Rabbi Howard Markose
Rabbi Howard Markose was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He received his rabbinical ordination in 1984 from the Jewish Theological Seminary in NY. He lived in Toronto from 1984-1994 at which time he served as Assistant Rabbi at Adath Israel Congregation and Rabbi at Shaar Shalom Synagogue in Thornhill. He and his family made Aliyah in 1994 and after seven years as Rabbi of Kehilat Moreshet Avraham in Jerusalem, he became the Director of Education for the Young Judaea Year Course, a post high school/pre-university program for young Jews from North America. He is currently working towards a doctorate in Bible at Bar Ilan University. In his spare time, Rabbi Markose teaches Biblical Hebrew Grammar and conducts Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremonies for families from North America who are visiting Israel. He is married to Dr. Judy Markose, former principal of the Beth Tikvah Hebrew School, past director of Camp Ramah in Canada and currently the director of the Pardes Educators' Program. They have four children: Noam (25) recently married to Ariel, Eran (22), currently serving in the IDF, Leor (19) who is going into the army in March 2012and Elina (13) who will be entering Grade 8 in the fall. Rabbi Markose can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rabbi Jarrod Grover
Rabbi Jarrod Grover first came to Beth Tikvah in the summer of 2009. Since then he has quickly made a name for himself at the synagogue and in the wider Toronto Jewish Community. He is well-known for his warmth and dynamism, breathing new life into the congregation. Rabbi Grover speaks regularly from the pulpit and distributes a weekly e-mail with over a thousand recipients. He focuses much of his attention on youth and young family programming, including his famous "Blue Jean Shabbat." He has received numerous fellowships and awards, including a leadership award from the Government of Canada. A native of Montreal, Rabbi Grover graduated from Princeton University and was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2009. While a student, he served congregations in Westchester, NY and in Syracuse, NY. He serves as Religious and Ethical Advisor to the Toronto Jewish Free Loan Cassa and Secretary to the Rabbinical Assembly of Ontario.Rabbi Grover can be reached at email@example.com
Rabbi Emeritus and Senior Scholar, Dr. Avraham Feder
Rabbi Avraham Feder was the founding rabbi of Beth Tikvah. Originally trained as a Hazzan, and a powerful speaker, Rabbi Feder annually leads one division of our High Holiday services. In addition, he makes an annual Spring visit to Beth Tikvah to speak on Israel – where he now resides – and current events.
Hazzan Tibor Kovari
Hazzan Tibor Kovari is a native of Cluj, Romania. He came to Beth Tikvah in 2003 from the Beth Israel Synagogue in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Previously he has served in as Chief Cantor of the Coral Temple in Bucharest and the Romanian Jewish Communities as well as the Director of Jewish Education for Federation of Jewish Communities of Romania, acting Rabbi and Cantor for each of the Anna Frank High School in Budapest, Lauder Reut Jewish Kindergarten and School in Bucharest-Romania, the Hungarian Armed Forces and the Pava Street Synagogue in Budapest. His love for Judaism, Israel and interest in Hazzanut and Jewish music is attributed to his upbringing and the education he received. First, growing up in communist Romania he attended the Talmud Torah educational program. He then later received Rabbinical and Cantorial training at The Hungarian Rabbinical Seminary in Budapest , Hungary, Ohr Somayach educational center in Monsey NY and, at the Federation of Jewish Communities of Romania. As part of his secular studies, Tibor graduated in 1994 from the Management and Marketing program at University of Oradea, Romania. Since 2003 Tibor has served as our Hazzan and Music Director of Beth Tikvah Synagogue in Toronto, Canada, organizing successful yearly concert seasons to entertain and educate our membership and the members of the larger Jewish Community. Tibor has sung in numerous concerts across Israel, Europe and North America. He is a lyric tenor and continues to study vocal technique with David Dunbar and art of hazzanut with Cantor David Nemtzov. Cantor Kovari is a Past-President of the Toronto Council of Hazzanim. He is married to Isabela and they are blessed with two wonderful sons Daniel Yaakov and Ariel Yosef. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Irv Kirshenblat is Ritual Director at Beth Tikvah. He is responsible for strengthening our weekday services and serves as Ba'al Koreh during weekday services. Irv assists in our B'nai Mitzvah and lay participation programs, and teaches some of our B'nai Mitzvah. He brings to Beth Tikvah many years of valuable experience in service to the Toronto Jewish community. Contact email@example.com
Doris Alter, Beth Tikvah Synagogue’s Executive Director, is responsible for all aspects of the Synagogue Administration. Doris’s career began over 20 years ago in the Jewish non profit sector. Born and raised in Montreal and moved to Toronto in 1997. Amongst the various volunteer positions Doris has held today she is President of STAT, (Synagogue Temple Administrators of Toronto. Doris oversees the fiscal management of Beth Tikvah and is responsible for membership, recruitment and retention, fundraising, catering, major events and building maintenance. Doris interfaces with outside organizations on administrative affairs and daily operations. Contact Doris Alter at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sigal Tuch B.A, B.ED
Sigal Tuch has been our Youth and Young Families Director since 2007. She is a long time member of Beth Tikvah where she was a Kadimanik, USY participant, and BETSY president. Sigal received her BA in Psychology and a Bachelor of Education from York University with a specialized certificate in Equity Education. Her diverse career includes teaching with the Toronto Board of Education; serving as a Jewish educator with schools such as USDS, DJCS, and the Beth Tikvah Congregational School; Executive Assistant to a celebrity chef; event planning; and working as a Sales and Marketing Coordinator in the foodservice industry. She also teaches bar and bat mitzvah lessons at Beth Tikvah. Contact email@example.com
Klara Bagley Heifetz, Beth Tikvah’s Choir Conductor earned her Master’s Degree at the Vilna Academy of Music in Lithuania in 1973. Later, she made aliya and taught piano and performed in chamber orchestras. Klara moved to Canada in 1980, and quickly built up a fantastic reputation as a pianist, voice coach, music teacher and choir conductor. From 1982 to 1992 she served as Music Director for Beth Shalom Synagogue. In 1992 she moved to Montréal and was the Music Director of the local Jewish Day Schools. Klara moved back to Toronto in 1996, and filled the position of conductor of the High Holidays Choir at Beth Radom Synagogue and later at the Lodzer Congregation. Presently Klara is the director of Beth Tikvah Synagogue Choir, Toronto Jewish Male Choir, Kol Rina Women’s Choir and Netivot Hatorah Children’s Choir.