Beth Jacob Synagogue
Staff and Synagogue Leadership

Rabbi Hillel Lavery IsraeliRabbi Hillel Lavery-Yisraeli

Vancouver-born Rabbi Hillel Lavery-Yisraeli joined Beth Jacob in August 2015 after having served as chief rabbi of Gothenburg, Sweden for three years. Before that, he was the rabbi of a large Masorti/Conservative congregation in Netanya, and a teacher of Talmud and other Judaic fields at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem. He has authored numerous articles, some of which can be seen here and here. Click here to watch his lecture, "Gender, Sexuality and Identity in the Jewish Tradition". Rabbi Hillel can be reached by emailing or by calling 905.522.1351, ext. 12. Watch Rabbi Hillel play a Carlebach song with A Touch of Klez at the band's Bar Mitzvah celebration.

Executive DirectorHanna Schayer, Executive Director

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, 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.

Synagogue PresidentsPresident

Matthew Ogus

Synagogue PresidentsBookkeeper

Craig Starrs

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 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.

Board of Directors

Elliott Biro
Tanis Hall
Benson Honig
Dena Honig
Dan Levy
Jeff Levy
Matthew Ogus
Nessa Olshansky-Ashtar
Elissa Press
Philip Price
Yael Reznick DeMarco
Cindy Richter
Peter Smurlick

Standing Committees of the Board

Matthew Ogus - Co-President
Cindy Richter - Past President

Martin Levy - Finance
Jeff Levy - Corporate Services 
Philip Price - Religious Affairs
Dan Levy - Cemetery 
Nessa Olshnsky-Ashtar - Spirituality
Elliot Biro - House and Land
Yael Reznick DeMarco - Membership & Events
Elissa Press - Social Justice (Tikun Olam)