About the Staff
Michelle Fishman obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Social Anthropology from Dalhousie University and her Masters of Arts in History, specializing in Holocaust and Genocide Studies from the University of Amsterdam. Currently, she is the Education Associate at the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre in Toronto where she works with Holocaust survivors on a daily basis and assists with programming that educates subsequent generations on Holocaust history, its lessons and legacy.
Iris Glesinger is the Neuberger Centre’s administrative professional and also coordinates the Bar & Bat Mitzvah of Remembrance Program. Iris is a third generation descendant of Holocaust survivors, and this experience has profoundly influenced her life. She holds a Bachelors degree from Tel Aviv University in Political Science and History focusing on Holocaust studies, and a Masters degree from NYU.
Emma Hoffman is the Programs and Education Assistant at the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto. Emma graduated from the Concurrent Education program at Queen’s University, and is an Ontario Certified Teacher, with qualifications in teaching History and English Literature for secondary-school and middle-school students. She completed her Masters of Museum Studies at the University of Toronto, during which she worked on a strategic plan with the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre for her final project.
Rachel Libman is Head of Programs and Outreach at the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto. Her role includes curatorial and museum work; managing the website, communications and media; and planning public programs, including the annual Holocaust Education Week. Keenly interested in museums, memorials and culture, Rachel has focused on programming for young professionals both in her career and as a volunteer. Rachel has a Masters in History and a Masters in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto and is on the Board of Governors at Shaarei Shomayim Congregation.
Carson Phillips, PhD, is the Managing Director of the Neuberger and the recipient of scholarly awards including the 2013 BMW Canada Award from the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies, York University. He completed his PhD in Humanities utilizing archival resources, memoirs and testimony exploring post-Holocaust conceptualizations of masculinity. Dr. Phillips is an editorial board member of PRISM— An Interdisciplinary Journal for Holocaust Educators, and an expert on Holocaust education and pedagogy. From 2009-2014, he was a delegate to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. He recently concluded a research fellowship with the VWI.
Dara Solomon is the Director of UJA Federation’s Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre and the interim director of the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre. At the OJA, she has organized exhibitions around the GTA on various topics related to Ontario’s Jewish history; developed a new school partnership program; and grown access to the OJA collection in social media, print, and other online initiatives. Prior to joining the OJA, Solomon was the Curator at the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) in San Francisco, where she was responsible for curating the museum’s inaugural exhibitions for their Daniel Libeskind-designed museum in the heart of San Francisco’s cultural district. Solomon has worked on various curatorial and education projects at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art; and the Art Gallery of Ontario. She holds a M.A. in Arts Administration from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a B.A. in Religion and Art History from University of Toronto.
Mary Siklos is Manager of Operations at the Neuberger Centre. She started as the Centre’s Administrative Assistant in September 2000 and has worked on such major projects as the annual Yom Hashoah V’Hagvurah community commemoration and Holocaust Education Week. She developed and maintained the Centre’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah of Remembrance program, working with over 400 students over the span of 10 years. Mary has completed her Masters in European Literature and Languages from Eotvos Lorand Humanities University of Budapest (Hungary) in 1981. She immigrated to Canada in 1986 and has worked in the Toronto Jewish community since.
Anna Skorupsky is the librarian of the Frank and Anita Ekstein Holocaust Resource Library. She completed her Master of Library Science (MLS) from the Kiev State University of Culture, graduating with first-class honours. She completed a second Masters degree from the Moscow Government University of Patent Research & Service and received a diploma in On-line Information Retrieval Systems from the National Centre for Scientific and Technological Information, Tel Aviv, Israel. Anna has managed the Holocaust Resource Library since 2007 and ensures it is active in public programming. She is currently president of the AJL-Ontario Chapter –Association of Jewish Libraries.