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Rabbi Rafi Lipner, The Rabbi

Rabbi Rafi Lipner assumed the position of Senior Rabbi at Shaarei Tefillah Congregation in August 2012, after three years of exceptional success in attracting new young families to the shul. Today, the shul is experiencing a significant resurgence of energy, membership, and programming for all ages (just look at all the strollers in the hallways).

Rabbi Rafi graduated from Toronto's Yeshivat Or Chaim high school and then continued his studies at Yeshivat HaKotel in Jerusalem, followed by Yeshiva University where he ultimately received his B.A. in Economics, Master of Education, and completed his Semicha (rabbinic ordination) At Rabbeinu Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary.

The warm, enthusiastic, Rabbi Rafi is a  charistmatic spiritual leader with an eye on the future. After traveling the globe to participate in educational programs in Israel, the US, Europe and Australia, he finally returned to Toronto where he was born. For nearly 10 years, Rabbi Rafi served as a popular Hebrew Studies teacher at TanenbaumCHAT high school. Eight years ago, he singlehandedly founded The House, a young adult drop in learning centre, with which he is still active. Today The House engages and inspires over 1000 young participants annually.

Together, Rabbi Rafi, his wife Shira, and their 8 beautiful children Azarya, Shifra, Temima, Ahuva, Nesanel, Chaviva,  Miri and Tehilla,  always have an open home, big smiles and a kind word for everyone they meet.

Thu, 17 January 2019 11 Shevat 5779