Barbara Berke

Executive Director
(416) 783-6104

Barbara joined Beth Sholom as our executive director in 2002, having gained experience in the not-for-profit sector as assistant to the executive director of Beth David B'nai Israel Beth Am. Prior to joining Beth David, Barbara was the executive administrator and operations manager for the Bayview Group, where she was responsible for all aspects of the company’s administration, as well as key functions in strategic planning, marketing, sales, advertising and development for the optical outlets operating inside the Hudson’s Bay Company. During her tenure, the company grew from seven to more than 90 retail locations throughout Canada.

In addition to working closely with our Beth Sholom Board and overseeing our shul’s operations and professional staff, Barbara served as a member of the Synagogue Outreach Initiative Committee and is a past president of the Synagogue and Temple Administrators of Toronto. She is a past executive member of the Sisterhood and served as a member of the Leadership Committee of Beth Avraham Yoseph of Toronto Congregation, and was a visiting hospice volunteer for Circle of Care.
Barbara and her husband Gary live in Thornhill. They enjoy spending time with their six grandchildren and travel to Israel when time permits.