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Rabbi Aaron Flanzraich

Rabbi Aaron, as he is known to us all, was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1966. In 1986 Rabbi Flanzraich enrolled at 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 in earnest. During this time, the Rabbi became the first undergraduate in the university's history to teach an accredited course.
In 1990, Rabbi Flanzraich received a dual ordination from Yeshivat Sha'ar Ephraim, and the Israeli Chief Rabbinate.
At Beth Sholom Synagogue since 1998 as the Senior Rabbi, Rabbi Flanzraich instituted a Kosher Food Bank for the needy, a Summer Work Program for Jewish teenagers, and the Shul has become a leader in providing help for the homeless with the Out of the Cold program.
Rabbi Flanzraich is currently Vice President of the Toronto Board of Rabbis, a member of Israel Bond's Rabbinic Cabinet, and has completed a book on combating 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 groups, and panel discussions.
In his spare time he challenges the kids in the Shul to as many hockey games as they can handle.  Rabbi Aaron, despite have lived in Toronto for 11 years now, is still a ardent New York Islanders fan, and is said to have made a solemn vow to never change his allegiance to the Maple Leafs…although there is a rumour that he does attend games at the Air Canada Centre.
Rabbi Aaron has two beautiful children who he adores: Ari and Talia.

 

Cantor Eric Moses
  
Cantor Moses was born in 1970 in Sudbury, Ontario and has been singing since the age of six.  His background is in classical music; studying piano and voice at the Royal Conservatory of music in Toronto.  He is a graduate of the Tel Aviv Cantorial Institute under the direction of Naftali Herstik, Chief Cantor of the Jerusalem Great Synagogue.  In addition to his musical education, he has a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from York University in Toronto. 
 
Among his many mentors are Master Cantors Naftali Herstik, Shmuel Baruch Taube, Yitzchak Eshel, Chaim Feifel, conductor Elli Jaffe and composer Raymond Goldstein. 
 
Cantor Moses has appeared at concert halls across Europe, Israel, the United States and Canada.  Among his most memorable performances are appearing on the Merav Michaeli television show in Israel, at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto and the Gala Cantorial concerts held at the Kravis Centre in Florida.  Just over two years ago he released his first CD, “Moses Sings.”  In 2000, Cantor Moses was given the greatest honour of officiating at the worldwide memorial service for Yom Hashoah at Aushwitz-Birkenau. 
 
Cantor Moses served as Hazzan of the prestigious Shaare Zion Congregation in Montreal for almost five years from 1996 until 2000.  Since his arrival at Beth Sholom in 2001 he has revitalized the music of the synagogue with its professional and youth choirs, music series and gala concerts.  He is the vice-president of the Toronto Council of Hazzanim and an executive board member of the Toronto Cantorial Trust Fund.  He is especially proud of his connection with the youth of the synagogue through his involvement in preparing children for their Bar/Bat Mitzvahs.  Cantor Moses hopes to continue to inspire those around him with the rich musical traditions of the Jewish people so that all who attend services find meaning in its music and history.

Mon, 6 April 2020 12 Nisan 5780