Canadian Yeshiva & Rabbinical School
|Canadian Yeshiva & Rabbinical School|
The Canadian Yeshiva & Rabbinical School is a Jewish yeshiva and seminary located on the campus of the University of Toronto. Rabbi Roy Tanenbaum is both the founder and the Rosh Yeshiva. Rabbi Daniel Sperber serves as the Chancellor. The school was chartered in 2009, offered its first courses through the University of Toronto in the Fall of 2011, and is scheduled to accept its first Rabbinic students in the Fall of 2012.
The school does not identify itself with any current Jewish denomination. The school aims to capture the principles of Classic, pre-denominational Judaism  based on the European Judaism of the 1700s that form the core of authentic halachic practice occupying the congruent region where a sizeable set of principles well within Orthodoxy intersects with a sizeable set of principles within Conservative Judaism. The Chancellor, Rav Daniel Sperber, heads the Talmud department at Bar Ilan University a university in Israel, and the Rosh Yeshiva, Tanenbaum, is previously associated with the Conservative movement.
The school itself welcomes students from any background who are interested in studying the classic texts of Rabbinic Judaism and living an authentic halachic Torah-observant lifestyle.
A Canadian Yeshiva
Canada's Jewish community is, in many ways, unique. Across all denominations, Jewish practice is more traditional. In particular, there is a large body of modern Orthodox and traditional Conservative Jews in Toronto.
Rav Roy Tanenbaum, formerly Rabbi at Toronto's Beth Tzedec Congregation, established the Rabbinical Assembly's School for Shamashim at Beth Tzedec in 2005 and currently serves as Dean of the School. Subsequent to the creation of the school, Rav Tanenbaum and others interested in creating a Yeshiva in Canada began to make plans for the Canadian Yeshiva & Rabbinical School. The University of St. Michael's College, an affiliate of the University of Toronto, offered to provide space for the fledgling school. The Yeshiva's premises were dedicated on December 9, 2010.
The CY&RS is a prospective affiliate of the Toronto School of Theology. Once fully affiliated, CY&RS will be the first non-Christian college affiliated with the School. Through its affiliation with the Toronto School of Theology the CY&RS will become an affiliated college of the University of Toronto. The CY&RS is also seeking to become the first non-Christian member of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.
Social media presence
The CY&RS maintains an active social media presence with a blog  and daily Twitter and Facebook updates. The CY&RS maintains a weekly Torah commentary published on Mondays on its blog and archived on the Yeshiva's homepage.
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