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Meet our Staff and Board

Rabbi Gila Caine

Born and raised in Jerusalem Rabbi Caine graduated the Hebrew University with an M.A in Contemporary Judaism and received her rabbinic ordination at the HUC-JIR’s Israeli program in 2011. Her rabbinic thesis explored liturgical, spiritual, and ceremonial aspects of birth in Jewish tradition and contemporary practice. Stemming from that, as well as her years as volunteer at the Rape crisis center, Rabbi Caine is one of the founders of the Israeli rabbinic women’s group “B'not Dinah” – creating a female and feminist rabbinic tradition of healing after Sexual trauma.

She now serves as rabbi at Temple Beth Ora congregation in Edmonton, where is lives with her husband and children.

Spencer Brawner


Jerome Klein

I was born and grew up in and around New York City. After completing BS and MS degrees in forestry at Syracuse, I relocated to Bryan, Texas, working 20 months in a pine breeding program. Next to University of Minnesota for a PhD in genetics and forestry before taking employment in 1966 with the Government of Canada forestry research agency. Winnipeg, with its substantial Jewish community, proved to be a fortunate work location. Headquartered in Edmonton from 1970 to 1991 with jack pine test plantations in Manitoba and Saskatchewan meant a lot of time on the road. Back to Winnipeg until 1996 when the program funding ran out. Mary Jane and I returned to Edmonton for my retirement and return to the TBO Board of Directors.

Bertrand Raymond Malo

Native of Joliette, Quebec, Bertrand Malo, began his law career in Ontario. He now practices law within the Government of Canada. Passionate about the arts, he commenced early in life with extensive training and professional experience in acting, voice and opera. He has as also been invited to perform as Cantorial soloist and as service leader for Jewish Organizations and Synagogues in Canada and Israel. He is also involved within the Edmonton community, as he sits on various boards for nonprofit organizations. As a very dedicated and observant Jew and VP Ritual, he ensures the proper functioning of the Ritual Committee.


Stephanie Brown

Born and raised in the Edmonton area, I completed both my BA and MA degrees in Social/Cultural Anthropology at the University of Alberta. After completing my degrees, I moved right into working at the University as an administrator, first in Neurology and now in Computing Science. I started coming to TBO in 2016, and joined the Board of Directors in 2019. In my spare time, you can find me reading, running, or drinking tea!

Leah Phillips

VP Administration

Felice  Lifshitz

Felice Lifshitz was born, raised, and educated (through her PhD) in New York City. From 1989 to 2011, she lived in Miami Beach, Florida and taught at Florida International University. She moved to Edmonton in 2011, when her husband (Joseph Patrouch) became Director of the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies at the University of Alberta. She is currently Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, and of Religious Studies, at the University of Alberta. Professional details, including of her publications, can be found at She, her husband, and their 19-year-old daughter Quinn (who has a rare chromosomal disorder, 17q12 microdeletion syndrome) became Canadian citizens in January, 2019.

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