Professional Staff

Executive Director

Rena Garshowitz
Email | 613-728-3501 ext. 225

Rena joined KBI as Executive Director in 2018, having previously worked at Jewish Federation of Ottawa and the Embassy of Israel. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Carleton University. When not at shul, she loves spending time with her husband and two daughters. She is also a Broadway enthusiast and a mediocre baker.

Manager of Congregational Services

Elisheva Brantz
Email | 613-728-3501 ext. 224

Elisheva manages all aspects of membership and congregational services. She has three children and enjoys spending time with family in her free time.

Communications Coordinator

Ilana Goldfarb
Email | 613-728-3501 ext. 242

Ilana is our Communications Coordinator, responsible for the management and distribution of communication materials. This includes the weekly newsletters, promotional flyers, and website maintenance. Ilana is a busy mom of three small girls and enjoys reading, boating, and swimming in her free time.

Facilities Manager

John Denomme
Email | 613-728-3501 ext. 223

John is our Facilities Manager, who manages the day to day operations of the building. He oversees custodial staff, HVAC systems, security, fire protection, waste & recycle, landscaping, outside contractors as well the preventative maintenance of all equipment. John enjoys travelling, motorcycles and working on his vehicles in his spare time.


Lana Phillips-Miller
Email | 613-728-3501 ext. 226

Lana is the shul’s bookkeeper. She is responsible for daily bookkeeping, as well as monthly reporting to the finance committee. When Lana is not crunching numbers, she enjoys travelling, enjoying the outdoors and spending time with her husband and two grown sons.

Kosher Food Bank

Linda Prizant
Email | 613-728-3501 ext. 235

Linda is the Interim Manager of the Ottawa Kosher Food Bank, which provides food for over 100 Jewish families each month. She is responsible for managing a team of dedicated volunteers, creating social media content, and procuring food and financing for the OKFB.