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In Melbourne Shabbat begins Fri 5 May 2017 05:10 PM and ends Sat 29 Apr 2017 06:16 PM
ט"ו כסלו ה' אלפים תש"ע
The newly established Council of Orthodox Synagogues of Australia (“COSA”) held its inaugural meeting in Sydney on Sunday 29 November 2009. COSA was created to serve as the national roof body representing the lay orthodox leadership. Its mandate is to promote the interests of orthodox Judaism throughout Australia. Until a few years ago, only Victoria had a body to represent orthodoxy. However, over the last few years, New South Wales established its own council under the leadership of Ros Fischl, former president of the Great Synagogue and the other states have similarly organised themselves culminating in the establishment of the national roof body.
Pursuant to its Constitution, each state nominates two representatives to serve on the Board of the national body and office bearers are elected from within. Inaugural president is Mr. Romy Leibler who previously served as president of the COSV from 1995 to 2005 and was the driving force behind the initiative to establish COSA. Ros Fischl was elected as Vice president, Mark Cohen from South Australia is the treasurer with Adam Levine from Perth is the Honorary Secretary.
COSA will be seeking to create an agenda with a view to working in partnership with the Organisations of Rabbis of Australia (“ORA”) to improve the provision of services to the Orthodox community through working with the individual states and on a national level as well as seeking representation on the ECAJ.
Following its inaugural meeting, Mr Romy Leibler observed that there were numerous areas where a national body can contribute to the improvement in the provision of services to orthodox life throughout Australia. In the two larger states of Victoria and New South Wales, there already exist many organisations that provide services to their respective communities and through a national body there is scope to engender co-operation and leverage from each others experiences to create more efficiency and transparency in the manner of which services are provided. In addition, a state such as Western Australia is maturing in size and there is scope to see it develop and refine its own institutions with the assistance of a national body. There are also the challenges to assist the smaller communities of South Australia , Queensland and the ACT .
Following its inaugural meeting a cocktail reception was held at Central Synagogue attended by a large representation of Rabbis, presidents and leaders of communal organisations. The president of ORA , Rabbi Freilich and the president of the ECAJ, Robert Goot both addressed the reception welcoming the establishment of COSA .