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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.

 

Cantor Eric Moses

Cantor Moses was born in 1970 in Sudbury, Ontario and has been singing since the age of six. He is a graduate of the Tel Aviv Cantorial Institute under the direction of Naftali Herstik, Chazzan Emeritus 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.

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 with symphony orchestra held at the Kravis Centre in Florida. He has appeared in Montreal with the McGill Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Boris Brott. He has released two CDs, Moses Sings and Moses Live. His newest CD “Crossroads” represents a brand new sound in Jewish liturgical music with the Ruach Singers.

Cantor Moses is currently the president of the Toronto Council of Hazzanim – Cantorial Clergymen of Ontario. This is a distinct honour of recognition amongst colleagues who have recognized his leadership qualities and service to his community.

Cantor Moses began his career at the age of 25 at the Shaare Zion Congregation in Montreal where he served from 1996 until 2000. Since 2001, he has been the Cantor at Beth Sholom Synagogue in Toronto where he continues to inspire those around him with the rich musical traditions of the Jewish people.

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