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Rabbi Yossi Sapirman

Senior Rabbi

Rabbi Yossi Sapirman is the Senior Rabbi of Beth Torah Congregation in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, a Conservative Judaism affiliated Synagogue founded in 1962. After more than 13 years at Beth Torah the congregation continues to grow at an unprecedented rate. Young and old alike find his style and enthusiasm to be a breath of fresh air as he makes Judaism relevant and enjoyable. Innovation, unconventional thinking and creating a great, warm and caring Shul community are the primary focus of “Rabbi Yossi” as he is known by all.

Beth Torah gained national prominence when over 100 families were on its waiting list for membership. This remarkable resurgence was noted by the media prompting the Globe and Mail, one of Canada’s national newspapers, to describe Beth Torah as “The “it” Shul… and a Shul that Rocks.

He has innovated “Now Judaism” a philosophy that empowers individuals to confidently engage tradition and history while embracing modernity and future. It’s about the transformation present in every moment.

Rabbi Sapirman has extended his warmth and broad vision to a multi-faith world and has embraced the challenges and rewards of interfaith dialogue and engagement. He also sits on the governing boards of Mazon Canada, the Jewish National Fund and the Centre for Diversity and is involved in many local and national projects and causes.

Rabbi Yossi Sapirman appears regularly on radio and television, hosts his own television segment on CTS, lectures on many subjects and is known as a warm and caring Rabbi.


Cantor Ben Silverberg

Cantor and B'nai Mitzvah Concierge

Cantor Ben is the newest member of our clergy to join the Beth Torah leadership. Previously, he was the cantor at Shaar Shalom Synagogue in Thornhill for fourteen years. Cantor Ben strongly believes in the importance of having the congregation join together in prayer services and has selected melodies to ensure this communal harmony. He also takes great pride in fostering the growth and well-being of our children, instilling in them the joy of prayer and music.

What drew him to the profession of cantor? No doubt his love of singing and teaching. But it was also his interest in being a member of the clergy who can share in our members’ good times- Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, weddings, and baby namings—as well as the more difficult times.

Cantor Ben has embarked on a personal path of growth that has looked beyond his professional capacity of cantor. He recently went back to school while working full time to get his MBA. When not at BTC, you might find him poring overstocks on the TSX, picking out a great wine to pair with food, working out, or watching the Blue Jays. He is married to Karen who is incredibly supportive of all that he is and does and recently they welcomed a lovely daughter Emily Brooke into their lives.


Atarah Derrick
Managing Director

Atarah Derrick is thrilled to be joining Beth Torah as its Managing Director, responsible for the clergy offices, communications and development. She comes to us with 13 years experience in the Jewish communal sector working in communications, educational programming, and administration for non-profits. Atarah has spearheaded new initiatives as a professional and volunteer at New Israel Fund of Canada, Limmud, Beth Avraham Yoseph Congregation, Israel’s Judaica and many more organizations. She is a proud mother of three and a partner to Chad, who works in television production. | 416-782-4495 Ext. 42


Courtney Sherman
Lifecycle Coordinator (currently on Maternity Leave)

After working for a number of years in Commercial real estate, Courtney decided to pursue her passion of working in the non-profit sector and is excited for her role as Lifecycle Coordinator at Beth Torah.
Since moving to Toronto after university, she has been heavily involved in the Jewish community. She remains a regular volunteer at Beth Tzedec Congregation and the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), in addition to her work with Canadian Hadassah-WIZO, where she is Vice President of her chapter and sits on the Resource and Technology Committee at the Toronto level. In her spare time, she enjoys spin classes, cooking, and attending classic rock concerts with her wonderful husband, Michael. | 416-782-4495 Ext. 27


Jenn Ferman
Program Coordinator

Jenn Ferman is a seasoned informal educator who is known for her ability to facilitate meaningful Jewish experiences through designing high-calibre engagement opportunities. Jenn has a deep commitment to Jewish communal life and is responsible for creating exceptional program offerings on the High Holy Days, Chanukah, and Purim at Beth Torah. Jenn has a background in teaching as well as a Master of Education degree.| 416-782-4495 Ext. 29

Mon, 25 March 2019 18 Adar II 5779