RABBI Bochi and Rebbetzin Miriam Broh have been announced as the new rabbinic couple of Chabad Campus, taking over from Rabbi Mendy and Rebbetzin Lifshy Ajzenszmidt who have commenced in their new roles at South Caulfield shule.
After stepping in as a rabbi for various Jewish holiday programs across several American universities, Rabbi Broh is now studying at Kollel Menachem in Melbourne to further his rabbinical degree, while engaging in outreach programs and teaching, while Miriam teaches Jewish studies part-time.
The pair said, “We are passionate about sharing Judaism, and especially enjoy working with young adults during this important time in their lives,” adding that they “love making real connections with people and aim to always bring the best out in people, helping light up the soul within each of us”.
Previously Rabbi Broh worked at the Mayanot Institute of Jerusalem, a program which helped university-aged students stay connected to their homeland and heritage, while Miriam was engaged in volunteer youth activities, furthering her Jewish studies over her two years in Jerusalem.
The Brohs have been described by director of Chabad Youth Rabbi Moshe Kahn, as a “dynamic and energetic couple”, who harbour “extraordinary qualities in both their work ethics and their outlooks on life and their approach, as well as their ability to connect with young people”.
Rabbi Kahn will be helping the couple ease into their roles in the coming months before they start full time in February next year, when university students head back to campus.
“Everyone is looking for meaning and purpose and this is especially true of university students,” said Rabbi Broh, who hopes to “imbue their university experience with heart and warmth by sharing authentic Judaism”, and provide a “sense of support and stability to all the Jewish students”.
Looking to create a “happy, positive atmosphere, where it’s all about giving and helping each other out”, he said, “As the Baal Shem Tov writes, a soul can be sent down to this world for 70 or 80 years just to do a favour for another. It’s time to get the ball rolling!”