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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