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President Weekly Message 27th July 2018

President’s Report:

Shabbat shalom,

As some of you will be aware, last week we were notified of the IGA at St Ives closing its doors to make way for a new store and the Coles at Chatswood will no longer stock kosher meat.  For the local Jewish community and the staff that were employed by IGA this is of course a shock and inconvenience.  If you would like to join us in contacting Coles and raising awareness of this issue – please complete the follow steps.


1. Please copy and paste the text below in italics either on the facebook page or in the Feedback form for Coles and then send it to them.

2. Facebook Link and  website listed below:

Facebook link is

Coles website is and scroll down to fill in the Feedback form. Choose the Chatswood Chase store.

To the NSW Manager,

It has come to my attention that Coles has purchased the IGA St Ives NSW store and the store will be closed for refurbishment at the end of Aug 2018 for around 2 months. I understand that the existing staff will end working at this time. 

This store closure will result in the fantastic kosher product range and in-house kosher bakery not being available for the local Jewish community and in fact, those on the North Shore of Sydney who use this facility. This is a major issue and inconvenience to those who observe kosher laws in order to practice their Judaism. 

Can you advise if the kosher facilities like the bakery and other processed goods including kosher meat will be available once the new store reopens? 

I urge you to consider keeping this kosher facility and its associated product range open for the greater Jewish community. Our local Synagogue uses this facility every week with orders for cakes, bread, sushi, processed goods to name a few items ordered regularly.

I look forward to your positive response, can you please advise me within the next week of what Coles expects to be doing with this current kosher facility.

It has also come to our attention that the Coles Chatswood Chase store will no longer be stocking kosher meat as of 24/7/2018. As a consumer and regular customer, I request you consider reinstating this important service at this store for those kosher consumers. If this cannot be done as a regular line then perhaps, the opportunity for kosher consumers to order online with the store or as an alternative, they could ring the meat manager and order directly on a regular basis for pickup instore. If you are receiving stock locally or from interstate then surely there is no reason why kosher meat cannot be included on a regular basis too. Please advise re this request and the meat closure at this store.

President Weekly Message 20th July 2018

President’s Report:

Shabbat Shalom

Next week looks like it’s going to be a busy one with much happening within our shule.

Starting on Wednesday 25th July will be our first training evening with CSG and I invite you all to join me in building an understanding of safety and security within our local community. The program will be facilitated by CSG starting at 6.30pm running for approximately 1 hour. This will be part one of a six week program, with the remaining sessions occurring weekly on a Thursday at Masada College.  All sessions are free, and open to anyone involved in our Community (aged over 18), and no prior knowledge is required. To register for the free program please send an email to me:, providing your full name, date of birth and contact number.

The other big event is of course our famous whisky night! next Thursday evening, why not join us for some delicious whisky and some great company as we learn about whiskies from across the world.  The evening will be hosted by a whisky connoisseur who has promised some very special and different tastes from across the world. Jump on the website for more information and to book one of the last remaining seats!

If you can’t make either of these events, don’t stress! Our regular Shabbat services will kick off from Friday evening for your weekly dose of spiritual uplifting!

I look forward to seeing you at shule,


President Weekly Message 13th July 2018

President’s Report:

Shabbat Shalom!

Two weeks ago Matt Zwi and I attended a meeting with representatives from synagogues across the North Shore, to review security and safety procedures.  The meeting was organised by the Community Security Group (CSG) who is responsible for the safety and security of the NSW Jewish Community and for providing advice and any necessary protection to the NSW Jewish Community, its synagogues, schools, events and institutions. Cremorne Synagogue works closely with CSG and its volunteers who you may have met when attending services.

In partnership with CSG, Masada College and all Synagogues on the North Shore, the board has decided to support a security training program to ensure that our members, families and friends are briefed, understand the current threat environment, are resilient and share responsibility for the safety and security of our community. The program will be facilitated by highly trained and experienced instructors from the CSG and will cover basic areas of security awareness, self-defence, personal safety, emergency procedures and much more.

Training sessions will occur once a week for a total of 6 weeks, beginning on Wednesday 25th July 2018 at 7.30pm at Cremorne Synagogue, with the remaining sessions occurring weekly on a Thursday at Masada College (for the remaining five weeks) –all sessions are free, and open to anyone involved in our Community (aged over 18), and no prior knowledge is required.

To register for the free program please send an email to me:, providing your full name, date of birth and contact number.

I hope you have all had a great week and look forward to seeing you this Shabbat.


