For immediate release
14 September 2009 – 25 Elul 5769
Blake Street appoints new Rabbi
Blake Street Hebrew Congregation is delighted to announce that Rabbi Ian Goodhardt has been appointed its Chief Minister.
The Annual General Meeting of members ratified his appointment on Sunday 13 September.
Rabbi Goodhardt has been acting as the Interim Rabbi at Blake Street through 2009. He emerged as the successful candidate after a comprehensive process that began in Melbourne almost one year ago, becoming a national, then international, search.
During the Winter Blake Street played host to four candidates (and their wives) – three drawn from overseas – for a week of activities including a communal Q&A session and multiple shiurim.
After extensive deliberations a Rabbinical Review Committee reporting to the Shule Committee presented Rabbi Goodhardt as its recommended candidate.
“We are delighted to welcome Rabbi Ian Goodhardt to Blake Street to be our spiritual leader,” said outgoing BSHC President Andrew Davis.
“We have conducted a very professional and exhaustive process to find the right person to lead our kehilla.
“Blake Street is a large Modern Orthodox Zionist kehilla of 560 members that wishes to play an active role in the life of Jewish Melbourne. We were searching for a spiritual leader who shares our desire for learning and promotion of Yiddishkeit.
“We are confident Rabbi Goodhardt is the man for the job,” Andrew said.
BSHC incoming President Eugene Berkovic welcomed Rabbi Goodhardt’s appointment.
“Rabbi Goodhardt possesses a wide range of positive attributes and significant experience. We are confident he will assist Blake Street to continue on its path of active and inclusive Judaism. I look forward to working with him and helping him to settle into his new role.”
Rabbi Goodhardt said: “I am really excited to be appointed as the Rabbi of Blake Street. Blake Street is more than just a Shule, it is a community that is united and strong and has a very bright future. I am sure the kehilla and I will learn together and from each other.”
Rabbi Goodhardt gained his semicha from Jews’ College, London and has served kehillot in Leeds and Reading (UK), and MHC in Melbourne. He has also been called upon to assist at many other shules in Melbourne. He is also an experienced mediator, and more recently has been working for the Federal Government-funded Family Mediation Centre, and running a small private practice. He is married to Sharon, and has five sons and two daughters-in-law.
For further media information please contact:
Media Liaison, Blake Street Hebrew Congregation
0418 120 443
President, Blake Street Hebrew Congregation
0438 400 523