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In Melbourne Shabbat begins Fri 10 Apr 2020 05:41 PM and ends Sat 11 Apr 2020 06:40 PM

Changing of the guard at COSV AGM

כ"ו כסלו ה' אלפים תשס"ט

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Changing of the Guard at the COSV  Annual General Meeting

Two new Directors representing some of the younger members of Melbourne’s Orthodox Shules were recently appointed to the new COSV Board at last months Annual General Meeting (AGM) aimed at meeting the changing needs of the community.

New Directors appointed at the AGM were Michael Schmulian who attends Elsternwick Shule and Ron Lazarovits, St Kilda Hebrew Congregation.

Ron has particularly large shoes to fill as he is taking over from Len Levy who retired as a Director after serving a distinguished 2 years with the COSV.

Moshe Trebish re-appointed President of COSV paid tribute to Len stating that ‘his skill and expertise’ will be sorely missed. The Board wished Len many happy years of retirement years. Moishe added that Len has promised to make himself available for advice and assistance should any member wish to contact him.

The other Directors re-appointed at the AGM were David Cyprys (davening at Elwood Shule) and Jack Feldman and Romy Leibler, Mizrachi.

Paul Korbl was appointed vice President.

The annual accounts and audited statements were presented, discussed and approved. The President and each Director reported on their respective portfolios covering the work of the Council in the areas of Kashrut, Outreach, operation and management of the Melbourne Beth Din and Melbourne Eruv and COSV’s website.

Directors heard that the COSV like many organizations has been affected by the financial crisis with rising costs and falling membership, thus less income from the mainstream shules in favour of smaller ’boutique’ style Shtibel’ Minyanim that had been set up around Melbourne’s Orthodox Community.

There is considerable demand for the Melbourne Beth Din in the area of Gittin and Geurit. Plans are afoot to extend the Melbourne Eruv to other parts of Melbourne. The Eruv has been established for over 10 years and parts of the infrastructure are in need of refurbishment. Many people in the community take the Eruv for granted assuming that it is a free service. They are unaware of the time devoted to the upkeep of the Eruv or the cost of providing weekly supervision by the Rabbonim, Administrators and as well as having a contractor available on call to urgently fix any problem, often at short notice to fix any problem that may arise.

In the areas of outreach there are plans to bring new scholars in residence on lecture tours in 2009 as well as more co ordinated events for jewish youth.

The President reiterated that it was the responsibility of all shules to play their part and ensure all seat holders pay contributions as promptly as possible. Len Levy stated that the cost of $25 per seat was about half the cost of kosher meal and should be able to be met by most people.

Shlomo Werdiger, Chairman of the UIA Victoria also spoke at the AGM about his role and plans for the future.

As COSV and the Rabbincal Council of Victoria are equal shareholders in the Melbourne Beth Din, a COSV Special General Meeting is required to approve the appointment of the Dayanim.  Rabbis Mordechai Gutnick, Avraham Kievman and Yaakov Barber were appointed for a further term of 2 years.

COSV is the peak roof body for all orthodox synagogues across Melbourne and has been in existence for over 40 years.

The new vibrant Board is looking at ways to raise the profile and awareness of the COSV organisation in order to ensure a better, more pro active service to the Shules and Melbourne Jewish community.


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