Rabbi Claudio Jodorkovsky

CAI Hires Rabbi Claudio Jodorkovsky

Rabbi Claudio and FamilyDear friends!

I want to share some very exciting news with you.  Rabbi Claudio Jodorkovsky will become our Rabbi on August 1, 2012.  He and his wife Rosy were overwhelmed by the warmth and goodness of our small community.  Though they have never been anywhere else in Canada, they know they are moving to the best.

Thank you to all the members of Congregation Agudas Israel who joined in the decision process.  We met some very special people and have been rewarded by the process.

Thank you to the Board of Trustees and the search committee for their efforts, time and commitment.  This was a big job that was conducted with big hearts.

Rabbi Claudio will strengthen, inspire, enhance and grow our community.  Congregation Agudas Israel is already a  very special place where Jewish life on the prairies is vibrant and exciting.   I can’t even imagine the “great” that is yet to come.

I wish us all a yashar koach – may we, as a strong CAI family go only from strength to greater strength.

Heather Fenyes

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Rabbi Claudio Jodorkovsky

Rabbi Claudio Jodorkovsky and Wife to Visit

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. AfRabbi Claudio and Familyter 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.

Minden Collection to Be Unveiled at Museum of Antiquities

The Museum of Antiquities presents The Arthur & Beatrice Minden Collection of Ancient Glass and Other Artifacts Collection unveiling on Thursday April 12.

There will be a presentation at Convocation Hall at 4:30, followed by the unveiling at 5:15 at the Museum of Antiquities. A reception will follow.

Please RSVP by April 5, 2012 to the Museum of Antiquities by calling 966-7818 or by emailing museum@anitquities.usask.ca.

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Rabbi Catharine Clark and Family to Visit

Rabbi Catharine Clark and FamilyCongregation Agudas Israel will be hosting a visit from Rabbi Catharine Clark and her family later this month.

Rabbi Clark will be ordained in May by the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she was recently awarded the Cyrus Adler Prize given to the outstanding student entering the senior class.  She is currently the Legacy Heritage Rabbinic Fellow at Temple Adath Sharon in Sharon, Massachusetts.  Her prior student pulpit experience includes The Shaar Shalom in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Ahavath Sholom in Fort Worth, Texas and Sinai Synagogue of South Bend, Indiana.

Before beginning her studies in rabbinical school, she was an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York and a law clerk for The Honorable Sarah Evans Barker of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Indiana.  She holds a J.D. from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from The Ohio State University.

Rabbi Clark enjoys yoga, cooking, reading and riding her bike.  She and her husband, Eric Robinson, have a 7-month old daughter, Naomi.  They all enjoy watching baseball and football.

Rabbi Clark will be will leading Shabbat services Friday March 23 at 6 PM followed by a shared supper,  and Saturday March 24 at 10 AM followed by lunch. Please come out to show the Rabbi and her family our CAI warmth.

Ido at Purim Party

Purim Parties Huge Success

Dancing at PurimThis year’s Purim celebrations were a smashing success.

The Megilla reading was full of fun and kids.  Ido entertained the congregation as he acted out the Megilla reading.  Haman’s name was completely obliterated and the laughter and smiles told the best story.

Rabbi Arian and his wife Keleigh were part of all of the Purim festivities.  They “clowned around” with the kids at the Megilla reading, and partied with the parents on Saturday night.

Ido the ActorThe “Wild Wild West” Purim party exceeded all limits!  There were western games, music and line dancing!  More than 150 adults partied well into the night.  These great Purim memories will last well until the next!

To see many more pictures, check out our Purim Purim Purim photo album on Facebook.

Rabbi Charles Arian

Rabbi Charles Arian, Wife to Visit CAI

Rabbi Charles and Keleigh ArianWe are looking forward to this weeks visit from Rabbi Charles Arian and his wife Keleigh (pronounced Kelly) from Norwich Connecticut.

Rabbi Arian has served as a pulpit rabbi, scholar in residence and Hillel director.  He is a member of “Rabbis Without Borders”, a civic leader and a published author.  He has been actively involved in community life, social justice, outreach and education.

He and Keleigh will be with us from Wednesday, March 7 until Monday, March 12.  Please join us for a service and some Purim partying!

Here’s a quick look at this weeks schedule of activities with Charles and Keleigh:

Wednesday, March 7-  6 pm., Megilla reading, carnival and dinner.   Come in costume!
Friday, March 9 –  8 pm  Kabbalat Shabbat services  led by Rabbi Arian
Saturday am services, March 10 – 10:00 – 12 followed by kiddush lunch.  Services led by Rabbi Arian
Saturday pm – WILD WILD WEST Purim Party – Tickets are limited!  Contact Ayelet and Ido

Hamentashen Baking Bee on March 4 at 1 PM

Sisterhood Report – Purim Edition

by Janet Erikson

HamentashenI hope that headline caught your attention, because I don’t want anyone to miss it. I hope all CAI members and Sisterhood members are aware of the bee before it happens. Everyone welcome and no experience required. You walk into the kitchen wondering how to fold and stuff those triangular shaped cookies and you leave wiser as the head of some standing committee. Did I mention Sisterhood is baking Hamentashen for the Hebrew school children and the upcoming Purim party, on March 4th at 1 pm in the kitchen?

