About us

The Yorkville Jewish Centre - a social hub, event space, synagogue, learning centre, cafe, and Jewish cultural centre - makes its home in the heart of Toronto, at 94 Avenue Road. For years, we provided young Jewish professionals in the city with quality programming as the Jewish Urban Meeting Place. Now, the Yorkville Jewish Centre serves as a centre for prayer, education, social programming, networking, event hosting, and many other activities. Our goal is to bring Jews together, and to do so in the cultural, economic, and social mecca of Canada.

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Why We Exist

We are a group of social entrepreneurs showcasing Toronto’s best Jewish resources – communal, educational, professional – to create an exquisite collection of cultural and social opportunities. The core of the Yorkville Jewish Centre is its community. We strive to bring great people together over amazing experiences, and make those friendships endure as a community. We explore Toronto’s culture together, we learn ancient Jewish wisdom together, we travel the world together, we celebrate together, we help the less fortunate together. Simply, we strive to design an incredible life together.

  • Rabbi Meir Dubrawsky


    Rabbi Meir Dubrawsky is the Rabbi of the Yorkville Jewish Centre. He was born and raised in Vancouver, BC.  At a young age, Rabbi Meir came to Toronto to study in an advanced Yeshiva High School and has loved this city ever since. After finishing his studies in Toronto, Rabbi Meir went on to study in New York and Israel. He received his Rabbinic Ordination in 2013. Rabbi Meir has done Rabbinic work quite literally around the world, including; Germany, France, Switzerland, Argentina, Turkey, Uruguay, Mexico, Italy and Newfoundland. In 2014 he married his amazing wife, Nechama, and together they have two beautiful boys. Rabbi Meir has a unique ability to connect with people from all walks of life in a warm and welcoming manner while making them feel special. In his spare time, Rabbi Meir can be found spending time with his boys whom he adores so much or engrossed in a deep conversation.  Rabbi Meir feels blessed and excited to be apart of the spectacular growth being experienced at the Yorkville Jewish Centre. 

  • Rabbi Joel Wardinger

    Executive Director

    Rabbi Joel Wardinger studied economics at McGill University, and received a law degree from the University of Toronto. After working in corporate law on Bay Street, Joel ventured back to Israel for intensive years of study, culminating in his rabbinical ordination. He currently serves as the Director at YJC (Yorkville Jewish Centre).