ARZA Australia joins with the Union for Progressive Judaism, all the members of the Assembly of Rabbis and Cantors of Australia, New Zealand and Asia and the entire Progressive Jewish world to express our sadness and mourn the passing of Rabbi Brian Fox AM z”l.

Rabbi Fox was a leading light in the Australian Progressive Jewish community.

Prior to serving as Senior Rabbi at Emanuel Synagogue for 20 years he served the congregations of the Leo Beck Centre and Temple Beth Israel. He subsequently served a congregation in the United Kingdom and made Aliyah in his latter years before returning to Australia to be with his family.

With his passion for our youth and education he was one of the founding rabbis for the King David School in Melbourne, the Emanuel School in Sydney and the Netzer youth movement.

ARZA Australia always appreciated his kind and strong support and love of Israel as the Jewish Homeland. He will be sadly missed.

We offer our deepest sympathy to his wife, Dina, and to his children Ben, Mim, Shira and Mishi.


Issued January 10, 2020.
Helen Shardey
ARZA Australia President
UPJ Vice President