Adult Bar and Bat Mitzvah Program to Begin

Rabbi Claudio will be launching that CAI Adult Bar and Bat Mitzvah program on November 7. This program is for all members of the community who didn’t have a ceremony when they were children, and also for all who celebrated his or her Bar or Bat Mitzvah, and want to study Judaism now as adults.

The duration of the program will be one year and will conclude with a collective Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremony which is optional for the participants. Classes will be held every two weeks and we will involve studying and discussing different topics about Jewish history, traditions, beliefs and current topics. Participants will also learn about the Siddur (prayerbook) and synagogue skills as Torah reading and Tefila (prayer).

If you are interested there will have an introductory meeting on Wednesday, November the 7th at 7:00pm at the CAI. At the meeting there will be a discussion about the best day for the classes and about which subjects are more interesting for participants to study and explore during the program.

If you have any question or comments please contact Rabbi Claudio.


Photo on homepage corresponding to this article is courtesy of Robert Couse-Baker.

58th Silver Plate Dinner to Be Held November 14th

The 58th Silver Plate Dinner will be held on November 14 at TCU Place. Tickets are $200 and are available by contacting David Katzman. This is an annual event put on by the CAI B’nai Brith. Please support this dinner by attending as a guest or volunteering.

“We would like to see 900 gentlemen at our event and hope that every community member will invite friends and colleagues to this opportunity for a memorable night of fine dining and great camaraderie,” says Katzman.

Facing intense popular demand, Dr. Steven Goluboff has once again agreed to return to the podium as our MC. Our Silent and Live Auctions, organized by Ron Gitlin, are exceptional because many of our own congregants are kind enough to provide items. Contact Ron now with your contributions (374-6330, rgitlin@sherwoodchev.com).

President Randy Katzman will present the prestigious “We Are Proud of You” award to a Saskatoon citizen for his exemplary, but as yet unrecognized, volunteer work. Dinner Chair David Katzman would also be pleased to hear from any congregants (and friends) who wish to volunteer their services for the evening (955-3563, dl.katzman@sasktel.net).

B’nai B’rith was founded on New York City‘s Lower East Side on October 13, 1843, by 12 recent German Jewish immigrants led by Henry Jones, primarily to address issues of blatant prejudice.

In Saskatoon, we have a proud history of supporting important organizations that primarily serve youth; the U of S Student Health Centre, the Preschool Foundation, the Children’s Hospital, Raise a Reader, the Care and Share Holiday Lunch and our own BBYO(high school), JSA (post-secondary).  We also make provide a significant donation to CAI.  This year, we are pleased to announce a $25 000 commitment to the Ronald McDonald House expansion, which serves the families of children receiving medical care in city hospitals.


Drum Festival to Be Held at JCC on Oct 28

DrumsThe Saskatoon Jewish Cultural Assn(SJCA) will present a drum festival at the Jewish Community Centre on Sunday October 28 at 2:00 PM.

Please join us as individuals and groups from the U of S, Saskatoon Symphony, the jazz community and various cultural communities perform. Among the groups performing are: Afro/Brazilian Drum Ensemble, Living Sky Taiko(Japanese) ,Two Cree Men, U of S Marimba Group, Caribbean Steel Band, Joseph Ashong(master drummer from Ghana), plus groups from the India Community, the Lions Band and various schools.

Bring along a small drum for participation in the exciting finale.

The history and development of percussion instruments will be traced from ancient times to the present. Admission at the door will be $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. The SJCA acknowledges the support from the City of Saskatoon, Saskatoon B’nai Brith,and the Deptartment of Music at the University of Saskatchewan.

Photo courtesy of Olle Svensson under a Creative Commons license.

Hebrew Alphabet Blocks

Hebrew School Turning 100, Artifacts Wanted

The Hebrew School is turning 100 and CAI will be commemorating this momentous occasion. In preparation for this celebration, we are trying to compile pictures, history, names, addresses, etc. of anyone who has attended the school in the past. Please send anything you have to Marsha Scharfstein.

The celebration is going to be held on January 18, 2013 in conjunction with the Sisterhood Shabbat Family Dinner. It will be a great time to get together with friends and family to reminisce. Please save the date.

Avi Melamed

UJA Campaign Launch October 24

Avi MelamedCongregation Agudas Israel welcomes Independent Strategic Intelligence Analyst, Avi Melamed, to help us launch our United Jewish Appeal campaign on Wednesday, October 24,  Join us at 7:30 to hear Avi’s address, and stay for dessert and more personal discussions.

In Saskatoon, the monies raised from our local UJA campaign are divided in half.  Fifty percent goes to UJA for their missions, while fifty percent comes back to us and funds our schlihcim program.  Every donation makes a difference around the world, and here at home.

The mission of the Jewish Federations of Canada – UJA is to strengthen Jewish life in Canada, Israel and overseas by:

  • Delivering essential programs and services to vulnerable populations – both young and elderly – in Israel and the Former Soviet Union
  • Strengthening Jewish identity in Canadians of all ages by providing educational and cultural opportunities
  • Enhancing the quality of Jewish community life by providing cities across Canada with social and community programs

They fund and support a global network of Jewish organizations that nurture and sustain our Jewish community – of today and tomorrow – caring for people in need here at home, in Israel and around the world.

