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Rabbonim Meet with Aussie PM

Chabad ACT hosts delegation of Rabbis in Canberra who met with the Australian Prime Minister

Senior Rabbis from across Australia travelled today to the Nation's Capital to meet with The Prime Minister, the Honourable Tony Abbott MP.


The Rabbis, from the Organisation 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."

In the Rabbi's group picture with the Prime Minister from right to left: Rabbi Shmueli Feldman, Rabbi Yaakov Glasman, Rabbi Pinchus Feldman, Rabbi Meir Shlomo Kluwgant, Prime Minister The Honourable Tony Abbott MP, Rabbi Yehoram Ulman, Rabbi Moshe Gutnick, Rabbi Chaim Ingram and Rabbi Paul Lewin.

The Minyan of Rabbis who attended the lunch (lunch with Rabbonim pic) from right to left: Rabbi Zalman Raskin, Rabbi Chaim Ingram, Rabbi Yaakov Glasman, Rabbi Shmueli Feldman, Rabbi Meir Shlomo Kluwgant, Rabbi Pinchus Feldman, Rabbi Yehoram Ulman, Rabbi Paul Lewin, Rabbi Moshe Gutnick, Rabbi Alon Meltzer,

Photo credits: Sithu Tin-Aung.

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