. She is a community volunteer, currently serving on Talmud Torah School Committees, volunteers for the Center for Family Literacy as an Adult Tutor and is a regular casino volunteer. She has served on Boards of Talmud Torah School, Beth Shalom Synagogue, and Jewish Family Services. Both on and off the Board, Ruth has remained passionate and committed to JFSE, and has participated in a number of programs and initiatives.  Ruth is particularly passionate about the work done by JFSE to enhance the lives of our seniors.  She looks forward to becoming a member of the JFS Board again and working with the amazing staff and volunteers of this organization. 


Barry Rosof
Vice President

Community service, for me, is an integral part of my life. Over ten years ago I served as President of JFSE and TBO. On retirement I wintered over in Mexico, limiting what I was able to do in Edmonton, but enabling me to do volunteer work in my Mexican town. As my life as a snow bird has ended, I can again take on a board position in Edmonton. Before retiring I ran a consulting engineering company. I have degrees in metallurgy and have taken up photography as a retirement hobby.

George Abrams

Jeannette Hoffman

Sarah Amato

Ron Middleton


Ron has spent the past 30 years working in the health and social services field.  For the past 22 years, he has worked with Alberta Health Services as a Home Care Operations Manager in Edmonton and surrounding area.  In this role, he worked closely with teams of multidisciplinary health professionals as well as with community agencies and partners.  In addition, Ron worked as a Social Worker for the Government of Alberta-Children’s Services program and with non-profit organizations.

Joseph Garcia

Peter Silverstone

Linda Goody
Casino Chair

Linda was on the JFSE Board of Directors from 2013 until the end of 2022 and is currently a Casino chair. In 2009 she retired from Alberta Children’s Services after serving for 25 years as a registered social worker. She also had a private counselling practice for 24 years. In the past she has served on boards of other non-profit organizations, including Edmonton Musical Theatre, the l’Arche Association of Edmonton, and was treasurer of the Alberta Association of Social Workers.

Linda states “I feel it is important to support JFSE in whatever way is helpful. I feel deeply committed to Tikkun Olam, to healing the world in small ways”.

Adrian Albert
Honorary Board Member

Barry Goldberg
Honorary Board Member

Danny Assh
Honorary Board Member.

Jane Karstaedt
Honorary Board Member

Ruth Nolan
Honorary Officer

Ernie Schlesinger
Honorary Officer

Netta Phillet
Honorary Officer