Internal Organizations

B’nai Brith Lodge 739

Our men’s club has been an integral part of the Congregation Agudas Israel and the larger Jewish community since our inception.  Each year, we host the fabulously successful B’nai Brith Silver Plate Dinner (Wed., Nov. 14, 2012) in order to raise the funds that allow our Lodge to engage in Tikkun Olam (Healing of the World) projects.   Over 800 men attend this annual event at which we honour a volunteer who made Saskatoon a much better place.  Historically, it was the B’nai Brith that purchased the property that CAI currently occupies and we shared the development costs with the City of Saskatoon for Raoul Wallenberg Park, adjacent to CAI.  For the past ten years, our focus has been on supporting the youth of our community.  We provided the funds that started what is now the Children’s Hospital Foundation of SK., and were the first contributors to the Saskatoon Public Schools Foundation.  We have supported Care and Share for the past fifteen years, providing the turkeys for the Holiday Lunches at inner-city and perimeter schools.  Other charities have included the Saskatoon Preschool Foundation, the U of S Student Health Centre, and Big Brothers.

Of course, we are enthusiastic supporters of our high school age BBYO chapter, the university aged Jewish Students’ Association and Congregation Agudas Israel.  We also provides funds for young Jewish people, regardless of synagogue affiliation, to attend Camp B’nai Brith near Red Deer, Alberta.

For more information and to investigate membership, pleased contact Randy or David Katzman.

Sisterhood

The women of Congregation Agudas Israel  form a group that supports the social and business functions of the synagogue. In addition to providing beverages and a nosch at many synagogue functions, we welcome every Bar/bat mitzvah to to adult community with a gift memento.  We foster community spirit at all opportunity and sponsor and annual Family Shabbat Dinner.

Our kitchen functions smoothly under the direction of our hired staff, who also provide simple and delicious Kiddush Luncheons on Shabbat.  Volunteers are always appreciated as there is no shortage of jobs that need attention in the kitchen.

Sisterhood also has membership in the larger organization of Women’s League, and fundraises for Torah Fund. The aim of Torah Fund is to provide every individual with the opportunity to participate in the preservation, promotion, and joy of Conservative/Masorti Judaism through active giving to the Torah Fund campaign of Women’s League for Conservative Judaism. The Torah Fund campaign supports: The Jewish Theological Seminary (New York, New York), Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies (Los Angeles, California) and Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies

Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW)

CHW is Canada’s leading Jewish women’s philanthropic organization. Founded in 1917, CHW is non-political, volunteer driven and funds a multitude of programs and projects for Children, Healthcare and Women in Israel and Canada. Its dynamic membership of 10,000 translates into 10,000 opportunities of friendship and countless opportunities to make a difference.

In Saskatoon, the Sarah Goldenberg Chapter of Hadassah-WIZO is a small but dedicated group of women.  We meet at least three times per year in members’ homes or at the Jewish Community Centre.  As a group, we have several exciting and successful projects: The Silver Spoon Dinner, The CHW Annual Fundraising Campaign, The Pesach Tea and the “Jewish-style Dinner for 8” Raffle project.

While fundraising is our primary focus, belonging to Saskatoon CHW is a terrific way to make friends, develop leadership and organizational skills and feel great about helping others.

Join today!

Contact info: President – Linda Shaw       lindashaw@shaw.ca

Treasurer – Janet Erikson   janeterikson@sasktel.net

Membership – Dianne Greenblat     ggreenblat@sasktel.net

Young Adults (YAD)

The YAD is a collection of like-minded individuals who make time in their busy schedules to meet up casually with their Jewish peers once a month. Made up of singles, couples, with kids and without, the YAD gives everyone a reason to meet socially, with drinks, snacks and good company. It welcomes all Jews in the city who identify with the twenty-something to thirty-something attitude, but is not restricted by age. Each gathering takes place at a participant’s home which creates an atmosphere of warmth and togetherness.

Contact info: Shlichim – shlichim@agudasisrael.org