Team

Rabbi Yossi Sapirman
Senior Rabbi

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Cantor Ben Silverberg
Cantor

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Lawrence Janit
Finance and Administration
Business Management

Lawrence is the newest member of the Beth Torah Congregation team joining us as the new Director of Finance and Administration. Lawrence has spent the last 16 years working in the not-for-profit and community sector, helping organizations More increase their operational and administrative efficiencies. Lawrence holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and post-graduate diploma in Non-Profit Leadership and Management from the Schulich School of Business. Lawrence is also an active volunteer with the WALK Committee of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, a board member at Beit Rayim Synagogue, and a community coach for the Richmond Hill Soccer Club. In his spare time, Lawrence enjoys doing almost anything active with his beautiful wife, Andrea, and three adorable children.

Accounts@bethtorah.ca
(416) 782 4495 ext. 33

David Goodbaum
Events Coordinator
Building Management

David was born and raised in Toronto. With an eye toward working in government diplomacy, he studied political philosophy and international relations at the University of Toronto. He then attended the Hebrew University on scholarship where he studied political More philosophy on the graduate level. However, he was “professionally detoured” from a career in government and went into the family business, Sunnybrook Foods, formerly located in the Wilmington Plaza.  Since then, David has held a variety of senior positions in food retail, serving as vice president of merchandising and operations at Price Choppers, a division of Sobey’s, and founding the first organic supermarket in Ontario, Organic Garage.

Now At Beth Torah, David works as the Event Coordinator and Building Manager, ensuring that all events and operations of the synagogue flow smoothly. In 2015, David oversaw the first Pesach Seder at the synagogue, which drew 150 people. He is a regular Haftorah reader and has set his sights on eventually reading every Haftorah portion.

David’s passion is volunteerism, devoting his time primarily at Bellwood Health Services and Jacs, where he works with families going through treatment.

David also enjoys exotic travel; when he had the time and opportunity, he packed up and lived in Turks and Caicos for a year. David is married to Candace and has four beautiful children.

Events@bethtorah.ca

(416) 782 4495 ext. 33

Alley Dezenhouse Kelner
Principal of HebrewsCool
Youth and Family Engagement

Alley spent her university years on the East coast, studying philosophy at Dalhousie University where she spent four years as a member of the on-campus Israel Awareness Committee. Alley spent summer vacations in Israel, studying Torah and soaking up the Moreculture and sun. Alley pursued a Masters in Counselling Psychology, with a focus on children’s development. When she graduated, she gave up her summer vacations in Israel in favour of full time work and family.  She worked for many years as a 1:1 behavioural therapist for children with autism and, in 2011, started Magnificent Minds, a small private school and therapy centre for children with special needs.

Alley was bat-mitzvah’d by Rabbi Yossi, married by Rabbi Yossi, and her daughter’s Hebrew naming ceremony was performed by Rabbi Yossi; needless to say, she’s pretty attached to Beth Torah and its dynamic community. In 2014, she joined the Beth Torah team as the Director of Education and Principal of Hebrews’Cool, making Jewish values relevant, modern and relatable to her students and their families.

When she’s not working, you can find Alley baking, doing the sun salutation, shoe-shopping, and reading ingredient lists so as not to trigger her MANY allergies.

Hebrewschool@bethtorah.ca
(416) 782 4495 ext. 25

Arlene Silver
Office Manager
Lifecycle and Membership

Arlene was born and raised in Montreal. She attended Baron Byng High School and studied History at Concordia University before moving to Toronto in her 20s. Arlene spent many years as a member of B’nai Brith Women, eventually becoming president of her chapter. More As a newcomer to the city, volunteering with B’nai Brith was an excellent opportunity to meet new people and give back to her community, a value inherited from her actively involved parents.

Arlene has held many high-level administrative positions in the local Jewish community, including at Beth Tzedec Congregation and Chabad of Markham. Her knowledge, experience, and love for Judaism are evident in the skilled dedication shown in her extensive roles at Beth Torah and reflected in the excitement over her spiritual journey to Israel with the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (JWRP).

Arlene’s favourite pastimes are walking, exercise, and reading; and, most of all, spending time with her six amazing grandchildren.

Admin@bethtorah.ca
(416) 782 4495 ext. 27

Shannon Harrison
Exec. Assistant to Rabbi Yossi
Communications and Programming

Shannon attended the Fashion Management program at George Brown and the Material Art and Design program at OCAD University, interning with a prestigious textile design studio.  With a diverse background in retail management that includes custom décor, More footwear, and leather apparel, Shannon’s history in creative and leadership roles has been invaluable in directing the marketing initiatives for the shul.

Shannon is passionate about promoting a meaningful and relevant Judaism, facilitating Beth Torah’s partnership with Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (JWRP) in 2015. She acts as the administrator for the Living Jewishly course for those interested in conversion and oversees participation in special community initiatives such as Holocaust Education Week, Jewish Music Week, and Global Day of Jewish Learning.

Outside of Beth Torah, you may just find Shannon embarking on her next adventure, road tripping in remote Northern Ontario.

An advocate for LGBT equality, Shannon has been involved in a variety of roles with Pride Toronto for over 11 years.

Rabbisoffice@bethtorah.ca
(416) 782 4495 ext. 42