Rabbi Seth Grauer

Yeshivat Or Chaim


March 5, 2019

Rabbi Grauer serves as the Rosh Yeshiva and Head of School of the Bnei Akiva Schools in Toronto. The Bnei Akiva Schools is the umbrella for the only two Modern Orthodox and Religious Zionist high schools in Toronto, Yeshivat Or Chaim and Ulpanat Orot Girls School. Prior to joining the Bnei Akiva High Schools, Rabbi Grauer served as the Assistant Principal at Yeshiva University High School for Girls (“Central”) in New York, where he played an essential role in managing the day-to-day operations for this 300-student girls high school. Before that, Rabbi Grauer was a leading educator for nine years at the Ramaz Upper School in Manhattan, NY. In addition to Rabbi Grauer’s work in formal education, Rabbi Grauer worked for eight summers with teenagers at various summer camps in leadership capacities, including serving more recently as the Camp Rabbi and Director of Education at Camp Lavi and Rosh Kollel and Head of Chinuch at Camp Moshava (Wild Rose). Rabbi Grauer was trained in teacher mentorship and supervision through the Jewish New Teacher Project and has a certificate in Israel education from the Israel Center of Education. Rabbi Grauer also received the prestigious Grinspoon-Steinhardt award for excellence in Jewish education. In addition to Rabbi Grauer’s roles in educational institutions, Rabbi Grauer served for five years as the Associate Rabbi at the Fifth Avenue Synagogue in Manhattan. Rabbi Grauer studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion (“Gush”) in Israel for two years, served as their Director of Alumni Affairs for nearly five years, is a member of their Board of Directors and is the current Chair of their Rabbinic Committee. Rabbi Grauer was also honored as the Yeshivat Har Etzion Alumnus of the Year in 2010. Rabbi Grauer received his B.A. in history (honors) from Yeshiva University and was a founding member of their varsity golf team. Rabbi Grauer received smicha from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) of Yeshiva University and received his doctorate in Education from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration at Yeshiva University. He also earned a J.D. from Fordham Law School and served as an editor of the Environmental Law Journal. Rabbi Grauer was a Rabbinic Court Intern at the Beth Din of America and a Legal Intern at the New York State Supreme Court and the New York State Office of the Attorney General. Rabbi Grauer has become a sought after speaker and educator serving as Scholar in Residence in various synagogues and offering guest lectures at conferences, retreats and programs both across North America and in Israel. Rabbi Grauer currently lives with his wife, Leba, and 4 children, Yonina, Yosef, Gila and Yaacov in Toronto, Ontario.