In Australia, Adelaide's District Court of South Australia finds itself in the middle of a dispute between the Adelaide Hebrew Congregation the synagogue's rabbi. This week, AJN and Adelaide Now report on developments. The congregation is attempting to dismiss Rabbi Yossi Engel while the rabbi claims that he has tenure in his position. Last week, the District Court found that Engel's contract had expired on December 31. Last Friday police were called to the synagogue after a noisy confrontation between Engel and two women were who packing up his office. Meanwhile the Sydney Beth Din (Jewish religious court) has called for the controversy to be submitted to it for resolution.
Now the District Court has issued a restraining order barring the rabbi from conducting services at the synagogue, even though Engle says that the Sydney Beth Din has issued an order determining that he is still rabbi of the congregation. Rabbi Engel's lawyer, Bernard O'Brien, says that the rabbi has a religious duty to conduct services, so that the court may be faced with the prospect of ordering him to jail.