Tell Magazine - March 2018 / Sivan 5778

Emanuel Synagogue Magazine TELL - March 2018 / Sivan 5778 Sydney, Australia

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Celebration<br />

Nissan–<strong>Sivan</strong> <strong>5778</strong><br />

<strong>March</strong> – May <strong>2018</strong><br />

The Movements<br />

and Me<br />

Natalie Royal<br />

Spiritual Community<br />

Centre<br />

Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins<br />

The Birth of Emanuel<br />

Rabbi Jacqueline Ninio<br />

Stars & Kabbalah<br />

Rabbi Dr Orna Triguboff<br />

The Four Children<br />

Donny Janks<br />

Half-<strong>Tell</strong>ing History<br />

Donna Jacobs-Sife

{CELEBR8}<br />

80th Anniversary Celebrations<br />

<strong>2018</strong> is the 80th Anniversary of the founding of Emanuel Synagogue<br />

and we are planning eight amazing celebrations for the year.<br />

14th May<br />


Our first celebration for our 80th year will be the official<br />

opening of our new sanctuary and preschool. It will be a<br />

beautiful afternoon of music, prayer and community as we<br />

gather and give thanks for our wonderful new spaces.<br />

24th June<br />


An evening with the incredibly talented musicians<br />

in our congregation performing and sharing the<br />

diverse and wonderful talent in our community.<br />

July<br />


In our new gallery space, we will have an exhibition<br />

of photos and stories of Emanuel’s 80-year history.<br />

A chance for us to walk back through the years,<br />

remember the celebrations, the people and the stories<br />

that make up our unique and special community<br />


We will gather to bury a time capsule in the synagogue<br />

grounds, a message for the future generations to help<br />

them understand our community and congregation.<br />

29th July<br />


Gather on a Sunday winter’s eve to celebrate Chanukah in<br />

July. We will have one person from each of the 8 decades<br />

of the Emanuel community light a candle and share<br />

some memories and reflections of our congregation.<br />

23rd September<br />


Gather in our brand, new sukkah for a birthday<br />

party! Fairy bread, cup cakes, party games, balloons,<br />

a wonderful way to celebrate the child in each of us<br />

and the festival of friendship and community.<br />

9th November<br />


80 people in our community will host a Shabbat<br />

dinner in their home. The dinners can be small or big,<br />

family, friends or host a few congregants you have not<br />

met yet. A beautiful chance for our community to<br />

celebrate together and connect with one another.<br />

9th December<br />

ARTYPARTY!!!<br />

Our last event for the 80th with be an Artyparty: an art<br />

deco themed party with jazz and a wonderful opportunity<br />

to celebrate the end of a year of community and events.<br />

You're invited<br />


for the new Sanctuary &<br />

Preschool of Emanuel Synagogue<br />

MONDAY MAY 14 TH , <strong>2018</strong><br />



Emanuel Synagogue offers a home where you can live your Judaism in a contemporary<br />

world, drawing on our ancient teachings and traditions. We are a pluralistic community<br />

offering a choice of services, programs and activities for the Masorti, Progressive and Renewal<br />

movements. We do this with contemporary understanding to create a dynamic and diverse<br />

community, welcoming you and your involvement.<br />


The structure of our Progressive<br />

services allows you to choose<br />

the type of prayer that is<br />

most meaningful for you.<br />

You may choose from<br />

alternate readings in English,<br />

you may read the Hebrew<br />

prayer (available in both<br />

Hebrew script, and in English<br />

transliteration), or you may<br />

choose to take a moment<br />

of personal reflection.<br />

Our Friday night “Shabbat<br />

Live” service is a moving,<br />

innovative service where<br />

prayer is enhanced with<br />

musical instruments,<br />

beautiful melodies, creative<br />

readings and stories.<br />

Shabbat Live is held at<br />

6:15pm every Friday.<br />

The Progressive Shabbat<br />

Service begins at 10am<br />

each Saturday morning.<br />


Our Masorti (traditional)<br />

services are run almost<br />

entirely in Hebrew,<br />

honouring the tradition with<br />

contemporary insights.<br />

As with all services at Emanuel<br />

Synagogue, men and women<br />

participate equally and fully.<br />

The Friday night Carlebach<br />

service is a traditional Kabbalat<br />

Shabbat service, featuring<br />

the well-known melodies<br />

of Shlomo Carlebach.<br />

The Carlebach service is held<br />

at 6.15pm every Friday.<br />

Our Masorti Shabbat<br />

Service begins at 9am on<br />

Saturday mornings.<br />

We also hold a Masorti Minyan<br />

at 6:45am on Monday and<br />

Thursday mornings plus.<br />

9:00am every Sunday,<br />

followed by breakfast in<br />

the Neuweg Sanctuary.<br />


The Renewal movement<br />

is devoted to personal and<br />

spiritual development,<br />

reinvigorating modern<br />

Judaism with Kabbalistic<br />

and musical practices.<br />

Through our Renewal<br />

activities you will have<br />

the opportunity to reach<br />

a new level of awareness,<br />

stress relief, selfdevelopment,<br />

relaxation<br />

and inner healing.<br />

Pesach prayers – <strong>March</strong><br />

31 from 10:00am –<br />

Neuweg Sanctuary<br />

This Jewish Renewal Service<br />

let by Rabbi Dr Orna<br />

Triguboff and musician<br />

Nadav Kahn, will be a<br />

perfect way to lift your<br />

spirits into the festive eight<br />

days of Pesach. Join us in<br />

song, meditation, discussion<br />

and meaningful prayer.<br />

The service will be followed<br />

by light refreshments.<br />

Yoga and Kabbalah<br />

Seminar<br />

Sunday 15th April<br />

1:00pm – 3:00pm<br />

With yoga teacher Leora<br />

Krowitz, Rabbi Dr Orna<br />

Triguboff and guest<br />

musician David Goldman<br />

Shavuot Service<br />

Saturday 19 May 6:30pm<br />

Kabbalah Tour of Israel<br />

October 2019<br />

10-day tour of Israel<br />

with a focus on Jewish<br />

Spirituality. We explore<br />

ancient sites, learn with the<br />

best kabbalah teachers in<br />

the world and experience<br />

authentic inspiring tikun<br />

olam projects, getting to<br />

know the people involved.<br />

Led by Rabbi Dr.<br />

Orna Triguboff and<br />

Israeli musicians,<br />

teachers and artists.<br />

Rabbi Jeffrey B. Kamins Rabbi Jacqueline Ninio Rabbi Dr Orna Triguboff Rabbi Rafi Kaiserblueth Reverand Sam Zwarenstein

