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The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre (MNjcc) has welcomed over two million people to the corner of Bloor and Spadina during the building’s 60+ year history. The changing makeup of our membership is a testament not only to the vibrancy and diversity of the Annex — but to Toronto’s own evolution. We provide opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to be active, learn, connect and participate in a wide range of cultural experiences. Rooted in Jewish values, the MNjcc is open to all.

The MNjcc is home to a 3,800 member state of the art Fitness Centre, the 285 seat Al Green Theatre, four schools, three choirs, a wide range of arts and cultural activities, Jewish Life programming, and a robust Active 55+ program. It is a founding member of the Bloor Street Cultural Corridor, and the lead organizer of the annual Annex Family Festival.

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In 1953 we moved from Brunswick Avenue to this intersection and in 2004 we reopened a brand new centre, thanks to the support of the community through UJA federation, the Tomorrow Campaign and the lead gift from Miles Nadal. Through the years we have not only offered a home to the Jewish community, but to immigrants and artists, young families and seniors. In fact, throughout our 60+year history, our membership has been 50 percent Jewish and 50 percent non-Jewish, reflecting our wide and diverse population!

The vital role of a community centre is more important today than ever. The MNjcc offers a complete range of recreational, educational, and arts and cultural programs so that our neighbourhood can come together as one.

It isn’t just about what you receive at a centre like the Miles Nadal JCC, but about what you take with you when you leave — and what you give back. We are proud of the role the MNjcc has played in creating city leaders, building lifelong friendships and offering a foundation for families – a place where families can grow, where they can connect, where, in fact, they belong.

The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre (MNjcc) has welcomed over two million people to the corner of Bloor and Spadina during the building’s 60+ year history. The changing makeup of our membership is a testament not only to the vibrancy and diversity of the Annex neighbourhood but to Toronto’s own evolution. We provide opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to be active, learn, connect and participate in a wide range of cultural experiences. Rooted in Jewish values, the MNjcc is open to all.

The MNjcc is home to a 3800+ member state-of-the-art Fitness Centre, the 285 seat Al Green Theatre, four schools, three choirs, a wide range of arts and cultural activities, Jewish Life programming, and a robust adult cultural program. It is a founding member of the Bloor Street Cultural Corridor, and the lead organizer of the annual Annex Family Festival.

In 1953 we moved from Brunswick Avenue to this intersection and in 2004 we reopened a brand new centre, thanks to the support of the community through UJA Federation's Tomorrow Campaign and a lead gift from Miles Nadal. Through the years we have not only offered a home to the Jewish community, but to immigrants and artists, young families and seniors. In fact, throughout our history, our membership has been about 50% percent Jewish - reflecting our wide and diverse population.

The vital role of a community centre is more important today than ever. The MNjcc offers a complete range of recreational, educational, and arts and cultural programs so that our neighbourhood can come together and connect.  It isn’t just about what you receive at a centre like the Miles Nadal JCC, but about what you take with you when you leave and what you give back. We are proud of the role the MNjcc has played in creating city leaders, building lifelong friendships and offering a foundation for families – a place where families can grow, where they can connect, where, in fact, they belong.

Welcome from the Board of Directors

Spring brings change for our members and families, including a new strategic plan and new leadership in the Executive Director’s office. The Board of Directors is pleased to welcome Harriet Wichin to the role, and while Harriet is a very familiar face around the MNjcc, we are confident that she will bring new perspectives and rise to new heights. And it is with great fondness that we also say goodbye to retiring Executive Director, Ellen Cole. We won’t miss her, of course, since she’s promised to return regularly to sing show tunes in the women’s locker room. Happy retirement, Ellen!

Change is afoot at the J, and if you splash in the pool or pose in downward dog on the rooftop, you just might feel it!

Jodi Shanoff


Our Board of Directors

  • Jodi Shanoff, President
  • Trish Del Sorbo
  • Natalie Fingerhut
  • Steven Friedman
  • Paul Garfinkel
  • Karen Goldenberg
  • Frank Jacobs
  • Ruth Lambert
  • Natalie Lippey
  • Miles S. Nadal
  • Brian Pukier
  • Zach Roher
  • Harold Wolkin

General

Area of ResponsibilityContactExtE-mail
Information Desk & Registration 0
Financial Accessibility Coordinator & Customer Accounts  Wendy Moss 231 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Volunteers Maxine Bailey 121 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Babies, Children and Youth

Area of ResponsibilityContactExtE-mail
Manager of After School Program and Camps Alisha Sandy 236 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Assistant Director of Children's Education Parveen Virdi 277 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Director of Children's Education      Cathy Indig 119 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Supervisor, Libbie Cowan Childcare Centre Aviv Bogdanovsky 247 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Artistic Director, Suzuki Music Program Gretchen Paxson-Abberger This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Fitness

Area of ResponsibilityContactExtE-mail
Fitness Desk 500
General Manager, Fitness & Athletics Karen Turack 501 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Director of Guest Services Richard Chisholm 551 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Membership Sales Manager and Inquiries Manny Amaral 503 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Director of Fitness Jason Espino 506 jThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Group Fitness Programs Carmen Puyo 507 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Recreation and Leisure Coordinator Philip Knight 521 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Manager, Fitness and Wellness Programs Jooli Park 574 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Manager, Aquatics Naomi Kramer 531 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Prenatal and Baby Wellness Program Coordinator Naomi Kramer 531 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Seniors

