Today in liquidation but hope for South Head’s future

July 21, 2017 by J-Wire Staff
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Sydney’s South Head Synagogue is now in liquidation and its members will have to wait until the next episode is played out in this real-life community drama.

James Hockroth Photo: Henry Benjamin/J-Wire

J-Wire understands with a liquidator being appointed, the board is no longer operative.

The president before this morning’s meeting James Hochroth told J-Wire “We all hoped that this past year could have been a period of renewal and recovery. The synagogue had incurred trading losses of over $1 million during the past 6-7 years. There was an overwhelmingly strong desire for rabbinical renewal to stem the loss of members, but Rabbi Milecki was unwilling to seriously entertain this idea.

The shul ran out of money and was closed by the administrator 10 days ago. Sadly, this morning a liquidator was appointed to the company.

Given the closeness, strength and vibrancy of our congregation we hope to stay together, rebuild and renew.”

James Hochroth also told J-Wire that the liquidator has terminated Rabbi Milecki’s employment.




4 Responses to “Today in liquidation but hope for South Head’s future”
  1. Ingrid Naumburger says:


  2. Joe Weinstein says:

    Indeed it’s Pathetic.

    Parties on both sides will have to bear the Shame for always !

    • Rafi Plotkin says:

      Joe I think that the intransigence and arrogance of rabbi milecki is where 90 % of the shame will lie.

  3. Joe Weinstein says:

    Good afternoon,

    This is a very sad & disappointing moment for the entire community.
    The President & Board are Dismised; just as true Rabbi was dismissed

    I point you to the closing statement to the recent Supreme Court Judgement.
    It is very unfortunate that this saga has not ended and (I have no doubt that) more battles will commence and unfortunately more money will be lost from the community at a gain to the Liquidator (and at the advantage of a few Lawyers). It is also very obvious that the cost of the Administration and the “illegal” dismissal is likely to be challenged & “someone” will have to pay for that (foolish) mistake.

    Blame whoever you like. However, it would have been so simple just to follow the Rule of Law & the obvious; Which was clearly conditioned within the Contract between the Shule & the rabbi.

    Shabbat Shalom.

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