Senior members of the Rabbinical Council of Victoria (RCV) Executive, together with Mr David Southwick MP and Mr Isaac Teller, President of the COSV, met yesterday with the Premier of Victoria, the Hon Dr Denis Napthine and the Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship, the Hon Mathew Guy MLC.
The meeting, a long standing tradition, was an opportunity for the Rabbis to bless the State of Victoria preceding the Jewish New Year.
The meeting was also an opportunity to discuss areas of mutual concern and to thank the Premier for the ongoing support of his office and Minister Guy for the support of the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship (OMAC).
The Premier expressed his appreciation of the RCV for its religious leadership in the community and reaffirmed his government’s commitment to the safety and security of the local Jewish community and to Israel.
Rabbi Daniel Rabin, Vice President of the RCV spoke about the forthcoming High Holydays and blessed all Victorians and Australians with a Good and Sweet New Year.
Both the Premier and Rabbi Rabin acknowledged the contribution that Mr David Southwick MP has made to his community, to the government and to the State of Victoria.
The meeting concluded with the commitment to an ongoing mutually beneficial relationship between the Premier and the RCV, as the religious representatives of the Jewish Community.
Rabbi Rabin was delighted with the outcome of the meeting. “It was a great honour for the RCV to meet with the State’s Premier prior to the Jewish New Year for the eighth year running now. Mr Napthine has been extremely supportive of the important and crucial work that the RCV provides to the Jewish community of Victoria. We look forward to a continued strong and close relationship with the Premier’s office.”