Senior Rabbis from across Australia travelled today to the Nation’s Capital to meet with Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
The Rabbis, from the Organization of Rabbis of Australasia, met with the Prime Minister in his office to discuss opportunities to build bridges between Government and the religious leadership of the Country.
President of ORA, Rabbi Meir Shlomo Kluwgant, thanked the Prime Minister personally, and offered the religious leadership’s deep appreciation for his ongoing and unwavering support for Israel and the Australian Jewish Community.
Religious issues relevant to the Australian Rabbinate were discussed and a specially inscribed Menorah was presented to the Prime Minister on behalf of ORA.
Following the meeting a hearty lunch was held at the Chabad ACT HQ in Giralang at which discussions were held regarding contemporary Halachic issues facing the Australian Jewish community. The lunch was catered by Canberra Kosher (which operates under the auspices of Chabad ACT).
Rabbi Shmueli Feldman, Chairman of Chabad ACT, said “It was heartwarming to witness firsthand the friendship and respect which the Prime Minister afforded the Rabbis and by extension the communities which we represent. It was also a historic day to host such an esteemed gathering of Rabbis here in Canberra and to have a minyan of Rabbonim in our Shul.”