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Rintel, Moses (1823–1880)

from Australian Town and Country Journal

Moses Rintel, n.d.

Moses Rintel, n.d.

from Australian Jewish Historical Society Journal, vol 1, p 150

The Rev. Moses Rintel, S.J.M., was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1824, during the time that his father, the late Rev. Rabbi Myer Rintel, was minister of the Hebrew congregation. (His father was a famed Hebrew and Talmudical scholar, and published several works.) The subject of this biography, holding a Semeecha from the late Chief Rabbi in London, Dr. Solomon Herschel, was the first duly authorised Jewish clergyman to come out to the colony. He arrived in Sydney in 1844, where he established the Sydney Hebrew Academy, of which he became the principal. In 1849 he accepted the office of minister of the newly established Jewish congregation of Melbourne, subject to the approval of the Rev. Chief Rabbi, Dr. Adler, which was soon after obtained. He married, the same year, a Miss Hart, and has had a family of nine children. Circumstances compelled him to resign his charge, but he was invited by a large and influential number residing in the eastern part of the city to assist in the formation of a new synagogue in Melbourne. In the year 1864, mainly through his exertions, a duly constituted Beth Din, the only one out of London, was established, of which he acted as the chairman; and in 1868 the Chief Rabbi of Great Britain and its dependencies assigned to him the position and title of Senior Minister of the Melbourne Hebrew community. He has for years past taken a deep interest in the Melbourne Jewish Philanthropic Society, in which he has not only held all the various offices, but has, on more than one occasion, been elected its president. Through his efforts this society was allowed to participate in the Government grant in aid of charitable institutions, and for which the members voted him a very handsome testimonial. He, with a few others, founded the United Friends' Jewish Benefit Society in 1856, of which he became the first president. His sphere of usefulness was not limited to matters in connection with his own faith; he has been for many years past and still continues to be connected with various societies and institutions. He was one of the founders of the Benevolent Asylum, and acted as Grand Chaplain on the occasion of the laying of the foundation stone in 1850. (The above is from Heaton's Dictionary of Dates.) The reverend gentleman died in Melbourne on May 9, 1880.

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