Counting our blessings

Counting our blessings

While COA never shut down during the lockdowns, ensuring everyone had access to everything they needed, finally activities are back!

COA’s Krygier Centre activities are back, and everyone is smiling again behind our masks!

We’ve reported over the last 18 months on how COA never really shut down during the lockdown, where we provided members and friends with help at home, food programs, and social connection through regular phone calls and Zoom events. COA’s army of volunteers delivered these services and they have worked indefatigably to ensure everyone who needed support received it.

But finally, the community comes face to face again at COA’s Krygier Centre.

Chanukah this year will not just represent the Jewish people coming back from the brink of extinction to a time of religious freedom, it will also represent a return to freedom for residents of NSW as we can once again congregate indoors together, with COVID safety measures in place. So here is COA’s Chanukah message to all those older seniors, and to younger people with parents and grandparents looking for ways to reconnect with peers in the community: COME TO COA!

Over six days each week, small and large group activities are running at the COA Centre, and all you need to do is book your place and your transport needs. We encourage everyone to get involved with COA, recommend it to your friends over 65, and experience what social connection in a Jewish context is like – warm, loving, and fulfilling.

Our annual Chanukah party to be held on December 1 will be COA’s first large-scale event since the most recent lockdown. The celebration will feature first-class entertainment from Klezmer group The Glassbreakers featuring Ilan Kidron, Ben Adler and Harry Sutherland, a three-course luncheon, lighting of the Chanukiah by Rabbi Mendel Kastel OAM, and COA’s famous Chanukah raffle.

For more information, visit or call 02 9389 0035.

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