Beth Shalom: A Joint Affair to Remember

EDMONTON – Beth Shalom Synagogue is proud to partner with The Arthritis Society to host The Joint Affair, a one-of-a-kind event that will celebrate tradition and advancement within the field of rheumatology. The community is invited to attend this fundraising gala for an evening of dinner, dancing, and celebration.

The Joint Affair, hosted at the Fantasyland Hotel on Sunday, March 26, 2017, will recognize and honour Dr. Anthony S. Russell, a leader in his professional field of Rheumatology for almost 50 years. In partnership with Dr. Russell’s congregation at Beth Shalom Synagogue, this event is about coming together to honour the rich history of Dr. Russell’s career, while profiling the advancements of arthritis research, and celebrating the power of community.

Rheumatology in the Edmonton community was pioneered in 1968, with the appointment of Dr. John Percy as the first academic rheumatologist at the University of Alberta.  Dr. Anthony Russell joined him shortly after, followed by Dr. Paul Davis in 1975. These three trail-blazing, wise, and compassionate physicians made rheumatology the success that it has become in Edmonton, at the University of Alberta, and throughout central and northern Alberta.  It is from these three leaders that most rheumatologists in Edmonton still give credit to today.

Dr. Russell has published over 450 peer-reviewed papers on various rheumatologic and immunologic topics and has been invited to lecture in countries all over the world. The Canadian Rheumatology Association elected him as president and later as a ‘Distinguished Rheumatologist’. He was the first elected ‘Master’ of the Pan-American League of Associations for Rheumatology, and has also been elected as a ‘Master’ in the American College of Rheumatology.

“2017 marks 50 years of rheumatology at the University of Alberta,” said Dr. Steven Katz, Chair of The Joint Affair committee and Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Alberta, “It’s only fitting that we honour Dr. Russell, who has been such a major influencer in the field of rheumatology. I’m thrilled that we are able to partner with The Arthritis Society to raise awareness about this worthwhile cause.”

The proceeds raised from this gala will be divided evenly between Beth Shalom and The Arthritis Society. Funds will support Beth Shalom’s ongoing infrastructure work and beautification of the building. It will also help establish the Dr. Anthony S. Russell Rheumatology Scholarship Fund which encourages advanced training and research opportunities for members or trainees within the Division of Rheumatology at the University of Alberta. The fund will be evenly administered by The Arthritis Society Alberta and Northwest Territories Division.


The community is invited to attend or make a donation. Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are also available. Please visit for more details and to purchase tickets.


Beth Shalom Synagogue

Beth Shalom Congregation is a 300 family traditional egalitarian synagogue committed to Conservative Judaism. Their strength is their members, who actively engage in the community through ritual, social, and educational experiences. They have been located near the heart of downtown Edmonton for 65 years, located proudly and prominently on Jasper Avenue. Beth Shalom is a member of the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism, an international organization committed to a dynamic Judaism that is learned and passionate, authentic and pluralistic, joyful and accessible, egalitarian and traditional.

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