Municipal Pesach

April 3, 2009 by J-Wire Staff
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120 mayors and councillors from across New South Wales gathered at a unique Passover dinner this week.

from l Kogarah Mayor Nickolas Valvaris, Shoalhaven Mayor Paul Green, Gosford Mayor Christopjer Holstein, Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller, Ryde Councillor Vic Tagg, Local Government Minister Barbara Perry, NSWJBD President Robin Margo, North Sydney Mayor Genia McCaffery, Leichardt Mayor Jamie Parker

from l Kogarah Mayor Nickolas Valvaris, Shoalhaven Mayor Paul Green, Gosford Mayor Christopher Holstein, Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller, Ryde Councillor Vic Tagg, Local Government Minister Barbara Perry, NSWJBD President Robin Margo, North Sydney Mayor Genia McCaffery, Leichardt Mayor Jamie Parker

Local Government Minister Barbara Perry was guest of honour at the unprecedented event, held in Randwick Town Hall on April 1.

Organised by the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, the Local Government Passover Dinner included the Mayors of North Sydney, Ryde, Kogarah, Gosford, Shoalhaven, Liverpool, Leichhardt, Waverley, Randwick, Woollahra and Botany Bay.

Guests enjoyed an evening of discussion, ritual, music and dancing as they participated in a contemporary celebration of Passover, led by Board of Deputies education manager Lynda Ben Menashe. The function featured personal stories of freedom by Elias Farah from the Australian Federal Police; Dai Le, Community Relations Co-ordinator for the NSW Liberal Party; and Holocaust survivor Olga Horak.  \

NSW Jewish Board of Deputies CEO Vic Alhadeff: “We celebrated our lives of freedom in this great state. And we did so through the prism of Jewish history, which serves as a microcosm of the migrant experience to Australia, and of the importance of overcoming racism and taking our place among the family of communities which make up this great country.”

The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies has previously held Passover Dinners for the trade unions, interfaith leaders and educators.

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