NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet recently attended the Moriah Foundation’s annual member cocktail party, where he spoke about learning from past mistakes.
The function was hosted by Judy and Steven Lowy on February 14 – 80 years to the day since Moriah first opened its doors.
Perrottet addressed his 21st birthday party Nazi outfit, noting that his terrible mistake has inspired him to promote education, particularly in young people.
“The evils of the past can happen again if we don’t continue to remind people of that evil and promote a tolerant and accepting society,” he said.
The Premier went on to share his support for parental choice and independent, faith-based schooling, and stressed the importance of parent involvement.
“It is the parents, not the teachers, who are the first educators of our children,” he said.
“Our role as parents is to ensure that schools like Moriah can continue to grow from strength to strength.
“Academics are important, but what’s more important is character and values, and that’s what you get in a Moriah education. The fact that generations of families have come to Moriah is a testament to the success of the school.”
Perrottet also answered questions from the audience, sharing his reflections on a range of topics including the upcoming election, immigration, energy prices, education, Israel and antisemitism.
Foundation president Judy Lowy said: “It was exactly 80 years ago, on 14 February 1943, that the college officially opened its doors as the North Bondi Hebrew Day School and Kindergarten. And 80 years later to the day, we are coming together with you – our major supporters and benefactors – to thank you for your generosity and support that is enabling us to continue to realise the vision, dreams and aspirations of our founders that led to the establishment of Moriah College.
“In the last 80 years, our school has grown from a handful of students to approximately 1700 children each year, and today Moriah is the largest Jewish day school in Australia. We should be extremely proud that not only are we a school delivering academic excellence to our brightest children, but we are a community school here to educate and embrace children of the full range of academic and non-academic ability.”
Lowy thanked Foundation members for continuing to invest in every generation of Sydney’s Jewish children and expressed her deep appreciation to the late Maadi Einfeld z”l, wife of John Einfeld z”l, for recently leaving a gift in her will to Moriah, enabling more children to receive a Moriah education.
For information about the Moriah Foundation visit themoriahfoundation.org.au or contact them on firstname.lastname@example.org.