Rabbis Shira Milgrom and Tom Weiner lead Congregation Kol Ami through a unique Rabbinic partnership. The rabbinic partnership is a living model of empowerment - of sharing responsibility for the creation and sustenance of Jewish community. This model gives our congregation the full service and attention of two "senior" rabbis. Between them, Rabbis Weiner and Milgrom share over 50 years of experience in the pulpit and in Jewish education.
Rabbi Shira Milgrom reflects a new generation of rabbis who passionately create extraordinary encounters with Jewish texts, rituals and traditions that merge the intimate and personal with the grand vision of Judaism and the Jewish people. She is one of the rabbis of Congregation Kol Ami - a member of a unique and innovative rabbinic partnership.
Rabbi Milgrom has traveled throughout North America bringing Jews closer to the words of Torah and Jewish self-expression. She is a graduate of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and has academic training in a wide range of learning. Rabbi Milgrom is the author of articles on Jewish spirituality, education and healing. She has been the keynote speaker in major American conferences ranging from young leadership, women and feminism to issues facing the aging and the elderly. She is also the editor of a unique Siddur (prayer book) now used in settings across the continent. Rabbi Milgrom brings a remarkable vitality and creativity to Jewish learning settings.
Rabbi Milgrom is married to Dr. David Elcott and they are the parents of four children, seven granddaughters and one grandson
Rabbi Tom Weiner was born and raised in Boston MA. He received his BA from Brandeis University, graduating with honors in 1978. He was awarded his Rabbinic Ordination from the Hebrew Union College in 1984, completing as well a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters. He earned his Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University in 1983.
From 1984 until 1997, Rabbi Weiner served as assistant and then associate rabbi of Central Synagogue in Manhattan. During his tenure there he created a wide array of youth and young adult programs, many of which were modeled nationally in the Reform Movement.
Here at Kol Ami, Rabbi Weiner teaches extensively in our religious school and adult education programs, supervises the formal and informal education programs of our high school students and oversee Kol Ami’s Bar and Bat Mitzvah program. Rabbi Weiner has led numerous adult and youth program trips to Israel, as well as Cuba, Jordan, Egypt, South Africa and Eastern Europe.
In rabbinic partnership with Rabbi Milgrom, Rabbi Weiner oversees and directs our full and rich program of activities. Rabbi Weiner lives in White Plains with his family.
Cantor David Rosen is thrilled to be the new cantor of Congregation Kol Ami. After graduating from York University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and an Advanced Certificate in
Hebrew and Judaic Studies, he attended the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where he received a Masters of Sacred Music and was ordained as a cantor in 2003. Upon his graduation, Cantor Rosen served as Cantor and Music Director of Temple Emanu-El in Livingston, New Jersey.
Since returning to his hometown of Toronto in 2006, Cantor Rosen has served as the Cantor and Director of Youth Education for the Beth Radom Congregation. During this time, he has brought several new initiatives and programs to the synagogue including the founding of the congregation's renowned religious school program, which operates from two campuses and continues to grow. In addition, Cantor Rosen created and fostered a thriving youth choir and volunteer adult choir, which perform at services and commemorations throughout the year. He has also implemented an effective bikkur cholim program and chesed committee and oversees the congregation's B'nai Mitzvah program.
Cantor Rosen currently serves as the President of the Toronto Council of Hazzanim and is a member of the Cantor's Assembly as well as an Executive Board member of the American Conference of Cantors where he has served on the Ethics Committee and Cantorial Certification adjudication committee. He has offered lectures and presentations on Jewish music, has been a guest conductor for various synagogue choirs, and has been a liturgical consultant for Jewish Day Schools in Toronto. In 2008, Cantor Rosen travelled to Germany where he participated as a featured soloist in a series of concerts commemorating the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht. As a living Kidney Donor, he has served as a motivational speaker for the Kidney Foundation of Canada and Trillium Gift of Life Foundation. Cantor Rosen is a member of the Toronto Interfaith Clergy Curling Association and through that organization has spearheaded and participated in many interfaith concerts. In 2013, Cantor Rosen co-founded the Toronto Jewish Choral Festival, a concert featuring the voices of 13 choirs and over 250 singers.
In his spare time, Cantor Rosen enjoys running marathons, cooking, and spending quality time with his beautiful wife Rabbi Ilyse Glickman, their delicious son Joel, and their adorable shih-tzu Molly.