What is Mizrachi Canada?

Mizrachi Canada is a Torah driven, community focused educational organization committed to Jewish identity and its destiny. Mizrachi Canada is the umbrella Religious Zionist Organization for many activities in Canada which connects our community with Israel in many ways, together with our branches and affiliates across the country. These include the Bnei Akiva youth movement, Camp Moshava Ennismore and Toronto day camp Moshava Ba’Ir.

The name Mizrachi is a combination of two Hebrew words, “Merkaz” and “Ruchani” – meaning a spiritual center. Our role is to be a proactive partner in taking personal responsibility in contributing to the collective destiny of Klal Yisrael through a commitment to a holistic and inclusive Torah approach to life. For decades, Mizrachi has been inspiring the world with the empowering message of Religious Zionism, forging strong partnerships between Jews across the world and in Israel, and helping to develop the realities of Torat Yisrael in Eretz Yisrael. Today, Mizrachi turns inwards with an eye on inspiring and calling to the action the new generation of Religious Zionists in Canada.

For over six decades, Mizrachi’s fundraising efforts have generously supported innovative projects and a myriad of educational, religious and cultural institutions throughout the State of Israel. Mizrachi provides scholarships to post-high school students enabling them to experience a year of study at various yeshivot and seminaries in Israel.

Rabbi Elan Mazer,
National Director

A native of Montreal, Rabbi Elan Mazer spent the decade after high school living, studying, and teaching at Jerusalem’s Yeshivat Hakotel, while taking time to serve in the IDF, and also obtaining his teaching (B.Ed.) and rabbinic (Smicha) degrees.
Rabbi Mazer and his family then served as shlichim in the Toronto community from 2013-2017. While in the official capacity of “Mashgiach Ruchani” (spiritual advisor) at Bnei Akiva Schools (Yeshivat Or Chaim and Ulpanat Orot Girls’ School), Rabbi Mazer took an active role in the school and the community, including revamping the Judaic curriculum at the schools, establishing numerous shiurim throughout the city, and spending two summers at Camp Moshava as the Camp Rav.
In 2016 Rabbi Mazer accepted the position as National Director of Mizrachi Canada, with a mission to incorporate the ideals of religious Zionism in the daily lives of thousands of Canadians.
Having returned to live in Israel with his family, Rabbi Mazer continues in his position at Mizrachi Canada, traveling back and forth between the two countries while remaining committed to setting vision and strategy for Canada, connecting Israel to the world, and instilling a passion for Torah and a deep connection to Eretz Yisrael in the hearts and minds of the Jewish communities in Toronto and across the country.
Rabbi Mazer has also returned as a rebbe to Yeshivat Hakotel.

Mr. Paul Forman,
Director of Operations

Born and raised in Toronto, Paul Forman began his career after graduation from both Yeshiva and University and worked for 25 years in the IT world with Manufacturers life insurance rising from a programmer to Assistant Vice President. In 1999, he purchased a small specialized AutoCAD training company and immediately began an expansion of the company to become the largest Autodesk Reseller in Canada. Paul volunteered extensively in the Toronto community including as President of Congregation Bnei Torah; President, board member, and volunteer for the Jewish Family and Child; Board member for the JCC; Board member for York University Jewish Student council; Board member for THMP; multiple Federation committees, and more. Paul has spent over 40 years in various levels of direct and strategic management, combining the best elements of technology and people management with the objective of creating streamlined, people friendly, efficient operations.

Etan and Nili Zivan,
Bnei Akiva Shlichim, Toronto

Etan made Aliyah in 2008 from Rochester, NY. He served as the countrywide leader of “Amishav,” the Bnei Akiva program that integrates new citizens into Isreal. He also worked with an educational startup providing STEM education. Etan attended Yeshivat Chevron before the army where he served in an elite operational intelligence unit in the IDF.

Nili made Aliyah from Los Angeles. After high school, she spent a year in Amit Beer, a seminary in Yerucham, where she volunteered in the community as a teacher and taught English. As part of her army service, she helped prepare new immigrants for their army service. She has been involved with “Crossroads,” a non-profit organization working with English speaking teens at-risk. She has also taught Sociology at the high school level.

Eli and Sivan Veresh,
Bnei Akiva Shlichim, Montreal

Eli and Sivan Veresh are the parents of two adorable girls Doron (8 yrs old) and Renen (5 yrs Old). They are excited to be working together to strengthen the Bnei Akiva of Montreal. Eli is a Teacher in a High School just outside of Haifa. Sivan is a social worker for at risk youth. They have a wealth of experience working and volunteering with youth and look forward to getting to know the Madrichim and Hanichim of the Montreal Gallil.

Rifka Sonenberg,
Yoetzet Halacha

Rifka Sonenberg teaches at Ulpanat Orot High School and is the resident educator at The House. She also teaches Torah privately. Rifka has a B.Sc. from York University and a teaching degree from Michlalah, Jerusalem. She spent three years studying at Nishmat, including one in Machon Gavoha, and is a yoetzet halacha trained in Nishmat’s Keren Ariel program.

Our Board of Directors

Mr. Jack Kahn Z"L


Mr. Jack Samuel


Rabbi Seth Grauer

Hon. President

Mr. Jeff Shumacher


Mr. Jerry Rosenfield

Immediate past President

Mr. Yisrael Dov Meyer


Mr. Yehuda Gelberger


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