{ CEO UPDATE}<br />


Why It’s So Important to Celebrate<br />

Suzanna Helia<br />

This past weekend I had the pleasure<br />

to throw a party to celebrate the Bar<br />

Mitzvah of my son, Oscar-Louis, along<br />

with a beautiful community made up<br />

of my family, friends, colleagues and<br />

acquaintances. To my surprise, the joy<br />

of being able share this momentous<br />

occasion in my son’s life with all these<br />

people was overwhelming. I love being<br />

Jewish, and I am so glad that our<br />

tradition allows for celebration of life’s<br />

milestones. Hearing my son say (while<br />

on a flimsy chair, in the middle of a<br />

swirling hora, at the top Sydney Tower),<br />

“I must be the highest Jew in the world<br />

right now.” sent shivers down my spine.<br />

Many of our friends are not Jewish<br />

and for some, this was their first<br />

bar mitzvah. Their expressions of<br />

appreciation, admiration and respect<br />

for Judaism touched me. I believe our<br />

traditional celebrations are an excellent<br />

opportunity for intercultural exchange<br />

and understanding. Both children and<br />

adults learn about other cultures through<br />

these events. I see clearly the importance<br />

of this exchange, and I’m not alone.<br />

As Oscar-Louis said in his speech:<br />

“Now I will tell you why my barmi is<br />

so important to me; it is not because I<br />

was pressured into doing it but because<br />

I knew right from the beginning that<br />

I would be proud of my effort and my<br />

parents would throw a big party. If<br />

you knew how much blood, sweat and<br />

tears were put into this; no seriously,<br />

the paper cuts were horrendous. Now I<br />

get to the real part of why I wanted to<br />

do my bar mitzvah, because I wanted<br />

to know that I had done something<br />

that I knew my ancestors had done.<br />

I appreciate that the life of a Jew is a<br />

life of a constant learning, and oh how<br />

easy it must be for all the other religions<br />

that do not have to study for two years,<br />

stand in front of 200 people and read in<br />

Hebrew and go through a bar mitzvah.<br />

At the same time, it gives me strength,<br />

as I feel I have now mastered what two<br />





7<br />


Rabbi Jacqueline Ninio<br />

14<br />


Donna Jacobs-Sife<br />

16<br />


Rabbi Dr Orna Triguboff<br />

25<br />



Donny Janks<br />

28<br />


Nicole Waldner<br />


11<br />



Judy Kahn<br />

21<br />


Donny Janks & Daniel Samowitz<br />

24<br />



Rabbi Rafi Kaiserblueth<br />

26<br />


Donna Jacobs-Sife

years ago seemed such a daunting thing.<br />

Let’s not forget all of that elbow grease<br />

I had to rub in when it was difficult,<br />

I was pushed and shoved and here I<br />

am now. I've finished the marathon<br />

exhausted tired and worn out but I have<br />

come through and now that I see all of<br />

the effort we all have put in I can truly<br />

with all my heart say it was worth it.”<br />

A celebration is that much sweeter<br />

when one looks back at all of the hard<br />

work that led to that moment. Just as<br />

my son appreciated his bar mitzvah<br />

more because of his substantial effort,<br />

we will all appreciate our glorious new<br />

Sanctuary and Preschool because of the<br />

many obstacles and challenges that we<br />

overcame to get us to the celebration.<br />

There are many important things in<br />

life. Learning, growing, loving and<br />

exploring are all things that each<br />

person should make and take time<br />

for. My experience is that celebrating<br />

is another facet of life that everyone<br />

should take time for. Celebration brings<br />

excitement and joy. It brings emotion<br />

and opportunity to reflect. Celebrating<br />

touches us deep within our humanity.<br />

Even in the book of psalms it<br />

states: “Ivdu et Adonai b’simcha<br />

bo-u lefanav birnana”. “Serve<br />

God with Joy, come before God<br />

with Joyous song”. Psalm 100<br />

Since the majority of our days are<br />

spent doing routine tasks we all need<br />

things to look forward to. Simchas<br />

of all kinds give us the excitement<br />

and offer a change of pace.<br />

As we celebrate, we prioritise our<br />

time to our friends, family and<br />

community. There is something about<br />

a great celebration that reminds us<br />

of the purpose of our life and of the<br />

power of closest relationships.<br />

Our rabbis and community have so<br />

much to celebrate. This year especially,<br />

the community of Emanuel Synagogue<br />

has many opportunities to celebrate,<br />

including: 8 celebrations marking<br />

our 80th birthday, and the opening<br />

of the Redevelopment in May.<br />

The occurrence of these milestones on<br />

their own will not necessarily provide<br />

us with an opportunity to pause and<br />

reflect. But by making a very conscious<br />

effort to take time to celebrate and<br />

express our joy and journey together,<br />

we can invigorate ourselves, and in<br />

doing so enliven our community.<br />

As Jews, we have so much to celebrate. It<br />

is at the core of our culture and tradition<br />

Whether it is a wedding, a harvest<br />

festival, a religious holiday, or a national<br />

observance, our celebrations are woven<br />

tightly into our overall cultural identity.<br />

Let us all encourage celebration.<br />

For small and large milestones. In<br />

intimate settings and as a community,<br />

with family and friends.<br />




27<br />




Kim Gotlieb<br />

31<br />


Leigh Reading<br />



20<br />


Donna Jacobs-Sife<br />

22<br />


Mili Haber<br />

23<br />


Natalie Royal<br />

29<br />


Rabbi Rafi Kaiserblueth<br />


7<br />



Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins<br />

15<br />


Rabbi Rafi Kaiserblueth<br />

33<br />


34<br />



The AGM of Emanuel Synagogue<br />

will be held on<br />

Tuesday 22 May <strong>2018</strong> at 6:30pm

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Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins<br />

