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The Mizrachi Beit Midrash is a dynamic Religious Zionist learning centre located in the heart of Thornhill.
This community Beit Midrash promotes and supports independent Torah learning, chavrutot, small study groups and shiurim, while instilling deep within the consciousness of the community the centrality of Israel in Jewish life
The Mizrachi Beit Midrash is a welcoming, accessible, intergenerational and participatory place of learning where everyone can feel comfortable growing and learning at their own pace.
The Beit Midrash Team
Rav AZ (Avraham Zvi) Thau, Shaliach
Hadassah Thau, Shlichah
Rabbi Lesher, Assistant Rabbi at the BAYT
Rabbi Shmuel Lesher was a Machon Beren Kollel Elyon fellow at Yeshiva University (RIETS). Before completing his rabbinic ordination at RIETS, Rabbi Lesher studied at yeshivot including Yeshivas Mir Yerushalayim and Yeshiva Gedolah of YGW. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at the Ferkauf School of Psychology, and serves as the Assistant Rabbi at the BAYT.
Beit Midrash Programs
Community Beit Midrash Night
Join us every Monday night for an open Beit Midrash where anyone can come and learn in the Mizrachi Beit Midrash.
Bring a chavruta. Learn independently. Join a chabura. All learning is available and welcome.
Thursday Night Mishmar
Cholent, Kugel, and Torah Learning… What Could be Better?
Join us Thursday nights at the Mizrachi Beit Midrash for a shiur-based Mishmar learning program. Starting with a halacha shiur, followed chassidut and reflections on the parsha, and concluding with Maariv.
Women's Beit Midrash Night
Once a month, the Mizrachi Beit Midrash will host a women’s learning initiative which will consist of Beit Midrash style learning, a shiur, and refreshments.
Horim Veyeladim - Parent Child Learning
Enjoy a curated learning program that will include fun incentives and activities to keep children engaged.
In partnership with BAYT Youth
Thursday Night Mishmar $250
Sponsor an evening of learning at our weekly Thursday night Mishmar. Sponsorship includes kugel, cholent, and refreshments for the participants as well as a dedication to the sponsoring family.
Horim V'Yeladim / Parent Child Learning Food & Refreshments $250
Sponsor an evening of Horim V'Yeladim (Parent & Child Learning). Includes Pizza & Refreshments for participants, and dedication to the sponsoring family.
Monday Night Learning $360
Sponsor an evening of learning at our community-wide Beit Midrash. Sponsorship includes refreshments for learners, and dedication to the sponsoring family.
Women's Beit Midrash $360
Sponsor an evening of learning at our monthly women's learning program. Sponsorship will include light refreshments, and dedication to the sponsoring family.
Sponsor brand new Sfarim for The Mizrachi Beit Midrash. Dedicate in honour or in memory of someone. Prices are determined based on which sfarim you choose
Sponsor a piece of artwork for the new Mizrachi Beit Midrash
young families minyan
Our Beit Midrash model is designed to build community, to engage the next generation of families, empower religious growth, and to provide members with inspiring role models. The minyan aims to have meaningful tefillot, and religious experiences that engage the family as a whole, men, women and children together, so families can grow religiously together.
- Active & ongoing parent and child participation in weekly Shabbat morning tefillot
- Family services and parent-led Torah study
- Chugei Bayit
- Oneg Shabbat
- Friday night dinners