Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto

In-Person and Virtual
The Harvey Atkin Young Jewish Performer Competition

Canada’s Got Cholent

Erev Purim
Monday, March 6 at 7.30 p.m.


Whether in comedy (Meatballs) or drama (Law and Order), Harvey Atkin distinguished himself as an actor whose range and professionalism enabled him to perform on par with some of the most famous actors of our time such as Burt Lancaster, Bill Murray, Gene Wilder, and Dustin Hoffman. Temple Sinai honours his memory by giving young Jewish performers a chance to further their careers, showcase their talents to entertainment industry professionals, and provide us with a great way to celebrate Purim!

On Monday evening, March 6 at 7.30 p.m., in addition to the Megillah reading, and the Toronto premiere of “Esther in the Spotlight” by Rich Orloff, joining us will be performers Olivia Daniels, Daniel Greenberg, Lucas Kalechstein, Berkley Silverman, Nico Solarte and Jenny Weisz. Each of them has already left their mark on stage, television or up on the big screen. 

Hosting will be Temple Sinai’s very own David Eisner with special appearances by Gabi Epstein, Avery Saltzman, Temple Sinai clergy, and with musical direction by the one and only Mark Camilleri.

Pre-register to attend in-person by Sunday, March 5 at 5.00 p.m.

Should you wish to attend in-person after registration has closed, please contact Marcie for availability at 416.487.4161.

This program is sponsored in loving memory of lifetime member and resident filosof Harvey Atkin z”l by Celia Tessler Atkin.



Olivia Daniels

Olivia Daniels (she/her) is a Canadian theatre artist. She holds a BFA in Drama from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Olivia is the co-founder of Artists in Residence, a theatre company created during the COVID-19 pandemic to support artists’ mental health by focusing on community, connection, and collaboration.


As a director: The Storyteller (Hamilton Fringe Festival), The Krakow Chicken (BurlOak Theatre Group – New Play Festival Best Director Award), and the Toronto premiere of Small Mouth Sounds (AIR).

As a performer: Beth in Merrily We Roll Along, Mona in Portrait of a Heart by Ashlie Griffin, and Maeve in the NYC premiere of Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale. 


Daniel Greenberg

Prayer for the French Republic (Segal Centre, upcoming); Marc Chagall in Flying Lovers of Vitebsk (WJT); Sam Weinberg in A Few Good Men, Davey in Newsies (Drayton); The Last 5 Years (YRG); The Little Mermaid, All Shook Up (Globe Theatre); Jersey Boys, I Love You… Now Change, Joseph… Dreamcoat (Stage West); Legally Blonde, The Addams Family, Shrek, Beauty and the Beast (Neptune); Queen and Ben Elton’s We Will Rock You (1st NA Tour).

Film/TV: Accused (FOX); Reign (CW), Hardcore Heroes (History).



Lucas Kalechstein

Lucas is a grade 12 vocal major at Alexander Mackenzie HS. He’s performed professionally since the age of ten in various theatrical productions including The Hockey Sweater at both the Segal and National Arts Centre and Winterfest at Canada’s Wonderland. 

His passion for classical music has led to winning awards at the National level and is the focus of his university pursuits. Lucas has performed in support of various charities and local events including The Canadian Cancer Society, LLS and most recently Youth Day Global. 

He wishes everyone a Purim Sameach!

Lucas Kalechstein Sings


Berkley Silverman

Berkley Silverman is currently in her 2nd year at Sheridan College’s Musical Theatre Program.

Recent film credits: Abducted on Prom Night and The Boy in the Woods, which is based on Maxwell Smart’s book recounting his survival story during the Holocaust.

Favourite theatre credits: Innocence Lost: The Steven Truscott Story (Soulpepper) and The Hockey Sweater The Musical (Segal Centre)

Favourite TV credits: recurring roles on Workin’ Moms and Big Top Academy however Berkley is best known for playing Everest in Nickelodeon’s Paw Patrol.

Berkley can be seen again on stage this summer at The Drayton Festival.



Nico Solarte

Nico Solarte is a Colombian-Canadian multidisciplinary artist, movement coach, and integrated mindfulness guide. Nico is a graduate of the Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance program at Sheridan College and is also the founder of Existt Soul Centre, a QBIPOC artist-driven wellness collective: @existtcentre.

Select performance credits: MEMPHIS (StageArt Australia), GHOST: The Musical (Starvox Entertainment), Danzantes del Alba (Teatro Linea de Sombra), Pretty Tiny Things (Netflix). 


Jenny Weisz

Theatre credits: Grow (The Grand), Perfect Wedding (TIP), 9 to 5 (Capitol Port Hope), Freaky Friday (Theatre Aquarius), Mamma Mia (Stage West), There Goes the Bride (Stage West), Into the Woods (Neptune Theatre), Shrek (Globe Theatre), Annie (YPT), Anne and Gilbert (The Guild), I Love You, You’re Perfect (Gravenhurst Opera House), The Book of Everything (Magnus Theatre), Assistant Director for Rose (Soulpepper), Assistant Director for Marvellous Wonderettes (GOP).

Film and TV credits: The Boys (Prime), Mrs. America (FX), Mouthpiece (CBC), Murdoch Mysteries (CBC), Heroes Reborn (NBC).