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Ezer Diena

Rabbinic Assistant

Born and raised in Toronto, Ezer Diena attended Ner Israel Yeshiva for high school. During this time, he volunteered at Clanton Park Synagogue, where he edited the Synagogue Bulletin and coordinated youth programming. He then spent two years learning at Yeshivas Toras Moshe in Jerusalem, where he developed a close relationship with Rabbi Michel Zalman Shurkin, a premier student of Rabbi Yosef Dov Soloveitchik.

After Israel, Ezer returned to Toronto, enrolling in York University’s Concurrent Education program, where he studied simultaneously towards an Honours B.Sc. in Chemistry and a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. As part of this program, Ezer also taught Mathematics and Science at Earl Haig Secondary School and Sir John A. MacDonald Collegiate Institute. While at York, Ezer continued his formal Torah study, learning part-time at Kollel Zichron Meir for two years, and at Yeshivas Ohr Hachaim in Queens, New York.

In the final year of his program, Ezer also served as a Talmud teacher, and a Judaics, Mathematics, and Science supply teacher at Yeshivat Or Chaim. He also delivered a weekly parshah shiur at the Or Chaim Minyan.

While taking a first year Calculus course, Ezer met Chaya Benmergui, and they married in 2016. Chaya, a Thornhill native, works as an ABA therapist.

In addition to enjoying teaching Math and Chemistry, Ezer loves to learn (and teach) Talmud and Halachah, as well as text-based Tanach study, with a focus on recent commentaries. As well as formal teaching, Ezer is always up for a schmooze on any Torah-related topics and looks forward to making many new friends at the BAYT.



Sat, June 6 2020 14 Sivan 5780