Clergy

Rabbi Kliel Rose

Kliel was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in New York in 2004.

While studying at JTS, Kliel served a number of congregations in New York and one community in London, England under the auspices of Masorati Olami. As a senior rabbinical student, Kliel was awarded the prestigious Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer Rabbinic Fellowship at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in New York.

Throughout his rabbinate, Kliel has pursued his interests in interfaith dialogue and justice.  In 2014 he was awarded the Human Rights Hero Award by T’ruah: The rabbinic call for Human Rights for work he did fighting bigotry and Islamophobia in Nashville, TN where he was serving as a rabbi.

In addition to his work as a full time Spiritual Leader, Kliel also serves as the Jewish Chaplain at the University of Alberta. He sits on the Chester Ronning Centre’s advisory board.  He is also the Co-sponsor & co-director of a grant focused on “faith & inclusion” which was awarded by Autism Speaks Canada seeking to support individuals with cognitive & physical learning challenges to feel more welcome within various faith communities.

Kliel has participated in the Kellogg Management Education for Jewish Leaders (KJL) program at Northwestern University.

Most recently, he was chosen among many applicants in North America, to be included as a cohort of 20 Rabbis from multiple denominations to train in the Clergy Leadership Incubator (CLI). CLI is a two-year program to support and encourage rabbis serving congregations or other new models of spiritual community in the areas of innovative thinking, change management and institutional transformation; it is directed by Rabbi Sid Schwarz.

Kliel is married to Dorit Kosmin—a talented artist & musician and together they are the proud co-parents of five beautiful & lively children, ages 4-16.  Welcome home Rabbi Rose!

 

Tracy Kasner Greaves, Cantor

Tracy has been leading the Congregation in prayer and song since 2004. She has an Education degree and part of her work at the synagogue involves training our youth for their B’nai Mitzvah.  Musical training began for Tracy at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet where she studied ballet and other dance forms and was a member of the Advanced Musical Theatre Company. Tracy is a trained vocalist having studied music and voice for over 10 years with the noted vocal instructor Diane Berger at the Conservatory of Music and Arts. Hebrew and Jewish music became a huge part of Tracy’s life when she joined the Chai Folk Ensemble in 1991. Today, she is the group’s Artistic Director. When Tracy was in High School at Joseph Wolinsky Collegiate, she worked for Cantor Sanford Cohn at the Shaarey Zedek Synagogue in programming and the ritual studies department. Cantor Cohn became a valued mentor and she began devoting much of her study of music to Chazzanut. She continues to study cantorial music with Cantor Cohn today. Tracy is married to David Greaves, and they have two children a daughter Nesya and a son Aaron.

Leon Berger, Torah Reader Emeritus

Leon Berger came to Winnipeg in 1949 from Poland to start what turned out to be a 47-year career teaching at Talmud Torah and Joseph Wolinsky Collegiate. He retired in 1996 but still enjoys studying and discussing Torah. He became the Torah reader at Beth Israel Synagogue more than 20 years ago and has served Congregation Etz Chayim since its inception. Leon Berger has three sons.

In 2012, Congregation Etz Chayim honoured Leon Berger for his leadership in Jewish education and synagogue life in Winnipeg.

Rabbi Emeritus Peretz Weizman

Rabbi Weizman is originally from Poland, and was Senior Rabbi of Bnay Abraham for over 40 years. He is Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Etz Chayim. Now living in Toronto, he is the author of “Imrei Fi V’Hegyon Libi,” a book of insights and divrei Torah. The book is available for purchase at Etz Chayim’s giftshop. Rabbi Weizman and his wife Reeva have two children, six grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

 

In Memoriam – Rabbi Shalom Rappaport Z”L (1927–2009)

Rabbi Rappaport, Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Etz Chayim, obtained his rabbinical ordination in 1951 from Mesivta Chaim Berlin. After positions in Pennsylvania and San Diego, in 1967 he became spiritual leader of Rosh Pina Synagogue, one of Etz Chayim’s legacy shuls. After more than 20 years in that position, in 1988 he became Rabbi Emeritus. Under Rabbi Rappaport’s dedicated leadership, Rosh Pina became a large and vibrant congregation and a significant force in Winnipeg’s Jewish and greater community. Seen as a mensch by all, he was beloved and honoured by his congregants because of his humility, his intellect, his sense of humour, his sensitivity, and his understanding. He set the highest standard for synagogue leadership, devotion to family, friends, congregants, yiddishkeit, and to the State of Israel. He fulfilled each of his important roles of Rabbi, leader, teacher, and therapist with passion and compassion. Upon his retirement, Rabbi Rappaport and his wife Elaine moved to Florida where they continued to make a significant contribution to the intellectual, spiritual and social life of their new community. In 2010, the chapel at Congregation Etz Chayim was rededicated in honour of Rabbi Rappaport.