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Rabbi Andrew Rosenblatt

Rabbi Andrew Rosenblatt has been the spiritual leader of Schara Tzedeck since 2003.  A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Rabbi Rosenblatt is the great-grandson of renowned chazzan and composer Yossele Rosenblatt, and grandson of Rabbi Dr. Samuel Rosenblatt.

Rabbi Rosenblatt graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry and English literature, and a Masters of Science in bioorganic chemistry.  After completing his secular studies, Rabbi Rosenblatt spent two years in Yeshivat Har Etzion in Israel and subsequently received semicha from Yeshiva University in New York.   Before coming to Vancouver, Rabbi Rosenblatt served as the assistant rabbi in Congregation Ahavath Torah in Englewood, New Jersey before taking the helm at Schara Tzedeck.

Rabbi Rosenblatt is married to Dr. Cirelle Rosenblatt, a neuropsychologist, and they have five children. Rabbi Rosenblatt sees his mission at Schara Tzedeck as making Torah resonate with the experiences of modern life, and draws on his extensive academic and Torah education, as well as his creativity to put this vision into reality.

Associate Rabbi Shlomo Schachter

Rabbi Shlomo Schachter received his Smicha in 2014 from Rabbi Riskin of Efrat after spending nine years studying in Israel.  He identifies as a Modern Orthodox Breslever Chassid and strives to draw on the experiential piety of chassidut in order to face the challenges of the contemporary world.  He particularly enjoys DIY mitzvah projects such as doing his own Shechita, making shofrot and homemade Matza and tying Tzitzit. As a former football player and coach of Israel's national football team he also integrates his experience in team sports into building spiritual community. He comes to us after five years serving as the OU-JLIC rabbi at the University of Illinois
 

Reverend Joseph Marciano, Torah Reader and Funeral Director

It is hard to think of Schara Tzedeck without thinking of Joseph Marciano.  Originally from Casablanca, Morocco, Joseph has spent more than 30 years as at the heart of the synagogue’s religious services, and the nexus between the synagogue and the cemetery.  In addition to general oversight of the services and reading Torah, Joseph acts as the shul’s masghiach.  He has prepared hundreds of bar mitzvah boys for their big day, and is already teaching his second generation of celebrants.

As funeral director of the Schara Tzedeck Cemetery Board Joseph facilitates all aspects of burials, and provides gentle comfort and bereavement support.  Joseph Marciano can be reached directly at 604-603-7164.

Joseph and his wife Simone, who also assists with masghiach duties, are the proud parents (and in-laws) of four children, and grandparents of eight grandchildren.

Director of Women and Young Families Education 
Ahava Zarembski-Schachter

 

Born in Skokie, IL, Ahava received her Master's Degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. She moved to Israel in 2001.  Ahava is an expert in post-disaster relief.  While studying at Nishmat The Center for Advanced Jewish Studies for Women in Jerusalem (for 7 years), Ahava worked in Israeli policymaking giving recommendations to the Prime Ministers Office. 
Ahava loves the arts, particularly fashion, and eventually started her own fashion line, Ahava Z Designs.  Ahava served with her husband Rabbi Shlomo Schachter as the Orthodox Union Jewish Learning Initiative (OU-JLIC) directors at the University of Illinois and currently serves in disaster relief as CEO of Sun Buckets Inc.  Ahava loves teaching Torat Eretz Yisrael (Torah of the Land of Israel) as well as examine pressing women's issues within the Jewish world. 

 

Camille Wenner, Executive Director
(Maternity Leave)

Camille brings a strong background in shul management and fundraising to her role as executive director of Schara Tzedeck.  She served as the executive director of Congregation Machzikei Hadas in Ottawa, and with Weizmann Canada, as the development manager for western Canada.  She also worked previously as an assistant in facilities management and event planning at Schara Tzedeck. 

Vancouver born and bred, Camille spent eight years as a member of the Canadian National Rhythmic Gymnastic Team, was a four-time western Canadian champion and bronze medalist at the 2002 Pan Am Games.  Camille is married to Dr. Joshua Wenner, a fourth-generation member of Schara Tzedeck .  They have three young sons, Jacob, Levi, Noah and Ari Oz.
 

Rachael Lewinski, Director of Community Engagement

Rachael Lewinski has been a member of the Schara Tzedeck administrative team for the past seven years.  Vancouver born and bred, Rachael completed a Bachelor of Administration and Certificate of Management at York University before pursuing a successful career in New York as an event planner at several well-known Jewish organizations, including National Jewish Outreach Program (NJOP), Aish Hatorah, Hillel, Saw You at Sinai, and Young Brooklyn Community Organization.

Rachael’s diverse responsibilities at Schara Tzedeck position her to engage with the shul community in many capacities.  She oversees Schara Tzedeck’s facilities rentals, administers the shul’s signature LinkYID program connecting newcomers to Vancouver with Schara Tzedeck mentors and potential employers in the business community, and provides administrative support to Rabbi Rosenblatt.

Rachael and her husband, Ariel have three young children, Yaakov, Sophie, and Hannah.

Anna Herman, Director of Operations

Anna joins us from Israel, where she worked for more than ten years as an office manager. Anna and her husband, Eitan are the parents of two children in King David High School and Richmond Jewish Day School.

 

Gavi Beigel, Director of Communications and Membership

Bio coming soon...

Wed, 22 September 2021 16 Tishrei 5782