In the beginning we were known as the Sol Mark Centre for Jewish Excellence in honour of Sol Mark .
Sol Mark, was a loving son, a devoted husband, a cherished uncle, and a dear friend to many. In business, he was self-made, known for his 'iron fist in a silk glove' demeanour, and enjoyed a lifelong sterling reputation.
In private, he was compassionate, generous, and known for his 'heart of gold'. As a lifelong friend of Israel, his final years were spent establishing schools throughout the country for underprivileged children. The 'Mitzvah Experience' is a tribute to his endearing spirit.
Joy in discovery
Who Knew?! You can have a rabbi transported via dilithium-crystal powered transporter right to your door - we wish! However, through the convenience of modern modes of transportation (have Torah, will travel) and the miracle of modern technology (Skype & the Internet) Rabbi Lindsey bat Joseph is able to provide Rabbinical Services for Jews in locations through out Western Canada.
Rabbi Y. Lindsey bat Joseph, Director of The Centre for Jewish Excellence, was ordained as a Reform Rabbi under the auspices of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Rabbi bat Joseph served as Rabbi-Educator at Temple Beth Ora of Edmonton for 11 years. In that capacity she participated in every facet of congregational life including the honour of leading the congregation in worship, orchestrating congregational celebrations and creative, innovative services, and teaching everyone from pre-school to senior citizen the joys of Jewish tradition and culture. She is committed to a Judaism that is inclusive, egalitarian, and creative in its approach to meeting the needs of contemporary Jews.
Since moving to the West Coast, she has been involved with small Jewish communities on the B.C. Mainland and on Vancouver Island as well as teaching and studying in the Greater Vancouver Region.
Rabbi bat Joseph, is a native of Birmingham, England who immigrated to Canada at the age of 3 and has worked in Canada her entire professional life. She holds a Bachelors Degrees in Education and in Religious Studies and Applied Ethics, a Masters Degree in Jewish Letters from the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion (Reform seminary), and a Masters degree with a major in Moral Philosophy. In 2005, she was awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal for community service. She was a contributing writer to the Jewish Lights Press Women's Haftarah Commentary and had an article published in the Central Conference of American Rabbis Journal in August 2013.
The Centre for Jewish Excellence Society is incorporated under the Society Act of British Columbia, registration number S-0059336.