Rabbi Selwyn Franklin

"The message has been powerful and relevant since the time of Abraham" says Rabbi Franklin, who
has been motivated by this idea of Judaism's contemporary relevance wherever he has served
as spiritual leader. Rabbi Franklin, together with his wife Eileen, has led communities in Israel, South
Africa, the United States, and Australia. His paramount mission has always been to try and excite Jews
of all persuasions to encounter and embrace their old/new heritage. Eileen and Rabbi Franklin were among
the founders of Counterpoint in South Africa and Australia as well as Jews for Justice, an anti-apartheid
group in South Africa. Rabbi Franklin studied in yeshivot in Israel and received smichah from Rabbi J.B.
Soloveitchik ZTz"L, at Yeshiva University in New York. He was also the founding president of ORA, the
Organization of Rabbis of Australasia, and currently serves on the Board of the NSW Kashrut Authority.
Rebbetzin Eileen Franklin is a BA graduate from Wits University in South Africa and received her Masters in
Modern Jewish History from Yeshiva University. Most recently she was the Executive Director of APJA, the
Asia Pacific Jewish Association under the auspices of the World Jewish Congress. She was previously Head of Jewish Studies at Mount Sinai College and has pioneered Jewish tours of China in association with Nanjing University. Eileen was one of the founders of WomanPower under the auspices of the Sydney based Institute of Jewish Communal Development as well as the Founding President of JEN, the Australia-wide Jewish Educators' Network. The Franklins have four children and twelve grandchildren, Bl"AH.


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