I have a friend in the community who reads her bulletin whenever she gets around to it….REALLY!?? Not me, I am not above camping out at the mail box when the first of the month rolls around. I especially like it when the first of the month is Shabbat, and Steven brings a few extra copies of the newest bulletin to services.

Myself, I read the whole bulletin immediately! Of course I forget a few salient details and have to go back often for verification. It is likely that I have misplaced the bulletin (and if I have a second copy from Steven, it will be AWOL too), so verification can often be a tedious and complicated process. Personally, I believe the bulletin takes night flights and is given to roaming my living room without leave. In fact there is a similar phenomenon happening in the kitchen. Lids for the precious take-out containers, the ones that are so graciously donated and always welcome, have joined the migration to destinations unknown. When these leaves are temporary, the inconvenience can be overlooked, but it is evident for some, the absence is permanent. Now I love a good mystery, but these containers come into the kitchen with matching lids and we send them out with lids tightly sealed, so how then does one explain the plethora of lids remaining in the stash that match nary a container. On further examination, one realises there is a multitude of lids and a dearth of containers. Compound mysteries. Where is Agatha Christie when you need a mystery solved? I took this issue up with Marsha, as I do with all things Sisterhood related, and she tells me this very same phenomenon is happening in her house. In fact it is now happening in her home in Arizona. WOW … a phenomenon that knows no boundaries and respects no borders!

I do have a report on the fundraising idea I presented in the previous issue. It has been an underwhelming success…evidently our community likes mom’s baking better. Oh well, there is no competing with a Jewish mother!

Picture courtesy of couldntbeparve.

Annual Purim Parties Sure to Delight

Purim Party 2011

It’s that time of year again, when we dress up, eat Hamentashen, and line dance. Yes, you read that right.

Our annual Megilla reading and Purim carnival will be on Wednesday March 7 starting at 6 PM. Rabbi Charlies Arian will be our guest that evening. This is for the whole family. Come in costume!

On Saturday March 10, the Purim party for the adults will be held, starting at 8 PM. This year’s theme is Wild Wild West Purim so dress for the west. There will be games and prizes, the Purim Schpeel and costume parade, and yes, line dancing. Come kick up your boots with us.

Tickets are $5 for members and for non-members the price will be $10 (pre-sale) or $15 (at the door, unless you come in costume, then it’s $10.00).

Shannon Tweed

Silver Spoon Draws Shannon Tweed

Shannon Tweed

The Silver Spoon Dinner, famous for bringing celebrity speakers to Saskatoon, is proud to present this year’s special guest, actress, model, author and star of the TV reality show “Family Jewels”, Shannon Tweed.

Shannon Tweed is a true pop-culture icon! She’s been in the news a lot lately for encouraging her friends to support the Saskatoon SPCA as she married her partner of 28 years, KISS band-member, Gene Simmons. Perhaps you know her best from the current TV hit “Gene Simmons Family Jewels”, or from her more than sixty movies and TV roles, or from her notoriety as the 1982 Playmate of the Year or just as one of Saskatoon’s most attractive and famous exports. Now you’ll have the chance to get to know the funny, sassy, down-to-earth and immensely entertaining side of Shannon Tweed as she returns to Saskatoon as the head-liner for this year’s Silver Spoon Dinner.

The Silver Spoon Dinner continues to be Saskatoon’s Premier Ladies’ Night Out – an evening of luxury and laughs. You will be pampered, wined & dined and entertained in elegant style while supporting four worthwhile charities: HadassahWIZO, the Congregation Agudas Israel Jewish Community, Saskatoon Interval House and The Crisis Nursery.

You will meet this year’s Sterling Award Winner and you’ll again have the opportunity to win numerous fabulous prizes!

Tickets go on sale Monday, March 12th at a complimentary ticket sale wine & cheese reception at the the Top of the Inn  Sheraton Cavalier (5:30 – 7:00 PM). You will be able to select the seat(s) or table(s) of your choice on a first come, first served basis. No tickets will be sold before 5:30 PM that day.

Tickets are $175 each. Please make cheques payable to Silver Spoon Dinner. VISA is accepted courtesy of TD Canada Trust.

For more information, contact Robin Sasko at 653-0528. Silver Spoon 2012 Flyer for additional details and a form to complete for group purchases. See also the Silver Spoon Dinner Website.

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