JEWISH residents and travellers in Northern Queensland will for the first time have a permanent Chabad presence in the area with the appointment of Rabbi Ari and Mushkie Rubin as shlichim.
Under the auspices of Chabad of RARA (Regional and Rural Australia), the role will see the Rubins based primarily in Cairns and Townsville, though visiting other locations as well.
“It’s amazing; it’s a great privilege,” Rabbi Rubin told The AJN. “We’re very excited about the appointment.”
It is estimated that there are approximately 1000 Jews living across Northern Queensland. Chabad of RARA has been servicing these communities for more than 20 years, but with a steadily growing number of contacts, founder Shaul Spigler saw the demand to establish a permanent Chabad House – marking the first time Chabad of RARA has done so in any of the areas it serves around Australia.