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.
Meet Rabbi Elan Mazer,
Our National Director
A native of Montreal, Rabbi Mazer made Aliya after high school, served in the Combat Engineering Corps of the IDF, then had the incredible opportunity to live, study, and teach at Jerusalem’s Yeshivat Hakotel, while also obtaining his teaching (B.Ed) and rabbinic (Smicha) degrees. Rabbi Mazer was an integral part of the Hakotel staff, and living in the Old City also enabled him to meet, host, and work with a wide range of Jewish people, from students on birthright trips to the weekly Rova women’s shiur.
In 2013, Rabbi Mazer came to Toronto as a shaliach for Bnei Akiva Schools (Yeshivat Or Chaim and Ulpanat Orot Girls’ School), in the capacity of “Mashgiach Ruchani” (spiritual advisor). Once here, he took an active role in the school and the community, lending his passion and dedication to students and staff alike. Rabbi Mazer was instrumental in revamping the Judaic curriculum at BAS, as well as initiating several high-level learning programs. He has established numerous shiurim throughout the city and has spent two summer at Camp Moshava as the Camp Rav.
As National Director of Mizrachi Rabbi Mazer strives to instill 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 comes to us from Israel with his wife, Nomi, and their three children.