Ed Lewin, President

Ed was born and raised in Vancouver, the middle child of Holocaust survivors. A retired lawyer and avid community worker, he has served on many non-profit Boards in the Jewish Community, including acting as President of the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre for 6 years. He is proud to have represented Canada in basketball 3 times at the Maccabi Games in Israel, winning 2 Bronze Medals. He has lived in Richmond for 37 years and has been married to Debbie for 42. Debbie and Ed have two children, both married, and 2 grandsons, all of whom are proud to call Richmond home.

Phil Levinson, Vice President

Philip Levinson is a CPA, CA and runs a wealth management, estate planning and insurance practice at ZLC Financial. He and his wife, Sherry (Gelfer), have three wonderful children, Hayley, Joshua and Julia. Philip is the sitting past president and a director of the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre. He is also a past co-president of the Richmond Jewish Day School and has served on many other non-profit Boards. He is passionate about sports and was a long-term soccer coach in Richmond, and also coached for Maccabi Canada at the 2009 and 2013 Maccabiah Games held in Israel, and at many JCC Maccabi events held in Canada, the USA and Israel.

Jeff Wachtel, 2nd Vice President, Secretary

Jeff has lived in Richmond since 1982 and been married to Iowna for 40 years. They have two sons and four grandchildren.  His interests include sports, photography, and cooking.  Before retiring in 2019, Jeff practiced Podiatric Medicine for 40 years.  Over the past four decades, Jeff has been involved with a number of organizations, both professionally and recreationally, including the Board of the B.C. Association of Podiatrists and the Board of Examiners in Podiatry, as well as the Richmond Youth Soccer Association, the B.C. Premier League Soccer Board, the West Richmond Minor Baseball Association, and the Richmond Country Club Board.  

Jeff has been involved with both Chabad Richmond and the Beth Tikvah Congregation in Richmond for decades, serving on the Beth Tikvah Board for eight years, including two years as President of the shul.  He has enjoyed his years of community service and the friendships he has formed during those times.  Jeff is grateful to to be able to contribute to the Board of Chabad Richmond, and grow his relationship with Rabbi Baitelman and his friends in the Chabad community.

Steve Whiteside, Past President 

Communicator, relationship builder, strategic thinker, community leader, public speaker, facilitator, and executive coach. Steve has worked in the private college industry for 32 years and is a successful entrepreneur who has owned five Academy of Learning Colleges.

Steve returned to university as an adult and earned a Master's degree in leadership at Royal Roads University, and a second Master’s Degree in Human and Organizational Systems, as well as a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Development from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California.

Past President of Private Career Training Institutions Agency, ALS Society of BC and the Shriners of BC and Yukon, as well as Vice President and Treasurer of the ALS Society of Canada. Also a past Board Member of the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver. Steve owns the Franchise Leadership Center, and is the COO of the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts. He has been married to Dori for 33 years and has a daughter who is a psychologist and a daughter who is a paramedic.

Shaun Samuel, Treasurer

Shaun was born in India and came to Canada in 1997. Shaun is a designated CPA and currently working as a Senior Corporate Auditor. He has been associated with Chabad Richmond since he was a child, and is proud to say he had his Bar Mitzvah at Chabad Richmond. Shaun has been a treasurer on other non-profit Boards as well.

Shaun has a passion for food and likes to cook and enjoys feeding people. He likes to spend his spare time with family and friends, cooking, and experimenting with cooking. In his free time, Shaun also enjoys reading.

Raphael Arazi

A life-long learner, a lover of the great outdoors, and a dedicated family man, friend, and community leader, Raphael Arazi stands today as one of Metro Vancouver's top realtors.Together with his wife Sandra (23yrs), they started their family in Richmond, raising two boys and making Chabad a major part of their daily lives. Raphael is a former director and past President of Chabad of Richmond and has been very active in the growth of our community. Having spent almost 50 years living and working in both Richmond and Vancouver, Raphael is now proud to call the Kerrisdale neighbourhood of Vancouver home, where he lives with his wife and two sons.

Sheldon Kuchinsky

With over 30 years of experience working in the Retail and Food Service Produce Industry, Sheldon was a member of the Board of the Canadian Produce Marketing Association and was a past Board Member of the Beth Tikvah Synagogue. He has also participated on various committees at the Richmond Golf and Country Club.

Sheldon was born in Montreal, the eldest of four children, and moved to Richmond, BC in 1998. Married to his wife Julie for 37 years, they have a son who practices law in Toronto, and a daughter who is the Senior Operations Manager for a Public Relations firm in Vancouver. He is the proud Zadie to two grandsons. A sports and fitness enthusiast, he is devoted to prayer, his community, and Chabad of Richmond.

Sigal Mathews

Sigal was born in Israel and arrived in Vancouver after her army service in 1990. She then moved to Chicago to study fashion design at Columbia College for four years. This was followed by one year in Los Angeles before returning to Vancouver with her husband Roy. Sigal is a mother of two girls in their twenties who both attended Jewish day schools in Vancouver. After ten years of teaching at Vancouver Talmud Torah, she returned to her work as an interior designer. Sigal’s volunteer work has included Co-Chairing Choices events for three consecutive years for Jewish Federation and has also been on the Yom HaAtzma’ut event committee for twelve years. Other volunteering has included fundraising for multiple Jewish institutions and weekly JFS food bank deliveries.

Gayle Morris

 Gayle is passionate about making a difference.  In her current role as Campaign Director for Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, Gayle knows what it takes to strengthen and grow revenue streams as she oversees monthly, tribute and major donor giving, corporate & sponsorship initiatives.  Her strong project management served Chabad Richmond well as she co-chaired Chabad’s 25th anniversary celebration.  A true 2nd generation Vancouver-ite, Gayle is proud of her Jewish heritage and community connections.  She is also very proud of her two children, Robert and Bari.  Married to Craig for over 20 years, they live on the marina where everyday feels like a holiday!  She is thrilled to be part of Chabad Richmond’s board organization and looks forward to contributing to Chabad’s  future growth and success.