The Order of Australia is one of Australia’s most pre-eminent recognitions of service and achievement. Rabbi Fred Morgan was made a Member of the Order of Australia in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Rabbi Morgan is Professorial Fellow in the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy, researching Judaism and interfaith dialogue, based at ACU’s Melbourne Campus.
His original studies at Columbia University and Cambridge University, England, were in the religions of India. He was Lecturer in Religious Studies at Bristol University, England, before entering the Leo Baeck College in London to pursue rabbinic ordination.
During this time he also spent a year studying in Jerusalem. He received his ordination in 1984 and served North West Surrey Synagogue for 13 years before being appointed as Senior Rabbi to Temple Beth Israel, Melbourne. He retired from that position in September 2013. He has lectured in Judaism at various institutions of higher learning including Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, Hungary, Roehampton University in London, and the Melbourne College of Divinity University.