Our dedicated and diverse Village Shul staff and faculty are here for you all year long to provide great learning opportunities, support and services. We work with an open-door policy so feel free to drop in anytime to ask questions, give feedback or just to schmooze a little. We come from all walks of life and are always ready with an open ear to find new ways to serve our community and have fun doing it.
Rabbi Tzvi Sytner grew up in Los Angeles, CA and earned his B.A. in Liberal Studies from Thomas Edison State College, a Masters in Education from the University of Bridgeport, and a Master's degree as a Marriage and Family Therapist at Touro University. He has delivered inspiring lectures worldwide, including South Africa, Australia, and of course Israel. While studying in Israel, Rabbi Sytner received his Rabbinic Ordination from The Jerusalem Kollel under Rabbi Yitzchak Berkowitz, and led Shabbos programs for over 1000 college students on Birthright. He currently has a popular video blog on Aish.com, titled, "Just Breathe" viewed by over 8,500 per month.
Rabbi Shlomo Katz is a true Torah scholar. Born in Brooklyn, NY, at 13, he went off to yeshiva to study with the legendary Rav Reuven Feinstein, earning awards of achievement but never missing his daily jog! Then, at 19, he joined the Yeshiva of Brisk (the “Harvard of yeshivas”), studying in the exclusive shiur of Rabbi David Soloveitchik for 3 years. During that time, he also spent time studying with renowned sages Rabbi Elyashiv and Rav Ovadia Yosef.
After marrying his wife Yehudis, he studied in an elite Kollel while publishing Halachic theses and giving classes in many Yeshivot and Seminaries. He also explained our traditional Jewish lifestyle to tour groups from around the world.
He received Semicha from the Rabbanut of Israel, Rabbi Asher Weiss, and from other renowned Rabbis. He also completed many courses in counseling, psychology, child education, and medicine and received certification in Shechita and Safrus.
Rabbi Steven Gotlib is a Community Fellow at Beit Midrash Zichron Dov of Toronto and Assistant Rabbi at the Village Shul. He previously served as Beit Midrash Coordinator at Congregation Shearith Israel: The Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue in New York City, and has held Rabbinic Internships at Congregation Beth Abraham-Jacob of Albany and the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University. His writing has appeared in Jewish Action Magazine, the Lehrhaus, Tradition Journal Online, 18Forty, and Toronto Torah.
Rabbi Gotlib received rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, a certificate in Mental Health Counseling from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology in partnership with RIETS, a certificate in Spiritual Entrepreneurship from the Glean Network in partnership with Columbia Business School, and a BA in Jewish Studies and Philosophy from Rutgers University.