Congregation Ahavath Achim welcomes new spiritual leader

Congregation Ahavath Achim today announced that Rabbi Yirmiyah Moldovan, originally from Australia has become the new spiritual leader of the synagogue.

Rabbi Yirmiyah Moldovan grew up in Sydney, Australia, around the corner from the famous Bondi Beach where he became interested in surfing. Rabbi Moldovan attended the local Jewish community day school and a selective boy’s high school before receiving a Commerce degree with majors in accounting and finance from the University of New South Wales. He then worked as a bookkeeper and financial analyst before directing his attention to Torah study in Jerusalem.

The synagogue’s president, Dr. Barbara Tuckel said, “We are thrilled Rabbi Moldovan and his family will be joining our community. He impressed all of us with his outstanding religious knowledge and qualifications as well as his wonderful ability to communicate that knowledge with individuals of greatly varied backgrounds.”

“Our Search Committee spent countless hours to find the perfect fit four our synagogue,” said Dr. Tuckel. “Our entire membership is grateful for its hard work.”

For 11 years while in Jerusalem Rabbi Moldovan attended Yeshivas Ohr Somayach, the Mir Yeshivah, and The Jerusalem Kollel, studying a wide range of religious topics as well as character development. He became qualified as a sofer (a scribe who can transcribe Torah scrolls, tefillin and mezuzahs) as well as a supervisor of the kosher preparation of food, among other qualifications.

Rabbi Moldovan, his wife Hadassah and three children are in the process of moving to Fairfield.

Congregation Ahavath Achim, a Modern Orthodox synagogue, is affiliated with the Orthodox Union. For the past two years, Rabbi Ephraim Meth of New York has served as interim spiritual leader of the congregation during the search for a new permanent Rabbi.

“We are very grateful that Rabbi Meth has been able to assist us as we move forward in our growth,” said Dr. Tuckel. “He has provided us with beautiful learning experiences, inspiring talks and great insights. We wish him and his family all the best as he continues his career in New York.”

Congregation Ahavath Achim was originally organized in Bridgeport in 1905, moving to its current location at 1571 Stratfield Rd., Fairfield, in 1964.

Rabbi Moldovan, his wife Hadassah.

Rabbi Moldovan, his wife Hadassah.

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