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 Erez Sherman began his tenure at STS in July of 2009. He is a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, ordained in May of 2009, where he was awarded the United Synagogue Award for Congregational Service. He is also a graduate of Albert A. List College and Columbia University with degrees in Music and Talumd, where he wrote his thesis titled, "Music in the Synagogue in the 21st Century." He served as assistant to the Rabbi of Temple Sholom in Greenwich, CT during Rabbinical school. Rabbi Sherman creates energetic, upbeat, participatory and spiritual services.
Rabbi Sherman also loves working with the special needs community and has lectured around the US on "Inclusion of those with Disabilities into the Jewish Community" and volunteered with the Conservative Movement's B'nai Mitzvah program for those with special needs in Jerusalem.
Rabbi Sherman is a native of Syracuse, New York and comes from a family of Rabbis. The son of Rabbi Charles and Leah Sherman, his father has served as Rabbi of Temple Adath Yeshurun in Syracuse, NY for the last 33 years. His sister, Rabbi Nogah Marshall serves as the Education Director of Har Zion Temple in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Rabbi Sherman is married to Rabbi Nicole Guzik of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles and the couple recently welcomed a baby girl, Annie.