Media Advisory - Jewish Renaissance in the Heart of the City

TORONTO, Nov. 9, 2011 /CNW/ - Can you believe? A rabbinical school enjoying the hospitality of a Roman Catholic seminary at the University of St. Michael's College (Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto). This is a unique phenomenon in 2000 years of history and a flagship achievement in the contemporary world. Learn more at:

The Canadian Yeshiva & Rabbinical School (CY&RS) will hold its Inaugural Convocation on:

Sunday, November 27, 2011, at 2pm, in the Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles Street West).

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The Honourable Senator Jerry Grafstein will be installed as Honorary Chair by Dr. Rose Wolfe, CM, O.Ont, Chancellor Emerita, University of Toronto. Installed as Chancellor will be the renowned Rabbi Daniel Sperber, founder and president of the Makhon Gavoah laTorah (Jesselson Institute of Advanced Torah Studies) in Israel. He is also professor of Talmud at Bar-Ilan University and a member of the Committee on National Religious Education, Ministry of Education, State of Israel.

This post-graduate theological seminary, fully in accord with Jewish law, is distinguished as follows:
-- first modern Rabbinical School in Canada,  therein marking the "coming of age" of the Canadian Jewish Community
-- is scheduled to be part of the Toronto School of Theology, and thereby part of the University of Toronto, eligible to confer conjoint degrees with U of T, a European model that is unique in North America
-- offers an intensive curriculum for its students who come from numerous backgrounds and academic disciplines, including a spousal programme, an extensive pastoral counselling programme also open to MSWs in the field, and community organization skills, in addition to extensive studies in Talmud and Jewish Law.

Origins: The School has developed to fill a need in the Canadian Jewish Community. Until now, Canadians who wished to pursue the rabbinate had to travel to either the United States or Israel, and Canadian synagogues had to import Rabbis from foreign countries. The Canadian Yeshiva & Rabbinical School changes all that! The Schools' program ensures development and enrichment of local students attuned to the rhythm of Jewish life in Canada.

The Canadian Yeshiva & Rabbinical School instituted community classes this fall, and, for the first time out, is proud to already have over 70 students involved in the courses (see Planned projects include: Jewish learning programmes where singles can meet on a meaningful level; study programmes where couples can bond; and parent-and-child study sessions where relationships are cemented for life!

SOURCE Canadian Yeshiva

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Rabbi Roy Tanenbaum, President

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