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state premier opens women’s library

New South Wales State Premier Barry O’Farrell has opened the Rebbetzin Jana Gottshall Memorial Library in the National Council of Jewish Women of Australia’s premises in Sydney.

Introduced by the NCJWA [NSW] president Viki Nadel, the Premier spoke of the work of the Council and its long history with Rebbetzin Gottshall. 

OFarrell.jpgHe said: “It gives me very much pleasure to join you today to remember someone who was a true Eshet Chayil–a true woman of worth—Rebbetzin Gottshall, of whom we all hold deep and everlasting memories. And I’m also pleased to be back here at Council House. I’ve attended so many events— including your 85th anniversary dinner—that I feel like I am at home with friends here. 

"I’ve always admired the wonderful work of NCJW. Yours is an organisation which I can easily single out for high accolades among our State’s numerous voluntary community groups. The foresight and vision of Dr Fanny Reading in establishing such a worthy organisation is reflected in the outstanding diversity in your activities. Activities that benefit all Australians, supporting Jewish and non-Jewish causes, while advancing the status of women."

Pictured are (l-r) Premier Barry O'Farrell, Eva Wittenberg and Alex Gottshall