Councillors, Rabbis, communal lay leaders, council staff and friends joined together at Sydney’s Waverley Council to celebrate upcoming Chanukah.
Hosted jointly by Mayor Sally Betts, Waverley Council and the Yeshiva Centre – Chabad NSW Headquarters,
Formalities began with a joint welcome and introduction by council executive Jeanette Kearney and Rabbi Elimelech Levy of Chabad Youth NSW. the Mayor Cr Sally Betts was invited to light the Shamash – Center candle – and spoke about the wonderful community of Waverley and the cohesive and united bond amongst all the various religions and cultures living together. Cr Betts spoke of
proud and long-standing relationship with Chabad NSW and of the important work it does and role it plays in today’s society noting Rabbi Pinchus Feldman, Dean and Spiritual Leader of the Yeshiva Centre and Rabbi Dr Dovid Slavin, Executive Director of Yeshiva College and Our Big Kitchen as examples of communal stalwarts and selfless individuals who are helping to make the world a better place.
Rabbi Pinchus Feldman spoke of one of the many messages of Chanukah in being a light onto others and also onto oneself. Rabbi Feldmans powerful and inspirational words left people requesting copies of his notes to be used on further occasions.
Following the traditional lighting ceremony led by the Mayor and Rabbi Feldman, the young and talented grandson of the Rabbi, Chaim Feldman of yeshiva College Bondi, sang a melodious rendition of the familiar Maoz Tzur hymn.