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We are working to build an enriching and enthusiastic teen community here at Shaarei Shomayim. A centrepiece of our program is the weekly Shabbat minyan led by teen members of our community, followed by a phenomenal teen-only kiddush. We offer special programs beyond the Shabbat morning minyan designed to develop the community through engagement with Judaism, as well as simply having fun times together.

Our teen coordinators are Ari & Serena Rubin and Jay Karon.

Ari Rubin is a British student at Osgoode Hall Law School. He recently moved to Toronto from Israel after getting married to Serena (another Teen Leader). He is currently in his second year of running Teen Minyan.

Serena Rubin is a student at University of Toronto Medical School. She grew up in Shaarei Shomayim and has been working at the shul since she was a teen herself in 2009! Ari and Serena are extremely excited to be embarking on another year of Teen Minyan, and can't wait to expand on the already-amazing programming we did last year!

Born and raised in Vancouver, Jay Karon is currently studying Computer Science at York University. As a relative newcomer to Shaarei Shomayim, he is super excited to get to know everyone by working with the shul's middle-schoolers and high-schoolers.

We welcome all teens to join us and to bring their friends each Shabbat morning at 9:45 am. In addition, look for other great programs geared towards teens, which will be posted here and on our teen WhatsApp groups. If you're a teen and want to join our WhatsApp group, please email the teen leaders at

Mon, 26 September 2022 1 Tishrei 5783