Rabbi Richard Camras assumed the role of rabbi at Shomrei Torah Synagogue in April of 1999. Rabbi Camras' passion and focus has been in the area of Jewish education through Torah study. By learning and living the traditions of our heritage, our members enrich their lives with greater meaning and engage each other and the larger community with acts of loving kindness. As founder of the Conejo/West Valley branch of the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School, Rabbi Camras continues to bring new and innovative programming to Shomrei Torah Synagogue and the West Valley.
Equally involved in building our Jewish community, Rabbi Camras serves as President of the Pacific Southwest Regional Rabbinical Assembly. He served for three years as the Chair of the West Valley Rabbinic Task Force at the Valley Alliance Federation and is a lecturer of Practical Rabbinics at the Zeigler School of Rabbinic Studies as well as oversees the West Valley/Conejo Valley Introduction to Judaism class sponsored by the American Jewish University.
He previously served as Associate Rabbi of Chizuk Amuno Congregation in Baltimore, Maryland for seven years and was ordained from JTS in 1992. He and his wife, Carolyn, have two children, Talya and Noah.
Rabbi Yael Saidoff has been lecturing in the Jewish Studies Program at the American Jewish University over the last six years. To date, she has developed courses in comparative mysticism, Mussar (character development), and Jewish Thought. She has also served as Rabbi of Makom Ohr Shalom, a renewal community in Encino, where she led participatory, musical services that apply the insights of Jewish tradition to foster spiritual growth. She has also served as the associate Rabbi at Beit T'Shuvah, a residential addiction treatment facility and synagogue.
Rabbi Yael Saidoff has applied seventeen years of dedicated meditation practice to teach synagogues across Los Angeles, developing committed practitioners and spiritual seekers. She holds a Rabbinical Ordination from the Ziegler Rabbinical School of the American Jewish University as well as degrees in psychology and neuroscience. Rabbi Saidoff lives with her husband Joshua and two loving and lively children, Maayan and Emet.
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Rabbi Lieberman is thrilled to be teaching and community organizing at Shomrei Torah Synagogue. Former manager of the Boomer and Beyond Initiative at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, she is also a nationally known editor and publisher of books on Judaism's sacred texts.
At STS, Rabbi Lieberman serves as director of our Growing in Wisdom Initiative (click for information), and works hand in hand with lay leaders on Social Action.
Rabbi Lieberman holds rabbinical ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion California (where she now serves on the Board of Directors) and is a proud alumna of Barnard College. She lives in West Hills with her husband Steve and two daughters, Sarah & Hannah.
Cantor Ron Snow joined the STS community in 1999 after attending regular services and finding STS warm and inviting. What began as a childhood love of Jewish liturgy while growing up in suburban Detroit continued over the years, leading to a place on the STS bimah.
"I never would have imagined the rewarding feeling that is afforded me on a constant basis, here at STS. I look forward to each week with great anticipation."
Cantor Ron's mellifluous voice conveys the sanctity of Shabbat and our holidays and the warmth of our welcoming community. While leading services and conducting life cycle events, Ron's rich baritone allows us to transcend the ordinary and transports us to a sacred place. His welcoming smile and generosity of spirit enrich our congregation beyond measure.
While many hear his voice singing and leading services at STS on a weekly basis, it is his speaking voice that fills the airwaves, selling everything from air cleaners to automobiles to beauty products and more.
Hazzan Joel Smith is STS' Ritual Director for the past ten years, during which time he has helped lead Shabbat services with an obvious passion for tefillah.
One of Joel's most remarkable gifts to STS has been in his role as teacher and mentor to eight Adult B'nai-Mitzvah classes, a total of seventy students. With his knowledge, guidance and patience, Joel has helped all of his students find their own voices on their journey to complete this momentous rite of passage.
The knowledge that what he does positively impacts the worship experience of others brings Joel great satisfaction and fulfillment.