Institute for Religion & Critical Inquiry

Rabbi Fred Morgan

Rabbi Fred Morgan

Catholic Thought and Practice

BA (Columbia University), Rabbinic ordination (Leo Baeck College, London)

Rabbi Fred Morgan is Professorial Fellow in the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy, researching Judaism and interfaith dialogue. 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 study for the rabbinate. During this time he also spent a year studying in Jerusalem. He was ordained in 1984 and served North West Surrey Synagogue for 13 years before being appointed Senior Rabbi to Temple Beth Israel, Melbourne. He retired from that position in September 2013. He has lectured on Judaism at various institutions of higher learning including Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, Hungary, Roehampton University in London and the Melbourne College of Divinity.

Key publications

‘Haftarah as Midrash: how the rabbis read the prophets reading Torah’. In Welcome to the Cavalcade: a Festschrift in Honour of Rabbi Professor Jonathan Magonet. U.K. 2013.

‘Dialogue 4 Success: four measures of success and failure in Jewish-Christian dialogue’, Gesher (the annual journal of the CCJ Victoria), November 2013.

‘Shir Hashirim: the Song of Songs’. In Song of Songs: a multifaith exploration, edited by A. Oppewal. Amazon, 2010.

‘Torah in Transition’. In Judaism in Transition: 175BCE – 150 CE, Christian and Jewish Perspectives, edited by J. McLaren. Council of Christians and Jews: Victoria, 2008.

‘Myths and Realities of Progressive Judaism’. In New Under the Sun, edited by M. Fagenblat. Black Inc, 2006.