Rabbi Hillel Lavery-Yisraeli was born and grew up in Richmond, BC. He knew he wanted to be a rabbi from the age of 4 or 5. He studied rabbinics in the United States and Jerusalem. Later, he taught Talmud and Jewish philosophy at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem and served as the rabbi of Conservative congregations in Netanya, Israel and Gothenburg, Sweden before becoming Beth Jacob’s rabbi in the summer of 2015. Rabbi Lavery-Yisraeli is always available to his congregants, whether to give guidance and assistance, celebrate the good times with them and provide comfort when times get tough. In addition to all things Jewish, Rabbi Lavery-Yisraeli is an activist for human rights, women’s rights, anti-racism and LGBTQ rights, a music lover and a musician, singing and playing a handful of string instruments. In Hamilton, he started a band called “The Mixed Blessings” together with a Benedictine monk. Rabbi Hillel is married to Yonah who is also a rabbi and an artist. He is the father of four children.
Hanna Schayer has been at Beth Jacob since March of 2009. She has a Masters degree in sociology and has spent much of her working life engaged on issues of social justice, human rights and the environment. Her tenure at Beth Jacob is the embodiment of that focus, and she feels privileged to work in an environment in which tikkun olam has such profound resonance. Asked to summarize her responsibilities, she would simply say, “Whatever needs to get done”. Practically speaking, you can contact her with regards to any shul related issue, other than those financial, educational or rabbinical, and she will happily assist or provide direction. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org, 905 522-1351 ext. 10. She is generally in the office Mondays through Thursdays though you’ll find her wandering around other days as well.
Maureen has been on the staff of Beth Jacob as administrative assistant since the summer of 2009. Prior to joining the staff in an official capacity, Maureen was involved in various volunteer functions. For the past 10 years she has worked on the Book of Remembrance and the seating committee for the High Holy Days. As administrative assistant, Maureen is responsible for keeping the synagogue membership and yahrzeit records up to date, sending out yahrzeit reminder notices to members, and assisting the executive director in whatever way is needed. You can reach her at email@example.com, OR 905 522-1351 ext. 13. She is generally in the office all day Monday and on Friday mornings; although you may find her around on other days as well, particularly in the weeks leading up to Rosh Hashanah.
I come to Beth Jacob with over 35 years experience in all aspects of accounting, as well as continuing to run my own income tax and bookkeeping business for the past 20+ years. I have made myself very familiar with every members account and am available to discuss any concerns you may have. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-522-1351 ext 14. I am in the office from Monday to Friday from 6:30 am until noon, however if you reach me after that I will return your message the next business day. I’m very excited to have become a part of the Beth Jacob family and look forward to being here for a long period of time.