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Meet our Rabbis

  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.


  Rabbi Moshe Stern, Rabbi Emeritus

Rabbi Stern was the spiritual leader of Shaarei Tefillah Congregation from 1980 - 2012. He was born and raised in Montreal, and studied at the Rabbinical College of Canada - Lubavitcher Yeshiva, where he received his rabbinics ordination. He received his secular education at Sir George Williams University in Montreal, at the University of Georgia, and the University of Alabama.

In the early 1990's, Rabbi Stern togther with the entire congregation raised funds to provide a bullet proof van to transport school children in the various Israeli settlements that had experienced acts of terror. In the summer of 2006, during the Lebanon war, again Shaarei Tefillah came to the forefront to purchase a fully-equipped Magen David Adom ambulance that was sent to the front lines. At that time, Rabbi Stern mentioned that it was the easiest fundraising that he had ever undertaken, because everyone understood the need to stand in solidarity with Israel

It is important to note that Rabbi Moshe Stern is an expert on medical ethic and halachik issues. His experience in this area stretches back four decades. He is often called upon in times of crisis, for consultation in these areas especially with regards to the elderly. 


Mon, 19 November 2018 11 Kislev 5779