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Noteh GlegauerBy MARTIN ZEILIG
Captain (Rabbi) Noteh Glogauer confesses that joining the Canadian Armed Forces was not that difficult a decision for him to make.
In fact, one could say it was destiny, or, in Yiddish, “beshert.”


He comes from a military family.
“I’m the fourth consecutive family member to serve wherever we have lived,” said Capt Glogauer, 48, whose formal Attesting Ceremony was held on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at the Canadian Armed Forces Recruiting Centre in Toronto.
17 Wing Canadian Forces Base Winnipeg is his first posting.
“My father served with the South African Defence Forces in 1961,” Glogauer, who was born in South Africa into a traditional Jewish family, said during a recent interview with this writer about a week after his arrival here. “My paternal zaida (grandfather) was with a group of South African soldiers who went up to North Africa to fight with the Allies against the Germans (during the Second World War). My maternal great-grandfather fought for Germany in the First World War. He won the Iron Cross first and third class. He dragged two injured officers back into the trenches. He was shot in the head but survived.”
Rabbi Glogauer is eager to embark on his new adventure, as a full-time Air Force Chaplain, posted to the 17 Wing in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Glogauer maintains that one of his most crucial challenges as a chaplain will be, as he said during his Attesting Ceremony, “providing support in such a diverse, interfaith, multicultural setting such as the Canadian Armed Forces, at the same time offering spiritual care to Jewish members and their families” posted to 17 Wing.
“I have been fortunate to have had experiences in many diverse settings and am excited to meet different people of varying backgrounds and engage them in an environment of mutual respect and tolerance,” he added.

The wiry and athletic Glogauer and his wife, Chaya, who has a PhD in clinical psychology and is currently working at Sick Kids Children’s Hospital in Toronto, have two daughters and a son, ages 24-14.
His parents immigrated to Calgary, Alberta over 40 years ago to escape the oppressive apartheid regime, Glogauer writes in his 2016 book, Never Give Up- A Journey From Class Clown to School Principal (Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd. 370 pg. $21.95).
“The Young Arnie G. is popular in his first (non-Jewish) school, acting the class clown and excelling at team sports,” says a precis on the back of his book. “Latent anti-Semitism engenders in him feelings of being different, inspiring him to seek purpose in Jewish community life. Drawn into a career in teaching, he realizes that to promote ideas on education— nuturing individuality, striving for personal excellence, innovation, cooperation and sharing; he intends to become a school principal himself, to be a role model embodying the core values of the institution. But to be principal of an Orthodox school he had to be ordained a rabb first. In achieving his ambition, Glogauer and his own young family embarked on a tortuous odyssey across the continent....”

When it came time for his wife to take an internship as a psychologist, “the family moved to Houston, Texas”, Glogauer, who has an undergraduate degree in French Language and Mathematics from the University of Calgary, said.
“I taught for a year in a Jewish school there, and that was a huge realization that the only way I could change things in the Jewish school system was as a rabbi,” he said. “So, after my wife completed the internship in 1996, we moved to Brooklyn, New York (1997) for me to study for Rabbinical Ordination.”
It took him 18 months to attain his ordination at a Yeshiva (an academy) at Chabad Lubavitch World Headquarters.

In fact, Glogauer reveals that he received “a double ordination”— in New York and in Israel.
“Then, I had two major opportunities in Las Vegas and in Calgary,” Glogauer, who also has a PhD in Education and Instructional Technology from Nova Southern University in Florida, said. “Through a lot of soul searching, we chose Calgary. I was principal at Akiva Academy. From there, I was recruited to become principal of a larger school in Port Washington, Long Island (NY).”
He was then recruited to be principal of a larger school in Sydney, Australia.
“It’s a wonderful place from a lifestyle and environmental aspect, but it was far from family,” said Glogauer, who has yet to do his basic training. “That made it difficult because we’re from such a close family. It was one of the reasons that led us to return to Canada.”
He added that his wife and children are “extremely proud” that he has chosen to join the CAF, and to use his skills to better the world around us.
“My goal is to connect to as many of the service members as possible to make a positive connection, and to support them in whatever role they need me for,” Glogauer said.
“I’ve also had an opportunity to meet with some of the Jewish community in Winnipeg. I hope to support their efforts and link up to the vibrant Jewish infrastructure here.”

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