Beatrice Assouline

Hi, I'm Beatrice, a mom of four children (15 ½, 13 ½, 9 ½ and 2 ½). I'm looking forward to meeting young families who are looking for French programs in the Snowdon area. Having been welcomed into the Montreal Jewish community when I arrived from France 15 years ago, I am eager to welcome new families into our community and to share my family's love for PJ Library with them.

Favourite family weekend activity: Enjoying Shabbat at synagogue, cooking, having guests and watching a movie with the kids on Sunday!

Favourite Jewish holiday or tradition: While I love them all, lighting the Shabbat candles is always a special moment. 

About Me: I am a passionate research scientist and a very loving wife and mother. I came to Canada 15 years ago from France with my then-toddler first-born daughter and my husband. We have since grown as a family and in our Jewish observance. We decided to settle down here in Montreal because of this wonderful community that welcomed us and that we now happily belong to! As a Parent Connector, I am proud and eager to be able to share that enthusiasm and to pass that on to other families while helping to build a strong community for our children.

Stephanie Benabou and John Sagar

Hi, we're Stephanie and John, joint Parent Connectors in the West Island, with children ages 4 and almost 2 years old. We're looking forward to planning weekend family programs with our toddlers and creating evening programs for just us parents!

Favourite family weekend activity: We both love traveling, going to the park, swimming with our kiddos and just being silly together; John is the self-proclaimed silliest of the bunch!                                                                                                       

Favourite Jewish holiday or tradition: We both love the joy that our kids bring to the holidays, and that the holidays bring to them. While John's current fave is Simchat Torah, I love hearing my children sing after we light the Shabbat candles together!

About us: John and I met in the Canadian Armed Forces and currently reside in Dollard-des-Ormeaux with our two children. We got involved in the Jewish community through participating in GenMTL's Honeymoon Israel trip in 2018. I am a chemical engineer, John works in revenue management, and together, we share a passion for strengthening the Jewish community, one family at a time. We can't wait to meet you!

Elena Boguslavsky

Hi, I'm Elena, a Russian, Hebrew and English speaking Parent Connector living in Vaudreuil-Dorion. I have two daughters, ages 8 and 1 ½ years old. I'm excited to connect with families living in, around and west of the West Island, and to plan programs that integrate the Russian-speaking Jewish community into the rest of the Jewish community.

Favourite family weekend activity: Traveling and getting together with friends.

Favourite Jewish holiday or tradition: Purim and Chanukah, because they are fun for the whole family!      

About Me: I'm originally from the Ukraine but I grew up in Israel. My family immigrated to Canada about 20 years ago, where I met my husband of 9 years and built my family and home. I work as a Project Manager in a software retail company and I'm very involved in the life of the RSJ. I can't wait to continue working to integrate the Russian Jewish community, especially Russian Jewish children from non-Jewish schools, into the rest of the Jewish community of the West Island and Montreal, as a Parent Connector!  

Lindsay Rothenberg

Hi, I'm Lindsay, a West Island Parent Connector and mom of two boys, ages 2 ½ and almost 1 year old. I'm passionate about engaging all families with toddlers and babies, including those of interfaith and those who are multigenerational. If you're looking to connect with other young Jewish families in the West Island, I'd love to meet you!

Favourite family weekend activity: Going to the park and spending time with grandparents.

Favourite Jewish holiday or tradition: I love them all for different reasons, especially watching my sons experience each celebration.

About Me: I am a DDO native, but I spent most of my 20s living in a variety of provinces across Canada and cheering for the Habs regardless of where I lived! I have a marketing degree from McGill, but after spending 2 years with Katimavik (Canada's National Youth Organization), I knew my passion was community development. Since 2011, I have worked at Federation CJA as the Manager of Tikun Olam Volunteers (TOV) and Community Initiatives, developing programs that help our most vulnerable. I can't wait to continue on this journey, now with PJ Library!

This program is made possible through a grant from PJ Library, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, in partnership with Montreal's Passport to Jewish Life funders group.

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