Rabbi Jonathan Infeld was born in Pittsburgh, PA. He graduated from Brandeis University with a BA in Near Eastern Judaic Studies in 1995. After graduating and before beginning rabbinical school, Rabbi Infeld spent a year studying in Jerusalem at Pardes Institute. Rabbi Infeld was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York in 2002. His first position was as the Assistant Rabbi of the Marlboro Jewish Centre in New Jersey. In 2006 Rabbi Infeld moved to Vancouver with his family to become Rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel. Rabbi Infeld is married to Lissa Weinberger. They have three children Avishai, Yair and Naomi.
Rabbi Infeld serves as one of the three co-chairs of the National Canadian Rabbinic Caucus. He is the chair of Rabbinic Association of Vancouver. He is the President of the Rabbinic Assembly Pacific North West Region and is the rabbinic representative to the boards of the Vancouver Jewish Family Service Agency and Tikva Housing Society.
Rabbi Adam Stein grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area attending a Conservative synagogue, to which his parents still belong. He was an undergraduate at University of California, San Diego, and received his BA in Judaic Studies with minors in Theatre and Philosophy. During his college years, he spent one year studying at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and then spent another year in Jerusalem following graduation, at the Pardes Institute. Rabbi Stein worked for Hillel at a Los Angeles area University for a year before finally(!) deciding to go to rabbinical school. He was ordained from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles in 2009, where he also earned a masters degree in education.
After ordination, Rabbi Stein and his wife Tamar moved to Kansas City, where he was Assistant Rabbi at Congregation Beth Shalom. They then went to Melbourne, Australia, where for five years, he was Rabbi of the only Masorti (Conservative) synagogue in the Melbourne area. Rabbi Stein and Tamar, along with two cute boys, Eli and Gabriel, both born in Australia, returned to North America in Summer, 2016, when he happily joined the staff of Beth Israel. He has long had passions for photography and technology, especially Mac computers. In addition to email, please feel free to contact Rabbi Stein on Facebook or twitter, both @adamrabbi.
students and chanting the torah and other liturgical texts. "I grew up in Winnipeg, a Jewish Community known for its warmth and Yiddishkeit. Speaking of Yiddish, my mother, after sending 3 children to Talmud Torah, decided to send me to the Peretz Folk Shul. Being an older mom, she liked slow, quiet activities. Some of my favorite memories are singing Yiddish songs with her, as well as playing scrabble (in English). My dad, on the other hand, took me on long bicycle trips and taught me how to canoe in Lake Winnipeg.
When I was 10 years old, my parents finally made Aliyah- realizing a dream they had shared for 30 years! Growing up in Israel made me fluent in Hebrew and instilled in me a lot of Hutzpah, which I have tried my best to tame since returning to Canada. After moving to Vancouver in my 20's, I studied music, catered and tutored many Bar and Bat Mitzvah students. I love working at Beth Israel and feel really privileged to work with Rabbi Infeld.
Director of Youth EngagementRabbi David Bluman
Rabbi David Bluman is a native of Vancouver, BC. As a child he attended the Beth Israel Hebrew School, was active in USY and regularly attended Shabbat services at Beth Israel. He graduated with a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of British Columbia. During his undergraduate studies he traveled to Israel to study at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem where he met his wife, Olga. After university, Rabbi Bluman studied at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem and in May 2009 he received Rabbinic Ordination from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, CA. He began his rabbinate at Kadima Day School in West Hills, CA, where he served as the School Rabbi and taught Grades 5 – 8. Rabbi Bluman has experience working in a variety of educational settings including Los Angeles Hebrew High School, Adat Ari El Religious School and Camp Solomon Schechter in Olympia, WA. In his leisure time he enjoys spending time with his friends and family, playing with his daughter, Shoshana, watching movies and playing Monopoly.
Rabbi Bluman joined the Beth Israel staff on August 1, 2013, as the Director of Youth Engagement. He is in charge of the Hebrew School, USY, Chai School, T'nT and the young adults program. If you have any questions about any of these programs or would just like to chat please contact Rabbi Bluman via email, call at the office or friend him on Facebook, RabbiDavid Bluman.
Shannon Etkin joined BI in 2002 as the Executive Director. He has a Masters degree in the field of Organizational Development and Educational Theory from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education – University of Toronto. Shannon has lived in several cities in the United States and Canada. He has worked in the for-profit and not-for–profit world with Jewish and other organizations and businesses, focusing on organizational change and development.
Manager Member Relations & Facility RentalsGaynor Levin
Gaynor lives in Vancouver with her husband, Ivor. They have two children, Samantha and Marc, who are both out east at University.
Executive Assistant (Development & Communications)
Esther grew up in Mumbai, India. She received her Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Mumbai before making Aaliyah to Israel. While in Israel Esther earned her Master's in Business Administration from the Heriot-Watt University. Esther worked in the hi-tech industry in the marketing field during her stay in Israel. After moving to Canada in 2006 Esther worked at Beth Israel as the Office Manager before leaving to work in a mining company. Esther is excited to be back at Beth Israel in a new position, and work with many of her old colleagues again!
Esther lives in Vancouver with her husband, Richard. They have two young children Ari and Eliana.
Adult Education Program Director
Nicky is originally from Zimbabwe. She has lived in Vancouver for 25 years and is delighted to take on the position of Adult Education
Program Director. Nicky has extensive experience in communications, change management, training and facilitation. Most recently
she has been facilitating teams and organizations involved in challenging processes and conversations, using large scale graphics to
draw out the conversation. Nicky teaches storytelling and graphic facilitation through SFU's Continuing Studies program. She is thrilled
to be joining the Congregation Beth Israel team
Young Family Program Director
to that Angela worked at the JCCGV in the preschool/daycare for 3 years. Angela also spent 6 years teaching at Congregation Beth
Israel's Hebrew School.
Angela is looking forward to taking on this new position as the Young Family Program Director. If you are on Facebook and would like to
be kept up to date on what is going on please request to join the group "Young Families of Beth Israel".
Han immigrated from China in 2003 with her husband and started a family here. She had a bachelor degree in computer science, and worked in a publishing house in China. She started her career in accounting in 2009. She completed the Diploma in Accounting Program in UBC and continued working on her CGA designation.
Han is passionate working as an accountant for BI where she can apply her accounting knowledge, work experience, customer service skills, strong work ethic, and professionalism.
Susanne was born and raised in Saskatoon where her family was very involved in Congregation Agudas Israel (Conservative) Synagogue. She first came to Vancouver in 1988 to attend University. She went home to work in Saskatoon after graduating intending to return to Vancouver in two or three years. Back in Saskatoon she took up the family tradition as a board member and lay leader at her shul. In 2006 Susanne moved back to Vancouver along with her parents who she shares with her two sisters, her brother and various nieces and nephew.
Building and Properties Manager
Chuck and his bride of 30 years, Kelli, have been blessed with two children, Andrew and Kassandra as well as 3 year old grandson Zachary. Chuck looks forward to serving the needs of the congregation and it's families for years to come.
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