As we open our new mid-size sanctuary and purpose built preschool, we look<br />

back on 80 years of our history and forward to a promising future.<br />

In her article, Rabbi Ninio writes<br />

about some of our history, which she<br />

has been reviewing over her sabbatical<br />

this summer. While some things have<br />

changed in these decades, much of<br />

the original vision of our founders<br />

remains. They always envisioned that<br />

Emanuel would be more than a place<br />

of prayer, but a vital community centre,<br />

engaging people in a variety of activities<br />

connected to Judaism. Their vision<br />

is our vision, and it is the traditional<br />

understanding of the role of<br />

the ancient synagogue. We<br />

learn from our tradition that<br />

a synagogue was known as<br />

a Beit Kenesset, a home of<br />

communal gathering; a Beit<br />

Midrash, a home of learning,<br />

and a Beit Tefillah, a home<br />

of prayer. Just as the dream<br />

of our founders was to have<br />

a multi-purpose community<br />

centre, so too is ours.<br />

At the end of last year,<br />

the clergy, staff and board<br />

joined together to plan a<br />

new five year strategic plan that we<br />

will be discussing more fully in the<br />

community in the year ahead, with a<br />

special presentation at our AGM on<br />

May 22, just a week after the opening<br />

of our new mid-size sanctuary and<br />

preschool. With Stage One of the<br />

redevelopment now completed, we can<br />

look forward to using our campus in a<br />

way that is more expansive and inclusive.<br />

We all know that a synagogue is a “Beit<br />

Tefillah”, a house of prayer, and as a<br />

pluralist community offering three<br />

streams of services, Emanuel is unique<br />

in Australia. We are pleased to welcome<br />

back to our community from August<br />

through November this year George<br />

Mordecai, who worked with us in the<br />

early 1990s training as a cantor under<br />

the leadership of Cantor Michael<br />

Deutsch, and who has been a regular<br />

visitor here in the last few years. Cantor<br />

Mordecai will bring a vast repertoire<br />

of music and an engaging style that<br />

will enhance the sense of spiritual<br />

connectivity in each of our services.<br />

A synagogue has always been a place<br />

of learning, and as a Beit Midrash, a<br />

place of transformative learning we look<br />

forward to expanding our programs to<br />

include more learners of all ages. Sunday<br />

mornings we have begun “Journeys in<br />

Judaism”, the learning aspect running<br />

from 10-11am, on a topic suggested<br />

by any of you for one of your rabbis to<br />

address. Monday mornings begins with<br />

a “Conversation about Israel”, in which<br />

in a non-judgmental and open forum we<br />

are able to discuss the complex reality of<br />

Israel in its environment, and Monday<br />

evenings we have begun Hebrew<br />

empowerment, with courses on every<br />

level to come in the year ahead to ensure<br />

more understanding of the language<br />

which connects Jews around the world.<br />

Our youth programs continue to expand<br />

so keep your eye on the space of what it<br />

is to have a synagogue as “Beit Midrash”.<br />

Finally, a dream that has never been fully<br />

realised has been to see the synagogue<br />

live up to its Hebrew name, Beit<br />

Kenesset, a home of ingathering. We<br />

have over the years had many<br />

forms of bringing people<br />

together, from Mitzvah Day<br />

to the ACO, but now with<br />

our new campus we wish<br />

to become truly a spiritual<br />

community centre. In the<br />

months ahead, we will be<br />

looking at ways to enhance<br />

all the beautiful spaces we<br />

have – for example, one thing<br />

I have imagined is using the<br />

Neuweg for “Sunday Salons”,<br />

an opportunity for members<br />

of our community to engage<br />

in conversation with others<br />

who have fascinating stories to tell; over<br />

the celebrations of our 80th this year<br />

there will be many musical performances<br />

in both our original heritage and new<br />

sanctuaries. These are just<br />

a few of the ways we hope<br />

to create community as<br />

we celebrate the dynamic<br />

diversity of each person who<br />

makes Emanuel what it is.<br />

I look forward to<br />

imagining the future<br />

with you, and living that<br />

dream with you.<br />




Rabbi Jacqueline Ninio<br />

This year we are celebrating the 80th birthday<br />

of our congregation and we will have eight<br />

special events during the year to commemorate<br />

this milestone and to celebrate together.<br />

This summer I was privileged to spend<br />

some weeks reading, meeting people<br />

and learning about the history of our<br />

synagogue. During that time, I learned<br />

so many interesting facts about our<br />

congregation and the visionaries who<br />

founded our community; their hopes<br />

and dreams for the future. During<br />

this special year ahead, I want to share<br />

with you, through <strong>Tell</strong> articles and a<br />

number of lectures and learning sessions,<br />

some of the history of our synagogue<br />

and the people who shaped who we<br />

have become. This <strong>Tell</strong>, a little about<br />

the founding of the congregation<br />

and its first two remarkable years.<br />

It all began in early 1938 when Rabbi<br />

Herman Sanger, the rabbi of Temple<br />

Beth Israel in Melbourne, then the only<br />

Progressive congregation in Australia,<br />

came for a visit to Sydney. He met with<br />

40 people in the lounge room of one of<br />

the members of the group and discussed<br />

whether or not they should establish<br />

a Progressive congregation in Sydney.<br />

There was interest in moving forward<br />

and a number of weeks later 5 people<br />

met and decided that the first step was<br />

to hold a service in the Progressive style,<br />

see who was interested and then to form<br />

a congregation, bringing to Sydney<br />

for the first time, a style of worship,<br />

prayer and connection to Judaism<br />

beyond the Orthodox traditions.<br />

The newly formed committee of five sent<br />

letters to the 40 people who had met<br />

with Rabbi Sanger encouraging them to<br />

support the new venture and including<br />

packets of invitations to the service<br />

which they could distribute to friends<br />

and others they thought<br />

might be interested.<br />

An organ was hired for the evening,<br />

Mary and Fritz Coper formed the choir<br />

and Rabbi Sanger from Melbourne<br />

was invited to lead the service.<br />

400 people attended the first service<br />

and afterwards, during supper, Rabbi<br />

Sanger spoke about the creation of the<br />

Reform Movement, its approach to<br />

ritual and law and survey cards were<br />

handed to the participants, 163 of which<br />

were filled in indicating their support<br />

for a Progressive community in Sydney.<br />

At the conclusion of the gathering, a<br />

motion was passed that “A Progressive<br />

Jewish Congregation be started in<br />

Sydney” and a provisional committee<br />

of 11 people was formed with Cecil<br />

Luber as the chairman. This group was<br />

remarkable in their visionary leadership,<br />

their commitment to the ideals and<br />

principles of Progressive Judaism, their<br />

hard work and determination to bring<br />

those principles to life in a congregation.<br />

They had a dream and never seemed<br />

to see obstacles, only opportunities<br />

to bring their vision to fruition.<br />

A general meeting was set for the<br />

19th of June with the hope that they<br />

would, at that time, officially found<br />

a congregation. They chose the name<br />

Temple Emanuel, connecting them to<br />

the historical roots of the Progressive<br />

movement with the name Temple, and<br />

their desire to create a holy community<br />

Emanuel. The founders were firmly<br />

committed to the Progressive ideologies<br />

of informed choice and egalitarianism<br />

as well as the formal service style of the<br />

Progressive rite, with a<br />

mixture of Hebrew and English.<br />

Various members of the committee had<br />

encountered Progressive Judaism in<br />

other places and now wanted to bring<br />

that vision to their own community.<br />

The committee also dealt with creating<br />

a constitution, membership fees to<br />

sustain the congregation, Saturday<br />

services and building a choir.<br />

On the 19th June 1938, merely eight<br />

weeks after the initial gathering of<br />

the five members, a general meeting<br />

was held. The board of management<br />

was elected, a congregation formed<br />

and Temple Emanuel formally began.<br />

Letters were written to all the Orthodox<br />

congregations informing them of<br />

the creation of Temple Emanuel,<br />

seeking cooperation and collegiality.<br />

In July, the new congregation held<br />

its first Shabbat morning service. The<br />

Copers had created a choir, Cecil Luber<br />

loaned the synagogue money to rent<br />

an organ, Rabbi Sanger came from<br />

Melbourne with a Torah for the new<br />

congregation to borrow and 60 members<br />

were now signed up to the fledgling<br />

congregation. It was decided that seats<br />

would be allocated as people joined the<br />

congregation but as yet, there was no<br />

permanent home. The Maccabean Hall<br />

was hired for Friday night and Saturday<br />

services as well as Sunday activities.<br />

Unfortunately, the hall was not available<br />

for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur so<br />

the congregation had to seek a place<br />


elsewhere. This practice was to continue<br />

for many years, even after the creation of<br />

the sanctuary, as membership grew faster<br />

than the buildings could be created.<br />

A Women’s Guild was established<br />

and this organization was to be the<br />

backbone, the heart and soul of the<br />

congregation over the years, with<br />

much of the building undertaken by<br />

Temple Emanuel, not just physically<br />

but also educationally and socially,<br />

made possible only by the dedication<br />

and commitment of this hard working<br />

group of incredible women.<br />

And then in July, merely weeks after<br />

the congregation was formed, the board<br />

turned its attention to finding a rabbi.<br />

This was one of a number of courageous<br />

and visionary decisions made by the<br />

founders of the congregation which<br />

assured its rapid growth and forged its<br />

roots deep into the community. This was<br />

a congregation which was here to stay.<br />

In August 1938 Cecil Luber was in<br />

New York and met a young rabbi,<br />

Max Schenk. He spoke with him<br />

about the congregation and whether<br />

he might be interested in being its<br />

founding rabbi. He was interested and<br />

arrived with his wife Faye and their<br />

two children Minna and Raphael on<br />

the 4th September 1939. Three days<br />

earlier, Germany invaded Poland and<br />

the British government declared war,<br />

Australia was now at war and this reality<br />

was very much at the fore of people’s<br />

minds during Rabbi Schenk’s induction<br />

service on the 20th September.<br />

Rabbi Sanger came from<br />

Melbourne to conduct<br />

the service and he said<br />

more than ever, in this<br />

time of war, the voice of<br />

Progressive Judaism needed<br />

to be heard, speaking out<br />

for justice not only within<br />

the Jewish community<br />

but also beyond.<br />


Rabbi Schenk, a gifted<br />

orator, then spoke about the importance<br />

of religion saying “if organized religion<br />

is to prevail against the forces of evil<br />

totalitarianism it must be ready to<br />

sacrifice itself and its vested interests<br />

on behalf of the ideals of justice,<br />

brotherhood and liberty without<br />

drawing any lines.” 1 He then spoke<br />

about Palestine, the significance and<br />

importance of Israel, the Jewish faith<br />

and connection through the generations,<br />

noting that there is a movement<br />

away from Judaism which can only<br />

be overcome by working together;<br />

all branches of Judaism as one.<br />

One of Rabbi Schenk’s first official<br />

duties was leading the High Holyday<br />

services, the first in the congregation’s<br />

history, at St. James Hall. Approximately<br />

350 people attended, 200 of whom<br />

were members of Temple Emanuel.<br />

Rabbi Schenk delivered powerful<br />

sermons “his vision of his faith in the<br />

destiny of the congregation and for<br />

the hope of world Jewry to dedicate its<br />

utmost efforts to crush the atrocities<br />

that were being unleashed on Europe<br />

and the British Empire by Hitler.” 2<br />

The founders of the congregation<br />

were acutely aware that at a time<br />

when synagogues and Jewry in Europe<br />

were being attacked and destroyed,<br />

they were building, creating hope<br />

for the future, sending a message to<br />

the world about the strength and<br />

fortitude of the Jewish people.<br />

Temple Emanuel plan 1940<br />

1 Kehilat Emanuel, Lee Simmons, pg. 26<br />

2 ibid pg. 31<br />


In December 1939 the board turned its<br />

attention to finding a site upon which<br />

to build a permanent home for the<br />

congregation. There was a discussion<br />

about the appropriateness of building<br />

in a time of war but it was felt that<br />

in order for the community to thrive<br />

it needed a space to meet its needs<br />

and a strong Temple<br />

Emanuel would bring<br />

hope and connection for<br />

people at a time when<br />

it was most necessary.<br />

In the meantime, an<br />

arrangement was made<br />

with the Maccabean Hall<br />

to house the services<br />

and provide an office<br />

for the synagogue’s<br />

first employee.<br />

In 1940 a number of<br />

different sites were<br />

mooted as a place to<br />

build a synagogue and<br />

the congregation discussed what their<br />

home would look like and require. Rabbi<br />

Schenk spoke about the meaning of<br />

Temple, that it is more than a place to<br />

worship, it is a community centre, with<br />

a place for prayer but also classrooms<br />

for learning, a place to meet and gather,<br />

beautiful gardens, a social hall, kitchen.<br />

His vision and that of the board, was<br />

to build a home which reflected their<br />

understanding of Temple Emanuel as a<br />

community; a group of people united<br />

under an ideology to be together in<br />

prayer, learning, friendship and support.<br />

Samuel Lipson was appointed the<br />

honorary architect. The synagogue<br />

created a committee and began to raise<br />

the funds to purchase a site. Cecil Luber<br />

proposed looking for a site in Woollahra,<br />

it was the geographic centre for 94%<br />

of Sydney Jewry, it was easily accessible<br />

by public transport and the land they<br />

could purchase in Woollahra would be<br />

much larger than anything they could<br />

find closer to the city centre, enabling<br />

them to create the community centre<br />

they desired rather than just a sanctuary<br />

10<br />

space. The question was mooted whether<br />

they would lose prestige by building<br />

away from the city, but the advantages<br />

far outweighed the possible negative.<br />

As it has eventuated, the decision<br />

to build where the community was<br />

living was prescient and has enabled<br />

the Temple to grow and flourish.<br />

Laying the Foundation Stone of Temple Emanuel 16-3-1941<br />

In May 1940, the synagogue purchased<br />

an L shaped property at 5 Ocean<br />

Street for 1,600 pounds and Samuel<br />

Lipson presented a scale model of the<br />

proposed development. It allowed<br />

for a synagogue with space for 1,000<br />

worshippers, an assembly hall seating<br />

500, school classrooms, a library and<br />

a rabbi’s study. Outside was planned a<br />

lawn garden surrounded by the beautiful<br />

trees already on the site. There would<br />

also be a modern kitchen and classrooms<br />

which opened onto a garden space,<br />

allowing the children to be outside<br />

in appropriate weather. Substantial<br />

donations had already been made and<br />

the building could progress as soon as<br />

approvals were given, with the hope<br />

it would be complete in time for the<br />

High Holydays. This plan was modified<br />

however due to the war and it was<br />

decided to just build the sanctuary to<br />

accommodate 500 people and continue<br />

with the other plans at a later date.<br />

The foundation stone was laid in a<br />

beautiful ceremony but the spectre of<br />

war was ever present. Over 500 people<br />

attended each of two ceremonies where<br />

Rabbi Schenk spoke passionately about<br />

the faith and task of Judaism in a world<br />

where moral values had been discarded<br />

and the sanctity of human liberties<br />

derided. Cecil Luber in an address at the<br />

reception, said that the building of the<br />

synagogue was not only a direct result of<br />

a need in the community<br />

but also a response to<br />

the call from national<br />

leaders for an increase<br />

in spirituality and an<br />

affirmation of faith. He<br />

spoke of the destruction<br />

of over 2000 houses of<br />

worship in Europe and<br />

declared that this building<br />

was an act of defiance<br />

and hope in the future.<br />

Rabbi Sanger commented<br />

that the foundation stone<br />

laying was almost on the<br />

anniversary of Hitler’s<br />

accession to power and<br />

that this building was a symbol of the<br />

eternity of Judaism. Temple Emanuel<br />

was one of the only synagogues built<br />

in the world during this time of war<br />

and uncertainty. As the tragedy in<br />

Europe unfolded, this building became<br />

more significant and important, as<br />

did the formation and foundation of a<br />

congregation during these war years.<br />

The hope, courage and vision of the early<br />

leaders of our congregation is something<br />

to be admired and celebrated. In the<br />

two years since the first meeting they<br />

had achieved so much and created a<br />

symbol for the world of the resilience<br />

and strength of the Jewish community.<br />

They built more than a congregation;<br />

they built a community, a family, a<br />

place where people could come together<br />

to pray, learn and connect. We are<br />

indebted to them and we stand on<br />

the shoulders of giants: the men and<br />

women who dedicated themselves to<br />

create a home for themselves and the<br />

generations which would follow.


