Sydney Unites Honoring Rabbi Groner OB”M.
The passing of the man who changed the face of Australia last week, Rabbi Yitzchok Dovid Groner OB”M, had ripple effects on the distant Sydney Jewish community.
In association with the end of the shiva, a major gathering and memorial service took place where flocks of people came to express their appreciation to, and remember, this great leader.
The event was arranged by the Sydney Anash community, the Tzemach Tzedek Community Centre, in conjunction with Chabad Lubavitch Yeshiva Centre. They all paid their respects to, a giant of a man in more ways than one. The event took place at the Adass Yisroel Ashkenaz community shul, followed by a grand Yud Gimmel Tammuz farbrengen in the adjacent Tzemach Tzedek shul.
The evening of tribute to Rabbi Groner was attended by many from close and far, who came to show their gratitude to a man who made all feel as equals. Small, big, rich and poor were all treated with the same warmth and love when standing in front of a man who exemplified what a Shliach of the Rebbe should be.
Rabbis from all over Sydney, invcluding the Stropkever Rebbe shlita, came together to pay their respects, with a night of learning, Tehillim and words of chizzuk l’illui nishmas Rabbi Groner OB”M.
Rabbi Yossi Feldman (son of Rabbi Pinchus Feldman, Head Shaliach of Sydney,who was unable to come due to his health condition) and Rabbi Yosef Braun, Rov of Tzemach Tzedek learnt together with the crowd a few mishnahs, while the respected Rabbis were called up to lead the recital of Tehillim.
Two special guests came from afar to honour the event: Rabbi Telsner, Dayan of the Yeshivah Centre in Melbourne, and Rabbi Minkowitz, Principal of the Beis Rivkah, Montreal and one of the first of the shluchim sent by the Rebbe to Melbourne, addressed the audience with words of chizzuk and stories of Rabbi Groner. No matter which background one is from, he knows that Australia will never be the same without the watchful eye of this extraordinary man.
Afterwards, Rabbi Telsner and Rabbi Minkowitz led a farbrengen in honour of 12-13 Tammuz, well attended by over 250 people. The connection between the life of Rabbi Groner and the message of 12-13 Tammuz is not very difficult to find, as the Rabbis expressed the necessity for every one of us to find our way to express the Mesirus Nefesh and Ahavas Yisroel that characterised the life and demands of the Frierdiker Rebbe, something that Rabbi Groner practiced on a daily basis.
Photos By: Shmuli Tuvel