Bios for Administration and Staff

Harvey Glasner

Harvey retired as head of the multi handicap and physically handicapped programs at Don Mills Collegiate Institute in 1999.  He then went into the executive search business, concentrating in finance and accounting.

He has served on the executive of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto co-editing its quarterly journal, the Shem Tov and was President 2010 – 2012.  Harvey was recently elected to the Board of Governors of

Paul Teitelman

Paul is the Treasure of the JGS T society.

Les Kelman (have photo)

Les is the current president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Canada (Toronto) (2013).

Les has been a member of the society for 20 years and was a member of the programming committee since 2002. As a board member, Les was chair of the programming committee and took on a leadership role as vice-president.

In 1965 Les travelled to Russia, to visit Leningrad and to meet family in Moscow. He also travelled to Russia to meet more of his extended family in 2002, and continued on to Ukraine to visit his father’s birthplace in Zhitomir. On his mother’s side he has found connections to Latvia (Riga) and Lithuania (Seirijai).

His trip in 2012 to Kiev combined his love of soccer (3 games as part of Euro 2012) with a trip to his ancestral village. Being semi-retired Les is planning more genealogy forays.

Elaine Cheskes

Elaine is a graduate of the University of Toronto where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree and subsequently received a diploma in Library and Information Technology.  Upon graduation she worked at the University of Toronto, Bora Laskin Law Library and was on staff for twenty-two years at the University of Toronto, Victoria College, Pratt Library as a cataloguer in Technical Services.

Since her retirement, she has pursued many interests such as, genealogy, current affairs, opera, and literary societies.  She enjoys travelling with her husband Albert, and loves to spend time with their nine grandchildren.

She has held the position of acting Librarian for the Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto since 2006, and serves as a Board member.  Elaine writes articles, posts new acquisitions and reviews books in her column Branching Out for the Society’s publication, Shem Tov.  She has also curated the following exhibits: Tracing Our Jewish Roots: Selections from the Jewish Genealogical Society of Canada (Toronto) Library Collection and Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Canada (Toronto) that have been displayed at synagogues and libraries throughout the Toronto area.

She has conducted extensive research on the Holocaust in which her husband Albert’s relatives, the Czeskies (Cheskes) family perished.  From her findings, she has presented the lecture entitled: Unlocking 50 Years of Secret Documents: The Brest Ghetto Passport Archive.

Elaine is a contributing author of Tracing Our Roots, Telling Our Stories, and she is an active participant in Jewish Heritage Month.

Neil Richler

Neil Richler has been a member of JGS Toronto since 1992 and has served on its Executive since 1997.  He has conducted many workshops for members as well as speaking to outside groups about genealogy and using the internet to get started. He has been researching his family since the age of 17 and has a family tree with almost 5,000 people. Neil is married with two children and when not following genealogical pursuits, works for a financial services company, keeping all of their systems running.