The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies and Kehillat Masada Synagogue co-hosted a unique Shabbat Dinner at Kehillat Masada, with 140 leaders attending from across the full spectrum of society, including federal and state Members of Parliament, mayors, education, faith and community leaders.
Guests were welcomed by synagogue president Howard Sher and taken on an informative tour by Rabbi Gad Krebs, after which they attended the Sabbath service and sat down to a Shabbat dinner.
Participants included Member for Bradfield Paul Fletcher MP, Member for Berowra Phillip Ruddock MP, Member for Ku-ring-gai Alister Henskens SC MP, Member for Davidson Jonathan O’Dea MP, Scott Farlow MLC, Ku-ring-gai Mayor Jennifer Anderson and Ku-ring-gai Councillor David Ossip.
They also included representatives of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Australia, Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay, Chinese Australian Forum, Chinese Australian Services Society, Frenchs Forest Catholic Parish, Holy Name Catholic Parish, IABBV Hindi School, the Liberal Party, Lindfield Community Bank, Macquarie University, Our Lady of Dolours Catholic Parish, Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral Parish, Peter Canisius House, St Ives Family Church, St Ives Lions Club, St Ives Rugby Club, St Ives Uniting Church and numerous officials from public and private schools.
Guests were welcomed at the dinner by Board of Deputies Community Relations Committee chair Julian Leeser, who urged all present to work together in the interests of an inclusive society. He said “This Shabbat dinner is an opportunity for the north shore Jewish community to invite the civil and political leadership of the local area to understand more about community. It is something that we probably have not done enough of in the past.”
Closing the evening, Board of Deputies CEO Vic Alhadeff said: “We have the opportunity to work in tandem towards our shared goal of building a harmonious and inclusive society. This reflects the values of all the organisations represented at this event and mirrors the core Jewish belief that is captured in the Hebrew expression Tikkun Olam, which translates as `Healing The World’.”