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Penni Kolb




514.937.9474 ext.133  



Penni Kolb assumed the position of Executive Director in 2003, on the exact day of the start of the Shaar’s $15 million renovation project. Penni’s expertise in communal administration, volunteer management, event planning, communications, and fundraising has been developed over years of professional service in the Montreal Jewish community. Her knowledge of construction and building management developed over her first few years at the Shaar. Penni graduated with both Bachelors and Masters of Social work from McGill University and a B.A. in Jewish Studies and Political Science from Concordia University. She also studied at Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


Prior to joining the Shaar, Penni was Director of Federation CJA’s ProMontreal, charged with creating business, employment, social and community involvement opportunities to encourage young people to build their futures in Montreal. Many of these programs continue today and have been adopted in cities throughout North America and Israel. Penni was a founder and Senior Editor of ProMontreal’s critically acclaimed monthly newspaper In Montreal. In 2002, she was awarded Federation CJA’s Award for Professional Excellence. Penni is the former Chair of the Montreal Association of Temple and Synagogue Administrators.







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