Biographies

Rabbi  Lionel MosesRabbi Lionel Moses

Rabbi Lionel Moses was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1977. He holds a BSc in Chemistry and an MA in Near Eastern Languages, both from the University of Toronto and a second MA in Jewish Literature from JTS. He is currently a Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. In 2002, Rabbi Moses was awarded a Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa) by the Jewish Theological Seminary. He has served pulpits in Alabama, New York, and California. He came to Shaare Zion Congregation in August 1995 with his wife Dr. Joyce Rappaport and their three sons, Zev, Jeremy and Ezra. In his free time, he enjoys reading, listening to music, taking walks in the city, exercising, going to the theatre and concerts and volunteering on several committees of the Rabbinical Assembly.

Rabbi  Lionel MosesCantor Adam Stotland

Adam is a graduate of Concordia University where he studied music. A native Montrealer, Adam went to Hebrew Academy and spent many summers at Camp Massad. Upon graduating high school, Adam spent some time in Israel learning in Yeshiva. A lyric tenor vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Adam has spent the last decade singing and performing at concerts and weddings here in Montreal and throughout North America, Europe and Israel. Married to Yahel Farkas, grandaughter of long-time Shaare Zion members Louis (z'l) and Valerie Farkas, Adam & Yahel celebrated the birth of their first child this past summer and named him Shaya Ziv.

 

 

Ritual Director Asher TannenbaumRitual Director Asher Tannenbaum

Asher studied at the Bar Ilan University and has degrees from both Concordia and McGill Universities. Before joining Shaare Zion Congregation in 2004, Asher was the Ritual Director at Congregation Beth David in Toronto. He married his wife Heather in 1997 and they have two children, Benjamin, born in 2001, and Madelyn, born in 2007. In his free time, Asher enjoys spending time with his family and working on his golf game.

 

 

Choir Director Shimon RaduChoir Director Shimon Radu

Shimon has studied piano performance and composition at the American Conservatory of Music in Paris, the Bucharest Academy of Music, and the Université du Québec à Montreal. He has been a member of the Union of Romanian Composers since 1999.

Before joining us in 2008, Shimon put his phenomenal piano skills to use performing in Japan, Germany, Austria and France. It was during these performances that he met his wife Lia. Their daughter Havah was born in 2005 in Montreal. In addition to working at Shaare Zion Congregation, Shimon teaches music full-time at Pierre Elliott Trudeau elementary school. In his free time, Shimon enjoys travelling and fishing.

 

Shaare Zion Congregation Choir

Shaare Zion Congregation’s choir was started by Samson Rosmarin in 1947. Lou Burko took over the duties of Choir Director in September 1963. The all-male choir sang choral compositions and accompanied Cantor Solomon Gisser during services. Mr. Burko, Cantor Gisser and the Shaare Zion Congregation Choir staged several concerts accompanied by a symphony orchestra over the years. In 1983, women's voices were added to the choir. In 1999, the Shaare Zion Congregation Choir recorded The Music of Shaare Zion, with Eric Moses, a former Cantor of Shaare Zion Congregation. The Shaare Zion Congregation Choir has performed in many concerts throughout the years with Cantors Gideon Zelermyer, Boaz Davidoff and other musical guests.

The choir now totals over 20 singers, who sing on many Shabbat morning services as well as for High Holydays and Festivals. They enjoy singing and exploring new musical directions under the leadership of Shimon Radu.