President Weekly Message 30th June 2018

President’s Message:

Well the special day has finally arrived for Jack and Thomas with a double barmitzvah celebration happening this Shabbat! Join us this week in shule, as we call both boys up to the Torah and honour one of the most special traditions in our faith.  I look forward to celebrating alongside both sets of parents and hope to see you there!

This week is also your last chance to vote Dina in the Westfield Local Heroes campaign.  If you haven’t voted yet, please make sure you do before Sunday to ensure we give Dina the best chance possible to win!

Finally, registrations are now open for our annual Whisky tasting evening.  If you have not been to one of these events before, then you are truly missing out! This is hands down, my favourite event of the year and this time will be bigger and better than ever. I can promise a range of delicious whisky, some tasty cheeses and some awesome company.  Visit our website now for details on how to book and secure your place at the tasting table.

Until next time,

Shabbat Shalom


President Weekly Message 22nd June 2018

President’s Message:

What a busy and exciting week for our shule and in particular Chaim and Dina!

I am sure by now you have heard of the fantastic news surrounding our Rebbetzin Dina who has been nominated and shortlisted as a ‘Westfield Local Hero’ and now we need your help to secure first place! We are all very aware of the HUGE contribution that Dina makes to the spirit of our synagogue, as well as to the general community.  Voting lines are now officially open for the ‘Westfield Local Hero’ and close on 1st July.

How to vote:

Select: Chastwood
Enter: Your name and email then click Submit
Share: Far and wide (the more votes the better)

And finally this week is of course Chaim’s birthday celebration. I invite you all to attend and share in the celebrations this Shabbat. I have been privy to some of the planning and have no doubt you are in for a special treat this weekend.

I hope you have all had a great week,

Shabbat Shalom


President Weekly Message 15th June 2018

President’s Message:

This week marked the first meeting of the board and I am delighted to report that progress is already underway for a number of exciting projects.  As these projects commence, I have come to appreciate the unique and diverse range of skills and experience that are based within our own community.  It has also made me think, are there hidden experts in the community that I am not aware of.

Is this you?

Do you have experience in digital media? Are you a website superstar? Are you a photographer or videographer, a designer or musician? Whatever you may be an expert at, I would love to hear from you!

You can always reach me by email ( or, why not stop by shule this Shabbat and say hello in person?

I hope you have all had a great week,

Shabbat Shalom


President Weekly Message 8th June 2018

President’s Message:

This week has been a busy one, with Rabbi Chaim and I enjoying our first official planning meeting. After almost three hours of intense discussion, I left with a note pad full of exciting ideas and events that we hope to bring to the community later this year.  Stay tuned and make sure you regularly check our Facebook page and website for some exciting updates coming soon.

In other news, why not come and celebrate with us this Shabbat?

This coming Shabbat is sure to be a party, as we celebrate Garry Hyman’s Barmtizvah anniversary.  I always enjoy special days like this – you can feel the warmth, positivity and energy in the air and I have no doubt this Shabbat will be the same.

Finally, I want to say a big thank you for all of the kind messages and emails I have received over the past week.  I am so grateful for your support and look forward to exceeding your expectations over the coming months.

Until next time,

Shabbat shalom

President Weekly Message 1st June 2018

President’s Message:

Following on from last Sunday’s AGM, this week’s newsletter update will be my first as President and as such, I thought I would take this opportunity to say a few words.

Firstly I must acknowledge John and Jane for their leadership of our community over the past two years. As it was reported at our AGM, the shule is in a strong position and I believe this is a testament to the structure encouraged by John, as well as, the work of the Board and Rabbi over the past twelve months. Thank you John for all of your hard work and I wish you nothing but the safest of travels for your upcoming road trip.

I think it is equally important to acknowledge some changes occurring at board level with Garry Hyman and Simon Zelas stepping down and Sarah Ginges stepping up.  Both Garry and Simon have been a core part of the board over many years and although they are stepping down, both have agreed to assist with ongoing projects.

With Matt Zwi and I both commencing new executive roles, we are not naive in acknowledging there is much work ahead.  I can honestly say rather than feeling daunted or overwhelmed, we are both so excited to get started and look forward to what the future holds for our community.  Together with the support of an experienced board, we will endeavour to push the boundaries on what is possible.

Personally, I feel honoured to join the list of some of the most inspirational and dedicated members of our shule.  I hope like them, I am able to leave a memorable mark on this community. I really hope you all feel comfortable to approach me with ideas, concerns, questions (or jokes) as my digital door is always open.

Until next week,