As of September 2011, Rabbi Yeshurun has taken on a new challenge at Skylake Synagogue in North Miami Beach.
Rabbi Ariel Yeshurun was recruited from Israel at the age of 24 and arrived in Curacao with his wife and one child in September 2000. Rabbi Yeshurun is a graduate of the prestigious Chevron Yeshiva - Rabbinical College, in Givat Mordechai, Jerusalem and the Beit Amiel Institute for training rabbis for leadership in the Diaspora. He received his Ordination in Jerusalem and holds a Rabbinical Advocate degree from the Israeli Ministry of Justice specializing in marital law.
Since his arrival in 2000 the rabbi has been the heart and soul of the ‘Shaarei Tsedek’ synagogue. He has had an enormous impact on the community and has led the congregation into a new era. He has served in capacity of rabbi for the longest tenure since the establishment of the synagogue in the 1950’s and has been a source of great inspiration to the youth and adults alike. His greatest achievement by far is the building of the new synagogue, which has been an aspiration of the community for many decades, towards which he relentlessly worked and single handedly raised money for. With a clear vision and a strong sense of purpose Rabbi Yeshurun was able to accomplish and realize this mammoth of a project in a short period of time. (Read more)
Besides the usual rabbinical, ceremonial and ritual duties of a spiritual leader, the rabbi’s responsibilities include teaching in the community Hebrew school, kosher food supervision, family counseling, mediation, adult education, organizing all synagogue holiday and general events, activities and fundraisers, public appearances in the media, representing and officiating in government and other non-denominational functions, and overseeing the community's hardship fund.
Being the only Orthodox rabbi in this part of the Southern Caribbean, the rabbi’s responsibilities extend beyond the borders of Curacao and every now and then demand that he travel to other islands for officiating religious ceremonies, such as funerals and other religious services.
Since 2004 Rabbi Yeshurun has also been an active member in the local Rotary club where he has been able to reach out, through diverse charitable and humanitarian initiatives, to the general population of Curacao. The rabbi has also been heavily involved with raising money towards noble causes in Israel. During the second Lebanon War the rabbi launched a very successful campaign for obtaining emergency medical equipment for Rambam hospital in Haifa as well as for purchasing a bulletproof bus to help transport children safely to school.
In addition to fulfilling all his rabbinical and familial duties, rabbi Yeshurun has undertaken the study of medicine and is enrolled in St. Martinus University for the past two years.
The rabbi has recently featured in ‘The Jewish Press,’which is one of the largest Jewish Newspapers in wide circulation in the United States, as well as in other US community periodicals and in many local publications including appearing in the past two editions of the book ‘Who’s who in Curacao.’
Last year the board of executives of ‘Shaarei Tsedek’ synagogue awarded the rabbi, on behalf of the congregation, the title of Rabbi Emeritus for life as an acknowledgement for his outstanding achievements. Currently, planning is underway for an exclusive visit to Curacao by Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel, Yonah Metzger. The Chief Rabbi will honor and pay tribute to Rabbi Yeshurun and his wife Ruhama for their paramount and extraordinary contribution to the proliferation and enhancement of Jewish identity in the Diaspora. This visit, which has been confirmed by the Chief Rabbi’s office, will be a historic milestone and landmark achievement for this small community; one which will resonate for generations to come.