Rabbi Yonason Abraham, a native of England currently in
Australia, is set to become a dayan on the London
He will be leaving his present position on November as rav
of one of the largest shuls in Australia, the
Rabbi Yonason Abraham, who is only 37 years old, has made a
great impression and impact on the Melbourne Jewish
Community. He studied in the famed yeshivos of Gateshead and
He originally came to Melbourne with the Mashgiach of
Lakewood, HaRav Nosson Wachtfogel zt"l who was then
trying to establish a yeshiva in the city. He later married
Melbournite Bella Koppel and stayed to learn many years with
hasmodoh rabbah in Kollel Beis Hatalmud (The Lakewood
Kollel) under the guidance and direction of the roshei
hakollel, Rabbi Wurtzburger and Rabbi Nojowitz.
Already as a kollel yungerman he had a strong
influence over his talmidim and was a sought-after
speaker. Seven years ago Caulfield Shule appointed him as
their rav and his lively personality, stamina and inspiring
speeches attracted many people to his shiurim and
He later joined the Melbourne Beis Din and soon took charge,
together with other rabbonim, of the Melbourne Eruv. He was
also consulted and recently helped the Sydney community to
set up its own eruv.
A few years ago Dayan Chanoch Ehrentreu asked Rabbi Abraham
to help look after the kashrus issues of the London
Beis Din in Australia. His hechsher certifies the
Carmel wines made in Australia.
As a popular, friendly and understanding person he has been
able to move as easily in secular circles as in chareidi
circles. He has contributed many articles to local Torah
journals as well as to local newspapers.
After consulting gedolei hador he is now ready to
embark on a new phase and raise the Torah banner aloft in
the English Jewish Community.