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Our Staff

Chief Executive Officer - Suzanna Helia 
Finance Director - Kate Shkurko 
Head of Marketing & Communications – Robert Klein 
Netzer & Community Shaliach - 
Head of Youth Education – Daniel Samowitz 
Campus Coordinator - Andrina Grynberg 
Executive Assistant - Sarah Vasin 
Accounts Support - Patrick Anlauf
Liz Diaz - Assistant Accountant
Events Coordinator - Michelle Kasimov
Choir Director - Andrea Catzel
Caretakers - Ilia Kletski and Anna Kletski 

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 a key member in the Executive Administration team in our office. Andrina hails from the Emerald Isle and is married to Ari and has three rambunctious, clever and loving children Ruby, Charli and Oscar. They live in Coogee with their overweight beagle Coco. Andrina is a keen gardener and also likes to sing out loud, a lot!





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.




Patrick Anlauf

Patrick Anlauf  

Accounts Administrator:

Patrick joined the team in 2015 and he is the one who keeps your profile up to date and our finances on track. Born in Brazil, Patrick is studying accounting and you will find him in the office when he is not at university. Patrick is married and he loves music, reading and philosophy.





Lizeth Ibarra


Accounts Assistant:

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 25 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.




Daniel Samowitz


Head of Youth Education:

Daniel runs the youth education programmes at the synagogue including Kef Kids, Adva and B’nai Mitzvah. Daniel grew up in Johannesburg and Sydney, made aliyah and has recently returned to Australia and to Jewish Communal life. Daniel is passionate about community involvement and experiential education and loves sport, Moana and spending time with his family.





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.



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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