Meet Our Y Board

How does a community centre become the centre of the community? It starts with the hard work of a talented group of lay leaders. Take the opportunity meet our board members in our new weekly series featuring these dedicated volunteers.
Tina Apfeld
Tina ApfeldPresident

What is your favourite Y memory?

I’ve been a member of the Y for most of my life. I have fond memories of swimming in the outdoor pool in Laval and becoming a lifeguard after many winter nights swimming at the indoor pool. I also spent so many amazing summers at YCC. I remember watching my own children learn to swim in our pool on Westbury and watching them play in many intense wolves basketball games. After some time away, I came back to workout at the Y and was greeted with warmth and friendly smiles by so many of the group fitness regulars. I’m afraid I have too many fond memories to choose just one.

Why did you join the Y’s board?

Being involved in community has always been an important part of my life. I decided to get involved at the Y, in particular, because I can think of no better gift to my children and our Montreal Jewish Community than having a strong and vibrant Jewish Community Center. The Y has always been the place to welcome all members of our community and I’m proud to contribute to continuing its legacy.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I wish I had a good voice so that I could sing with my kids.

Who are your real life heroes?

My late father Louis Apfeld z”l is my real life hero and guiding star. He was separated from his family at 10 years old and managed to survive 3 nazi concentration camps. He came to Montreal through the war orphans program of Canadian Jewish Congress and had a tremendous love and appreciation for his life here in Canada, in Quebec and as part of the Montreal Jewish Community. Even though he passed away far too young, he taught me about resilience, strong morals and values, the importance of hard work and the primacy of family.

When and/or where were you happiest?

I’m happiest skiing quickly downhill, dancing at simchas, swimming in the lake in the summer and having Shabbat dinner surrounded by family and close friends.

Rob Fainer
Rob FainerVice President

What is your favourite Y memory?

When I was 15, George spent hours showing me around the weight room, for the very first time. He sparked my obsession for training, and I’ve never looked back.

Why did you join the Y’s board?

Growing up, having the Y seemed like a birthright, and I took it for granted. When I was old enough to realize that it is, in fact, a gift that one generation hands down to the next, I felt a duty to do my part in nurturing it, and passing it along.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I love music, and I’m a terrible musician. I wish I was a natural.

Who are your real life heroes?

I admire anyone who is virtuous and courageous enough to act heroically, whilst having as much fun as the villain. Extra points for style and grace.

When and/or where were you happiest?

My life has been a wild adventure; I’m happiest when I’m living it with the people I love.

Jonathan Goodman
Jonathan GoodmanDirector

What is your favourite Y memory?

During high school in the early 80s, I used to go to the Gym at 6-7 a.m. with my father to work out. This is where I met Walter who was sporting a Magnum P.I. mustache with matching biceps.

Why did you join the Y’s board?

The Y is at the centre of Herzliah High School & the Segal Centre. It is time the Y finally became our Centre.

Which talent would you most like to have?

At JPPS, I was the only kid in my class who didn’t make Mr. Vineberg’s choir. Mr. Ederi made me tryout 4 times because he hated spending time with me alone in class. I would have to wait until High School to receive more than 4 consecutive rejections.

Who are your real life heroes?

Unquestionably and without reservation, my father. After 53 years of marriage my father found himself alone. Like our people have done since Moses, my father chose life and is happily (at least that is what tells me & looks like) married.

When and/or where were you happiest?

I tell my 3 children that I love them all the same. Everyday is a blessing and I love each day the same.