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Rabbi Kliel Rose

By MYRON LOVE
The “Family of Roses” will soon be blooming again in Winnipeg.

In selecting Rabbi Kliel Rose as its new spiritual leader, Congregation Etz Chayim is going back to the future.
Kliel Rose’s parents, Rabbi Neal and Carol Rose have had an ongoing relationship with the congregation – and its predecessor, the Rosh Pina Synagogue – going back 40 years or more.

 

Rabbi Neal Rose (and Carol) originally came here in the late 1960s to join the teaching staff at the University of Manitoba’s then Judaic Studies Department. In the community, both Neal and Carol led Yom Tov services in the form of an alternative minyan in the lower level at Rosh Pina/Etz Chayim for decades.
Neal also served on occasion as Rabbi at Rosh Pina (and the former Beth Israel) when the shuls were between rabbis – and served for 13 years as spiritual leader at the Simkin Centre.
 
And even though Neal and Carol left our community for St. Louis a couple of years ago (to be able to spend more time with their eldest son, Rabbi Carni Rose and his family), they continue to come back here to lead their Yom Tov alternative minyan at Etz Chayim.
 Therefore, the congregation’s hiring of Kliel Rose – the announcement was made on May 30 – an individual who was born and raised here and partially grew up in the shul -would seem to be an ideal shidduch.
 
Kliel, who will be officially taking up his position on August 7, interviewed for the role at Etz Chayim in mid-February. The congregation has been without a permanent rabbi since last summer when Rabbi Larry Lander chose to retire – after ten years here – and relocate to Toronto.
 Kliel Rose is already a well-seasoned rabbi. He was ordained in 2004 by the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.
He previously served as spiritual leader at the West End Synagogue in Nashville and Temple Enamu-El in Miami Beach. His current posting is Beth Shalom Synagogue in Edmonton.
Following the example of his parents, Kliel Rose has been active in interfaith dialogue and human rights work for which he was honoured in 2014 with the Human Rights Hero Award by Truah: The Rabbibic Call for Human Rights.
He has also participated in the Kellogg Management Education for Jewish Leaders program at Northwestern University and was most recently chosen to be among 20 rabbis from different denominations chosen to train in the Clergy leadership Incubator – a two-year program, under the leadership of Ranni Sidney Schwarz, intended to educate younger rabbis in innovative thinking, change management and institutional transformation.

In Edmonton, Rose also served as Jewish chaplain at the University of Alberta and took the lead on a program called “Faith and Inclusion”, whose mandate was to support individuals with cognitive and physical learning challenges to feel more welcome within various faith communities.

In an email to congregants sent out by Etz Chayim President Marvin Samphir. Rose is quoted as saying that he is happy to be coming home. “I am thrilled and humbled to accept the senior rabbinic position as Congregation Etz Chayim in my home community of Winnipeg. I am excited to be part of a shul with a great tradition and which truly represent Conservative/Masorti Judaism.”

Congregational leaders are looking forward to Rabbi Rose moving the congregation “in a positive direction” and building on an environment “where  all can find meaning in Jewish life through prayer, learning and Tikkun Olam, ” Samphir wrote in his email.

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