Judy Kahn<br />

Cantor George Mordecai found his voice as a young boy at Rose Bay<br />

Public when he was selected to star as lead in the school musical.<br />

A few decades down the track, inspired<br />

and infused by a world of experiences,<br />

he will be returning to Emanuel later<br />

this year for at least four months.<br />

Emanuel is fortunate to feature a cantor<br />

with such a rich repertoire. His voice,<br />

songs and music reflect the cultural<br />

immersions he has experienced. The<br />

rich liturgical tradition of Iraqi Jews<br />

left a deep imprint on his voice. He<br />

was very fortunate to learn this liturgy<br />

from his uncle Sol Abrahams. He<br />

was also influenced by great singer<br />

songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Joni<br />

Mitchell and Leonard Cohen.<br />

Cantor Mordecai has been inspired<br />

by musical services in the synagogues<br />

of New York’s Upper West Side,<br />

notably Benei Jeshurun and Romenu.<br />

Recently the singing communities<br />

model pioneered by Joey Weisenberg<br />

and the musical collaborations with<br />

him have deeply influenced Cantor<br />

Mordecai and given him a musical<br />

language that he is excited to share<br />

with the Emanuel community.<br />

Many will remember Cantor Mordecai<br />

from his time with Emanuel in the<br />

early 1990s when Rabbi Kamins<br />

invited him to present a program on<br />

Sephardi culture, music, history and<br />

customs. The event was successful<br />

and over a period of years extended<br />

to regular work at the synagogue<br />

where he was instrumental in the<br />

founding of the Masorti minyan<br />

and lovingly mentored by Cantor<br />

Deutsch and the Rabbis.<br />

The Emanuel experience inspired him<br />

to attend cantorial school in New<br />

York in the late ’90s. After earning a<br />

degree in Sacred Music and Cantorial<br />

Investiture he re-engaged with his<br />

Iraqi musical culture working with the<br />

repertoire of his family and arranging the<br />

melodies in ways that could be embraced<br />

by congregations around the world.<br />

Cantor Mordecai believes that so<br />

many congregations are hungry for<br />

more participation and proactive<br />

musical engagement. He wants to<br />

introduce melodies that allow for<br />

this but also understands that “you<br />

can’t just introduce a whole new<br />

pallet of melodies and deprive the<br />

congregation of the music that is dear<br />

to them. It’s a matter of a balance, a<br />

balance of tradition and change”.<br />

He is so excited to be working with<br />

“the talented Emanuel team. Rabbis<br />

Kamins, Ninio, Kaiserblueth, Triguboff<br />

and Reverend Zwarenstein are all<br />

amazing human beings and inspiring<br />

role models”. He is also<br />

very impressed by the<br />

talent, both musical and<br />

vocal at the synagogue.<br />

“There’s a lot of potential<br />

at Emanuel,” he says,<br />

and mentoring this talent<br />

“would make me very happy<br />

at this stage of my life”, a<br />

role that would complete<br />

the circle at Emanuel.<br />







The existing machzor, Gates of Repentance, is old, outof-date<br />

and written for North American congregations.<br />

A new machzor, Mishkan T’shuvah has been developed<br />

and edited by a team of UPJ rabbis and cantors to reflect<br />

the practices, culture and language of our region.<br />

Women’s<br />

Rosh Chodesh Group<br />


LIVE<br />

We are looking to our congregation to help sponsor the 1200<br />

copies of Mishkan T’shuvah required for our Progressive service.<br />

The books will be available for the use in 2019 Holy Days.<br />

The current price per copy is $80. All donations will be<br />

tax deductible. Donors over $5000 will be acknowledged<br />

in the books; we will contact you to discuss.<br />

To donate towards this need, please email<br />

accounts@emanuel.org.au.<br />

8:00PM - 10:00PM<br />

<strong>March</strong> 18, April 15, May 15,<br />

June 12 (tbc), July 12, August 12,<br />

October 9 (tbc), November 8<br />

Why a Women’s Rosh Chodesh Group?<br />

There is a legend told that when the Israelites<br />

came to create the golden calf, the men<br />

asked the women to give them all their<br />

jewellery and gold to be melted down for<br />

the calf. The women refused to supply their<br />

jewels and as a reward a special festival<br />

was given to them: the festival of Rosh<br />

A spiritual, meaningful and<br />

musical Shabbat experience<br />

Please call the Emanuel Synagogue<br />

office before the meeting to find<br />

out the location on 9389 6444.<br />

every Friday at 6:15pm<br />

We also ask people to let us know if they want to order<br />

books for their use in order for us to order correct amount.<br />

The books will be available for sale once delivered in 2019.<br />

This is a limited offer so we encourage you to order now.<br />

Purchase of the books for personal use is not tax deductible.<br />

This machzor is likely to be used for more than 20 years.<br />

Sponsoring the machzor is a meaningful and significant<br />

way to keep the memory of your loved one alive while<br />

really making a difference for our community.<br />

Chodesh, the celebration of the new moon.<br />

Any questions: call the office or email<br />

info@emanuel.org.au for<br />

details including location.<br />

20 12


Jon Green<br />

Civil Marriage Celebrant<br />




CALL JON ON:<br />

0414 872 199<br />

Primary School Open Day<br />

Discover why Emanuel School is small enough<br />

to know your child and big enough to make a difference<br />

Meet our staff, take a tour, visit classes and enjoy displays<br />

Wednesday 21 <strong>March</strong> <strong>2018</strong><br />

9.30am - 11.00am<br />

Bookings can be made at www.emanuelschool.nsw.edu.au/visit<br />

For further information contact Gail MacKenzie on 8383 7333<br />

or enrolments@emanuelschool.nsw.edu.au<br />

Emanuel School is a member of the JCA Family of Organisations<br />

302 Oxford Street Bondi Junction<br />

Phone (02) 9389 3499<br />

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Phone www.waltercarter.com.au<br />

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Donna Jacobs-Sife<br />

It’s that time of year again. That wonderful time when we get together<br />

and celebrate God’s deliverance of us from Egypt. From oppression to<br />

freedom. Could there be a more inspiring event for a Jewish family?<br />

Of course, keneina<br />

chora, with the new<br />

husband and his<br />

children, the relatives<br />

from South Africa just<br />

arriving, there will<br />

be quite a few of us.<br />

And of course, the old<br />

husband must come<br />

along, nice to keep the<br />

family together. And I<br />

believe his new partner<br />

is a lovely woman - very<br />

close to her parents,<br />

who of course must join<br />

us. And the cousins<br />

who have nowhere<br />

to go? Well, what’s<br />

another four or five.<br />

The house may not be big enough for<br />

the forty-five or so, but I’m sure we<br />

can hire a small hall. And with the<br />

hired public address system, everyone<br />

will be able to hear and participate<br />

without a problem. Of course, not<br />

everybody likes to participate in quite<br />

the same way, some like to talk all the<br />

way through the Seder, sharing insights<br />

that on the surface you would think<br />

have nothing to do with Pesach.<br />

We can certainly accommodate our<br />

lovely son-in-law, who, being Tibetan,<br />

likes to bring a little Buddhism to the<br />

seder. It is amazing the links you can<br />

make between different religions. The<br />

niece is bringing her friend, a Minister<br />

of the Uniting Church, which should<br />

bring a lovely ecumenical feeling to<br />

the evening, and what a blessing to<br />

have the cousin’s friend join us, an<br />

Aboriginal man who says he has so<br />

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much resonance with the Jewish people.<br />

Richness. Blessings. Gut ze dank.<br />

There is always someone who likes to<br />

use their own special Haggadah. We<br />

will have the Feminist Haggadah,<br />

the politically correct Haggadah, the<br />

Reform, the Reconstructionist, the<br />

Chassidic and my favourite, the clear<br />

and precise Haggadah, and so it will<br />

be a wonderful variety of readings.<br />

There will be Yiddish poetry, a Sanskrit<br />

blessing, a rap direct from Harlem,<br />

and a belly dance as far as I know.<br />

Now, it’s just knowing where to sit<br />

everyone. Should we put the broigus<br />

ones together, in an attempt to bring<br />

peace where there is strife? Is it better<br />

to put the anarchist next to the Chassid,<br />

hoping their shared passion will unite<br />

them? Does a Tibetan Buddhist mind<br />

being seated next to a Chinese adopted<br />

child? And is it acceptable to put the<br />

love birds, Michael and Steven, next<br />

to Julian, who after all<br />

is having her first Seder<br />

this year as Julie?<br />

Thank goodness, we had<br />

our house kashered and<br />

fired and blessed by the<br />

Beth Din in time, and<br />

so our daughter, Baal<br />

Teshuva, God bless her,<br />

has agreed to sit with us,<br />

although she likes to bring<br />

her own food and plates<br />

anyway. Such a mensch.<br />

It is a little bit of a worry<br />

knowing exactly what to<br />

serve. The wheat intolerant<br />

aunty is well catered for,<br />

and we have a lovely nut<br />

loaf for the vegetarians, but the vegans<br />

are a slight problem. There is talk of<br />

serving carrot soup or borscht instead<br />

of chicken, but – oh you know how it is<br />

with tradition – grandpa has put his foot<br />

down and threatens not to come unless<br />

everyone eats chicken soup. He says he<br />

didn’t come from Poland sixty years ago<br />

to eat carrot soup at Seder. We have<br />

decided that all three soups will give<br />

everyone something to eat. And if we<br />

seat Grandpa at the head of the table and<br />

the vegetarians down the other end…<br />

why he won’t even know the difference.<br />

From oppression to freedom. Och,<br />

I spit three times, tt tt tt. May your<br />

Seder be full of joy and blessings.<br />

May it have meaning and touch you<br />

all, in your own unique ways.<br />

What a wonderful world it<br />

is. Hag sameach!


