Menorah lit in Victorian parliament

December 8, 2015 by J-Wire Staff
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The Chanukah Menorah has been lit in Victoria’s Parliament House in Melbourne.

David Southwick

Mariam Wylie, Rabbi Yitzhok Reisenberg, David Southwick, James Merlino and Rabbi Chaim Herzog

David Southwick MP, member for Caulfield  introduced chazan Didi Levin and the Central Shul Choir which sang Chanukah songs together with “Advance Australia Fair” and a South African rendition of “Shehechiyanu”.

James Merlino and Rabbi Chaim Herzog

James Merlino and Rabbi Chaim Herzog

Deputy Leader of the Labor Party and Minister for Education James Merlino addressed the event together with Myriam Wylie, the French consul-general who spoke about the devastating acts of terrorism who which took place in Paris on the thirteenth of November. Helen Kapalos, presenter on a “Current Affair” was amongst the dignitaries.

This year’s Chanukah program was presented in conjunction with Central Shul Chabad and its Minister Rabbi Yitzchok Reisenberg who gave the vote of thanks to the audience among whom were Herald-Sun social columnist Lillian Frank, Mrs. Stera Gutnick, wife of the well-known philanthropist Joseph Gutnick. Mrs. Gutnick is well-known in her own right for the Jewish educational programs that she organises such as Women of Valour.

Rabbi Reisenberg in his thank you made special mention of MP  and MC David Southwick, member of Caulfield and relentless helper for Jewish causes and Rabbi Chaim Herzog for his ceaseless commitment to the city community.

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