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Rabbi Jarrod Grover

Rabbi Jarrod Grover serves as the senior spiritual leader and mara d'atra of Beth Tikvah Synagogue in Toronto. He came to Beth Tikvah as an assistant rabbi at 28 years old and, upon appointment, became the youngest Senior Rabbi of any large congregation in North America. 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 is a leading religious voice within the Canadian Jewish Community. He currently serves as President of the Ontario Region of the Rabbinical Assembly, and sits on the Executive Council of the Rabbinical Assembly.

He 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. 

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 is married to Carmela, with whom he shares three children and a Boston Terrier named Kobi. 

To get in touch with Rabbi Grover, please email his assistant by clicking HERE


 

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. 

To get in touch with Rabbi Sachs, please email his assistant by clicking HERE


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. 

To get in touch with Hazzan Kovari, please email him by clicking HERE


 

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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.
 

To get in touch with Irv, please email him by clicking HERE

Fri, 28 February 2020 3 Adar 5780