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Youth & Teens

At Shaarei Shomayim, youth are a critical component of shul life. There is no Shabbat or holiday that passes without special programming and opportunities for youth involvement, whether it be as a participant or youth leader.

Sign up for the weekly Youth Matters email to ensure you have the most up-to-date information on the exciting youth programming.

Youth Director:

Shaarei Shomayim’s youth team is run by Ari Karon. Ari and the Youth Leaders all work together under the guidance of Rabbi Diamond, Rabbi Bergman and the Youth Committee to create a positive experience for the children. Programming is geared to fun, creative and Torah and mitzvot-centred education. 

Teen Coordinators:

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 10 am in the Sisterhood Hall (note: indoor services are for fully vaccinated individuals only). 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

Thu, 19 May 2022 18 Iyyar 5782