Temporary Shtiebl at Lyndhurst

November 2, 2009 by Geoffrey Zygier
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The Jewish Community of Victoria is happy to announce that a temporary shtiebel has been erected at Lyndhurst cemetery and will likely be ready for use by the end of this month.

New shtiebl

New shtiebl

President of the JCCV, John Searle, said: “During the past year, the JCCV received numerous complaints from members of the Victorian Jewish community about the conditions at Lyndhurst.  Acting on the complaints, Geoffrey Zygier and I met with the trustees of Melbourne Chevra Kadisha which has responsibility for the operations of this facility.

While recognising that certain issues were beyond MCK’s control, I impressed upon trustees that it was particularly unacceptable for mourners to attend outdoor services in Melbourne’s variable climate at such a trying time.  I have stayed in constant touch with MCK president Mr Myer Herszberg to ensure that progress took place.  I am hence pleased that this building will be available for what will apparently be a long, hot summer.

The temporary shtiebel contains a main hall, a separate room for Cohanim, heating, cooling and bathroom amenities for men and women including disabled facilities.  I will remain in regular contact with Mr Herszberg to ensure that progress continues and I look forward to the erection of a first class permanent structure in the near future.”

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