Rabbi Freilich OAM
Rabbi Dovid Freilich OAM was the spiritual leader of the Perth Hebrew Congregation from 1988 to 2018.
During his tenure as the Chief Rabbi of the Perth Hebrew Congregation he headed up the Kashrut Authority of WA (KAWA), was the Spiritual Dean of the Perth Hebrew School and was a Patron of the Ruth Landau Harp Early Learning Centre.
Rabbi Freilich received rabbinic qualifications from Jew’s College, London which is under the auspices of the Chief Rabbi of the British Commonwealth. He received semichas from the Rosh Yeshiva of Chidushei Harim B’nei Brak Hagoan Horov Gedalia Hertz zz’l from Av Beth Din Haifa and Dayan of Beth Din Gadol Yerushalayim Hagoan Horov Yakov Fink zz’l from Hagaon Nachum Dovid Herman zz’l, of Kollel America.
Rabbi Freilich was the first Sydney-born congregational rabbi and served as rabbi and spiritual leader of Kinsgsford-Maroubra Synagogue for fifteen years (from 1973-1988). During that time he founded the Mt Sinai College in Sydney and was its spiritual dean. As well as his rabbinic qualifications, Rabbi Freilich has a BA (Hons) degree from London University through Jew’s College and a Master of Arts from Sydney University. He was lecturer in Judaic studies in the training of Jewish Studies teachers at the Sydney College of Advanced Education, as well as visiting lecturer in Talmudic Law at the University of New South Wales, Law Faculty. He was appointed Vice President to the New South Wales Jewish Medical Ethics Committee and was also a teacher of the New South Wales Jewish Board of Education’s Ramah Academy for eleven years.
In 1988, Rabbi Freilich became the chief rabbi of the Perth Hebrew Congregation. He headed Beth Din matters in Perth. He was the Rabbinic Chairman of the Kashrut Authority of Western Australia and was also official visiting Jewish chaplain to the Edith Cowan University and a patron of the Council of Christian and Jews in Western Australia.
In the 2005 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, Rabbi Freilich was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the Jewish community as a religious leader and in the fields of education and culture, and to the promotion of inter-faith relations.
Rabbi Freilich’s wife Aviva, herself a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Laws with Hons from the University of Sydney was a lecturer in Law at the University of Western Australia. They are blessed with four accomplished children Pnina, Sarah, Osher and Dvorah and beautiful grandchildren.