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Rabbi Benjamin Elton

Semikha, Class of 2015

Rabbi Benjamin Elton

Senior Rabbi at The Great Synagogue

Sydney, Australia

Rabbi Dr Benjamin Elton as been Chief Minister of The Great Synagogue since June 2015. Over that time the synagogue has enjoyed a period of revival with many new members and increased activity.

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 at YCT.  At YCT, he was editor of Milin Havivin, a member of the Advanced Kollel and winner of the prize for excellence in Talmudic study.

As part of his pastoral training Rabbi Elton undertook residencies as a hospital chaplain and leading a grief support group. He received Semicha from YCT in June 2015, and also has Semicha from Rabbi Chaim Rapoport of London. 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.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society of London. He is also an Honorary Associate at the University of Sydney and Orthodox Rabbinic Consultant to the both the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies and Executive Council of Australian Jewry. In 2023-24 he was an inaugural Rabbi Sacks Scholar.

Rabbi Elton and his wife Hinda live with their children in Darlinghurst, Sydney.