Rabbi Rafi Kaiserblueth<br />

Pesach is one of my favorite holidays. The time spent preparing, the cleaning, shopping,<br />

cooking, seeing what has been added to the Kosher for Pesach list, and of course, the Seder.<br />

All throughout university, I tried every<br />

year to fly home and be with family.<br />

Now, living in Sydney, and for the first<br />

time in almost 20 years living near<br />

family, I have the opportunity to not<br />

have to travel very far to be with family<br />

for the holidays, especially Pesach.<br />

What is this intense draw, twice a<br />

year, to return home and be with<br />

family? Is it innate? Or do we<br />

actively inculcate it in our children?<br />

Our tradition gives a very clear<br />

answer in the way many of rituals and<br />

customs are arranged. Specifically, if<br />

we look at the Seder, the evening is<br />

set up in a such way that prioritizes<br />

the family unit as the primary way<br />

that our tradition perpetuates itself.<br />

At the outset, the Seder meal places<br />

the child front and center. We are<br />

instructed that the meal may not last<br />

past midnight. Why? To make sure the<br />

children are still awake at the end of the<br />

meal. We hide a piece of Matzah for the<br />

children to find at the end of the meal.<br />

Why? To give the children something to<br />

look forward to at the end of the meal.<br />

Why do we sing the songs at the end of<br />

the Seder that are educational in nature<br />

(and really nothing to do with the Seder<br />

itself)? Again, for the children. We have<br />

the children participate directly also by<br />

having them recite the four questions,<br />

and every time we speak about one<br />

of the objects on the Seder plate, we<br />

raise it up, inviting them to ask.<br />

And if we were a little confused about<br />

the meaning behind all of these rituals,<br />

finally, we are instructed to sit with our<br />

children and teach them the story:<br />

‏.והיגדת לבנך<br />


Eat your fill of matzo at Emanuel Synagogue’s seders<br />

Join us for one (or More) of our Seders:<br />

Everyone is welcome for a fun and educational experience with our community.<br />

<strong>March</strong> 31st 5:30pm - Family Seder - Neuweg Sanctuary<br />

<strong>March</strong> 31st 6:15pm - Communal Seder – Main Hall<br />

April 1st 6:15pm Netzer Chocolate Seder – Main Hall<br />

April 3rd, 6:30pm Women’s Seder - Call office for details<br />

Book now: https://emanuel.org.au/pesach-seders<br />

Emanuel Synagogue<br />

7 Ocean St, Woollahra<br />

p: 9389 6444 www.emanuel.org.au<br />

The whole point of the Seder is a family<br />

bonding and teaching moment that is<br />

meant to last. It is a lesson not just in<br />

information, but a model of how we<br />

are to create a lasting identity in our<br />

descendants. By making our story come<br />

alive, by acting it out, by singing it,<br />

by eating and discussing, by wrestling<br />

with our faith and history, we create a<br />

vibrant, dynamic, and living tradition,<br />

and not just some story that was.<br />

We are told to feel as if we were the<br />

ones who actually left Egypt. On the<br />

surface, that is impossible. Yet, every<br />

year we sit and discuss and recreate that<br />

same event, not the leaving, but the (re)<br />

creating of a people. By celebrating and<br />

joyfully living our traditions,<br />

we give positive reasons<br />

for continuing to be a part<br />

of our tradition. This isn’t<br />

just something we do, but<br />

something we live, joyfully.<br />

And that is why, every<br />

year, we yearn to be with<br />

family, to continue teaching<br />

our children the story,<br />

renewing it every year.<br />




Rabbi Dr Orna Triguboff<br />

The New Sanctuary, The Star of David, Visiting Artist from Israel and more…<br />




I am standing with Ed at the bar mitzvah<br />

kidush of Oscar-Louis Antflick, and he<br />

begins telling me about the building<br />

of the new sanctuary and courtyard.<br />

Ed: Did you know the new building<br />

is underpinned by triangles,<br />

actually by stars of David?<br />

In all the updates on the building<br />

works at the synagogue I have never<br />

heard this, so I ask him to elaborate.<br />

Ed: You see a triangle is a very stable<br />

shape to build with, it does not get<br />

distorted when pressure is applied to<br />

it. It’s strong by virtue of its form.<br />

Next Ed explains the theory of<br />

Platonic geometry and sends me<br />

searching for more information.<br />

Plato's theory of Forms are independent<br />

of the mind, they are abstract objects<br />

and basic patterns in nature. Beyond the<br />

physical realm there are ideal forms, the<br />

triangle being one of them. In his book<br />

Timaeus, the triangle is thought to be<br />

the basic building block of the universe.<br />

Back to our new sanctuary.<br />

Ed: Most people build with squares<br />

or rectangles but we decided to use<br />

triangles as our basic shape. We<br />

fabricated the beams and columns<br />

using triangles (and superimposed<br />

triangles), which actually make stars<br />

of david. On the ceiling you will see a<br />

pattern of wood triangles with magen<br />

davids amongst them (see diagram).<br />

But that is what you will all see with<br />

the naked eye. What you will not see,<br />

is that the basic structure, the DNA<br />

of the building, is made of Stars of<br />

David. It’s truly a Jewish building.<br />

On a physical level it gives the<br />

building stability, that’s physics. And<br />

externally you can see decorations<br />

of superimposed triangles, that<br />

is art and it’s beautiful.<br />

But Plato connected geometry with<br />

philosophy and the triangle and all<br />

its combinations are seen as sacred.<br />

Getting excited, Ed almost<br />

jumps and says,<br />

Its not just decorative, the<br />

DNA of the building is Jewish<br />

– full of Stars of David.<br />

The essence of a Star of David is<br />

one triangle pointing up and one<br />

pointing down, it’s yin and yang.<br />

The design of the the ceiling of the new sanctuary<br />

I refer to my books on sacred<br />

geometry and find that, a triangle<br />

pointing up symbolizes fire and one<br />


Kabbalah inspired artwork by David Friedman<br />

pointing down, water. Fire and water are the<br />

basic elements of the creation and when the<br />

two are superimposed on each other, it’s a<br />

symbol of harmony, where opposites co-exist.<br />

In the Yogic tradition, a 6-pointed star type of<br />

pattern is the symbol of the heart centre or chakra.<br />

One of the earliest records of Jews using the<br />

Star of David as their symbol is from the<br />

Eleventh Century. It was used in Jewish art,<br />

in sacred wallhangings and also used as one<br />

of the names for God in liturgy, the Magen<br />

(Protector) of David. And it was also used by many other<br />

traditions. In 1897, at the first Zionist Congress, it was<br />

chosen to be the symbol on their flag and soon became<br />

one of the main symbols for the Jewish people.<br />

The Thirteenth Century mystical text, the Zohar, states, “There<br />

are three knots connecting [three entities] one to another:<br />

the Holy Blessed One, the Torah and Israel.” Each person<br />

connects to the Creator through the study and observance of<br />

Torah. The triangle represents the connection between these<br />

three entities.” There are two triangles because there is an inner<br />

and outer level of each of the three (God, Torah and Israel).<br />

Hasidim go on to explain that the double triangle of<br />

the Star of David symbolizes the connection of both<br />

dimensions of G d, Torah and Israel: the external level<br />

of the soul connects to the external expression of G d via<br />

studying the Torah and doing good deeds; the essence of<br />

the soul connects with G d’s essence through the study and<br />

application of the mysteries of the Torah and the unseen<br />

feelings of love and compassion we hold in our hearts.<br />



In May 2017, 22 people from our community<br />

travelled to Israel on a Kabbalah Tour of Israel, one of<br />

the participants reflects on the artwork we saw:<br />

Deborah Travers: One of the highlights of our trip, was<br />

walking the cobblestoned streets of the hill-top city of Tsfat,<br />

and seeing the Kabbalistic art of the mystics who live there.<br />

We sat with David Friedman, an American artist, who has<br />

lived in Tsfat for decades. Hearing his life story and learning<br />

about kabbalah through sacred geometry was fascinating.<br />

David Friedman will actually be visiting Sydney and will<br />

be teaching at Emanuel Synagogue this coming August.<br />

He will be presenting his art and leading meditations<br />

connected to his kabbalistic paintings.<br />

Kabbalah Tour visit Tsfat<br />




When speaking with Andrew Cassey<br />

at the end of our tour, he said the<br />

highlights for him were meeting<br />

with Bedouin teenagers and their<br />

head mistress at a school for gifted<br />

children. It is the first of its kind and<br />

it is revolutionizing the way Bedouin<br />

children are educated. Andrew said,<br />

I have always been passionate about<br />

helping the underprivileged and<br />

it was really hopeful to see these<br />

children having a chance in life.<br />

And meeting a female, empowered<br />

head mistress was also great.<br />

(Andrew recently passed away and we<br />

remember him with great fondness,<br />

may his memory be a blessing.)<br />

Emanuel Lieberfreund recounts a<br />

talk we heard by a retired general<br />

from the IDF, who is now one of<br />

the board members of the school.<br />

This retired army man now<br />

dedicates his life to help educate<br />

Bedouin children. That is<br />

just so inspiring to me.<br />

Another tikun olam project<br />

we visited was at the Masorti<br />

Synagogue in Neve Tsedek.<br />

Elise Hawthorne reminisces:<br />

It was so inspiring to hear Rabbi<br />

Roberto Arbib tell us about his<br />

connection to sufi leaders in various<br />

parts of the Middle East and his work<br />

of praying for peace with leaders of<br />

the Christian, Muslim and Jewish<br />

faiths. We need more of that!<br />

And another, more frivolous highlight:<br />

Swimming at our Ein Gedi hotel,<br />

in a pool filled with Dead Sea<br />

water was one of the funniest<br />

experiences I’ve had since my<br />

teenage years. I don’t think I’ve<br />

laughed so much for a long time.<br />

Deborah Koder remembers:<br />

I loved being in Jerusalem. Singing<br />

and praying at the Tsion egalitarian<br />

minyan in Jerusalem was very special<br />

to me. It changed my ideas about<br />

prayer and my experience at shul<br />

in Sydney is much deeper now.<br />

Going to the kotel, and walking in the<br />

tunnels in the Old City, I just burst into<br />

tears. It felt like I connected to my spirit.<br />

It was a spiritual awakening for me.<br />

We would love to share the Kabbalah<br />

tour of Israel with the community<br />

again, in October of 2019, so if you<br />

are interested please let us know.<br />

And when you walk into new<br />

synagogue building, please remember<br />

all the Stars of David that underpin<br />

the architecture of the sanctuary.<br />




with<br />


and visiting Artist from Tzfat, Israel<br />


He is a Kabbalist, Artist and Meditation Teacher<br />


10:30am-3pm<br />

email: orna@emanuel.org.au<br />



with yoga teacher ALLA MELMAN,<br />


guest musician DAVID GOLDMAN<br />


1:00pm - 3:30pm<br />

Neuweg Sanctuary, Emanuel Synagogue<br />

email: orna@emanuel.org.au<br />



OCTOBER 2019<br />

A 10-day tour of Israel<br />

with a focus on Jewish<br />

Spirituality. We explore<br />

ancient sites, learn with the<br />

best kabbalah teachers in<br />

the world and experience<br />

authentic inspiring tikun<br />

olam projects, getting to<br />

know the people involved.<br />






For more information,<br />

please email<br />

orna@emanuel.org.au<br />




Donna Jacobs-Sife<br />

When I was a little girl growing up in Sydney, I thought ANZAC was the celebration<br />

