Wednesday 24 June
In this Lunchtime Lecture, Rabbi Dr Benjamin Elton will examine the influence of Islamic design on synagogues from the nineteenth century onwards. He will reference examples of architecture from Europe, America, Australia and India.
Rabbi Dr Benjamin Elton was appointed Chief Minister of The Great Synagogue in Sydney in June 2015. Born in Manchester, England, Rabbi Elton earned an MA in History at Queens’ College, Cambridge and a PhD in Jewish History at Birkbeck, University of London. For seven years he worked in the Ministry of Justice in London and then studied for four years in Yeshiva in New York.
In addition to his 2014 book, Britain’s Chief Rabbis and the Religious Character of Anglo-Jewry, 1880–1970, he has authored several articles on Anglo-Jewish and Australian Jewish religious history and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society of London. He is also an Honorary Associate at the University of Sydney, Jewish Chaplain to the Returned Services League (NSW Branch) and Orthodox Rabbinic Consultant to the Executive Council of Australian Jewry.