Rabbi Yechezkel Freundlich - Rabbi
Rabbi Freundlich joined Congregation TBDJ in August 2016, after moving to Montreal from Atlanta, Georgia. He previously served as Associate Rabbi at Atlanta’s Congregation Beth Jacob from 2007 to 2016. From 2014-16 he also served as Head of School at Yeshiva Ohr Yisrael, a 40-student high school for boys, where he also taught for several years.
“Rabbi Y”, as he is known to many of his congregants and students, received his Semicha in 2005 from Baltimore’s Ner Israel Rabbinical College, where he also earned a Masters of Talmudic Law. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Maryland, and a Master of Science Degree in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University.
Rabbi Freundlich served as a member of the Atlanta Scholars Kollel, responsible for promoting personal and religious growth through family meetings, personal development classes and social programming, with special attention given to marital counseling and parenting consultations. In this role he also directed the Maor Eliyahu program, an advanced nightly Talmud study group, and held outreach responsibilities for university students and pre-school parents.
Amongst his other accomplishments and publications, Rabbi Freundlich developed a popular “3 Minute Parenting Through the Parsha” video series which was featured by Aish.com and OU.org. The video series can be viewed here: http://tbdj.org/RYF1.
Together with his wife Rifki, The Freundlichs are parents to seven children: Racheli, Binyamin, Ephraim, Shlomo, Rena, Shai, and Shayna.
Reverend Amiel Bender - Chazzan Sheini
TBDJ is home to Reverend Amiel Bender. Amiel is well known in the Montreal Jewish community, having served at Beth Ora in St. Laurent for many years in the capacity of Chazzan Sheini and Director of Youth and Programming. A psychologist and Captain in the Israel Armed Forces, Amiel has also formed a great bond with many of the youth in our community, through his work teaching and directing music at Hebrew Academy and other institutions. Amiel is a part of TBDJ along with his family: Mrs. Cheryl Bender, a registered nurse who is the coordinator of Federation CJA’s West Island Family Institute; Naftali, a newlywed and lawyer in Ottawa; Ayelet, an English Literature and Fashion major at Bar Ilan University; Uri, a student in McGill pre-med; Yakir and Chagit, both students at Hebrew Academy. Amiel can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rabbi Eddie Shostak – Director of Education
A passionate educator and community leader, Eddie Shostak serves Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem as its Director of Education. Since 2012, Rabbi Shostak has led our weekly Shabbat Youth Minyan and our High Holiday Parallel Services. In addition, he delivers sermons, shares Divrei Torah and teaches shiurim.
Rabbi Shostak also serves as Judaic Studies Department Head and Dean of Jewish Life at the Hebrew Academy High School, and as the director and teacher of the Montreal Region RCA Conversion Beit Din. He previously served as Executive Director of Kollel Torah MiTzion Montreal for eight years.
Rabbi Shostak received rabbinic ordination from HaRav Gedaliah Schwartz, shlit’a, in Chicago. He holds both an M.A. in Jewish Education and a B.A. in Political Science from McGill University. He is a graduate of the Day School Leadership Training Institute at JTS.
Please feel free to communicate directly with our gabbais in order to request aliyahs for simchas such as baby namings, Bar Mitzvah or wedding aufrufs, or for a yahrzeit.
Our current gabbaim are Gerry Cartman and Ian Widman, who can be contacted via email at email@example.com.