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In Melbourne Shabbat begins Fri 19 Jan 2018 08:24 PM and ends Sat 20 Jan 2018 09:23 PM
ו' תמוז ה' אלפים תשס"ח
The Council of Orthodox Synagogues of NSW was launched - and blessed - at a function at The Great Synagogue in July.
A conference which preceded the launch was attended by delegates from Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia as well as NSW shule representatives.
Romy Leibler of Melbourne, who was instrumental in the founding of the COS Victoria, spoke at the launch.
He said it was "a proud and emotional day" to come to NSW for the founding of the COS in Sydney as his late grandfather, Rabbi Dr Israel Porush, was rabbi at The Great Synagogue for decades.
"We are about to enter some exciting times and to achieve something important for Australian Jewry, he said.
The history of Orthodox leadership around Australia has been "a hotch potch" with each community "run in its own haphazard and disorganised way" with its own Batei Din, Kashrut Authority and Chevrei Kadisha, Mr Leibler said.
In the last decade in Victoria the shules have organised themselves in a way to bring them into the 21st century in terms of corporate governance and transparency, he said.
"We hope that the operation of the COS in each state, and a proposed national body, will bring more harmony and benefit to the way we structure the community."
COS NSW president Rosalind Fischl, who is also TGS president, paid tribute to the work Mr Leibler has done in Melbourne in encouraging the formation of the COS there and working toward the formation of a national body.
Mrs Fischl said the idea for a COS in NSW was nurtured by NSW Jewish Board of Deputies president David Knoll who close to two years ago called together a group of presidents of Orthodox synagogues in NSW to discuss forming a representative body.
"After some stops and starts and in the true Jewish tradition of having 20 opinions between 15 representatives, we have reached the position today of having established our COS in NSW," she said.
Mrs Fischl thanked Shtiebel president Les Einstein, COS NSW secretary who drew up the constitution and organised for the formal establishment of the group and Dr David Ende of Coogee shule, the vice-president, for all his support.
Since its very recent founding, the COS NSW has commended the Sydney Beth Din for the establishment of the Jewish Arbitration and Mediation service and is working with the Kashrut Authority to find ways to better service kosher consumers and encourage more people to use kosher products and services.
Mrs Fischl said it was part of the COS charter "to endeavour to work co-operatively with the rabbonim" in the community.
She invited Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence to recite a prayer composed especially for the founding of the COS; Chazan David Hilton also sang from the Psalms.
Founding members of COS NSW are:
Central Synagogue, Coogee Synagogue, Cremorne Synagogue, Dover Heights Synagogue, The Great Synagogue, Maroubra Synagogue, Montefiore Home, North Shore Synagogue, The Shtiebell
with others about to join...
Adath Yisroel, Kehillat Masada, Bondi Mizrachi, Parramatta, South Head, Sephardi, Strathfield, Newtown