Rabbi Claudio Jodorkovsky and his wife Rosy will be visiting Congregation Agudas Israel this week. He will be leading Shabbat services Friday evening, which will include a shared supper, and Saturday morning.
Rabbi Claudio was born in Santiago, Chile in 1974. After finishing high school, he decided he wanted to dedicate his life to what he felt was his vocation – to serve the Jewish community as an educator and as a rabbi. He moved to Argentina where he studied at the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary of the Conservative Movement. During this time he also studied for a B.A. in Management for Non Profit Organizations and served several congregations as a rabbinical student.
In Argentina, Rabbi Claudio met Rosy and they married in August, 2001, before traveling to Israel for two years.
In Jerusalem, Rabbi Claudio finished his rabbinical studies at the Schechter Institute for Judaic Studies, the Israeli branch of the Jewish Theological Seminary, receiving his hasmacha (rabbinical ordination) in 2002. He also studied for a M.A. in Jewish Education and participated in the Seniors Educators Program of the Melton Centre at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
In 2003 Rabbi Claudio and Rosy moved to Colombia where they worked together in the Jewish Community of Medellín and in the local Jewish day school. There was born Amiel, their seven years old daughter.
In 2005 they moved to Bogotá, Colombia’s capital city, where Rabbi Claudio has been the rabbi of the Asociación Israelita Montefiore, a 200 family-members Conservative synagogue. In 2008 Yoel, their now four-year-old sone was born.
In the Asociación Israelita Montefiore, Rabbi Claudio has created and implemented innovative programs, especially for children, teenagers and young families. He developed a renewal project oriented to raising synagogue membership and incorporating new members. He created a religious school for children from 3 to 13 years, a youth movement with a leadership training program, a young Shabbat service and programs for family education. Additionally, Rabbi Claudio incorporated new social activities in the synagogue, like Jewish-cinema evenings and conferences about different topics. He also developed an adult education program that included permanent study opportunities in Jewish subjects in the synagogue and also educational meetings in the synagogue’s member’s homes.
Rabbi Claudio has an important participation in the greater Jewish and non-Jewish community. He has been very active in Catholic-Jewish relationships and also is a permanent teacher in the Theology Department of Universidad Javeriana, a Jesuit university and one of Colombia’s most recognized university.
In his free time, Rabbi Claudio loves to be with his children and to read. He is a fan of computers and technology.