Our Chevra

Adam Friedmann Adam Friedmann, Avreich, Clanton Park afriedmann@torontotorah.com

Adam Friedmann is a Thornhill native. After attending TanenbaumCHAT for high school, he spent two years studying in Israel at Yeshivat Yesodei HaTorah. He received his B.A. in Philosophy from Yeshiva University, where he was also a participant in the Masmidim Honors Program. Subsequently, he spent two years as a fellow at the Gruss Kollel in Jerusalem. He is enrolled in Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, and is pursuing a Professional Master of Education degree at Queen’s University.
While at YU, Adam served as assistant to Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Aaron Kahn, and he edited the undergraduate journal for Jewish Thought, Kol Hamevaser. During his time at Gruss, Adam returned to Yesodei HaTorah to teach a course in Jewish Philosophy, focusing on the thought of Rav Soloveitchik. He has also taught in a variety of contexts in the Thornhill area over the past several years.
Adam’s teaching interests include an approach to Jewish Philosophy which emphasizes careful analysis of religious experience and the development of one’s religious personality. His time at Yesodei HaTorah also impressed upon him the importance of developing textual skills as a ground for building a sense of independence and self-motivation in learning.
Adam is married to Sara, also a Torontonian (though originally from Johannesburg). Sara is a Speech Language Pathologist. They have a daughter, Esther, and son, Chanania. Adam will serve as Rabbinic Assistant at the Clanton Park Synagogue.
Elliezra Perez Mrs. Elliezra Perez, Women’s Beit Midrash eperez@torontotorah.com

Elliezra Perez is from Jerusalem, Israel. After high school, Elliezra served for two years in Sherut Leumi (national service): she spent one year in the Neve Michael home for children from troubled homes, and a second year as a shlichah in the Jewish community in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Subsequently, Elliezra studied in Midreshet Yeud in Jerusalem, and she obtained a gymnastic coaching certificate. Elliezra specialized in child and adolescent therapy at Bar Ilan University, and she also studied acting for five years. She also received her B.Ed in Educational Counseling from Michlala Jerusalem.
While studying in Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler Summer Block program for her MSW in Clinical Social Work, Elliezra volunteered in a hospital, and worked with victims of domestic violence. As a practicing social worker, she has worked with children with special needs, victims of domestic violence, and people with hearing impairments and physical challenges, in a broad spectrum of institutions in Jerusalem.
Elliezra enjoys learning from Rabbanit Ymima Mizrachi, Rabbanit and Rabbi Lau, and many local rabbis. Her interests in learning and teaching are Chassidut and Pirkei Avot, with a focus on women’s prayer and lifecycle events. She aspires to receive spiritual uplifting (חיזוק) from her text study.
Elliezra is married to Yaron Perez from Rechovot, Israel. Yaron is an educator and principal in a high school for at-risk teens. They have two boys: Noam Moshe and Dvir Eliyahu.
Yaron Perez Yaron Perez, Avreich, Shaarei Shomayim yperez@torontotorah.com

