Visiting Progressive rabbi for the Act Jewish community

August 28, 2018 by Yvette Goode
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The ACT Jewish Community has announced that Rabbi Gary Robuck will be leading High Holyday services this September for members of its Progressive congregation. 

Sarah Greenbaum and Rabbi Robuck

In line with its philosophy of catering to both Modern Orthodox and Progressive congregations, the ACT Jewish Community and Rabbi Robuck have agreed upon a voluntary arrangement fora total of ten Rabbinic visits this coming year. Rabbi Robuck will visit for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and eight more times over the coming Jewish year.

President of the ACT Jewish Community, Yael Cass, said, “We are delighted to welcome Rabbi Robuck as a visiting Rabbi for our Progressive congregation to complement the support provided to our community by Rabbi Eddi, our resident Modern Orthodox Rabbi.”

Rabbi Robuck, a professional Jewish educator and musician, recently retired from his position as Senior Rabbi at North Shore Temple Emanuel. When Rabbi Robuck visited Canberra to discuss this initiative, he and Rabbi Eddi held a very cordial planning meeting. The two Rabbis will work collaboratively to deliver Jewish, educational and social programming for the whole community.

In addition to leading services for the Progressive congregation, Rabbi Robuck will be a very welcome bonus resource to the community by supporting lay leaders in the Progressive congregation and providing educational programs for both children and adults.

According to Sarah Greenbaum, Vice President of the ACTJC and Chair of the ACTJC’s Progressive committee, “Rabbi Robuck’s engagement will raise the profile of our Progressive congregation. His enthusiasm and experience promise to make a positive impact on members of the community of every age and contribute immeasurably to the warm and open environment of the Progressive congregation.”

If you are living in Canberra or travelling to the nation’s capital and would like to learn more, please email As always, non-members are welcome to attend events held at the ACTJC and enjoy the welcoming hospitality.

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