Rav Zvi Eliyahu Meir Schmelczer, the dynamic rosh kollel of the North Miami Beach Community Kollel, is leaving his position to join the hanhalah of Yeshiva Gedola Merkaz Hatorah Tiferes Mordechai of Montreal.
Rav Schmelczer has led the North Miami Beach Community Kollel with great success, serving as a guide to the yungeleit and a group of wonderful baalei batim who developed a night kollel and morning kollel program.
Rav Shmelczer’s ties to Miami begin with his father-in-law, Rav Mordechai Shapiro zt”l, who was a noted talmid of Rav Aharon Kotler zt”l and was a rov in Miami Beach for many years. Rav Schmelczer himself has served as the menahel of Mesivta of Miami Beach and previously learned in the kollelim of Mexico City and Montreal. His father, Rav Chaim Schmelczer zt”l, was one of the founding roshei yeshiva of Yeshivas Telz in Chicago.
Yeshiva Gedola Merkaz Hatorah Tiferes Mordechai has been led by its roshei yeshiva, Rav Moshe Mendel Glustein, Rav Shimon Zeffren, and Rav Yaakov Bistritz. The yeshiva was founded over 35 years ago by a small group of parents and community members and encompasses a large pre-school elementary and high school, in addition to the bais medrash.