Rabbi Alisa "Tzipi" Zilbershtein is a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary and holds an M.A. degree in 'Jewish Civilizations' from Hochschule für Jüdische Studien, Heidelberg, Germany. She came to New York from Kyiv, Ukraine, and planned to go back home after the ordination to serve as a rabbi there. Due to the tragic and unpredicted events in Ukraine Rabbi Zilbershtein had to remain in North America. Beginning July 1st she works as a rabbi at the congregation Beth Tikvah in Toronto, Canada.
Rabbi Zilbershtein is deeply interested in pastoral care work. She finished 2 training units of CPE. In the first unit, she worked as an intern at the Osborne Association, which offers programs for people who have conflicted with the law in the state of New York. In the second unit, she worked at T'shuvah Center — a Jewish recovery home and community for people struggling with addictions. Rabbi Zilbershtein has experience in tele-chaplaincy, grief and loss processing, and spiritual crisis counseling because her first unit of CPE occurred at the beginning of the COVID pandemic in Spring 2020. Since February 2022, Rabbi Zilbershtein has been providing spiritual care to people in Ukraine as a volunteer via phone and the internet. She also runs a weekly Torah study group with Jews from Ukraine.
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