I deem it a great honour to have been elected President of the Rabbinical Council of Victoria. I have been a member of the Council for almost three decades and was honoured to be nominated its first Patron in 2010. I have served on the RCV Executive for most of my time in Melbourne mostly as the late Rabbi Chaim Gutnick’s זצ"ל Vice President.
The RCV is a very special kind of organisation whose members are spiritual leaders whose calling is to reach out to their congregants providing spiritual inspiration and guidance. Founded by the late Rabbi Gutnick זצ"ל the Council provides a valuable forum for members of Victoria’s Rabbinate to discuss important issues pertinent to Rabbinic leadership and to afford Rabbis the opportunity to meet in an atmosphere of chavership to להגדיל תורה ולהאדירה - - make the Torah great and to strengthen it.
I see my role as a sacred mission of leading and inspiring my colleagues in the sincere pursuit of these supremely important ideals.
It is gratifying to note that with the advent of a second, third, and indeed possibly fourth generation of Rabbis since the Second World War, the RCV has concomitantly grown in the scale, scope and relevance of its activities. The RCV is dynamic, proactive and responds to the trends and ever-emerging needs of its community.
As President of this pivotal organisation I am humbled when I consider how much time, talent energy and insight has been expended by my predecessors and the executives on which I have been honoured to serve. Their commitment has kept the RCV at the cutting edge of congregational and communal leadership and service.
RABBI PHILIP HEILBRUNN OAM
President of RCV
What is the Rabbinical Council?
The RCV’s primary role is in representing Victoria’s congregational rabbis. It aims to foster positive relations with leaders of other communities and to enhance community participation among members of the Jewish community.
The RCV website is a valuable and easy-to-navigate resource for people of all ages and backgrounds seeking to learn more about the Victorian Rabbinate. Whether you are interested in the RCV’s latest activities or would like learn about Judaism, you can find it all on the RCV website.