David Knoll AM past president of NSW Jewish Board of Deputies officiated on behalf of the Board of Deputies and conveyed the warm wishes and support of the Sydney Chevra Kadisha, which is a charitable organisation established to facilitate Jewish burials.
Also attending were 33 other people, from J.O.S.H. (Jews of The Shoalhaven), the Jewish groups in both Wollongong (KEVA) and the Southern Highlands, and from Sydney.
The joyous event was followed by afternoon tea and community chat in the small cafeteria at the cemetery.
The consecration of grave sites has been a project of J.O.S.H., the local Jewish community led by Deanne Rosenthal, for many years.
The necessary formal arrangements were given a boost during 2019 by the present Shoalhaven Council’s manager of the cemetery, Pamela Green, who realised the grave sites previously identified for Jewish burials were almost all taken.
Pamela has been responsible for most of the planning and implementation needed to establish the new sites, in consultation with (primarily) David Knoll.