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We are pleased to announce the High Holiday clergy for 2021/5782.

Rabbi Howard Markose
Cantor Adam Stotland
Reverend Asher Tannenbaum
Shaare Zion choir under the direction of Shimon Radu
Rabbi Schachar Orenstein
Cantor Betzalel Racovsky

Rabbi Dr. Howard M. Markose


Greetings From Rabbi Dr. Howard M. Markose

To Congregations Shaare Zion and Beth-El: I am so excited to be joining you for the month of Tishrei, 5782 as your rabbi and teacher.  I enjoyed my experience two High Holidays ago with the Beth-El community and look forward to a reunion with them and to meeting the members of Shaare Zion.  

Allow me to tell you a little bit about myself.  I was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  I studied Hebrew and Psychology at the University of Minnesota, earning my B.A. in 1979.  I received my rabbinical ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (Conservative), and with my wife, Dr. Judy Markose, moved to Toronto, Canada in 1984 to work with the Jewish community, where I served as rabbi at Adath Israel Congregation and Shaar Shalom over a ten year period.

In 1994, Judy and I, along with our three sons, realized our dream of moving to Jerusalem, Israel.  I am currently a teacher of Bible at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Hebrew Union College and the Academy of Jewish Religion.  I also conduct Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremonies for families visiting from North America.

I have a PhD in Bible from Bar Ilan University, Israel.  My topic: Metaphor in the Book of Numbers.

I live in Jerusalem with Judy, our three sons and daughter (Israeli born!), and we are blessed with four grandchildren.

Rabbi Schachar Orenstein

Rabbi Schachar Orenstein

Rabbi Schachar Orenstein served as Assistant Rabbi at Congregation Shaar Hashomayim and as Rabbi of the Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue of Montreal. He is currently the Co-Executive Director of Aleph Canada. He co-founded Teva Quebec, Quebec's first Jewish Environmental Organization. 

Cantor Betz Racovsky

I live in kibbutz Tirat Tzvi in Beit Sean Valley, and I am the father of five children. I am a software engineering but singing is my passion.

I have served in congregations across the globe including South Africa, Venezuela, UK, USA, Canada and Israel. 

I am happy to be with the amazing SZ family for the 3rd time.

Cantor 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 and Valerie Farkas (z'l), Adam and Yahel have 4 young children, three boys  Shaya, Yahav, Eden and a daughter Aria.


Reverend 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.

Rabbi Lionel Moses


Rabbi Lionel Moses is the Rabbi Emeritus of Shaare Zion Congregation, where he served as its spiritual leader for 23 years from 1995 until 2018. Rabbi Moses is a native of Toronto and a graduate of the University of Toronto, where he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and a Masters degree in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literature. Rabbi Moses was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1977 and has held pulpits in New York City and in Sacramento California. He is a Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute and currently chairs the National Beit Din of the Conservative Movement. Currently, he is serving as the Interim Rabbi of Mosaic Law Congregation, his former congregation in Sacramento.

Sat, 18 September 2021 12 Tishrei 5782