Our People

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RAbbi Sherril Gilbert
Director, Aleph Canada

  • Rabbinic ordination: Mesifta Adas Wolkowisk, Queens, NY (2017)
  • Spiritual Director ordination: ALEPH Alliance for Jewish Renewal (2012)
  • Rabbinic Chaplain ordination: ALEPH Alliance for Jewish Renewal (2009)
  • Former Rabbi Educator, Congregation Dorshei Emet, Montreal’s Reconstructionist Congregation
  • Spiritual leader and founder (2012-present) of B’nai Or Montreal Community Shul, a Jewish Renewal congregation in Montreal
Rabbi Sherril with Arik Ascherman, founder of Rabbis for Human Rights and co-founder of the interfaith human rights organization Haqel

Rabbi Sherril with Arik Ascherman, founder of Rabbis for Human Rights and co-founder of the interfaith human rights organization Haqel

  • Spiritual leader and founder of Congregation Mishkan HaLev (2005-2011), a Jewish Renewal community in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
  • 21 years of religious, cultural and spiritual community leadership experience
  • Graduate of the Davennen Leadership Training Institute (DLTI 2002)
  • Member and former Co-Vice President of the Rabbinic Pastor Association, a branch of OHALAH (a trans-denominational association of rabbis, cantors and students)
  • Spiritual director in private practice
  • Member of Spiritual Directors International, Montreal Board of Rabbis, Christian Jewish Dialogue of Montreal
  • Undergraduate degree in Applied Social Science, graduate degree in Human Systems Intervention; social scientist with 30+ years experience as an adult educator, facilitator, trainer, and consultant to congregations, organizations and communities
  • Lecturer and Content Specialist in Special Care Counseling, Champlain College (St. Lambert, Quebec) Ordained through the ALEPH seminary as Mashpiah

Contact Reb Sherril: director@alephcanada.ca

RAbbi Daniel Siegel
Rabbinic Director, Aleph canada
Founding Director, Integral Halachah Institute

  • Rabbinic Director of ALEPH Canada
  • Founding Director of the Integral Halachah Institute
  • Director of Spiritual Resources for ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal
  • First person to receive semicha/rabbinic ordination (1974) from Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi as rabbi and colleague 
  • Received an additional level of ordination (2003) as a Dayan/Adjudicator from Reb Zalman 
  • BA from Rutgers University, MA from Temple University
  • Father of three sons, grandfather to two little girls
  • Currently lives on Hornby Island, British Columbia, serving as vice-president of the Hornby Island Residents and Ratepayers Association; past chair of the Hornby Island Community Economic Enhancement Corporation
  • Tends a garden, cuts his own winter wood

For more on Reb Daniel, click here.

Contact Reb Daniel: admin@alephcanada.ca

Our Board of Directors

Vera Kisfalvi, Chair

Dr. Veronika (Vera) Kisfalvi is a former professor of business administration, retired from HEC Montréal since 2014. Her teaching and research career focused on leadership, decision-making and management skills. Vera has been involved with Jewish Renewal and progressive judaism for several decades and is committed to promoting a robust, progressive, egalitarian and diverse Jewish presence in Montreal. She was an active participant and steering committee member of Chavurah Har Kodesh, and more recently, a Board member of Mile End Chavura. In addition to her work with these Chavurahs,she has also served on Boards of other community organizations including DES Action Canada, the Women’s Centre of Montreal, and MCVI, a rape crisis centre.  

Miriam Friedman, Secretary

Miriam Friedman, BEd, BFA was born and raised in Montreal, and lived in Toronto for 20 years before moving to Regina, SK, in 1992 with Crown Life. Following other careers in administration at REDA/RROC and in fundraising and donor relations at the University of Regina, Miriam is currently semi-retired and works at Beth Jacob Synagogue as Executive Director and Talmud Torah teacher. In addition, she is the part-time Administrative Coordinator of the English as an Additional Language at  Beth Jacob Synagogue. Miriam also holds volunteer positions at the synagogue, including Choir Leader and Lay Service Leader. She shares the role of leading the Sabbath services when Rabbi Jeremy Parnes is away. Miriam is proud to be a board member of Aleph Canada and feels a deep commitment to the values of the organization.

Anna Maranta

Anna-Sofia Maranta is a radical wisewoman, ritualist and spiritual healer with training as a rabbi and kohenet who offers education, mentoring and support to individuals and families on their spiritual journey. She facilitates marriage and separation rituals, rites of passage, and mourning rites. A lover of natural beauty, reading and quiet contemplation, she may frequently be found sipping organic, fair-trade coffee, on a warm sunlit patio with at least one book and a journal at hand. She loves late summer evenings, wild blueberries, 72% dark chocolate and brightly-coloured Post It Notes. She serves on the ALEPH Canada Board with the hope of increasing the visibility of Jewish Renewal in Canada.

Dara Lithwick

Yael Heffer 

Noam Dolgin