Rabbinical Council of Victoria

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.


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.

RCV News

September 13, 2020

24 Elul 5780

Dear Members of our Melbourne Jewish Community,

One of the central features of Rosh Hashanah is the blowing of the Shofar.

Synagogues around the world will be filled with people eagerly awaiting the 100 blasts, just as it has been in Melbourne since the fir...

August 20, 2020

30 Av 5780

Dear Community, 

As we commence the month of Elul, the most common question being posed to Rabbis and Rebbetzins is, “What will happen for Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur this year?”. From both a Halachic and emotional perspective, there is understandable uncertai...

April 30, 2020

6 Iyar 5780

The Rabbinical Council of Victoria recently held an online memorial service for the four Victoria police officers who lost their lives during active duty.

The service included words of reflection by Rabbi Moshe Kahn and members of Parliament, David Southwick...

March 31, 2020

6 Nissan 5780

Following the Government’s Guidelines

There are many difficulties and hardships we are all currently facing. Of those, there are significant challenges in regard to the physical distancing rules. However, the distancing and quarantining measures are vital i...

March 30, 2020

5 Nissan 5780

Rabbinical Council of Victoria (RCV) Statement on the current COVID 19 situation

During these challenging times and having regard to the most recent announcement of the Prime Minister dated 29/03/2020 we wish to reiterate a number of core priorities and to...

March 20, 2020

24 Adar 5780

!לא תעמוד על דם רעך

If you have travelled from overseas stay home!

We are distressed and concerned by reports that many young people returning from overseas to our community have not been following the Australian Government announcement requiring them to self...

March 17, 2020

Dear Friends

This is time of great challenge and anxiety across the world.  With newly reported cases of coronavirus in our Melbourne community, there are a number of guidelines with regards to shule and simcha gatherings that have been developed by the RCV, Melbourne B...

February 10, 2020

RCV PD on the challenges of Sexuality with Dr. George Halasz and Dr. Vicki Gordon

Dr George Halasz, Dr Vicki Gordon and Rabbi Philip Heilbrunn OAM, President RCV (Below)

February 7, 2020

On February 7th-8th, the Rabbinical Council of Victoria (RCV) once again participated in the 2nd annual global ShabbaTTogether highlighting Disability Inclusion and Mental Health and Wellness in our community. 

ShabbaTTogether is a global weekend of disability Inclusion...

December 5, 2019

With thanks to Jewish Care Victoria, the RCV recently had the opportunity to undertake high level Family Violence training with Naomi Tucker from Shalom Bayit, a Jewish family violence prevention agency in the United States. With a breadth of activities from clergy tra...

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