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COJECO RSJ Symposium

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Ella Petrenko

Community Outreach Director, JDY Theatre

Ella Petrenko was born in Odessa. At the age of 17, she married her husband and made Aliyah to Israel, where she lived for 17 years. In 2006, she moved to Canada with her family. Today, she owns and manages a multi-national company in Israel and Toronto, spending most of her time volunteering at Limmud FSU Canada and playing a key-management role in the rapidly-growing JDY Theatre. Ella lives with her husband , Sergey, her two children, Dan and Michal, as well as her bunny, Bambi - who are all very involved in Toronto's RSJ community.


JDY Theatre
9600 Bathurst St., Vaughan ON, Canada

Mission: Founded in 2015, JDY Theatre is an organization dedicated to guiding young Jewish artists to personal and professional success. Throughout its existence, this youth-led organization has aimed to create unique, artistic, and cultural experiences for the entire community.

The organization provides pre-professional artists, ages 14 to 28, with the opportunity to produce and experience the magic and power of professional theatre. Under the direction of Artistic Director Dan Petrenko, JDY Theatre consists of a growing network of dedicated and talented young actors, singers, dancers, and stage crew members. Every year JDY Theatre presents a number of audition-based productions, ranging in genres from dramatic theatre to musical theatre. Known for the passion of its actors, its beautifully crafted direction, and helmed by industry professionals, our productions are always an audience hit, and our program has become a competitor in the Jewish theatre and youth theatre industries.

JDY Theatre is supported by the Genesis Philanthropy Group and the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.