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Our Mission & History

Our mission at Shaare Zion Beth-El is to provide a warm and welcoming community for Conservative Jews in Montreal to come together and deepen their connection to their faith, heritage, and tradition. We strive to foster a sense of belonging and continuity through prayer, education, and social programs, and to be a source of support and guidance for our congregants. Our goal is to uphold the principles of Conservative Judaism, while also embracing diversity and inclusivity within our community.

We would love to hear from you! Feel free to reach us 514-481-7727
Emails and Extensions can be found in our staff list below.

Meet Our Team

Rabbi Adam Rubin
Rabbi Adam Rubin has been the pulpit rabbi in the Conservative Movement since he was ordained at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles in 2014. He was born and raised in Southern California. After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in American and European history, he received his doctorate in modern Jewish history from UCLA and was a member of the faculty at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles for over ten years, publishing a number of articles on Hebrew culture in pre-State Palestine and on the history of Zionism. Rabbi Rubin is married to Judith Schleyer, who worked for over 18 years as a primary school teacher until her deep interest in health care led her to pursue a career in public health policy. They have two children, Elior (13) and Na'amah (9).
Adam’s hobbies include tennis, cooking (he’s the family chef), and following his beloved Los Angeles Dodgers. He believes with emunah sh’lemah (perfectly irrational faith) that a 25th Stanley Cup for the Habs is possible in the not entirely distant future.

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, granddaughter 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
Ritual Director
Asher studied at the Bar Ilan University and has degrees from both Concordia and McGill Universities. Asher has been the Ritual Director since 2004,. Prior to that, Asher was the Ritual Director at Congregation Beth David in Toronto. He has 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 Emeritus
Rabbi Lionel Moses is the Rabbi Emeritus of Shaare Zion Beth-El Congregation.  He served as Shaare Zion's 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. 

Rabbi Ronnie Cahana
Rabbi Emeritus
From a long rabbinic line, Swedish-born and US-raised, educated, and ordained, Rabbinical Assembly member, Rabbi Ronnie Cahana has enjoyed an international rabbinate.  He held pulpits in Bolivia, Sweden, USA and Canada before becoming   Congregation Beth-El’s rabbi in 2001 and now serving as the SZBE Rabbi Emeritus.  A lifelong activist, Rabbi Cahana earned a Swedish Peace Prize for co-founding the Nordic Center for Inter-religious Dialogue and for his peace mission during the Bosnian War.  He is also a 2012 recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal “for significant contribution to Canada”.  
Since his stroke in 2011, Rabbi Cahana has devoted his free-time to writing Divrei Torah for the Amen Institute, poetry for his blog, and he’s currently working on a series, called Locked-Down Poetry, for which he received a Canada Council Arts Grant. 

Karen Knie-Cahana
With a background in Jewish Studies, Social Work, Family Therapy & Conflict Resolution,  Karen Cahana is available  by appointment to provide confidential  social work and pastoral services about psychosocial issues or concerns you may be facing.  

Shimon Radu
Choir Director

Rosanne Puritz
Office Manager

Roni Porter-Pritikin
Jamie Sterlin
Community Outreach/
Programming Coordinator
Serban Portik
Building Manager
(438) 764-6992

Board of Directors


Susan Abramowitz & Gilla Geiger , Co-Presidents
Mon, 17 June 2024 11 Sivan 5784