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Rabbi Alan Green was born September 14, 1953 in Los Angeles, California where he lived for most of his first 39 years.  He grew up at Congregation Adat Ariel in Valley Village, California where he was taken under the wing of Cantor Allan Michelson, one of the great Hazzanim of that day.  Rabbi Green received his BA and MA in the History of Religions from UCLA, and studied Rabbinic Literature for three years at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles.  He received rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, founder and Dean of the Aleph Alliance for Jewish Renewal, in 1991.

Besides Cantor Michelson and Rabbi Schachter-Shalomi, Rabbi Green’s other significant spiritual influences include His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Rabbi Dr. Abraham Joshua Heschel, Rabbi Dr. Arthur Green, and Dr. Kees W. Bolle, who for many years was Professor of the History of Religions at UCLA. For five years, Rabbi Green was spiritual leader of Temple B'nai Emet in Montebello, California before coming to Winnipeg in 1992 and serving as spiritual leader of Beth Israel Congregation until the year 2000. 

Rabbi Green has served as Senior Rabbi of Shaarey Zedek Congregation since the fall of 2000.
Rabbi Green has been married to Chaya and her triplets, Daniel, Eve, and Shoshanah, since 1990.  He calls his move to Winnipeg “one of the best things that ever happened to me”, and he looks forward to many more years of happiness, harmony, and celebration at Shaarey Zedek, and with the Winnipeg Jewish community.


Matthew Leibl joined Shaarey Zedek's clergy team in May 2004 as our Chazzan Sheini, taking on a number of responsibilities for the congregation, including Torah reader, B'nai Mitzvah teacher, and keyboard accompanist for Shabbat services.

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Matthew graduated from Joseph Wolinsky Collegiate in 2003 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba in 2006 before moving to Halifax, Nova Scotia to study journalism at the University of King's College. He put his Jewish background and synagogue skills to good use in Halifax, first as a Torah reader and teacher at the two local synagogues (Beth Israel and Shaar Shalom), and later as a program director for the Atlantic Jewish Council.

Returning to Winnipeg in 2010, Matthew joined TSN 1290, the local sports radio station, as a broadcaster, eventually becoming host of the weekday morning show. He balanced his life as a radio personality with a role at the synagogue for six years before joining Shaarey Zedek full-time to pursue his dream of becoming a Rabbi. In July 2017 he was ordained by the Jewish Spiritual Learning Institute of New York.

Matthew's passions, other than Judaism, include music, baseball, travel, great food, and Seinfeld, but his true love is his wife Heather Wadsworth, with an honourable mention to their pet cat, Moses.


Rabbi Aníbal Mass was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Since he was a little boy he was interested in music, especially singing. As a child he participated in the well-known children’s choir of the Colegio Bet-Am Medinat Israel, which was directed by the teacher Nestor Stofblat. Rabbi Mass’ interest in liturgical music came while studying for his own Bar Mitzvah. Only one week after his Bar Mitzvah, he began to lead the Kabbalat Shabbat Services at Templo BAMI. His increasing interest in chazzanut inspired him to undertake formal studies at the Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, first as a student at the pre-rabbinical school and then at the Escuela de Jazanim “Bet Asaf” (School of Chazzanim). Among his teachers were Jazan Oscar Fleischer (Ashkenazi liturgy) and Jazan Ramon Tasat (Sefardi liturgy). Immediately after completing his chazzanut studies, Rabbi Mass was selected as a full-time Chazzan by the Israelite Community of Santiago, Chile, where he served for over eight years. During that time, he continued studies in music and singing with his teacher, Marcelo Olivari. In July 2017 he was ordained as a Rabbi by the Jewish Spiritual Learning Institute of New York. Rabbi Mass has been with Congregation Shaarey Zedek since August 2002.



Dr. Rena Secter Elbaze brings with her over 25 years’ experience in the fields of Communications, Outreach and Jewish Engagement. Born and raised in Manitoba, Rena settled on the French Riviera after graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from the University of Manitoba including a year spent at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Since returning to Winnipeg with her husband and three daughters in 2007, where she lived for over 20 years, Rena has worked for a Francophone organization, the Council of Ministers of Education Canada, Manitoba Trade and Investment and the Centre for Higher Learning Research and Development at the University of Manitoba.

Since her return, Rena has been both a volunteer and a professional in the Winnipeg Jewish community. Dr. Elbaze spent three years working in the field of Jewish Engagement with Jewish Federation of Winnipeg, where she partnered with Jewish community organizations, including Congregation Shaarey Zedek, to create inroads into community.  More recently, Rena worked for Jewish Child and Family Service as Director of Communications and Outreach. Dr. Rena Secter Elbaze has served as the Engagement and Education Director for Congregation Shaarey Zedek since August 2016.



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