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Rabbi Baruch Taub
Founding Rav and Rabbi Emeritus of Beth Avraham Congregation of Toronto / Thornhill (BAYT), one of the largest and most vibrant congregation in the Orthodox world. At the invitation of Toronto philanthropist Joseph Tanenbaum, Rabbi Taub initiated the BAYT in his new home with 12 founding member families, thirty years ago. In the years that followed the shul grew to over 800 families, housed in a state-of-the-art Synagogue building. Under the aegis of its "Meshech Chochma" Adult Education Program, the BAYT conducts over 30 weekly Shiurim, including two daily Daf Yomi Shiurim as well as numerous Shiurim b'Ivrit. With five daily Shacharis Minyonim, two Mincha and Ma'ariv Services, as well as seven Shabbos morning services, the BAYT has become a vibrant Torah Learning and Davening Center. Rabbi Taub served on the Bais Din and was the President of the Va'ad Harabonim of Toronto. In 1990 Rabbi Taub conducted the Siyum Hashas in Lublin, Poland, the site of the founder of the Daf Yomi, Rabbi Meir Shapiro ZT"L. He was awarded the National Rabbinic Leadership Award of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America in 1993. The Rabbi has led an annual BAYT Mission to Israel for the last nine years, twinning the Shul with the Beit El Community. A much sought-after speaker, Rabbi Taub has lectured in most major cities in the USA and Canada. In addition Rabbi Taub has contributed articles to leading Torah Journals. Before returning to his native Toronto, Rabbi Taub served as International Director of NCSY (National Conference of Synagogue Youth) of the UOJCA. In that capacity he inaugurated "NCSY Goes to Yeshiva" and the "NCSY Torah Experience." He also served as the adjunct professor of Judaic Studies at Stern College, Yeshiva University. Rabbi Taub is a Yadin Yadin Musmach of the Ner Israel Rabbinical College, Baltimore, Maryland and holds an M.A. degree from Loyola College Baltimore Maryland and a Doctorate in Judaic Studies from Maimonides College. In November 2010, the BAYT families dedicated a Sefer Torah in his honour and hosted a dinner for the community to honour his retirement as Rav and his becoming Rabbi Emeritus. RabbiTaub has made Aliya and lives in Netanya with his Rebbetzin Malkah (nee Mandelberg) of Johannesburg, South Africa.