On Wednesday November 11 COA held a small but heartfelt Remembrance Day at the COA Centre.

We started by taking a closer look at General Sir John Monash, a civil engineer who rose to command Australia’s 13th Infantry Brigade before the first world war, and then, shortly after its outbreak, he became commander of the 4th Brigade in Egypt, with whom he took part in the Gallipoli campaign. To this day Monash is considered one of the best allied generals of the WW1 and is the most famous commander in Australian history, and it seemed most appropriate to honour his memory as we honoured the memory of our 

At 11:11 a minutes silence was held, and a short ceremony took place with COA Board members reciting a reading from Isiah 2.4, the Call to Remembrance, and the Ode. 

After our service was complete it seemed appropriate for us to take a moment to honour Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, former chief rabbi of the UK from 1991 to 2013, who has been taken from us last Shabbat (7 November) at the age of 72. Rabbi Sacks was widely accepted as an ambassador for the Jewish community in the UK and was well respected by many in both the Jewish and non-Jewish world. He wrote numerous books on Jewish thought, tolerance, extremism, commentaries on Jewish liturgy, as well as producing a documentary series, and hosting a website rabbisacks.org where he expresses his unwavering trust and hope in faith, particularly Judaism.

Finally we recalled the horrors of Kristallnacht two days after its anniversary by replaying an online event hosted by the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, featuring a discussion between Joanna Kowalski and therapist, speaker, author, and Auschwitz survivor Dr Edith Eger.

Our sincere thanks go to:

  • CEO Rachel Tanny for being Master of Ceremonies
  • Adam Leizer of Moriah College for graciously agreeing to play both the Last Post and Reveille for us.
  • George Boski for loaning us his impressive collection of stamps commemorating the armed forces and Gallipoli.
  • The COA Board members - Vice President Ilona Lee AM, Ben Politzer and Allen Rosenberg, who consented to be part of the service.
  • The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies for  allowing us to reply their Kristallnacht event from Monday 9th November