After almost four decades of service, Rabbi John Levi has retired from the Council of The King David School (KDS) in Melbourne.

Jaimie Engel, Rafael Ungar, Mark Harrison (School Council President), Rabbi John Levi and Robyn Levi.

In the 1970s a group of visionaries dreamed of opening a progressive Jewish school in Melbourne. That dream became a reality in 1978 when 45 students attended the first year of KDS.

In August this year, one of those visionaries, Rabbi John Levi, retired from School Council after 39 years of continuous service. When the Council held its August meeting later in the month, it was the first time since the school’s opening that Rabbi Levi did not hold an official or honorary position.

“It is worth reflecting how the decisions, actions and determination of a few can have such a profound impact on literally thousands of children, across many generations” said Mark Harrison, President of the KDS Council.

“I have had the privilege of working alongside John for the best part of a decade and together with my fellow Council members have been the beneficiary of his passion, his wisdom, and his vision” said Harrison.

This year the students performed the annual Winter Concert in honour of Rabbi Levi and his wife Robyn as a small token of respect and appreciation for all they have contributed to the school community.

The packed audience gave them a standing ovation as they were presented with a small gift from School Captain Rafael Ungar and Jewish Life Captain Jaimie Engel.

“It was a very moving occasion” said Harrison.