MERCAZ-CANADA Professional Staff

Executive Director: RABBI JENNIFER GORMAN- Rabbi Gorman has actively been involved with the Conservative Jewish community for over 35 years through United Synagogue Youth, Camp Ramah, Women's League, and Schechter Schools. A graduate of Brandeis University, and ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1996, Rabbi Gorman brings a widely varying background, having worked in communities in the United States and Canada, from Hawaii to New York, North Carolina to Toronto. She is a contributor to The Women's Haftarah Commentary, and is featured on a CD-Rom about prayer produced by the Jewish Student Union of the United States Naval Academy. Rabbi Gorman is also the Executive Director of MERCAZ-Canada and the Canadian Foundation for Masorti Judaism. She is married to Rabbi Sean Gorman of Pride of Israel, and the proud mother to Jesse, Gavriel, and Keren.

Administrative Assistant: BEVERLEE SWAYZE- Some of Beverlee's earliest memories are of family Shabbat meals at her grandparents' homes, and those warm memories have profoundly influenced her, imbuing her with a love for Judaism, with its many traditions, variations, and practices. With undergraduate and graduate degrees in music, focusing on ethnomusicology, she has explored Jewish music from around the world, developing a love for Sephardi folk songs along the way. She also loves exploring diverse Jewish cultures through food, from Indian curries to blintzes to modern Israeli cuisine. She loves her family, playing, and a good cup of coffee!