RABBI GILA CAINE

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Born and raised in Jerusalem Rabbi Caine graduated the Hebrew University with an M.A in Contemporary Judaism and received her rabbinic ordination at the HUC-JIR’s Israeli program in 2011. Her rabbinic thesis explored liturgical, spiritual, and ceremonial aspects of birth in Jewish tradition and contemporary practice. Stemming from that, as well as her years as volunteer at the Rape crisis center, Rabbi Caine is one of the founders of the Israeli rabbinic women’s group “B'not Dinah” – creating a female and feminist rabbinic tradition of healing after Sexual trauma.
She now serves as rabbi at Temple Beth Ora congregation in Edmonton, where is lives with her husband and children.

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YAARA SHABTAI

Executive Director

Yaara was born and raised in Israel. She holds a Lieutenant rank from the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) where she served as a Chief Instructor and a Platoon Commander. Yaara earned LL.B with honours from Netanya, School of Law, and an Honours M.A, in Political Science specializing in Democracy and Human rights from the University of Haifa. Yaara also holds a Mediation certificate (Peaceful Conflict Resolution) from Neve Tzedek Mediation Institute. 
Throughout the years, Yaara volunteered and held leadership positions in nonprofit organizations in Israel and in Nigeria. In 2013, she moved to Edmonton with her family and became involved in the Jewish community in Edmonton