Mordechai Gutnick

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Mordechai Gutnick
Rabbi Mordechai Zev Gutnick
Occupation Rabbi
Parent(s) Rabbi Chaim Gutnick

Rabbi Mordechai Zev Gutnick (Hebrew: מרדכי זאב הכהן גוטניק‎‎) is a prominent Orthodox Jewish rabbi in Australia. Gutnick has served as a member of both the Rabbinical court in Melbourne and Australian Rabbinical associations. He is associated with the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic movement; he is the eldest son of the late Rabbi Chaim Gutnick.


Gutnick currently serves as a member of the Rabbinical court (Beth Din) in Melbourne, Australia.[1] He is an authority in the field of kashrut and has been a Rabbinic Administrator of the Kosher Australia agency (formerly Melbourne Kashrut) since 1997.[2]

Gutnick has also served as president of the Organisation of Rabbis of Australia[3][4] and vice president of the Rabbinical Council of Victoria. In 2012 he received the council's prestigious Patron award.[5]

Gutnick has held rabbinic posts in both Sydney and Melbourne pulpits and is currently rabbi of the Elwood Talmud Torah Hebrew Congregation, succeeding his late father, Rabbi Chaim Gutnick, in this position in 2003.[6][7]

In 2008 Gutnick officiated at the first Jewish wedding ever hosted by Australia's Parliament House in Canberra, when the federal member for Melbourne Ports Michael Danby married Amanda Mendes Da Costa. The wedding was attended by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and his deputy among 150 guests.[8][9]

Gutnick, like his father before him,[10] served as a Military Chaplain in the Australian Army.

In August 2014, Gutnick was elected President of the Rabbinical Council of Victoria.[11]


  1. ^ "Melbourne Beth Din". Council of Orthodox Synagogues of Victoria Ltd. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  2. ^ "Senior Staff at Kosher Australia". Kosher Australia Pty Ltd. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  3. ^ Edwards, Lorna (2007-08-07). "Halal meat slaughter 'obeys law'". The Age. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  4. ^ Goldberg, Dan (2008-02-13). "Jews key to Aboriginal reconciliation". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  5. ^ "New president for the RCV". J-Wire. Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  6. ^ Aron, Yossi. "Elwood Talmud Torah Congregation, 1933-2008". Elwood Talmud Torah Congregation. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  7. ^ Danby, Michael (2008-10-16). "Elwood Talmud Torah 75th Anniversary Congregation". Michael Danby MHR. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  8. ^ "Australian gov't hosts Jewish wedding". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 2008-02-25. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  9. ^ Sharah, Jehane (2008-02-24). "Parliament House to host its first Jewish wedding". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  10. ^ "Chapter 7: The Armed Services". National Archives of Australia. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  11. ^ "Rabbi Mordechai Gutnick heads RCV". J-Wire. Retrieved 1 December 2014.