Rabbi Jeffrey B. Kamins
Rabbi Jeffrey B Kamins was born in Los Angeles, California in the 1950s and attended Stanford University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa and received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. He then received his Juris Doctor from Boalt Hall (the University of California at Berkeley) and worked one year as a corporate lawyer in Los Angeles before pursuing his rabbinical studies.
He studied at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion from 1984-1989, receiving his Masters of Arts in Hebrew Letters in 1987 at the Los Angeles campus, and his rabbinical ordination in 1989 at the Cincinnati campus. He arrived in July, 1989 as assistant rabbi at Temple Emanuel in Sydney, and became associate rabbi in 1992. He was appointed senior rabbi in 1999. In that year, Rabbi Kamins joined the Rabbinical Assembly, the association of Conservative rabbis.
In his years at the congregation, he has been dedicated to enhancing the education, ritual and pastoral programs in the congregation. In particular, Rabbi Kamins has been responsible for reviving the Hebrew and Religion School, creating a teen education program and extending the adult education programs with a focus on family education. He also began a traditional-style, egalitarian minyan as part of his commitment to pluralism within the synagogue. This service has since evolved into Australia's first Conservative service, with complete daily, Shabbat and festival services as well as Monday and Thursday mornings..
Rabbi Kamins has been involved extensively in communal affairs as well. He serves on the executive of the New South Wales Board of Deputies, and on the board of the Shalom Institute, working particularly on their continuing education and outreach programs. He was one of the founding teachers of the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School in Sydney in 1993 and still teaches in that program. As part of his commitment to social justice, he has been a member of the board of MAZON-Australia since 1991. Rabbi Kamins also serves as chaplain for the Australian Army.