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Our Staff

Chief Executive Officer - Suzanna Helia 
Finance Director - Kate Shkurko 
Head of Marketing & Communications – Robert Klein 
Programming Director - Marina Capponi
Head of Youth Education -  Donny Janks
Campus Coordinator - Andrina Grynberg
Executive Assistant - Sarah Vasin 
Accountant - Liz Diaz
Accounts Support - Felipe Avela
Events Coordinator - Michelle Kasimov
Choir Director - Andrea Catzel
Caretakers - Ilia Kletski and Anna Kletski 

Suzanna Helia

Suzanna Helia    


Suzanna is the CEO and Company Secretary of our synagogue and she leads the team to realise the vision and potential of our congregation. Suzanna has been a member of Emanuel Synagogue for more than 10 years and is passionate about our community. She feels it is a privilege to serve our congregation and bring its vision to fruition. Suzanna has three children and is  passionate about social justice and empowering young people to make a difference.


Andrina Grynberg

      Campus Coordinator:
Andrina Grynberg    

Andrina is the Campus Coordinator and is responsible for all volunteer engagement. Andrina hails from the Emerald Isle and is married to Ari and has three children.


Sarah Vasin

Sarah Vasin    

Executive Assistant:

Sarah is the welcoming presence when you contact the congregation and will assist you with all manner of requests. Sarah is a Sydney native and has been involved in the Jewish community for all her life. She is married with two children and enjoys travelling and experiencing new places.

Kate Shkurko

Kate Shkurko  

Finance Director:

Kate is a member of CPA Australia and has much experience on Boards of not for profit organisations . She leads the finance team to ensure the financial sustainability of the congregation. Kate was born in Russia and completed her studies in Australia. She has one beautiful daughter and enjoys travelling to visit family, skiing and music, especially opera.


Lizeth Ibarra



Liz joined the Emanuel Synagogue's finance team in July 2017. One of her key roles is to ensure the efficient running of the accounts receivable process of the synagogue. 
Liz was born in Colombia, where she worked in commercial accounting for six years. She moved to Australia in 2011. She recently became a mother and together with her husband enjoy travelling, spending time with friends and watching movies.



Robert Klein


Head of Marketing and Communications:

Robert has more than 30 years of marketing experience and is responsible for all the marketing and communications at the synagogue, including print media, publicity, website, email and social media. Robert has been a proud member of Emanuel Synagogue for 20 years and involved in the Jewish community all his life. Robert is a keen photographer and film-maker. He is married to Deborah and is the proud father of two daughters.


Michelle Kasimov


Events Co-ordinator:

Michelle is our Events Co-ordinator and she is the one behind the scenes making sure that all our events, services and activities run smoothly and look beautiful. Michelle emigrated from South Africa with her family in 2014 and has been an integral part of our community since that day. She has two children and loves cooking and baking.

Donny Janks


Head of Youth Education -

Donny is a native Sydneysider with a background in informal Jewish education. He loves Jewish text, music and Hebrew, and is passionate about creating opportunities for meaningful engagement across our diverse community. Donny is an eager musician, dabbling in the experimental and electronic corners of the music world, and can often be found partway up a rock climbing wall.


Andrea Catzel


Choir Director

Andrea has been responsible for bringing our congregation beautiful music since 2007. She leads and conducts the wonderful Emanuel Ensemble that sing on Shabbat and Yom Kippur, and the Community Choir that sing for Rosh Hashana and perform in concerts for the wider community. She hails from Cape Town, has sung leading roles in Opera and concerts in Europe and South Africa. She is passionate about teaching and coaching young singers, musical theatre and movies.



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