Rabbi Mendy Ajzenszmidt
Rabbi Mendy Ajzenszmidt
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Rabbi Arieh Berlin
Rabbi Arieh Berlin
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Rabbi Mordechai Berman
Rabbi Mordechai Berman
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Rabbi Shamir Caplan
Rabbi Shamir Caplan
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Rabbi Reuven Cooper
Rabbi Reuven Cooper
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Rabbi Shimon Cowen
Rabbi Shimon Cowen
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Rabbi Yitze Engel
Rabbi Yitze Engel
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Rabbi Ralph Genende
Rabbi Ralph Genende
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Rabbi Yaakov Glasman
Rabbi Yaakov Glasman
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Rabbi Sholem Gorelik
Rabbi Sholem Gorelik
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Rabbi Elisha Greenbaum
Rabbi Elisha Greenbaum

RCV Committee Member

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Rabbi Yisroel Greenwald
Rabbi Yisroel Greenwald
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Rabbi Chaim Tzvi Groner
Rabbi Chaim Tzvi Groner
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Rabbi Mendel Groner
Rabbi Mendel Groner
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Rabbi Dovid Gutnick
Rabbi Dovid Gutnick
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Rabbi Yosef Gutnick
Rabbi Yosef Gutnick
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Rabbi Mordechai Gutnick
Rabbi Mordechai Gutnick
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Rabbi Mendel Haller
Rabbi Mendel Haller
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Rabbi Philip Heilbrunn
Rabbi Philip Heilbrunn
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Rabbi Yonason Johnson
Rabbi Yonason Johnson
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Rabbinical Council Members

The Rabbinical Council of Victoria (RCV) was formed in 1967 as an association representing Victoria’s congregational rabbis. One of the core purposes of the RCV was to provide a forum for the rabbis to share their views on matters affecting both the Rabbinate and the community as a whole.

 

The founding President of the RCV was Rabbi Chaim Gutnick z”l and it is fair to say that for several decades the RCV and its operation broadly reflected Rabbi Gutnick’s personality and style. As the years progressed the RCV began to assert itself as a prominent communal organisation and tackled issues of concern to the Jewish community both locally and internationally.

 

Over the past decade, the RCV has expanded its membership to include not only rabbis of long-standing and established congregations, but also rabbis of newly-created shtiblech, shules and Chabad Houses. This expansion injected a new dynamism into the RCV and paved the way for the Council to play a greater and more recognized role within the community. An example of the RCV’s contribution to communal stability is the pivotal role it played in the formation of the reconstituted Melbourne Beth Din in 2002.

 

Until his passing in 2003, Rabbi Chaim Gutnick had been the only President of the RCV. Following his passing, the Presidency has been respectively held by Rabbi Gideon Fox, Rabbi Meir Shlomo Kluwgant, Rabbi Yaakov Glasman, Rabbi Meir Shlomo Kluwgant again, Rabbi Mordechai Gutnick, Rabbi Daniel Rabin and currently by Rabbi Philip Heilbrunn OAM.

 

In recent years the RCV has undergone a period of unprecedented development. Some of the RCV’s major achievements include the revamping of the council’s Constitution, the formation of a closer relationship with government and community organisations and the engagement in 2008 of professional consultants to compile a Strategic Plan and Review of the RCV. As a result of the review, which was funded by a grant from the State of Victoria via the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC), the RCV commenced planning a number of projects to benefit both members of the Victorian rabbinate and the Jewish and wider communities as a whole.

 

In 2011, the Rabbinical Council of Victoria is now recognized as a vibrant and formidable organisation within the Victorian Jewish Community. Its strong relationship with government is underscored by the significant support received from the VMC in the way of financial grants and is reflected in annual meetings held with the Premier of Victoria and other government officials.

 

In over half a century, the RCV has transformed itself from a largely inward looking forum to an outward looking and active participant in the community. Support received from both government and the community, as well as the appointment of an Executive Director, have further enabled the RCV to increase its level of activity and to enhance its leadership profile. It is hoped that the next decades see continued growth for the RCV and ongoing support from and service to the community.

 

THE HISTORY OF RCV

Rabbinical Council Victoria 

 

Rabbi Philip Heilbrunn
Rabbi Philip Heilbrunn

President

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Rabbi Daniel Rabin
Rabbi Daniel Rabin

Immediate Past President

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Rabbi Yaakov Glasman
Rabbi Yaakov Glasman
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Rabbi Moshe Kahn
Rabbi Moshe Kahn

Co Vice President Committee Member

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Rabbi Yoseph Nerenberg
Rabbi Yoseph Nerenberg

Secretary

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Rabbi Shmuel Karnowsky
Rabbi Shmuel Karnowsky

Treasurer

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RCV Executive Committee
Rabbi Menachem Sabbach
Rabbi Menachem Sabbach

Committee Member

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Rabbi Alex Tsykin
Rabbi Alex Tsykin
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RCV Members
Rabbi Philip Heilbrunn
Rabbi Philip Heilbrunn
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Rabbi Mordechai Gutnick
Rabbi Mordechai Gutnick
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RCV Patrons
Rabbi Moshe Kahn
Rabbi Moshe Kahn
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Rabbi Gabi Kaltmann
Rabbi Gabi Kaltmann
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Rabbi Shmuel Karnowsky
Rabbi Shmuel Karnowsky
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Rabbi Benjamin Kessly
Rabbi Benjamin Kessly
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Rabbi Yisroel Kohn
Rabbi Yisroel Kohn
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Rabbi Mordechai Krasnjanski
Rabbi Mordechai Krasnjanski
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Rabbi Schneier Lange
Rabbi Schneier Lange
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Rabbi Shmuel Lesches
Rabbi Shmuel Lesches
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Rabbi Feitel Levin
Rabbi Feitel Levin
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Rabbi Motty Liberow
Rabbi Motty Liberow
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Rabbi Moshe Loebenstein
Rabbi Moshe Loebenstein
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Rabbi Hillel Nagel
Rabbi Hillel Nagel
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Rabbi Shlomo Nathanson
Rabbi Shlomo Nathanson
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Rabbi Yoseph Nerenberg
Rabbi Yoseph Nerenberg
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Rabbi Menny Overlander
Rabbi Menny Overlander
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Rabbi Daniel Rabin
Rabbi Daniel Rabin
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Rabbi Mendel Raskin
Rabbi Mendel Raskin
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Rabbi Yisroel Raskin
Rabbi Yisroel Raskin
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Rabbi Yitzchok Riesenberg
Rabbi Yitzchok Riesenberg
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Rabbi Menachem Sabbach
Rabbi Menachem Sabbach
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Rabbi Shlomo Sabbach
Rabbi Shlomo Sabbach
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Rabbi Andrew Saffer
Rabbi Andrew Saffer
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Rabbi Noam Sendor
Rabbi Noam Sendor
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Rabbi Boruch Shapiro
Rabbi Boruch Shapiro
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Rabbi Dovid Leib Shmerling
Rabbi Dovid Leib Shmerling
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Rabbi Mark Steiner
Rabbi Mark Steiner
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Rabbi Michoel Stern
Rabbi Michoel Stern
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Rabbi Menachem Stern
Rabbi Menachem Stern
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Rabbi Yisroel Sufrin
Rabbi Yisroel Sufrin
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Rabbi Levy Tenebaum
Rabbi Levy Tenebaum
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Rabbi Alex Tsykin
Rabbi Alex Tsykin
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Rabbi Menachem Wolf
Rabbi Menachem Wolf
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Rabbi Yossi Wolf
Rabbi Yossi Wolf
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