Rabbi Chaim Ingram came with his wife, Judith, and two children to Australia from England where he had served as Assistant Rabbi of the Newcastle upon Tyne United Hebrew Congregation and as Rabbi of the Leicester Hebrew Congregation. In 1992 he was appointed first as principal Chazan then as Associate Rabbi at Sydney’s Central Synagogue, the largest congregation in the Southern Hemisphere where he remained for eleven years. Subsequently he has served as Rabbi of The Caro Synagogue in Bondi and at Surfers Central Synagogue on Queensland’s Gold Coast. He also taught at the Ohr Torah primary school. and directed the Kol Shira learning centre. Currently Rabbi Ingram is honorary rabbi of Sydney’s Jewish Centre On Ageing and fly-in-fly-out rabbi of the Adelaide Hebrew Congregation as well as engaging in specialist tutoring and mentoring.
On Australia Day 2019, Rabbi Ingram was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his work in the Jewish Community. In June 2020 he was presented with a framed certificate by his rabbinic colleagues “for his tireless commitment to the Rabbinical Council of NSW” of which he has served as honorary secretary for over 25 years.
Rabbi Ingram continues to work extensively with those seeking to return to their Jewish roots. He and Judith serve as aides to the Sydney Beth Din in the teaching and guidance of Gerim (converts to Judaism).
Rabbi Ingram has an honours degree from the University of York and has studied at yeshivot and rabbinical seminaries in the UK and Israel. He has published numerous pamphlets and articles in various journals and is a regular contributor to the Australian Jewish News. For over a decade, he has been sending out weekly essays online to a large number of subscribers a small sample of which appear on this website. He has published four books, Fragments of the Hammer, The Cosmic Diamond and In Heaven’s Name Why? on the weekly parasha and Spirals of the Soul on the festivals all of which may ordered via this website.