Yaron Perez was born and raised in Israel. After attending high school in Rechovot, Yaron served for four years in the IDF as an officer in the Golani Brigade. Upon completing his army service, Yaron backpacked through the Middle East, finding G-d and himself. He then completed a law degree, while working in Achuzat Sara, a home for children from troubled families. Yaron also participated in a two-year study program in the Hartman Institute, and he has completed a Masters degree in Jewish Philosophy and Education. Yaron is also a licensed tour guide in Jerusalem.
Subsequent to receiving his law degree, Yaron followed his heart; for the past ten years he has served as a teacher, and then a principal, in a high school in Jerusalem for at-risk teens.
Yaron’s experience with youth, and his close encounters with different aspects of Jewish society, have brought him to recognize the “nigun” in any soul. This has led him to enjoy learning from a wide varitey of scholars. Yaron’s teaching interests are Chassidut and Spirituality for the modern world, as well as Jewish history.
Yaron is married to Elliezra Jesselson, from Jerusalem Israel. She is a clinical social worker. They have two boys: Noam Moshe and Dvir Eliyahu.
Mordechai Torczyner Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner, Rosh Beit Midrash torczyner@torontotorah.com
Rabbi Torczyner has been our Rosh Beit Midrash since our founding in August 2009. Rabbi Torczyner received his B.A. (Comp Sci) from Yeshiva University in 1993, and studied toward a Masters (Comp Sci) at New York University while learning for the rabbinate in Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary.
After his ordination in 1997, Rabbi Torczyner served as Rabbi of Young Israel of Pawtucket, Rhode Island for four years, and then Congregation Sons of Israel, Allentown, Pennsylvania for eight years. While in Allentown, Rabbi Torczyner spent three years mentoring new pulpit rabbis for Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future. Rabbi Torczyner has served two terms on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America, and he has headed and served on various committees of the RCA.
Rabbi Torczyner enjoys blending different areas of knowledge with Torah, and utilizing diverse methods to develop curricula in Jewish history, Tanach and Jewish law. Examples of this include his TechnoShabbat, Tzibburology, Medical Halachah, Business Ethics, and Parenting from the Torah curricula for adults. More than 1100 recordings of Rabbi Torczyner’s shiurim delivered in Toronto are featured on www.yutorah.com, and Rabbi Torczyner is a regular contributor to the Center for the Jewish Future’s “To Go” holiday publications.
Beginning in 1995, Rabbi Torczyner pioneered a website, WebShas, offering a topic-driven index to the Talmud, and another website, HaMakor, offering bibliographies on a range of Torah topics. Rabbi Torczyner also maintains a popular blog, The Rebbetzin’s Husband, and lives in Thornhill with his wife, Caren, and their four children.
Rabbi Baruch Weintraub, Former Sgan, Current Toronto Torah contributor bweintraub@torontotorah.com
Rabbi Baruch Weintraub is a native of Israel, a graduate of Yeshivat Har Etzion and a student of Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein shli”ta. He served in an armour unit in the IDF before returning to Yeshivat Har Etzion, where he learned in the Kollel Gavoah and was ordained by the Israeli Chief Rabbinate.
Rabbi Weintraub served as a Sgan in the Beit Midrash in 2011-2013, teaching Gemara, Halachah and Machshavah to the Avreichim, and taking responsibility for the internal learning of the Beit Midrash. He also gave shiurim in the Toronto community across a spectrum of subjects, from Masechet Avodah Zarah to Rambam’s Hilchot Teshuvah and from Hilchot Melachim to a survey of practical halachic issues in modern Israel.
Having returned to Israel, Rabbi Weintraub now serves as a community Rabbi in the Mevaser Tzion synagogue in Tel Mond. He continues to teach in Yeshivat Har Etzion, guiding older students in their personal learning. He also writes and records for the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Virtual Beit Midrash (VBM) of Yeshivat Har Etzion, and he has served as chief editor of the VBM’s site.
Rabbi Weintraub is married to Pnina, a talented musician, and together they are raising their children, Ro’i Yair and Adi Rachel.
