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In Melbourne Shabbat begins Fri 3 Apr 2020 06:52 PM and ends Sat 4 Apr 2020 07:50 PM

St Kilda Shule appoints new CEO

ח' טבת ה' אלפים תשע"ב

St Kilda Hebrew Congregation (SKHC) has continued building on its plan for growth following the appointment of Rabbi Ronnie Figdor as its new CEO. Figdor, who has held communal positions since 1981, has most recently been the Executive Director of the Mizrachi Organisation for the last four years and will move to SKHC in mid-January. Figdor is no new comer to the congregation having officiated as the Rabbi and Chazan of its Adele Southwick Centre services over the High Holidays for almost a decade. A popular teacher in the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School for almost a decade, Figdor has held numerous positions in Jewish education from primary to secondary school and as Principal of Adelaide's Massada College which grew to its all-time high of over 100 students and 45 in its kindergarten under his tenure. Figdor was also the founder and first Executive Director of Victoria's Jewish Emergency Management Plan and continues to serve on its Board, Executive and Technical Committee.
Rabbi Figdor said he was excited by the possibilities of taking the helm of such a large congregation. "With a membership of 1500, St Kilda shule is one of the largest congregations in Australia and I look forward to being a significant part of its continuing growth".
SKHC Acting President Len Levy said the congregation was "absolutely delighted" with the appointment. "Rabbi Figdor is very well known within the community for his exceptional administrative capabilities" Levy said, "he is highly professional, incredibly efficient and very personable. We have already received many positive comments from our members following the news of his appointment - he really is an excellent asset".

Earlier in the year, SKHC appointed Rabbi Yaakov Glasman as its sixth Chief Minister in its 140 year history, joining Assistant Minister Rabbi Hillel Nagel, with the aim of augmenting its standing as a leading congregation in the community and building on its large membership. In the short time since his appointment, the congregation has witnessed a significant influx in new members and Rabbi Glasman, together with his Rebbetzin Sara, has already implemented numerous programs to cater to the Shule's various age groups, and he continues to earn the respect and admiration of the congregation as a strong spiritual leader and an exceptional orator.

"Rabbis Glasman, Nagel and Figdor are an A Team", Levy commented, "I think with the three of them we can expect a very bright future - it has already begun".

Meanwhile, St Kilda Hebrew Congregation will co-host (together with the Melbourne Hebrew Congregation) a Shloshim service for a former choir boy, the late Sir Zelman Cowen, on Wednesday 11th January at 7:30pm.The joint choirs of St Kilda shule, the Adele Southwick Centre and the Melbourne Hebrew Congregation will accompany the service. An address by Sir Zelman's son, Rabbi Dr Shimon Cowen, will include the launch of the "Sir Zelman Cowen Program in Universal Ethics", endorsed by the Premier of Victoria, The Hon. Ted Baillieu, MP. A special address will be delivered by long standing friend and colleague of Sir Zelman Cowen, Professor Louis Waller AO with the Memorial Prayer sung by Rabbi Dovid Rubinfeld, Chief Minister of the Melbourne Hebrew Congregation. Due to the anticipated size of the audience and the limited parking space, those wishing to attend are advised to arrive early.

Please RSVP attendance to secretary@stkildashule.org or call 9537 1433 by Monday 9 January.

For further information about this press release, please contact St Kilda Congregation office on 9537 1433.

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