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About Rabbi Aaron Flanzraich

Rabbi Flanzraich - better known to us as “Rabbi Aaron” - was born in Brooklyn, New York. He is a graduate of Bar Ilan University in Tel Aviv where he majored in Political Science and English Literature. Additionally, he was admitted into the University's prestigious Advanced Talmudic Institute where he began his pre-Rabbinic studies. During this time, the Rabbi also became the first undergraduate in the university's history to teach an accredited course. In 1992, Rabbi Flanzraich received a dual ordination from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate and Yeshivat Sha’ar Ephraim.

The Rabbi has been the Senior Rabbi of Beth Sholom Synagogue since 1998 and over this time has been a part in instituting a Kosher Food Bank for the needy, a summer work program for Jewish teens, providing help for the homeless with the Out of the Cold program, reimagined how afternoon Hebrew School delivers education and with Cantor Moses redesigned Shabbat morning with “Shabbat Beth Sholom”.
Rabbi Flanzraich is a past president of the Toronto Board of Rabbis, a member of Israel Bond's Rabbinic Cabinet, the incoming president of the Rabbinical Assembly of Toronto, the author of a on Jewish fundamentalism called, "The Small Still Voice".  He can be seen on TVO’ s interfaith programming, and is a frequent guest on “Passages”, CTS’s Jewish programming hour.  The rabbi is also involved with interfaith dialogue, and is a frequent speaker to Christian and Muslim groups.
Despite living in Toronto for 23 years he is an ardent New York Islanders fan although there is this nagging rumour he attends games at the Air Canada Centre. Our rabbi is married to Lisa and they adore their 4 beautiful children: Cody, Ari, Talia and Joseph. Evan y”h is lovingly remembered by them all.

Rabbi's Shabbat Messages

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Thu, June 17 2021 7 Tammuz 5781