Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies
The Kollel started in 1970 when a group of ten pioneering families from the prestigious BMG Institute for Advanced Learning of Lakewood, NJ moved to Toronto.
Now, over forty nine years later, the phenomenal growth and vibrancy of the Jewish community in Toronto has largely been attributed to the Kollel’s presence and activities. This includes the opening of new Synagogues, Yeshivas, Day schools, Kollels’, and the strengthening of Jewish infrastructure such as Kashrus, Mikva, Shatnez, the city Eruv and many educational outreach (“kiruv”) programs. The example set by the founding families led to the establishment of more than 70 other such Kollels that have revitalized their respective communities—from Chicago to Los Angeles, from Detroit to Boston, and from Israel to Australia.