Hobart Hebrew Congregation. Hobart Hebrew Congregation is the reason why we came to visit Hobart and Tasmania. It is Friday evening, October 9, 1999. Friday evening is the start of the Jewish Sabbath. We have come here for Friday night services which are held twice weekly at this 150+ year old synagogue, the only one in Tasmania and the oldest one in all of Australia.
I had written to this synagogue to inquire about a penpal in 1984. I got an answer from Amelie Rauner, the secretary of the synagogue. She said that she would try to find one for me. She became my penpal and visited with her sister in the early '90's here in Wildwood, Illinois. We returned the favor by visiting Amelie and Ruth, her sister in 1999.
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