Rabbi Jarrod Grover
Rabbi Jarrod Grover serves as the senior spiritual leader and mara d'atra of Beth Tikvah Synagogue in the Willowdale neighborhood of Toronto, Canada. A bilingual native of Montreal, Rabbi Grover received his bachelor's degree in Economics at Princeton University. His M.A. and rabbinic ordination are from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America where he served as president of the students' organization.
Rabbi Grover speaks regularly from the pulpit, teaches inside and outside of the synagogue, and officiates at hundreds of lifecycle events throughout the year. His leadership vision focuses on commitment to Jewish tradition, Israel, egalitarianism, and social justice.
He currently serves as Religious and Ethical Advisor to Jewish Free Loan Toronto (www.jewishfreeloan.ca), President of the Rabbinical Assembly of Ontario, and is a Rabbinic Cabinet member of Israel Bonds and the Jewish Federations of North America. He has received numerous fellowships and awards, including several leadership awards from the Government of Canada, and accreditation by the Canadian Association for Pastoral Practice and Education. In the winter of 2014, he was invited by the Prime Minister to join him on his official delegation to Israel.
He is married to Carmela, with whom he shares three children and a Boston Terrier named Kobi.
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Rabbi Louis Sachs
Rabbi Louis Sachs is excited to work with the Beth Tikvah community as the Assistant Rabbi. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Rabbi Sachs grew up as an active participant in Jewish youth groups and summer camp. He attended UC Davis, graduating in 2010 with a Bachelors degree in Religious Studies. There, he was an active leader in many of the Jewish organizations on campus serving as president of the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity and on the boards of other campus groups. Additionally, he worked at a local synagogue teaching teens and running the youth group.
After graduating from college, Rabbi Sachs spent a year studying in Jerusalem at the Pardes Center for Jewish Studies. He then returned to Los Angeles to begin at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. Throughout Rabbinical School, Rabbi Sachs worked with teens and young families at a variety of Synagogues around Los Angeles, served for two years as the Rabbinic Intern at Temple Aliyah, and oversaw the ropes course and outdoor programs at Camp Ramah in California. Additionally, during his time at Ziegler, Rabbi Sachs volunteered for Jewish Big Brothers and was a AIPAC Rabbinical Student Fellow. Rabbi Sachs concentrated in Jewish Philosophy and his capstone project explored the relationship between Jewish Law and Ethics.
When not working, Rabbi Sachs enjoys spending time with his family, friends, and dog, Spinoza. He enjoys spending a free evening at a concert, play, museum, or other cultural attractions. Rabbi Sachs is deeply interested in the philosophical fields of Ethics and Consciousness. He is very excited to live in to Toronto and to serve the community of Beth Tikvah.
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Ḥazzan Tibor Kovari
Ḥazzan 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 served as Chief Cantor of the Choral Temple in Bucharest and the Romanian Jewish Communities as well as the Director of Jewish Education for the Federation of Jewish Communities of Romania, acting Rabbi and Cantor for each of 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 Bucharest. He attended the Talmud Torah educational program. He later received Rabbinical and Cantorial training at the Hungarian Rabbinical Seminary in Budapest, Hungary, Ohr Somayach educational centre in Monsey NY and, at the Federation of Jewish Communities of Romania.
Tibor has sung in numerous concerts across Israel, Europe and North America. He is married to Isabela, and they are blessed with three children, Daniel Yaakov, Ariel Yosef and Matan Israel.
Ritual Director, Irv Kirshenblat
Irv became a part of the Beth Tikvah family in 2001. He previously practised law and entered synagogue life mainly due to his passion for Judaic studies, teaching and community. He has always enjoyed teaching children, youth and adults and values engaging lay members of Beth Tikvah in ritual participation such as chanting torah, haftarot, megillot and leading prayer services.
Irv believes Jewish tradition, prayer, learning and having fun are all connected. As such, he enjoys the rhythm of the Jewish calendar and the needs of the congregation. You will not only find Irv at synagogue services, but also preparing breakfasts, tailgating, biking to work, and riding with the Beth Tikvah bike gang in the summer.
