A new principal for Yeshivah-Beth Rivkah

July 22, 2021 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Melbourne’s Yeshivah-Beth Rivkah Schools have appointed a new principal.

Rabbi Elisha Greenbaum

Rabbi Elisha Greenbaum will take up his new position on October 1 following the High Holidays.

In 2019, Rabbi Greenbaum acted as Joint Interim Principal with Mrs Barbara Belfer when he became known for the devotion he exhibited towards the smooth running and ongoing success of Yeshivah-Beth Rivkah, as well as the speed with which he mastered all facets of the Schools’ operations. Rabbi Greenbaum built strong relationships and gained the respect of those who worked with him and, together with Mrs Belfer, made a number of valuable staff appointments and introduced many positive developments.

Rabbi Greenbaum has led the Moorabbin Hebrew Congregation for the past 21 years and is co-director of L’Chaim Chabad – Kingston. In these roles, he has been instrumental in guiding many families to seek out a Jewish education for their children and introduced many families to the school community. He is a community Mohel, a renowned orator, a widely published author and a skilled counsellor. He is widely respected in his ability to connect with people, a skill that he has utilised in a variety of public roles supporting the broader community.


Speaking on behalf of the board, Daniel Houseman and Shana Reuben said: “Rabbi Greenbaum is a graduate of Yeshivah College and he and his wife, Leah, are educating their children in our Schools. As a graduate and a parent, he is sensitive to the hopes, the values and the outcomes that we wish for our students.

As someone who is passionate about education, who sets high standards and is committed to Chabad chassidus and the Rebbe’s vision for our schools, we are confident that Rabbi Greenbaum’s leadership will see the Schools continue to excel in providing a meaningful, relevant and outstanding Jewish and General education to all our students.

Rabbi Greenbaum has family members currently teaching in our Schools and serving our community, including some in leadership positions. This can be perceived as a potential for conflicts of interest. Professional advice has been sought from external experts to develop processes to mitigate any real or perceived risk and to achieve best practice in responding to specific challenges that may eventuate.”

Yeshiva-Beth Rivkah Schools have thanked Mrs Barbara Belfer for her extraordinary efforts over the past months as interim Principal.  She will continue to work closely with Rabbi Greenbaum and the Leadership Teams to ensure a smooth and seamless transition.

Mrs Belfer will continue to be the Head of the Early Learning Centre which comprises the Gurewicz Early Learning Centre and the Mercedes Dadon Creche.

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