Temporary Shtiebl at Lyndhurst
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.
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.”