Sydney Rabbi Gary Robuck has been appointed Acting Rabbi of Temple Beth Israel (TBI) in Melbourne for the next 12 months, starting in January.
His appointment follows the resignation of Rabbi Gersh Lazarow, TBI’s senior rabbi, amid investigations into allegations he plagiarized sermons, drashes and articles. This month, TBI bid farewell to Rabbi Kim Ettlinger, who became Rabbi of Temple David in Perth after serving at TBI for more than 11 years.
Announcing Rabbi Robuck’s appointment to members, TBI President Joanne Loewy Irons said, “With this interim support, we can bring much-needed relief to our spiritual leadership team while enjoying the depth and breadth from the experience of a very accomplished rabbi. Rabbi Robuck is passionate about serving Klal Yisrael and is equally at home working in a variety of religious and cultural contexts.
Rabbi Robuck, former Principal Rabbi of Sydney’s North Shore Temple Emanuel, has served as rabbi, chazan, and principal baal koreh (Torah reader) for congregations in the United States and Australia. In 2000, he received the Close-Caputo Educator of Humanity Award and in 2013 received a Doctor of Divinity degree from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in recognition of his “fervent commitment to Jewish education”.
The father of three is married to Jocelyn Robuck, executive director of the Union for Progressive Judaism. He will work with TBI cantor Michel Laloum to lead the services and fill other key roles.
Rabbi Robuck told AJN: “I am truly grateful to the leaders of the congregation for placing their trust in me at this time and I look forward to the opportunity to meet and serve the community of Temple Beth Israel. , in which I have always been held in high regard. And I look forward to collaborating, being a great teammate in supporting staff, helping community members in any way they need, and providing strong leadership at the board table.
I bring not only experience but enthusiasm.
Union for Progressive Judaism co-chairs David Knoll and Brian Samuel welcomed the appointment. Samuel, a former president of TBI, described it as “an important step in the healing process of what has been a traumatic year … Rabbi Robuck is blessed with extensive rabbinical experience, maturity, intelligence and exceptional knowledge of the Torah and the principles of progressive Judaism. . “
Progressive Judaism Victoria (PJV) President Philip Bliss said: “We look forward to working with Rabbi Robuck and Jocelyn Robuck and including them in our PJV programs. We look forward to welcoming them and offering them a Jewish welcome from Melbourne.
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