Area of ResponsibilityContactExtE-mail
Coordinator, Active 55+: Culture, Education, Community Lisa Roy 155 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Active 55 + Group Exercise Carmen Puyo 507 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Active 55 + Fitness Programming Jooli Park 574 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Culture, Jewish Life & Community

Area of ResponsibilityContactExtE-mail
Director, Arts and Culture &
The Toronto Jewish Film Society
Esther Arbeid 606 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Coordinator, Tikkun Leil Shavuot  Nick Gunz N/A This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Downtown Jewish Community Outreach Coordinator Cara Gold 388 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Manager, The Israeli Connection  Liraz Rot Rolnitsky 321 lThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Strength & Self 147 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Coordinator, Active 55+:
Culture, Education, Community
Lisa Roy 155 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Coordinator, Adult Arts and Culture Deanna Di Lello 250 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Coordinator, Music Programs Gretchen Paxson-Abberger gThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Facility Rentals

Area of ResponsibilityContactExtE-mail
Director of Booking Operations Angie Stillitano 222 aThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Al Green Theatre Bookings Coordinator Michelle Alderson 269 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
MNjcc Room Bookings Grace Smith or
Jennifer Del Duca
400 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Administration

Area of ResponsibilityContactExtE-mail
Accounting Associate Dayna Plummer 225 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Membership Billing Coordinator Colin Winter-Harstone 140 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Accounts Payable Mila Orabovic 220 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Customer Accounts, Financial Accessibility Wendy Moss 231 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Executive Assistant Maxine Bailey 121 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Director of Development  Fallon Butler 118 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Facility Manager Julie Murphy 127 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Marketing Director Jo Michaels 502 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Director, Accessibility and Inclusion Liviya Mendelsohn 330 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Chief Operating & Financial Officer Roslyn Kaman 116 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Executive Director Harriet Wichin 133 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

MNjcc Annex Administrative Offices
720 Spadina Ave, Suite 220
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 2T9

The Miles Nadal JCC is at 750 Spadina Ave, at the corner of Bloor and Spadina in the heart of the Toronto Annex community.

To get to us via the TTC:

Take either the Bloor/Danforth or the Yonge/University/Spadina line to Spadina Station.

To get to us from the West-End:

Take Bloor Street east to Spadina Ave, or take the Gardner to Spadina Ave and then North to Bloor Street.

To get to us from the East-End:

Take Danforth Ave west until it turns into Bloor street and continue west to Spadina Ave, or take the Gardner to Spadina Ave and then North to Bloor Street.

To get to us from the North:

Take the Allen Expressway to Eglington and go east to Spadina Road and then south to Bloor Street, or take Bathurst Street South to Bloor Street and then East to Spadina Ave.

 


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volunteers of all ages smiling

Are you looking for a meaningful and fulfilling way to spend your free time? We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers! From the After School programs to Cultural Arts programs to office work and events, we'll find the perfect volunteer opportunity for you at the JCC. If you're a teen, you can earn your high school volunteer hours with us. Bring your enthusiasm and energy and we will provide you with an orientation session!

Please fill out the Volunteer Application Form below and send to Maxine.

pdfVolunteer Application Form

Maxine Bailey, (416) 924-6211 x121; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our organization is certified to provide PREB Ontario certificates.

 
Logo that reads "PREB Ontario"
 
 
 
 
 
 

The MNjcc Memorial Page is a space where we acknowledge those members who have recently passed away. May their memory be a blessing.

If you know of an MNjcc member who has recently passed away, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will include them on this page.

2018

Diana Meredith - January 27, 2018

2017

Leslie MacNeill - July 6, 2017
Sally Benyes - May 31, 2017
Jessie Caryll  - May 19, 2017
Don Watterson - August 16, 2017
Daryl Craig - December 20, 2017

2016

Lisa Benshabat – February 9, 2016

 

Please consider the MNjcc in your estate planning. A gift in your Will can help to ensure that future generations experience the same joy and wonderful ‘community’ that the JCC inspires today. For more information, contact Director of Development Fallon Butler at (416) 924-6211 x118 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The MNjcc is testing out its new Online Portal

This portal will allow you to check your account balance, change your credit card number, update your address, and for the Winter 2018 Term register for a test group of programs online.

If this test is successful we will add more programs for the Spring session, and so on, until Fall 2018 when we hope to have all programs at the MNjcc available online.  More information on that will follow.

To access our Online Portal please follow the steps below:

Click on the link at the bottom of this email

  • If you have already done business with the MNjcc and given us your email address, click on "Create Account/Forgot Password," enter the email address you gave to the MNjcc and press submit.  Your username and password will be emailed to you.
  • If you have already done business with the MNjcc but did NOT give your email address, please call 416-924-6211 x0 to have your email address added to your account, and then we will automatically send you your username and password.
  • If you are brand new to the MNjcc, and have never interacted with us before you can click on "Become a Patron" and follow the prompts to create a patron account with the MNjcc. (A Patron can use programs and services at the MNjcc but is not a member of our Fitness Centre.  If you would like to become a fitness member, please contact 416-924-6211 x500 to set up a tour.

Once you have a username and password you are able to log in, see your account, and register for select programs online.

If you have any questions please contact 416-924-6211 x0 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

MNjcc Online Portal

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