of a great victory. I was taught that the White Australia Policy was essentially a<br />

good idea. I was not taught that Aborigines had been displaced by the British<br />

colony. In fact, I got the impression that it was an empty land, ‘terra nulius’. I did<br />

not know of massacres, nor of a stolen generation of indigenous people.<br />

citizen of this country with compassion<br />

and commitment. It does not make<br />

me less valuable as an Australian, on<br />

the contrary, the pain I feel for the<br />

indigenous population is a symptom<br />

of how much I care for Australia.<br />

When I was a young Jewish girl growing<br />

up, I thought that before 1948 there<br />

were very few people living in Israel at<br />

all. I thought that the Arab nations had<br />

told the few Palestinians living in Israel<br />

to get to Jordan whilst they finished<br />

off the Jews. I remember Golda Meir<br />

saying “there are no Palestinians”.<br />

Recently in Sydney, a Palestinian woman<br />

told her story of being forced out of<br />

Jerusalem with her family in 1948, as<br />

a result of an invasion by alien people<br />

who were taking over her home. She<br />

spoke of the death of an entire way<br />

of life, and the agony of facing the<br />

prospect of never returning to their<br />

beloved home in Jerusalem. She spoke<br />

of the displacement of the indigenous<br />

people of that land. She asked the<br />

question ‘what did the treatment of<br />

Jews by Europeans in the second world<br />

war have to do with the Palestinian?<br />

And if the answer is nothing, then why<br />

were they expected to pay for it?”<br />

These myths and half truths were not<br />

perpetrated out of malicious intent to<br />

mislead its citizens. I believe they were<br />

seen as a history of necessity, to establish<br />

and give credence to a new colony. But<br />

we have grown up in Australia, and<br />

20<br />

we are more sure of our identity, and<br />

therefore we can afford to broaden<br />

our history to contain other stories<br />

- stories of dispossession and racism,<br />

defeat and regret. Now that I hold a<br />

more realistic history, I can proceed as a<br />

A lot happened to me whilst I was<br />

listening to her. My heart began to<br />

pound. I felt fear. Part of me wanted to<br />

shout that it was not true. Certainly, one<br />

person’s account does not speak for an<br />

entire history, but I could not possibly<br />

deny that this was her experience. She<br />

was simply telling her story. I asked<br />

myself, what happens to me when I deny

the experience of someone else, when<br />

I refuse to acknowledge her suffering<br />

and her humanity. What happens is<br />

that I forfeit my own humanity. Am<br />

I less of a Jew if I release the myths<br />

told to me as a Jewish child, out of a<br />

history of necessity; and broaden my<br />

understanding to hold some of this other<br />

history? I am no less a Jew for that.<br />

And yet, I heard in this articulate<br />

Palestinian woman’s argument a few<br />

myths of her own. Why did she not<br />

acknowledge the fact that we Jews<br />

have been a part of the land of Israel<br />

for thousands of years, and that we too<br />

had been displaced and sent into exile.<br />

Why did she not state that Israel had<br />

never been out of our hearts for the two<br />

thousand years until our miraculous<br />

return. Would she have lost any<br />

strength in her argument if she had<br />

held that history too? On the contrary,<br />

she would have gained strength. She<br />

would have proved herself broad and<br />

fair and compassionate, and I know I<br />

would have felt much more inclined<br />

to meet her in her own story. If she<br />

had shown some understanding of the<br />

Jewish experience, I would have been<br />

utterly committed to understanding<br />

hers. Surely the contrary applies.<br />

So what occurred on this particular<br />

panel, was a volleying of myth for myth,<br />

history for history, a refusal to hear the<br />

other, and a witnessing by the audience<br />

of an intractable conflict, stuck in its<br />

own stories, with no hope for peace.<br />

I want a time when we are confident<br />

enough to be able to include other<br />

histories and acknowledge other<br />

experiences other than our own. When<br />

we know that when we deny other<br />

people’s humanity, we forfeit our own.<br />

I look forward to a time<br />

when we reject this half<br />

told history of necessity,<br />

and believe in ourselves<br />

enough to strive towards<br />

a broad and powerful<br />

history of inclusion.<br />



Donny Janks and Daniel Samowitz<br />

Boys and girls from across Sydney are converging on the Emanuel<br />

Synagogue campus every Thursday afternoon.<br />

By 4 pm the foyer is full of around 60<br />

Jewish children nearing their Bar and<br />

Bat Mitzvahs. These are the students<br />

of Adva and Emet, who along with the<br />

10 students in our Distance Education<br />

Program, make up the 70-odd students<br />

in our B’nei Mitzvah Youth Education<br />

Program. We come to learn about our<br />

history, tradition, people, values and<br />

laws all in an engaging and dynamic<br />

way that sees the students excited to<br />

come to synagogue after school.<br />

The course, which runs for the two<br />

years preceding the Bar/Bat Mitzvah for<br />

all students not attending Jewish day<br />

schools, takes students through a journey<br />

of group development, Jewish literacy<br />

and critical thought, Hebrew and Israel<br />

education. We’re taking our students<br />

from learning the word “shalom” in<br />

their first week, to having a complex,<br />

working knowledge of Jewish stories,<br />

values, characters and ideas. We are<br />

proud that the success of the program<br />

sees Jewish day school students not<br />

wanting to miss out and signing up too.<br />

For students who cannot attend<br />

on Thursday afternoons, we’ve<br />

also updated and strengthened our<br />

Distance Education Program (DEP).<br />

Consisting of eight modules to be<br />

completed over the two years preceding<br />

the Bar/Bat Mitzvah, our DEP takes<br />

distance students through the same<br />

key content learned by our regular<br />

attendees, through a diverse range<br />

of complete-at-home activities.<br />



Mili Haber<br />

“I saw two paths standing in front of me; to look for my<br />

inner self and turn a blind eye to the errors that surround<br />

me, or to invest my strengths in a hard and challenging<br />

war for the things I believe are good and true. Lord,<br />

if you gave me fire in my heart, enable me to ignite the<br />

passions within me in my home, the home of Israel. And if<br />

you gave me eyes to see, if you gave me ears to listen, give me the<br />

power to forge, to strike, to lift. And let these words be more than<br />

poetry, let them become the certificate of life.” Hannah Sennesh<br />

And the fire was ignited… being in<br />

Israel for one year, for Netzer Shnat,<br />

Netzer’s leadership training year in Israel,<br />

this was not going to be an ordinary<br />

year. The Netzer Shnat program is<br />

an immersive, informal experience<br />

in Israel, aimed to develop young<br />

adult’s Jewish and Zionist identities.<br />

The lessons i’ve learnt and experienced<br />

are ones that will stay with me for life.<br />

The way we run our youth movement,<br />

and something that is introduced to<br />

our senior Chanichim (participants) is<br />

a documentation of our Beliefs, Aims<br />

and Policies (BAP). On Netzer shnat<br />

the program is split into three distinct<br />

sections that are inlined with this<br />

framework. At the beginning of this<br />

experience we had an option to do either<br />

Machon or Etgar. As a participant on<br />

Etgar, we lived communally in Jerusalem<br />

for 4 months. This program was directed<br />

by Netzer Olami (the worldwide<br />

movements main office in Israel),<br />

and was focused on Netzer’s ideology:<br />

Progressive Judaism, Reform Zionism,<br />

and Tikkun Olam. We engaged in many<br />

formative ideological experiences, that<br />

created a deeper understanding but<br />

also in some cases made you question<br />

yourself and even more confused than to<br />

when you began. Equally as formative,<br />

Machon participants experienced a<br />

pluralistic approach with a number<br />

of other movements, including Betar,<br />

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Habonim Dror SA and Hineni. In the<br />

second part of the program alongside<br />

with self run programs throughout<br />

the week, all participants lived in<br />

South Tel Aviv where we volunteered<br />

at a number of places that may have<br />

been a area of interest or somewhere<br />

we may have been needed.<br />

I volunteered at a refugee children day<br />

care center, before flying off to the UK<br />

as a leader on their Netzer camp. Both<br />

experiences, Ifound incredibly different<br />

but both very rewarding and assisted<br />

my quest to Hagshama, ideological<br />

fulfilment. In saying that, this quest<br />

continued during our third and last<br />

part of the program, participation<br />

on Kibbutz Lotan, a kibbutz down<br />

the south of Israel, near Eilat. On<br />

kibbutz I personally learnt a lot about<br />

communal living and intention, this<br />

was through working on the (believe<br />

it or not) date fields, and participation<br />

in the community plus everything<br />

else we did. On Lotan we met some<br />

incredible Israeli’s our age, who were<br />

there volunteering before joining the<br />

IDF. Through this connection plus<br />

many many more we’ve created a larger<br />

community in and out of the diaspora.<br />

The poem written at the beginning<br />

was something that I received at the<br />

conclusion of Etgar (the first 4 months)<br />

by Netzer Olami. This poem, wasn’t<br />

something that I was invested in but<br />

after this experience and being back in<br />

Australia where everything is so different,<br />

this poem has guided me with intention<br />

and purpose within my community<br />

and the way I live everyday. The fire<br />

in my heart, enables me to ignite the<br />

passion not only for Israel but towards<br />

everything I do. The power as we forge,<br />

strike and lift up together now back as<br />

a bogrim body (leadership body within<br />

Netzer) we continue to learn, build<br />

strong friendships and educate. These<br />

terms are ones I see define every member<br />

in Netzer and alumni. The year that<br />

used to seem so far away, has now been<br />

a year of so much growth, knowledge<br />

and connections worldwide. Moreover<br />

the year that has helped build and guide<br />

me for years to come. And with the<br />

method learnt through my time in the<br />

movement and with more to come, I<br />

will continue to develop my beliefs,<br />

create aims of what i want to do and<br />

policies of how I can achieve hagshama.<br />

This upcoming year is full of exciting<br />

events as a Netzer Madricha (leader),<br />

more specifically as Netzer;s Metam’et<br />

(PR coordinator), as a teacher in our<br />

Hebrew school, Kef Kids, working<br />

in disability care and now studying<br />

‘sustainable communities’. And each<br />

experience I go through now and forever,<br />

will become the certificate of my life.


