Rabbi Richard Camras

RabbiCamrasRabbi 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.

Click Here for Rabbi Camras' Book Recommendations

FacebookIcon

  Follow Rabbi Camras on Facebook.
 
 Contact Rabbi Camras by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone: (818) 854-7650.
 
 

Cantor Ron Snow

ron snowCantor Ron Snow joined the STS community in 1999 after attending regular services and finding STS warm and inviting. What began as a childhood love of Jewish liturgy while growing up in suburban Detroit continued over the years, leading to a place on the STS bimah.

"I never would have imagined the rewarding feeling that is afforded me on a constant basis, here at STS. I look forward to each week with great anticipation."

Cantor Ron's mellifluous voice conveys the sanctity of Shabbat and our holidays and the warmth of our welcoming community. While leading services and conducting life cycle events, Ron's rich baritone allows us to transcend the ordinary and transports us to a sacred place. His welcoming smile and generosity of spirit enrich our congregation beyond measure.

While many hear his voice singing and leading services at STS on a weekly basis, it is his speaking voice that fills the airwaves, selling everything from air cleaners to automobiles to beauty products and more.

 
 

Cantorial Soloist Jackie Rafii

Jackie Rafii head shot

Jackie Rafii has been a cantorial soloist for over 12 years, leading services and officiating life cycle events at various synagogues and organizations throughout Los Angeles. Jackie has a unique story, as she left a career as an entertainment lawyer to pursue her long-time passion of becoming a cantor. Jackie has both her undergraduate and J.D. degrees from UCLA, and she is currently studying at the Academy for Jewish Religion toward her cantorial ordination. Since college, Jackie has been involved in Jewish community engagement, leadership, and programming: she had a large part in founding a chapter of a Jewish sorority at UCLA, was the President of the Jewish Law Students’ Association in law school, and has been a featured speaker at two major Jewish community events this past year focusing on career passion and leadership. Jackie’s love of music began at an early age – she began studying piano at the age of 4 and singing at the age of 13, has composed many original settings to Jewish liturgy, and writes music of varying genres. Jackie has taught piano, voice, and music theory to young students of all ages. Additionally, Jackie is fluent in Farsi and Spanish. She is thrilled to join the Shomrei Torah Synagogue family, and invites you to reach out to get involved in our musical programming, or simply to get to know one another!

Jackie can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

Rabbi Beth Lieberman

Beth LiebermanRabbi Lieberman is thrilled to be teaching and community organizing at Shomrei Torah Synagogue. Former manager of the Boomer and Beyond Initiative at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, she is also a nationally known editor and publisher of  sacred Jewish texts.

At STS, Rabbi Lieberman serves as director of our Growing in Wisdom Initiative (click for information), and works hand in hand with lay leaders on Social Action.

Rabbi Lieberman holds rabbinical ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion California and is a proud alumna of Barnard College. She lives in West Hills with her husband Steve and two daughters, Sarah & Hannah.

 

 

Hazzan Joel Smith

joel smithHazzan Joel Smith is STS' Ritual Director for the past ten years, during which time he has helped lead Shabbat services with an obvious passion for tefillah.

One of Joel's most remarkable gifts to STS has been in his role as teacher and mentor to eight Adult B'nai-Mitzvah classes, a total of seventy students. With his knowledge, guidance, and patience, Joel has helped all of his students find their own voices on their journey to complete this momentous rite of passage.

The knowledge that what he does positively impacts the worship experience of others brings Joel great satisfaction and fulfillment.

 

 

Save

stsonline logo white

Shomrei Torah Synagogue
7353 Valley Circle Boulevard
West Hills, CA 91304
 
Main Office: (818) 854-7650
Education Center: (818) 854-7690

Mailing List

Shabbat @ STS

More information

 

DAILY MINYAN
Monday - Friday: 8:00am
Monday - Thursday:  7:30pm
Sunday and legal holidays: 9:00am
All services in Heytow Chapel.
More information