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The ANZAC Centenary Commemorative Service

The ANZAC Centenary Commemorative Service

The ANZAC Centenary Commemorative Service of the NSW Jewish Community

You are cordially invited…

The Jewish community has a long and proud involvement with Australia’s military campaigns. Approximately 1,800 Australian Jews served in the First World War, of whom some 200 made the supreme sacrifice: 40 in the Gallipoli Campaign. One Australian Jew, Corporal Leonard Keysor, was awarded the Victoria Cross for his exceptional bravery at Lone Pine and Sir John Monash also served on Gallipoli as a Brigadier, before going to the Western Front where he made a huge contribution to the struggle for freedom and the ANZAC tradition.

At that time, The Great Synagogue was a focal point of the Jewish community in Australia and Rabbi Cohen gave many patriotic sermons exhorting Jews to enlist, not least as an expression of gratitude to the young country that had provided a safe haven and a home. Since then, a number of our rabbis have been amongst several ADF Jewish Chaplains.

You are invited to attend this historic event that will highlight the Jewish contribution to our great ANZAC tradition and will be conducted in the magnificent sanctuary, connected directly to that tradition.

This is a prestigious service, organised in conjunction with the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies and the NSW Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women that will be attended by several distinguished guests, including His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales, the Prime Minister and the NSW Premier and members of the wider community.

Bookings are essential (no charge). To book and for further details, please visit the following website

I look forward to seeing you at the special commemorative service.

Justice Stephen Rothman AM
President, The Great Synagogue