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Our Clergy

Aviva-Goldberg

Aviva Goldberg, PhD
Rabbi and Co-founder

For two decades, Rabbi Goldberg has planned and implemented all our worship services from Shabbat to High Holy Days.  She provides pastoral care to the community and also conducts meaningful life cycle rituals for Jewish families and individuals. She oversees and supervises all the children’s educational programming, including our bnei mitzvah programme. Rabbi Goldberg is a participating member of a liberal beit din of unaffiliated rabbis.  Dr. Goldberg’s scholarly interests include contemporary Jewish theologies and women’s rituals. Her research and writing have appeared in several anthologies and academic journals. She was an assistant professor at York University’s  faculty of liberal arts and professional studies, and before that taught middle school in Toronto for more than 20 years.  Aviva lives in Toronto with her partner Dinah Rosen – also a co-founder of the shul. They have four adult children and two grandchildren.

 

 

Daniela-Gesundheit

Daniela Gesundheit
Musical Director and High Holy Days Chazzan

By the time Daniela Gesundheit landed in Toronto to be our chazzan, she had led services from Warsaw to California, where she studied chazzanut with Marcia Falk. Daniela has expanded and enhanced our congregation’s musical liturgy and participation at Shabbat and High Holy Day services. She has trained several of our members to conduct chazzanut (liturgical singing) for the community. Daniela is also the lead singer/songwriter of the internationally-renowned band, Snowblink.

 

 

Paula Wolfson
Shabbat and Bnei Mitzvah Chazzan

Paula Wolfson joined Congregation Shir Libeynu in 2008 and  trained under Daniela Gesundheit to lead the chazzanut.  She is now the Shabbat and bnei mitvah chazzan, and co-directs with Daniela during the very musical High Holy Days. Paula is a professional performer, and has toured the continent for almost 40 years with shows big and small. She is also the conductor of Singing With Parkinson’s, in partnership with the Canadian Opera Company.