CAI Comes Together for Installation

The Shabbat between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, often given to reflection and introspection, was particularly sweet this year for the Congregation Agudas Israel. This Shabbat was dedicated to the installation of our new Rabbi, Claudio Jodorkovsky.

Rabbi Steve Wernick and Rabbi Claudio JodorkovskyThe service and installation were made even more meaningful with the addition of honored guests, Rabbi Steven Wernick, CEO of the Unieted Synaagogue of Conservative Judaism, who came from New York, and JTS board member, Harold Jacobsohn, from Boca Raton, Florida.

The weekend was filled with Shabbat learning, singing, meaning and prayer.  Saturday night was the official instillation and our new president, Marsha Scharfstein, welcomed the more than 150 who attended, including clergy from other faiths, MLA’s, friends and congregants.

Harold Jacobsohn shared a warm Colombian, JTS welcome.  Rabbi Wernick delivered an address, and “installed” Rabbi Claudio with humor, (some construction tools), and importance. Rabbi Claudio replied to the crowd with a brilliant, poignant, address.   All in attendance felt the promise and hope of a bright new beginning.

For more pictures from that evening, please see the gallery in the media section of the Website.

Dr. Izzeldon Abuelaish

Dr. Abuelaish to Speak on ‘Creating Space for Reconciliation and Peace’

Dr. Izzeldon AbuelaishDr. Izzeldon Abuelaish will be giving a presentation on Saturday September 22 on “Creating Space for Reconciliation and Peace.”

Dr. Abuelaish, who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, is the other of I Shall Not Hate: A Doctor’s Journey on the road to Peace and Dignity. A review of this book and more information about Dr. Abuelaish is in September / October issue of The Bulletin.

The presentation is from 2:30 to 4:30. There is no charge for this event, but donations are encouraged to Dr. Abuelaish’s foundation – Daughters for Life. This is a registered charity that provides young women an opportunity to develop a strong voice and play influential role in improving the quality of life throughout the Middle East by helping them get access to higher education.

Rabbi Claudio Jodorkovsky

Rabbi Claudio to Be Installed September 22

Rabbi Claudio JodorkovskyCongregation Agudas Israel Synagogue is proud and excited to welcome Rabbi Claudio Jodorkovsky as our Rabbi.

Rabbi Claudio will be installed as the Rabbi of Congregation Agudas Israel on Saturday, September 22.   The prayers and installation will be led by  Rabbi Steven Wernick, International CEO of the  United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism visiting from New York.

This evening will be a highlight in the life of our community.  Please  come and celebrate with us.

Rabbi Claudio Jodorkovsky was born in Santiago, Chile in 1974, where he attended elementary and high school.  At 18, having graduated from high school, he chose to dedicate his life to the service of the Jewish community as an educator and  rabbi. For that purpose he moved to Argentina where he studied to become a rabbi in the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary of the Conservative Movement.

After graduating, Rabbi Claudio served in a congregation in Bogota Columbia.  He comes from there with  his wife Rosy, and their children Ameil and Yoel.

Ari and Tamar

CAI Welcomes New Shlichim

Ari and TamarAgudas Israel is extending a welcome to our new Shlichim, Tamar Boruchovitz and Ari Sperber.

Tamar was born in Herzzelia and raised in Zichron Yaacov, a small Moshava near Haifa. When she was five years old she moved with her family to Singapore for four years, She came back to Israel at the age of nine. During high school Tamar volunteered in the “Noar Haoved Vehalomed” youth movement, taking part in nation-wide activities and as an instructor.

After high school she volunteered in a Pre- Military Program for leadership and Jewish identity in Sde-Bocker in the Negev. There she taught Hebrew to Bedouin women and children and instructed leadership activities. She served as an officer of education in the border police unit. Discharged after three years in the army, she lived in Kibbutz Yahel working in the dairy-farm and being a part of a young community called “Biet Midrash Baderech”, studying liberal Judaism. For the past year she has been living in Tel Aviv studying law and government in the IDC.

Ari was born and raised in Kibbutz Yahel, a Reform community in the Arava Desert. After focusing on music and classical piano studies in high school, Ari took part in the Reform Movement’s leadership development gap year program in Jaffa, studying Judaism and social studies whilst volunteering with youth in Jaffa.

During his army service Ari served as an officer in the paratroopers infantry division, discharged after four and a half years as First Lieutenant.

He recently started his studies of industrial and managerial engineering at the Tel Aviv Open-University.

The Shlichim play such an important part in our community so everyone please give them a very warm welcome.

Joe Rosenberg

Joe Rosenberg Memorial Golf Tournament to Be Held

The 2012 Joe Rosenberg Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on  Sunday August 12 at the Riverside Country Club. The golf tournament will be followed by an evening event where members of the CAI community can come out to welcome Rabbi Claudio Jodorkosky and his family.

The golf tournament begins at 1:30 and will be followed by cocktails and dinner starting at 6:30. The cost for the evening is $25 for adults, $12.50 for children 6-13 and free for children 5 and under.

Joe Rosenberg was a longtime member of B’nai Brith , CAS, and The Riverside Golf and Country Club. The B’nai Brith created this event as a way to remember Joe.

Please RSVP to the event by August 1 by sending an email to Steven Goluboff at s.goluboffATshaw.ca.


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