Natalie Royal<br />

What is a Jewish Youth Movement? Why do I bother sending my child? What does it<br />

mean to be a part of a young Jewish organisation? Many questions linger throughout<br />

our community about what Jewish Youth Movements do for us and for our children.<br />

Only after 13 years of<br />

participation and taking<br />

on roles have I gained a<br />

solid understanding on<br />

the importance of the<br />

work carried out by the<br />

Jewish youth groups.<br />

The minute you turn<br />

eight, it’s time to pack your<br />

bags and be pushed into<br />

an extroverted, exciting,<br />

informal educational camp<br />

for 5 days with other kids<br />

you’ve never met before.<br />

For me, the beginning was Habonim<br />

Dror. When you’re a young child,<br />

you don’t understand the importance<br />

or educational side of what you’ve<br />

been thrown into, you just embrace<br />

the social aspect and discover a new<br />

world of friends. Although you never<br />

realise it, these are the friends you’re<br />

going to keep for the rest of your life.<br />

As you start to attend weekly meetings,<br />

one camp after the other, you start to<br />

realise that there’s more to going than<br />

just making new friends. You realise<br />

that you’ve learnt about different sects<br />

of Judaism, environmentalism, what<br />

havdallah is, a whole range of wacky and<br />

fascinating things that you wouldn’t have<br />

picked up anywhere else. Not only that<br />

but the leaders that volunteer their time<br />

to run these programs for you identify<br />

and care about what their teaching<br />

you. It’s a form of education that allows<br />

you to enjoy learning new things.<br />

Eventually, you reach the senior<br />

movement, and your mind is blown.<br />

The movement introduces you to their<br />

ideology, allowing you to understand<br />

why we learn what we do. And for<br />

the first time in your life, you can<br />

formulate your own opinion. An<br />

opinion based on years of knowledge<br />

put together, from multiple angles and<br />

you’re able to effectively communicate<br />

with someone what you believe is<br />

right, just or important to you in this<br />

world. With this you also discover<br />

that there is a gap between you and<br />

your friends who don’t attend a youth<br />

movement, you’re confident with<br />

talking to other people, no matter their<br />

gender or age and not afraid to speak<br />

your mind to someone else and you’re<br />

surrounded by like-minded people.<br />

Finally, after thousands of hours sitting<br />

and listening to the people who have<br />

become your role models, you’re finally<br />

able to be that person. That empowered,<br />

fun, knowledgeable young leader in your<br />

community who can stand up in front<br />

of crowds of people and proudly and<br />

effectively communicate your beliefs.<br />

The young student who decided that<br />

volunteering 80% of their holidays<br />

and 8 hours a week is how they’re<br />

going to spend their time, alongside<br />

balancing university and<br />

making a living because its<br />

important. Not because<br />

they want the gratitude<br />

and praise at the end,<br />

because they understand<br />

that the next generation of<br />

leaders in our communities<br />

are the ones that push<br />

themselves and engage in<br />

these youth movements.<br />

During my past two years<br />

in Netzer (our community's<br />

youth movement), I’ve<br />

been able to be a leader for kids all<br />

ages, the NSW treasurer and co- run a<br />

junior summer camp this past summer.<br />

The only reason I’ve been able to do<br />

this is because I grew up in a youth<br />

movement and I, with so many others<br />

invested our time to do something<br />

we love with the skills it<br />

gave us over the years.<br />



Interacting with these<br />

participants and leaders,<br />

made my understand<br />

the importance of the<br />

education and life skills<br />

it provides to the youth<br />

in our community. It’s<br />

through the support of our<br />

synagogue that allows us<br />

to push the word out there<br />

that we’re the educators for the future<br />

leaders of our Progressive and Jewish<br />

community. The students that excel at<br />

school, are confident in what they do<br />

and know how to defend themselves<br />

when faced against Anti- Semitism or<br />

other life dilemmas are the kids that are<br />

engaged with this in the movements.<br />


This January, I had the pleasure of<br />

running Netzer’s annual summer<br />

“MachaNoar “camp. I got to experience<br />

93 wonderful, smiling kids from years<br />

3-8 have an incredible summer holidays.<br />

Within those kids, 32 had never<br />

attended a Netzer (or any other youth<br />

movement) camp before. Myself and the<br />

other 22 leaders didn’t see a single child<br />

that did not enjoy themselves or learn<br />

something new. These kids left camp<br />

with new friendships, a whole lot of new<br />

knowledge and leaders to look up to and<br />

be their role models. To me, this is what<br />

the community needs to understand,<br />

appreciate and get involved in. We’re the<br />

education you won’t find anywhere else.<br />

Next time you walk past Emanuel<br />

Synagogue, attend a service or<br />

search online, go look at the Netzer<br />

or any of the other Jewish youth<br />

movements in Sydney and see what’s<br />

coming up, send your kids on a<br />

camp and get involved because the<br />

long run will always pay off.<br />



Rabbi Rafi Kaiserblueth<br />

Having moved to Australia, it is easy to feel a bit isolated from the rest of the<br />

world, Jewishly or otherwise. Therefore, when I was given the opportunity to<br />

interact with like-minded Jews from around the world, I leapt at the chance.<br />

In January, I was invited to take part in<br />

a Mercaz Olami conference in Israel.<br />

Mercaz is the Zionist arm of the World<br />

Wide Masorti Movement. Among it’s<br />

many remits, the one I found the most<br />

powerful was the advocacy for a pluralist<br />

Jewish community in Israel. It is a fight<br />

that is ongoing, but one where serious<br />

headway has already been made.<br />

On this conference were Jews from<br />

communities in Argentina, Peru,<br />

Uruguay, Chile, Brazil, Mexico, United<br />

States, Canada, United Kingdom,<br />

France, Spain, Germany, Holland,<br />

Ukraine, Russia, Israel, and Australia.<br />

Perhaps the highlight of the trip<br />

was being in the halls of the Knesset<br />

(Israeli Parliament) and meeting with<br />

the leaders of the major parties, to<br />

advocate for an Israel where our pluralist<br />

vision will become a reality. I returned<br />

reinvigorated, knowing that there are<br />

Jews all over the world who share a<br />

vision, our vision, of a vibrant, dynamic,<br />

pluralist Judaism, and are working to<br />

made that vision a reality.<br />




Donny Janks<br />

It’s a tried and true statement that all children learn differently. This presents<br />

no small challenge to educators everywhere, but embedded in the Jewish<br />

traditions we are teaching the youth at Emanuel Synagogue is a brilliant<br />

model for answering this dilemma: the four children of the haggadah, who<br />

are certainly not unlike our students. So how would we explain to each child who<br />

enters Emanuel Synagogue why we should celebrate 80 years of its existence?<br />


