May 30, 2020 /

Meet Our Clergy

Rabbi Moshe Saks

Rabbi Moshe Saks is the Spiritual Leader of the Israel Center for Conservative Judaism, located in Flushing, NY., arriving at ICCJ from Scranton, PA, having served as the Rabbi of Temple Israel. He was formerly the spiritual leader of the Beth Tzedec Congregation, the largest synagogue in Alberta. Rabbi Saks was ordained at The Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1981, at which time he also received his M.A. in Rabbinics. He previously attended Yeshiva University in New York, where he received a B.A. in History, and a B.H.L. (Bachelor of Hebrew Letters) in Jewish History.

Rabbi Saks is a well-known expert in the Dietary (Kosher) Laws for his Denomination, the Conservative Movement. During his time in Philadelphia (1987-1997), he served as Rav Ha-Machshir, Director of Kosher Certification, for the Rabbincal Assembly/Philadelphia region.He was also very involved in Interfaith work, especially while he served as Senior Rabbi of Beth Tzedec Congregation (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) both with the Alberta chapter of the CCCJ (Canadian Council of Christians and Jews), and in teaching courses in Judaism for the community (most notably for the Diocese of Calgary). Rabbi Saks received the Alberta Centennial Medal for outstanding service to the people and province of Alberta.

Rabbi Saks is married to Meira Shapiro Saks, the daughter of a Rabbi, and they have five children and six grandchildren.

A MESSAGE FROM RABBI SAKS:

The Interfaith Service that was held on Thursday, May 14, was most uplifting for all those who were present.

We had a total of 70 devices sign in, from ICCJ, Christ Lutheran, and

the Ahmadiayyah Mosque in Fresh Meadows.

One of the points I wanted to make was that prayer must come with action. To that end, I recommended everyone giving a donation to any organization that is involved with feeding those who need it,

especially those who have lost their jobs due to the Pandemic.

Organizations like “Feeding America” deserve our support.

Cantor Shiya Ribowski

Cantor Ribowski comes from a long family line of Chazzanim.  More info, and a wonderful picture, is forthcoming.