Prior to Beth Tikvah, Irv was privileged to have served in other synagogue positions including, President, Executive Director, ba’al koreh, teacher, fundraising and lay spiritual leader. He is particularly proud of his in-depth involvement in the rebuilding of Beth Radom (Toronto) and his design and supervision of the fabrication of Beth Radom’s main sanctuary ark stained glass windows, and those surrounding its main sanctuary entrance doors.
Irv was born and raised in Toronto and attended University of Toronto (B.A. Hons.), Queens University (L.L.B.) and York University (B.Ed.). He is married to Linda, and has 3 daughters, 2 son-in-laws and 3 grandchildren.
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Doris Alter, Beth Tikvah Synagogue’s Executive Director, is responsible for all aspects of the Synagogue Administration. Doris’ 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.
Sigal Tuch is Beth Tikvah Synagogue's Program Director and Youth and Young Families Director. She has been on staff since 2007 and is a long-time member of Beth Tikvah, where she was a Kadimanik, USY participant, and BETSY president. Sigal received her B.A. 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.
Renee Cammy, Membership Coordinator
Renee Cammy is Beth Tikvah Synagogue's Membership Coordinator. Renee comes to Beth Tikvah with over 15 years of administration, event planning and fundraising experience in the Jewish community. She has previously worked with Doris Alter, and looks forward to continue to help Beth Tikvah's members.
Yardena Davis, Rabbis' Assistant
Yardena Davis is Rabbi Grover's and Rabbi Sach's Assistant. She received her B.A. in English Literature from University of Toronto and a B.A.A. in Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson University. She brings to Beth Tikvah over 15 years of administration and scheduling experience, and now provides administrative support to the Rabbis. After finding herself immersed in a secular work environment for the first half of her career, Yardena is very excited to be able to transition into the religious atmosphere at Beth Tikvah, and work within, and for the Jewish community.
Gayle Kertzman, Events and Program Coordinator
Gayle Naiman Kertzman is Beth Tikvah Synagogue's Events and Program Coordinator. She brings with her over 15 years of experience in the public relations and event management fields and has planned numerous corporate events, fundraisers, weddings and Bar/Bat Mitzvahs. She relishes in celebrating all that life has to offer and enjoys working with the many families who are planning their semaḥot.
Our Choir Conductor
Alexander Veprinskiy, Beth Tikvah's Choir Conductor, has been the conductor of the Adath Israel Choir since 2011. He earned his Music and Piano Teacher's Degree followed by his Masters Degree in Opera and Symphonic Conducting from the Lviv State Conservatory (the Music University in Ukraine). From 1994 until the present, he has taught piano privately and theory and harmony at the Toronto School of Music (2002-present), as well as teaching at Roberts Music Centre in Toronto (1997-1998) and Majesty Music School (1998-2008). He has also conducted the Beth Emeth Synagogue Choir (2007-2010) and the Toronto Jewish Folk Choir (2002-2013). Alexander is the Artistic Director and Principal conductor of Shevchenko Musical Ensemble of Toronto (1995-present) and has experience as a chorister in the Beth Tzedec Synagogue Choir (1994-2002). He also composes and arranges music and his fluency in English, Russian and Ukraine has allowed him to work with all segments of the Jewish community and beyond.
Rick Firth, Communications & Marketing Coordinator
Rick Firth has a degree in Radio & Television Arts from Ryerson University, and a second degree in Jewish Studies from York University. Rick has worked in both Israel, as a TV Producer, and here in Canada, for Rogers Media, Corus and Newcap. To get in touch with Rick, please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or
416-221-3433, ext 303
Ainash Yessenbekova, Controller
Ainash Yessenbekova is Beth Tikvah's Controller. Ainash is an accounting professional with over 15 years of experience covering many accounting and financial analysis areas, budgeting and auditing practices. She joined Beth Tikvah and looks forward to working with staff and members to transform and enhance the accounting system of the synagogue.