New Chazzan to join the Great

February 21, 2022 by Community newsdesk
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Rabbi Menachem Feldman is to join Sydney’s The Great Synagogue as Chazzan and Assistant Rabbi.

Rabbi Menachem Feldman

Rabbi Feldman was born in 1996 in Jerusalem and raised in Sydney. He studied in Sydney, Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, New York, Jerusalem and Moscow where he received his semicha.

In 2017, he married Mushki in Moscow and they now have two children.

Menachem recently served as Young Adults Director, Co-Chazzan and Associate Rabbi at Dover Heights Shule where he and his wife Mushki have been successful in running dynamic programs and initiatives. He also has been teaching music at Kesser Torah.

Our new Chazzan is passionate about Jewish communal service, pastoral work, Chazzanut, Jewish Music, Jewish education and outreach, and he brings warmth and dynamism in abundance. Together with Mushki, they will have an open home and look forward to hosting the community.

Rabbi Benjamin Elton, Chief Minister of The Great Synagogue said, “This is an exciting moment in the history of our community. We are welcoming a first-class chazzan and an energetic imaginative minister, who is also personable, warm and friendly. I am looking forward to outstanding services and working with Rabbi Feldman and his wife Mushki to enhance all aspects of our congregation.”

David Lewis, President of The Great Synagogue said, “We are excited to have Rabbi Feldman join our Great family. He is an outstanding vocalist and chazzan and will be working closely with our choir to extend their repertoire. He and Mushki will be a huge asset to our growing youth and young adult programmes with their exceptional youth leadership experience.”

When asked about joining The Great Synagogue, Rabbi Feldman said, “Mushki and I feel humbled and blessed to be given the opportunity to serve the Great Synagogue community and make a positive impact.  The Great Synagogue holds such a special place in Australian Jewry, and we are honoured to be able to be the newest link in an illustrious chain, making our contribution to this wonderful kehilla.”

Rabbi Feldman will begin to lead Shabbat services on 12 March and will commence full time at The Great on 20 March.

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