Tema Smith (Toronto) is a diversity advocate, writer and Jewish community builder. She is currently the Director of Community Engagement at Holy Blossom Temple, Toronto’s oldest synagogue, and a freelance writer whose work has been published in the Forward, MyJewishLearning, the Globe and Mail, and the Canadian Jewish News. Tema is dedicated to building a meaningful and inclusive Jewish community through research, training, writing and relational engagement work. Over the past ten years, Tema has worked to advance the conversation on racially diverse Judaism, working with organizations like Be’chol Lashon and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, and conducting trainings for local Jewish organizations like the Downtown Jewish Community Council, housed at Toronto’s Miles Nadal JCC.  Before beginning her career in Jewish communal service, Tema was a graduate student in Religion and Politics under the supervision of the former Canada Research Chair in Modern Jewish Thought at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.