Rabbi Daniel and Rabbanit Batya Friedman are the senior rabbinic couple at HGSS.  They have five wonderful daughters: Millie, Joey, Jamie-Anna, Ella Bracha, and Liv.

Rabbanit Batya was born in Brooklyn, New York, to an Israeli father and a French (Algerian) mother. She received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from City University of New York and previously worked as a financial analyst, closely associated with Merrill Lynch and CIBC World Markets.  She then went on to gain an MBA from the University of Alberta.  Having discovered a calling in shul engagement, in her MBA, she specialized in non-profit management.  Prior to coming to HGSS, she was rebbetzen of Beth Israel Synagogue, Edmonton, Canada, and the coordinator of Edmonton’s Interfaith Housing Initiative.  Rabbanit Batya was recently featured in Jewish Action magazine:

Rabbi Friedman was born in Manchester, and grew up in Sydney, Australia.  He was ordained as a Dayan by Rabbi Gedalia Dov Schwartz, the Av Beth Din of the Beth Din of America.  He received a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales, a Master of Arts in Judaic Studies from Touro College (New York), a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Alberta, and is nearing completion of a Ph.D. in International Relations, also at the University of Alberta.  He entered the rabbinate at 21, as rabbi of Newtown Synagogue, Sydney, and subsequently served alongside Rabbanit Batya at Beth Israel, Edmonton.  Prior to coming to HGSS, he was appointed by the Government of Canada to chair the National Holocaust Monument Development Council and oversee the construction of Canada’s Holocaust Monument in Ottawa.  In that capacity, he accompanied Prime Minister Stephen Harper on his official visit to Israel.

Rabbi and Rabbanit Friedman’s articles have appeared in many prominent publications.  Here is a sampling of their pieces:


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