Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

March 09, 2007 09:04 ET

Media Advisory: Canadian Forces Welcomes Jewish Chaplain

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 9, 2007) - Rabbi Chaim Mendelsohn, the first Orthodox Rabbi to serve in the Canadian Forces (CF) since the end of the Second World War, will be sworn in during an installation ceremony on March 13, 2007, and becomes the new chaplain to 28 Field Ambulance.

During the ceremony, Rabbi Mendelsohn will swear allegiance to the Queen, and receive his commission as a military officer.

CF chaplains provide service to all military members who serve as soldiers, sailors, and air force personnel wherever they may be found, and regardless of their spiritual beliefs.

Media are invited to attend the ceremony and interviews will be facilitated with participants on location.

Date: March 13, 2007.

Time: The ceremony begins at 1:00 p.m. Media should arrive no
later than 12:45 p.m.

Location: National Defence Medical Centre Auditorium,
1745 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa.

Note to editors:

To confirm media attendance at the ceremony, contact Aarin Bronson at: 613-996-7839.

For more information about the Chaplain Branch, see the backgrounder entitled "The Canadian Forces Chaplaincy" in the Newsroom at or the Chaplain General's website at

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