Rabbi Yossi Friedman was born and raised in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and was involved in communal work from a very young age. He served as ‘Shamash’ (beadle) at South Head Synagogue from the age of 6 and would walk around, welcoming everyone into the Synagogue. At that early age he also played a key role in the leading of services and was the key soloist during the Shabbat and High Holiday services. He completed his schooling at Sydney Boys’ High school in 2003 and graduated from the University of NSW in 2006 with a Commerce Degree. He undertook study at Rabbinical Colleges in Australia and Israel and obtained his Semicha (ordination) in 2008.
In that same year Rabbi Yossi introduced the first communal Passover Seder to Bali, Indonesia for 100 Jews and made all the provisioning and logistical arrangements needed for this festive occasion. In 2009, following his marriage to Chana Raizel, he spent nine months in Israel furthering his studies before undertaking the appointment as Youth Rabbi of Sydney’s Central Synagogue, where they served for three years.
Rabbi Yossi was appointed Rabbi of Cremorne Synagogue in 2012, and arranged many social, educational and festive activities for its diverse membership. During this time, levels of engagement peaked and the community grew by over 25 percent. It was during this time in 2013, that Rabbi Yossi became a Chaplain to the Royal Australian Air Force, and he holds the rank of Flight Lieutenant.
In June 2015, Rabbi Yossi accepted the position of Chief Minister at The Kingsford Maroubra Hebrew Congregation and College Rabbi to Mount Sinai College. Together with his wife Chana Raizel and two children, they bring much enthusiasm, warmth and flair to Synagogue services and have grown the membership and attendance levels significantly since their arrival.