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 Jonathan Bubis is the newest addition to the Shomrei Torah Synagogue family, a recent graduate of the Zeigler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. He is a Jewish educator and performing artist with a passion for music, theater, and Jewish text. Additionally, Rabbi Bubis has a penchant for Jewish prayer and leading communities in participatory, spiritually uplifting prayer services.
Since graduating from Indiana University, majoring in Jewish Studies and minoring in music and Hebrew, he has been teaching and tutoring in different Jewish institutions around LA. He spent three summers heading up the drama department at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin - and seven summers total on drama staff - where he directed Broadway musicals in Hebrew and created original pieces of Jewish theater. Rabbi Bubis has also worked as a Storahtelling Maven, a revived form of the ancient translator/interpreter of Jewish biblical text, making ancient stories and traditions accessible for new generations in the synagogue and in the classroom, advancing Judaic literacy and raising social consciousness. He and his wife Rebecca are thrilled to be a part of the Shomrei Torah Synagogue community.