Author Archive

Faye Mishna

Faye Mishna is a Professor at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (FIFSW) at the University of Toronto. She joined the Faculty as an Assistant Professor and served as Dean from 2009 to 2019. She is cross appointed to the University of Toronto’s Department of Psychiatry, an Invited Member, Wilson Centre, and a Senior Fellow, Massey College. Prior to her appointment at the University, she had over 20 years of practice experience in children’s mental health. Her program of research focuses on bullying/ cyberbullying and consensual sexting and non-consensual image sharing among youth; informal cyber technology use in social work practice; and clinical practice. Faye is the author of 2 books on bullying. She maintains a small private practice in psychotherapy and supervision.
Rabbi Lipner graduated from Toronto’s Yeshivat Or Chaim High School and then continued his studies at Yeshivat HaKotel in Jerusalem, followed by Yeshiva University where he ultimately received his B. A. in Economics and MA in Education, as well as his Semicha (rabbinic ordination) through the Rabbeinu Isaac Eichanan Theological Seminary. After travelling the globe to participate in educational programs in Israel, the US, Europe and Australia, Rabbi Lipner finally returned to Toronto. For nearly 10 years, Rabbi Rafi served as a popular teacher at TanenbaumCHAT. 15 years ago, he founded The House, a young adult learning centre, which today inspires over 2500 participants annually.
Rabbi Seth Grauer has been the Rosh Yeshiva and Head of School of Bnei Akiva Schools since 2013. He also serves as the Honorary President of Mizrachi Canada. Rabbi Grauer previously served as the Assistant Principal at Yeshiva University High School for Girls (“Central”) in New York and was a leading educator for nine years at Ramaz Upper School in Manhattan. Rabbi Grauer studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion in Israel for two years, served as their Director of Alumni Affairs for nearly five years, is a member of their Board of Directors and is the current Chair of their Rabbinic Committee. Rabbi Grauer received his B.A. in History (honours) from Yeshiva University, his semicha from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) of Yeshiva University, and his doctorate in Education from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration at Yeshiva University. He also earned a J.D. from Fordham Law School.

Schlesinger

Michael has spent almost 30 years focusing his career on helping not-for-profit and public sector organizations.  He is an organizational design expert and has guided many organizations through periods of significant growth and amalgamations.  Michael has been a member of several volunteer boards, including Achilles International Canada (where he is also a running guide for visually impaired athletes) and Camp Ramah in Canada. Michael holds a Masters of Industrial Relations and Human Resources from U. of T.  and is also a lecturer in that same program in the area of Consulting Skills Practice and Theory.  He still plays in the same band he formed in high school at CHAT and is the proud father of two teenagers.

Lowy

Alex Lowy is a seasoned strategy advisor, writer and educator. For the last 12 years, he has taught courses in critical thinking and problem solving at a number of business schools in Toronto, Hamilton and the Maritimes. He has written and/or co-authored four business books that tackle questions of best practices in complex circumstances. Two of these examine the implications of evolving digital technologies for organizational strategy and effectiveness. He has worked extensively in both the public and private sectors, and for 10 years helped to create and lead a digital economy think tank called the Alliance for Converging Technologies. Alex has served on several boards, including his local Jewish community, The Danforth Jewish Circle, and, The Canadian Psychiatric Research Foundation. He is delighted to be able to contribute to the important and timely work of Neshama.