Rabbi Jonathan Ziring, Sgan jziring@torontotorah.com
Rabbi Jonathan Ziring grew up in Staten Island, NY. After high school he attended Yeshivat Har Etzion (Gush). He received his B.A. from Yeshiva College in Philosophy and Jewish Studies, his M.A. from the Bernard Revel Graduate School in Jewish Philosophy, and semichah (ordination) from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS), all of Yeshiva University. Following his studies in YU, he returned to Yeshivat Har Etzion as a member of the Kollel Gavoah, where he also taught and functioned as a Shoel Umeishiv (rabbinic resource) for the overseas students.
During his years in YU, Rabbi Ziring taught regular classes in NYU’s Bronfman Center, the Columbia Hillel, and multiple schools and synagogues. He also was a fellow in Yeshiva University’s Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization at Cardozo Law School, in Yeshiva University’s Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought, and in the Tikvah Fund. In the latter, he developed an extensive theory of journalistic ethics from a halachic perspective. He also worked for Yeshivat Har Etzion as the recruitment representative in North America. For years, he was a fellow, and later Shoel UMeishiv at the Center for Modern Torah Leadership’s Summer Beit Midrash in Sharon. He was editor of YU’s Magazine of Jewish Thought, Kol HaMevaser, and editor in chief of YU’s Torah journal, Beit Yitzchak. Rabbi Ziring specializes in teaching about the Halachic Process, tracing the underlying assumptions of authorities from the Talmud through the present, and has taught a series on the topic in Yeshivat Har Etzion. Many of these classes, as well as his classes on Tanach (the Haftarot), Talmud, Halachah and Jewish Philosophy are disseminated through YUTorah.org. He blogs some of his Torah thoughts at Shaashuim. He has also edited for Maggid, Yeshivat Har Etzion’s Virtual Beit Midrash, and Torah in Motion.
Rabbi Ziring is married to Ora (Shore), a Toronto native, who will be teaching al Ulpanat Orot, and launching a Beit Midrash for university women under the joint auspices of the Beit Midrash, JLIC, and Ulpanat Orot. Ora has spent the last two years teaching Gemara and Halacha at Emunah V’Omanut and recently earned accreditation as a Yoetzet Halacha through Nishmat’s Keren Ariel program. They have two sons, Meir and Aharon Yehudah.
Mrs. Ora Ziring, Director, Women’s Beit Midrash oziring@torontotorah.com
Ora Ziring runs the Women’s Beit Midrash for YU Torah Mitzion Beit Midrash Zichron Dov, and teaches Gemara and Halacha at Ulpana Orot.
Ora is a Yoetzet Halacha, trained in Nishmat’s Keren Ariel program, and is a graduate of York University and Yeshiva University’s Graduate Program for Advanced Talmudic Studies.
Ora has taught at Stern College, the Bronfman Center for Jewish Life at New York University, SAR and Midreshet Emuna V’Omanut. She was a senior fellow for the Center for Modern Torah Leadership for two summers. She was a member of the Moshava Beit Midrash Program in Indian Orchard for six summers; for the last two she was the assistant head of the program.
Our Hall of Fame – Previous Members of the Beit Midrash
Rabbi Azarya Berzon Rabbi Azarya Berzon, Sgan Rosh Beit Midrash, 5769-5771
Rabbi Adam Frieberg Rabbi Adam Frieberg, Avreich, Rabbinic Assistant at Shaarei Tefillah, 5772-5774
Rabbi Ezra Goldschmiedt Rabbi Ezra Goldschmiedt, Avreich, Rabbinic Assistant at BAYT, 5771-5773
Rabbi David Ely Grundland Rabbi David Ely Grundland, Avreich, Rabbinic Assistant at Shaarei Shomayim, 5774-5776
Rabbi Josh Gutenberg Rabbi Josh Gutenberg, Avreich, Rabbinic Assistant at BAYT, 5773-5775
Hillel Horovitz Hillel Horovitz, Avreich, Rabbinic Assistant at Congregation Bnai Torah, 5771-5773
Netanel Javasky Rabbi Netanel Javasky, Avreich, 5769-5771
Russell Levy Russell Levy, Avreich, 5769-5771
Meir Lipschitz Rabbi Meir Lipschitz, Avreich, 5769-5771
Rabbi Yair Manas Rabbi Yair Manas, Avreich, Rabbinic Assistant at Clanton Park Synagogue and Shaarei Shomayim Congregation, 5771-5773
Rabbi Yisroel Meir Rosenzweig Rabbi Yisroel Meir Rosenzweig, Avreich, Rabbinic Assistant at Clanton Park Synagogue, 5774-5776
Rabbi David Teller Rabbi David Teller, Avreich, 5770-5771
Rabbi Dovid Zirkind Rabbi Dovid Zirkind, Avreich, Rabbinic Assistant at Shaarei Shomayim Congregation, 5770-5772
Itamar Zolberg Itamar Zolberg, Avreich, 5769-5771

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