Bridging the Gap
Between Two Communities…
We are a living, vibrant community of believers, who are bound together in the customs and oral traditions of the Torah, while maintaining the power and liberty of the Ruach HaKodesh.
We Pride Ourselves In Teaching our Community
To Live a Jewish Lifestyle
We pride ourselves in our ability to teach how to apply Torah Principles to our daily lives and how to take the Words being heard and integrate them into each individual lifestyle.
Being a Light to our Jewish Brethren
Our congregation has been a cornerstone of Messianic Jewish Toronto for the past 40 years with a heavy focus on Jewish lifestyle.
Congregation Melech Yisrael (Kehilat Melech Yisrael) was formed for the purpose of establishing a traditional and culturally Jewish setting. By reflecting the teachings of Y’shua, our community was also designed to be uniquely Jewish in both expression and lifestyle. – CMY Mission Statement
This means that Jewish people are free to maintain their heritage, culture, and lifestyle and that Non-Jews who express a desire to join our community, must seek counsel through the leadership. While we welcome all to attend our services, we teach that to be a part of the community, one must adjust their lifestyle to reflect the posture of our community in calling and mandate – which is to be Jewish in faith and in walk for the believer.
Our Roots as Canada’s
Oldest Messianic Jewish Synagogue
Founded in 1976, Kehilat Melech Yisrael is Canada’s oldest Messianic Synagogue. The shul was founded by Dr. Edward Daniel Brotsky. Dr. Brotsky was born in Montréal, Québec to Orthodox Jewish parents from the Ukraine. In 1977, Melech Yisrael merged with Beth Mashiach lead by Rev. Hans Vanderwerff. As a pioneer in the Messianic Jewish movement in Canada, Rev. Vanderwerff moved from Ottawa to Toronto to fulfill his call in Messianic Judaism. As Beth Mashiach and Melech Yisrael emerged, Dr. Brotsky and Rev. Vanderwerff agreed to keep the name Melech Yisrael and in 1979 the shul was incorporated as: Melech Yisrael of Toronto. After serving Melech Yisrael for 15 years, Rev. Vanderwerff was replaced by R’ Ya’aqov Farber. Like Dr. Brotsky, R’ Farber was born in Montréal, Québec to an Orthodox Jewish family who emigrated from the Ukraine. Joined with his wife Elisheva from South Florida, R’ Farber served as the Rosh Kehilah of Melech Yisrael for 20 years. In 2014, R’ Farber passed the position of Rosh Kehilah onto R’ Yehezqel Italki Malinconico. Born in Monmouth County New Jersey to anousim parents from Sardina, R’ Malinconico is joined with his wife Keturah from Houston, Texas with their three children. With future plans to expand the ministry online for those who do not have a local congregation, we look forward to serving those beyond our physical borders.
At this time, we are closed to all public services due to the COVID-19 crisis until further notice.