JEWISH businessman and philanthropist Harry Triguboff was the honoured guest and 85-year-old “birthday boy” at Yeshiva’s gala dinner, attended by 850 people at Sydney’s International Convention Centre on February 27.
A plaque was presented to Triguboff – a long-time Yeshiva supporter and owner of its Flood Street site – that confirmed the entire Yeshiva complex would be renamed The Harry Triguboff Centre.
Yeshiva CEO Rabbi Dovid Slavin told The AJN that Triguboff probably had an inkling that something extra may be on the cards for him that evening, but didn’t know what.
“He did not know about the plaque, and that it would be revealed that night,” Rabbi Slavin said. “That was a nice moment, and he then said some very, very warm words about the Centre’s work – how for him, it’s a charitable organisation that’s different from others.
“He thanked all the staff, volunteers, parents and supporters involved in the school, the kitchen, the synagogue and the mikvah.”
In his own speech, Rabbi Slavin said of Triguboff, “Putting aside all his other achievements in life, to me [and Yeshiva], Harry is a real mentor and teacher.”
Triguboff, meanwhile, hosted his own glamorous birthday party last week at the Hyatt Regency, headlined by singer-songwriter Delta Goodrem, and attended by the likes of Frank Lowy, John Gandel, Lindsay Fox and former prime minister John Howard.