Rabbi Gersh Zylberman is a native of Melbourne, Australia. Active in synagogue life from a young age, particularly in the musical sphere, Rabbi Zylberman served his home congregation of Temple Beth Israel since his ordination from the LA campus of Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in May, 2005 until his return to us in 2010.
As part of his duties in Melbourne, Rabbi Zylberman was the coordinator of the Victorian Union for Progressive Judaism’s Introduction to Judaism program, a member of the Alfred Hospital Ethics Committee, the Zionist Council of Victoria and the B’nai Brith Interfaith Committee, and served on the Board of Governance of the local Reform Day School, The King David School. He also served as an honorary Chaplain in the Victoria Police. At Temple Beth Israel, Rabbi Zylberman developed young adult programming and supervised liturgical and musical transformation, as well as serving on the editorial team for the World Union edition of Mishkan T'filah.
Prior to entering the rabbinate, Rabbi Zylberman graduated (with Honors) from the medical school at Monash University and worked in a variety of specialty areas at The Alfred Hospital, including emergency medicine, palliative care, psychiatry, respiratory medicine, cardiology and endocrinology.
Many at TBY will remember Rabbi Zylberman from the time he served TBY between 2002 and 2005 as a rabbinic intern, alongside his wife, Rabbi Rayna Gevurtz, who served TBY as our first Assistant Rabbi during that time.
As our Senior Rabbi, Rabbi Zylberman is available to provide pastoral support and counseling. He works with couples (including interfaith couples) preparing for marriage, officiates at baby namings, brit milah ceremonies and Bnai Mitzvah. He is delighted to guide individuals who are exploring a path to conversion to Judaism. Rabbi Zylberman leads our weekly Shabbat Services and Torah Study and facilitates two other regular learning series: Coffee Talk on Sunday mornings and Wednesdays with the Rabbi. Alongside Rabbi Gevurtz, both lead family-friendly programs such as Mini-Minyan, monthly Family Shabbat Services and are closely involved in our Preschool and Religious School. Rabbi Zylberman engages with those in their 20s and 30s in part through a unique partnership with Moishe House OC.
Rabbi Zylberman is proud to serve on the Board of the Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis, as a dayan on the Sandra Caplan Community Bet Din of Southern California and as a Mentor in the Leona Aronoff Rabbinic Mentoring Program at HUC –JIR. He has spoken at several area congregations about the World Union for Progressive Judaism and he is passionate about the State of Israel. Rabbi Zylberman is a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the Southern California Board of Rabbis and is honored to be the President of the Orange County Board of Rabbis.
Rabbis Zylberman and Gevurtz rejoice in their three daughters and their Shnoodle, Elisheva Shnitzel.
Maternal grandparents immigrate to Australia in the 1920's after fleeing Russian communism, spending time in pre-state Israel en route.
Paternal grandparents meet and marry in post-shoah Europe and immigrate to Australia with Rabbi Gersh's infant father.
1970's - 1990's
Active in Temple life from a young age, particularly in music, playing keyboards and acting as choir master.
Completes Monash University's Medical School program and does four years of residency at the Alfred Hospital.
2000 - Present
Meets and marries Rabbi Rayna Gevurtz and studies to become a rabbi at Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem, Cincinnati and Los Angeles, student rabbi at TBY from 2002, alongside Rabbi Gevurtz, mentored by Rabbi Miller.
Ordained in May 2005. Serves as a rabbi at Temple Beth Israel in Melbourne, Australia, where his two daughters are born. Returns to TBY as Associate Rabbi in July 2010.