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RABBI JOSHUA CORBER 

Rabbi Corber is delighted to have joined Beit Rayim and is most grateful for the warm welcome he and his family have received to our House of Friends.

Rabbi Corber comes to us from Beth Tzedec in Calgary, Alberta where he was highly regarded as the Director of Education. During his tenure there he ran the B'nai Mitzvah program as well as a series of popular adult education classes. His own education was extensive: over three years in Israeli yeshivot and four more at the Ziegler School of Rabbinical Studies in Los Angeles, California. 

"My passion is to help individuals and community while providing care, support and guidance. Together we will build the future".

Rabbi Corber and his wife, Chloe, are the devoted parents of almost-two-year-old Eliana.

In the event of a life or death emergency ONLY the Rabbi may be reached at 416-420-9588

To contact Rabbi Corber click here

 


 

CANTOR EMERITUS ELI BARD

Eli Bard has traveled thousands of miles over the decades, and puts the "I" in "International".

Eli was born in Shanghai, China. The Bard family fled the Communist occupation in mainland China in 1949, heading to Israel as refugees. Family reasons moved the Bards again to Buenos Aires, where they settled in 1954.

Eli completed a Bachelor of Optics Degree at the University of Buenos Aires, and after marrying Ester z"l, they chose to move to Israel. Eli received a Bachelor's degree in Industrial and Management Engineering from the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology), but was forced to abandon his Master's studies in order to serve as a tank commander for eight months during the Yom Kippur War at the Egyptian and Syrian fronts.

Back into civilian life, Eli was manager of the R & D department of a newly started Israeli contact lenses company. There, he helped develop and design special intraocular lenses which were tested and approved by international surgeons, and also, due to his fluency in Russian, English, and Spanish, became instrumental in the absorption of new immigrants into the labour force. When Eli arrived in Toronto in 1990, he obtained his licence as a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario, and is currently employed by Global Upholstery Inc. with the title of Director in charge of industrial engineering functions.

While in Buenos Aires, Eli and Ester had been founding members of Comunidad Bet El. This was their first "community project" in their young lives, under the mentorship of Rabbi Marshall Meyer Z"L which inspired them to become deeply rooted in the ideals and vision of the Conservative movement. Eli led the very first Kabbalat Shabbat at Bet El on March 1963 and, together with Ester, developed the cantorial department and support for all religious services. Eli also led the inaugural service on the occasion of the opening of the Jewish Theological Seminary - Latin-American branch.

In Israel, Eli led services, mainly at Bet Knesset Moriah, Haifa. Together with Ester and their son Uriel, he was invited to lead High Holy Day services at Congregacion Bet El Guatemala, and a thoughtful invitation brought him to Bnei Jeshurun, NY, to lead the High Holy Day services together with Rabbi Meyer. Eli has been the cantor of Beit Rayim since Shemini Atzeret 5755 (1994).

Eli and Ester z"l, have three sons - Uriel, Shalom, and Daniel.


 

ASSISTANT CANTOR JACLYN CEPLER-KLIMITZ

Jaclyn’s passions have always been the intersection of Judaism and Music, beginning in her early days as a student at USDS (now called Robbins Hebrew Academy) and later at CHAT.  In her capacity as Assistant Cantor at Beit Rayim she leads Shabbat services, reads Torah and Haftorah, participates actively in the High Holidays services and studied regularly with Eli Bard to expand her cantorial skills.  She also teaches Bar/Bat Mitzvah lessons to the adolescents in the congregation. She has experience leading services at lifecycle events including baby namings, weddings and shiva services. With her expertise in reading and speaking Hebrew, and her love of both singing and teaching, she is excited to increase her role in Beit Rayim life.  

Jaclyn celebrated her Bat Mitzvah at Beit Rayim in 1998, where her parents have been members since 1992.  Jaclyn obtained her undergraduate degree in Music Education as a Vocal Major at the University of Western Ontario.  Jaclyn also holds a Master’s Degree in Musicology from U. of T. where she focused on the Jewish Liturgical Music in the Italian Renaissance and on musical memorials of the Holocaust in the music of Darius Milhaud.  She completed her Bachelor of Education at OISE in Intermediate/Senior Music and Social Science.  Jaclyn also has her ARCT in Vocal Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Jaclyn was the head of the Music Department at the Kimel Campus from 2012-2017 and has been teaching there since 2010.  She conducted the five school bands and its concert choir.  In 2011, Jaclyn started the vocal program at the Kimel Campus and it has grown exponentially since then.  Next year, she will teach the vocal courses at the merged campus of “TanenbaumCHAT”. She has substantial experience teaching students of all ages how to explore their singing voices and giving them confidence to perform.  She has experience teaching in the History, Social Science and Special Education Departments.  

Jaclyn enjoys spending time with her husband, Jesse, and their two children, Isabel and Nathan.

A LETTER FROM RABBI CORBER

VAUGHAN, ON, Canada – June 18, 2018

Shalom uVracha!                                                                      

I’m Rabbi Joshua Corber and I’m thrilled to be your new Rabbi. 
My wife, Chloe, our daughter Eliana (21 months old) and I arrived here in Vaughan about two weeks ago and we’ve already fallen in love with your shul. We hope you’ll like us too
:). Chloe and I are both struck by how warm and friendly everyone has been; there has been an outpouring of help and support frommembersand leadership as we arrived and set up our home.

I feel very fortunate to be in my new position because Beit Rayim has a winning combo of traits. First and foremost, you live up to the name, a house of friends. Secondly, you are devoted to Jewish tradition and at the same time, you are passionately committed to pursuing progressive values. You are a welcoming and caring group with very knowledgeable, educated lay leaders who roll up their sleeves and give tirelessly to their shul.

What more can a Rabbi ask for?

What do I bring to the table?

My educational background before Rabbinical school was in Religion, Literature and the Arts and was quite eclectic. I studied ancient traditions of nearly the whole world while also

educating myself in Kabbalah and trained in several meditation disciplines. My Rabbinical studies were extensive: seven years total. I spent about half of the time in Israel learning in progressiveyeshivot and half the time at the Ziegler School. My Rabbeim showed me how to navigate the living tree that is Talmud Torah, and how to render halakhic decisions which are authentic, which address the needs of real people on the ground, and which above all preserve human dignity. 

During Rabbinical school I was heavily involved at IKAR, a progressive traditional community much like Beit Rayim. I gained a wealth of experience in building Jewish communities, teaching Torah which inspires and stimulates people, and crafting powerful, joyful prayer experiences. At Beth Tzedec in Calgary I was quite successful in shaping the educational programming. While running the religious school and B’nai Mitzvah program I also taught numerous adult classes which were well-received and often quite popular.

I created teen, young adult and young family programming, all of which were successful in their own ways. I bring all of this knowledge and experience to Beit Rayim. Together we will build the future. 

My passion is to help individuals and community while providing care, support and guidance and by broadening their access to Torah while helping them develop in their spirituality. I have not met most of you in person and I look forward to doing so very soon, G-d willing. I am so pleased to set out with you on this new journey together.

Best,

 

Rabbi Joshua Corber

Fri, October 19 2018 10 Cheshvan 5779