Wednesday 14 November
Rabbi Dr Benjamin Elton, Chief Minister of The Great Synagogue, will discuss how he found his way to a life and career as a Rabbi, via a traditional upbringing in Manchester, a brush with Labour Party politics, a first career in the British Civil Service, academic work in Jewish History, transplantation to New York for four years and finally arrival in Sydney. This will be an honest and open description of a religious and personal journey.
Rabbi Elton was born in Manchester, studied History at Queens’ College Cambridge (Double First) and has a PhD in Jewish History from Birkbeck, University of London. He worked for a Labour MP for two years and then as a Civil Servant for seven year, including as Private Secretary to the Lord Chancellor. He studied for four years in Yeshiva in New York and then came to Sydney in 2015 as Chief Minister of The Great Synagogue. He is an Honorary Associate of the University of Sydney, Secretary of the Rabbinical Council of Australia and New Zealand and President of the Council of Christians and Jews of New South Wales. He is married to Hinda and they have a daughter, Elizabeth.