Flight Lieutenant Rabbi Friedman to participate at Anzac Day service

April 11, 2019 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Maroubra Synagogue’s Rabbi Yossi Friedman has been invited to participate in the Bondi Beach Dawn Service on Anzac Day 25 April.

Rabbi Yossi Friedman

Rabbi Yossi Friedman holds the rank of Flight Lieutenant in the Royal Australian Air Force.

In what is believed to be a first official Jewish participation in an Eastern Suburbs Anzac Commemoration, Rabbi Friedman will give the benediction and a short preamble.

Rabbi Yossi became a Chaplain to the Royal Australian Air Force in 2013.

Rabbi Yossi said that participating in the Anzac Dawn Service means a great deal to him.

He said: “A significant number of Jewish servicemen fought in WWI and in all wars since. With the additional knowledge that I follow a long line of Jewish Chaplains (there was a Jewish Chaplain at Gallipoli), I feel deeply humbled and honoured to be actively participating in such a significant service, on Australia’s most auspicious day of remembrance.”

Rabbi Friedman served at Central Synagogue Bondi and Cremorne Synagogue before accepting the positions of Chief Minister at Kingsford Maroubra Hebrew Congregation and College Rabbi to Mount Sinai College. He is married with three children.

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