Rabbi Aaron Flanzraich

Senior Rabbi
rabbi@bethsholom.net
(416) 783-6105

Rabbi Aaron Flanzraich, was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1966. A graduate of Bar Ilan University, he was admitted into the University's prestigious Advanced Talmudic Institute. In 1990, he received a dual ordination from Yeshivat Sha'ar Ephraim and the Israeli Chief Rabbinate. As our senior rabbi since 1998, he instituted a Kosher Food Bank, a summer work program for Jewish teenagers, and assisted in implementing the Out of the Cold Program for the homeless. 

Rabbi Flanzraich is a past president of the Toronto Board of Rabbis, past president of the Christian Jewish Dialogue of Toronto, co-chair of the Catholic-Jewish Bioethics Board, a board member of the Canadian Rabbinic Caucus, UJA-Jewish Federation of Greater Toronto, a member of Israel Bond's Rabbinic Cabinet, board member of the Jewish National Fund and the author of a book on combating Jewish fundamentalism called "The Small Still Voice". Rabbi Flanzraich is also a frequent guest on TVO, Vision TV, and CBC. 

After 16 years in Toronto, our rabbi claims he is still an avid New York Islanders fan -- although there is this nagging rumour that he can be seen at the Air Canada Centre for Leafs games. He challenges the kids in the shul to as many hockey games as they can handle, and loves leading them in rock climbing and paintball games.

Rabbi Aaron is married to Lisa (née Smith of Winnipeg) and adores their four beautiful children, Cody, Ari, Talia and Joseph.The Rabbi and Lisa lovingly remember Lisa's son Evan z"l.

Rosh Hashana Sermon

Why be here and why be Jewish? Rabbi Flanzraich went looking for answers this summer, and shares his thoughts in his Rosh Hashana sermon.
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60 Seconds with 
Rabbi Flanzraich


Rabbi Flanzraich offers his insights on our contemporary challenges through a Jewish lens and in the context of the Torah in a series of 60 second videos.
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