Meet the Staff

Rabbi Samuel Ross 

Rabbi Samuel Ross came to Vancouver after 4 years as founding director of the successful NCSY and JSU branch in Calgary, and has been Director of Vancouver NCSY and Torah High for the past 5 years, as well as being responsible for various programming throughout Western Canada. In that time NCSY and Torah High Vancouver has seen tremendous growth with new programs implemented, and record attendance for many events, with over 250 kids reached annually, many spending time in Israel on NCSY summer programs and gap year options. With 18 months spent working with teens in Berlin, Germany, Rabbi Ross has been working with Jewish teens for over a decade now. Rabbi Ross’s work has seen him honored with “Best of the Best” by National NCSY.


Gila Ross

Gila Ross is the Schara Tzedeck Youth Director, and is responsible for developing and carrying out programming for young children, pre-teens and, teens. Gila has a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Psychology. She has successfully created, developed, and run several programs in Calgary before coming to Vancouver. She opened a Sunday school for kids aged 3-12 that included a mother and daughter Bat Mitzvah program.

Gila’s outstanding work for the Schara Tzedeck has already translated into tangible success: including the Families That Give Initiatives and Holiday and Shabbat Programming. Her work has resulted in many new families participating in these events.