Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl is the Anne and Max Tanenbaum Senior Rabbi of Beth Tzedec Congregation. The focus of his rabbinate has been: (1) a commitment to family education and life-long learning; (2) a dedication to provide hesed support to the sick, shut-ins and bereaved; and (3) an effort to "open up" synagogue life through a “synaplex” of diverse ritual and educational opportunities for the congregation.
The recipient of a Coolidge Fellowship for research in an inter-faith community at the Episcopal Divinity School at Harvard University, Rav Baruch has been a leader in interfaith activity in Canada, helping to organize the Path of Abraham missions to the Holy Land and serving as a member of the Canadian Jewish-Catholic Consultation process. He has doctorate in Jewish Philosophy from the Jewish Theological Seminary and serves as a Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute of Jerusalem.
Rav Baruch has been involved with UJA Federation and has served as President of both the Rabbinical Assembly of Ontario and the Toronto Board of Rabbis. He helped to initiate the Jewish Leadership program of the Kellogg School of Management, serves on the University of Toronto’s Jewish Studies Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Rabbinical Assembly.
He and Josette are the parents of Yakov (married to Sarah), Rafi, and Amir (married to Amanda) and have two sabra grandchildren.