Crisis meeting in Adelaide

December 17, 2009 by Henry Benjamin
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The Board of Adelaide’s Massada College is in a crisis meeting with the South Australian government in a bid to stop the closure of the school.

The Government is willing to extend financial support for the primary school if the community members are seen to make an appropriate contribution.

In a plea to the Australian Jewish community, Bet Shalom Rabbi Shoshanna Kaminsky has asked every concerned citizen to contribute $18 towards the campaign to save the school.

An emergency meeting was held last night in the South Australian capital which raised $30,000 with pledges for an additional $50,000.

Norman Schueler   pic: Henry Benjamin

Norman Schueler pic: Henry Benjamin

Norman Schueler, the president of the Jewish Community Council of South Australia, told J-Wire: “More than 80 members of the community turned up to the meeting and the spirit to save the school is very strong.”

Also attending the meeting were Robert Goot, the president of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, Len Hain, the Executive Director of the Australian Council of Jewish Schools and Melbourne’s St Kilda ShuleRabbi Philip Heilbrunn, who served as Rabbi of the Adelaide Hebrew Congregation more than six years and whose daughter Adina was born in the city.

Schueler told J-Wire: “It’s highly likely the rabbis would have stayed with us had we had a Jewish school through to university level…but it is unlikely that he would have remained in Adelaide at all had there been no Massada.”

As school president Yuval Yaron continues negotiations with the government, Schueler hopes that members of the wider Australian kehilah will heed Rabbi Kaminsky’s appeal for help.

Funds can be deposited by EFT to:  Council for Jewish Education in Schools  BSB 085-232  A/c: 0486 89310

email: savemassada@live.com.au for a receipt.

Massada College has served Adelaide for more than 30 years.

Comments

2 Responses to “Crisis meeting in Adelaide”
  1. avi -jacob says:

    another success of chubbad and an irresponsible bait din

  2. Emes says:

    How can we donate? The report seems to have cut off half way…

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