The Wise Child<br />

We all know a wise child<br />

- thoughtful, sincere, their<br />

teachers’ favourite. It’s easy<br />

to cater to the wise child<br />

and leave the other three just<br />

colouring in, but dedicating<br />

adequate attention to all<br />

four children is one of our<br />

most important goals. When<br />

the wise child asks “what<br />

is the role and function of<br />

the synagogue? How has it<br />

helped our community, and<br />

how best we celebrate it?”<br />

we respond: “our synagogue<br />

is a community centre - we<br />

meet here, we learn here, we celebrate<br />

and mourn here. As long as there have<br />

been Jewish communities, there have<br />

been synagogues, and the growth of<br />

our synagogue is synonymous with<br />

the growth of our community.”<br />

The Wicked Child<br />

It’s easy to write off the wicked child. We<br />

often think of this child as disrespectful<br />

and mean. However, a good educator<br />

will see a wicked child as needing of<br />

their attention and love as much as<br />

any other. When the wicked child says<br />

“shul is boring. Why should we care?”,<br />

we should respond: “look at all of the<br />

people who gather here. They are your<br />

community, and should something bad<br />

happen to you, they will always help<br />

you. This synagogue cares for them as<br />

they care for each other, and that is why<br />

you should care too. They are responsible<br />

for you and you are responsible for<br />

them, if you choose this challenge.”<br />

The Simple Child<br />

We picture the simple child as very<br />

young and very cute. But I think of<br />

our simple child as any student who<br />

is yet to learn the Jewish context to<br />

frame a Jewish question. When the<br />

simple child asks, “what is this place?”,<br />

we should answer: “this synagogue is<br />

a place where Jewish people like you<br />

and me come to pray, to learn, to feel<br />

supported, and to celebrate the big<br />

moments in their lives. I hope you keep<br />

coming here when you’re bigger.”<br />

The Child Who Doesn’t<br />

Know Enough to<br />

Ask a Question<br />

The last child sits and watches<br />

the seder (or more likely<br />

plays in the other room until<br />

the afikoman hunt). In the<br />

absence of a question, we<br />

should bring our Children<br />

Who Don’t Know Enough<br />

to the synagogue for lessons,<br />

games and services. We should<br />

tell them that “we’re going to<br />

synagogue now”, and explain<br />

what you’ll do there - feeling<br />

familiar and excited from<br />

their earliest years is essential<br />

in ensuring that they’ll bring their<br />

children and grandchildren in turn.<br />

If you come to the synagogue on a<br />

Thursday or Friday afternoon, you’ll see<br />

the youth education team surrounded<br />

by anything from five to fifty children.<br />

I can assure you that in every lesson we<br />

run, there are students who have a little<br />

bit of each of the four children from the<br />

haggadah. The diversity in our students<br />

only increases over time, and despite the<br />

challenges this creates, it’s something to<br />

be celebrated. I hope that in another 80<br />

years, Emanuel Synagogue will still be<br />

responsible for the Jewish education of<br />

all 4 children from the haggadah.<br />

Donny is one of the leaders of Emanuel<br />

Synagogue’s Youth Education programme<br />



Donna Jacobs-Sife<br />

I’m hanging out for seder. I need the strength of ritual, the structure<br />

of seder to help me express my anguish about this world of ours, and<br />

provide a vehicle that can take me from prayer to redemption.<br />

That is the genius of Seder. Its<br />

central tenet states that ‘it is<br />

incumbent on every person<br />

to see himself as though he<br />

personally had gone out from<br />

Egypt.’ It is not just about<br />

some ancient liberation, but<br />

rather about a liberation<br />

that we can continue to<br />

experience today; whether it<br />

be from our own self-imposed<br />

enslavement - to the dollar, or<br />

our resentments, or our narrow<br />

mindedness; or whether it<br />

be as a People, oppressed by<br />

our fears or by violence; or<br />

whether it be the world’s oppression<br />

of racism, poverty and hunger.<br />

We were slaves. Not descended from the<br />

gods, not noblemen, but humble slaves.<br />

And our liberation reminds us that the<br />

world can and must be transformed.<br />

Remembering our humble beginnings<br />

is fundamental to who we are.<br />

This year, I find myself thinking about<br />

the beginnings of the State of Israel.<br />

How deeply traumatized we were, unable<br />

to see beyond our gaping wounds and<br />

near destruction. Is it possible I ask<br />

myself, that we did not see that others<br />

were displaced by our being granted a<br />

homeland? This year I will bring that<br />

thought to the seder table for discussion.<br />

I love the idea that matzah is both<br />

the bread of slavery and the bread of<br />

freedom, and that the difference between<br />

these two states is as thin as the matzah<br />

itself. What separates them could be<br />

just a small step from an entrenched<br />

position. Being able to step out from<br />

one’s own reality and thereby get a view<br />

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of the other. When Moses was at the<br />

burning bush he “turned aside to see<br />

it more clearly’. And ‘when God saw<br />

that he turned aside, he spoke to him.<br />

Perhaps, I think to myself, if I<br />

can turn aside from my own<br />

fears, my own position, I too will<br />

be able to see more clearly.<br />

Immediately following this exchange<br />

with Moses and God in the Torah comes<br />

a strange statement from God. ‘I have<br />

seen the affliction of my People.....<br />

and I have heard my people cry out....<br />

and I come down to deliver them<br />

from the hand of the Egyptians’ .<br />

Four hundred years of slavery and You<br />

hear them now? What took You so long?<br />

The rabbis say that it took us that long<br />

to be able to articulate our enslavement,<br />

and finally cry out to God. As soon as<br />

we did, God was ready to deliver us.<br />

The Holy Land can be more than a<br />

place to save us if ‘it happens again’. It is<br />

more than a piece of land that we must<br />

cling to in the terror that we<br />

may die without it. It is the<br />

Holy Land. And as such we<br />

must act with holiness as the<br />

custodians. And what is it to<br />

be holy? In the Tanach, Micah<br />

6:8 says that the Lord requires<br />

you to ‘only do justice, to love<br />

goodness, and to walk modestly<br />

with your God.’ Or in the<br />

Talmud it says that the Jewish<br />

nation is distinguished by three<br />

characteristics; they are merciful,<br />

they are humble, and they<br />

perform acts of loving kindness.<br />

Which makes me think of<br />

Midrash. When the heavenly angels<br />

sang songs of praise to God as the<br />

Egyptians were drowning in the Sea<br />

of Reeds, God reprimanded them for<br />

celebrating the suffering of his children<br />

the Egyptians. When I clear my house<br />

of chametz this year, I only hope I sweep<br />

out the corners of my heart as well , and<br />

do away with at least some of the pride<br />

and arrogance that lurk in the shadows.<br />

Of this I am sure. Our own liberation<br />

requires the liberation of all people, and<br />

the end of all oppression. Perhaps it<br />

is this recognition that makes Passover<br />

such a universal holiday, and the seder<br />

such a wonderful time to invite non-<br />

Jews and nonpracticing Jews to our<br />

home to experience the aliveness<br />

of Judaism’s liberatory message.<br />

My seder will be as powerful and<br />

transforming as I make it. And this<br />

year, as the seder closes with the prayer<br />

- next year, Peace in Jerusalem, lets<br />

pray that God will be listening.



Kim Gotlieb<br />

This is the first year in which marriage equality for same sex couples has become law.<br />

The rabbis at Emanuel Synagogue are now free to perform the long-awaited mitzvah<br />

of same-sex “weddings” under the chuppah. Until now, they were stymied behind<br />

legal rhetoric which would not allow them to apply the term “marriage” to samesex<br />

unions. It was awesome to find that the first same-sex marriage performed in<br />

Australia was indeed a Jewish one, officiated by our own Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins.<br />

This year’s Mardi Gras float is themed<br />

to highlight some of the Jewish Gay<br />

icons who have played an integral role<br />

in supported the LGBT+ communities<br />

- namely Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler<br />

& Fran Drescher (from the nanny).<br />

And Emanuel Synagogue should be<br />

added to that list, for its unequivocal<br />

support for the LGBT+ community.<br />

Emanuel synagogue “pulled out all the<br />

stops” to support the YES vote - from<br />

posters outside the shul, to rabbinic<br />

endorsement of the bill at the political<br />

level. We are extremely grateful.<br />

Emanuel continues to support LGBT+<br />

issues, beyond the scope of their<br />

membership, which certainly does<br />

include a good representation of LGBT+<br />

folk. However, it is clear that their is an<br />

aspect of Tikkun<br />

Olam (repair of the<br />

world) in which<br />

Emanuel’s support<br />

for LGBT+ folk<br />

extends way beyond<br />

the limits of its<br />

membership.<br />

As President of<br />

Dayenu it was<br />

very heartening<br />

to be at the Mardi<br />

Gras Fair Day<br />

stall and hear the<br />

range of folk, both<br />

Jewish and non,<br />

who could speak<br />

of a meaningful connections with<br />

our rabbis. You do an amazing job.<br />

Looking to the future, we are planning<br />

some joint events for Pride Week in<br />

June. We are also entering preliminary<br />

discussions with the World Congress<br />

of GLBT Jews about hosting their<br />

conference in 2019. This year it is<br />

happening in Rome, but L’shana<br />

Haba (Next year) maybe right here<br />

in Sydney. Emanuel Synagogue<br />

has already shown support for<br />

movement towards this possibility.<br />

We can not fully celebrate, without<br />

taking a moment to notice many issues,<br />

which remain painful for LGBT+ folk<br />

in our midst: There are young adult gay<br />

folk who are too scared to come out to<br />

their parents; there are lesbian schoolgirls<br />

The Dayenu float at the <strong>2018</strong> Mardi Gras (Photo: Toby Centre Sydney)<br />

engaged in self-harm and suicidal<br />

ideation; their are gay luminaries in their<br />

time, who experience loneliness and<br />

isolation; there is addiction; relationship<br />

challenges; and a raft of complex areas<br />

of concern - many of<br />

which are present within<br />

the broader community,<br />

but amplified through<br />

the lens of homophobia<br />

and the challenges of<br />

experiencing this particular<br />

brand of “othering”.<br />



Dayenu looks forward<br />

to including more of our<br />

youth, gender diverse,<br />

and others aspects of the LGBT+/<br />

Jewish interface. Please contact us, with<br />

your thoughts and your enthusiasm.<br />

L’dor V’dor, from<br />

generation to<br />

generation may<br />

we find Sukkat<br />

Shlomecha, a<br />

shelter of peace, for<br />

all who enter the<br />

doors of Emanuel<br />

Synagogue.<br />

For more, see<br />

www.dayenu.org.au<br />



Nicole Waldner<br />

Rita was turning 80 and she didn’t want a party, but her daughters had insisted.<br />

On the night of her 80th there were so many people, so many faces and not all of<br />

them had names or stories that Rita could recall. She liked the champagne though<br />

and all those beautiful dresses that her daughter's friends were wearing.<br />

The teal silk halter-neck, the plum<br />

velvet shift, oh and the peach floral<br />

chiffon! She would have liked to touch<br />

them, to feel those exquisite fabrics<br />

between her fingers. All of her working<br />

life Rita had been a seamstress, but<br />

it had been many years since she’d<br />

made anything new. Thinking back<br />

now she couldn’t remember exactly<br />

why she’d stopped sewing, only that it<br />

was after her mother’s funeral. She sat<br />

quietly watching the scene with that<br />

sense of distance which sometimes<br />

felt like longing, and sometimes like<br />

indifference, but she did not wish to<br />

feel either. She stood up and went to<br />

look for her granddaughter Lola.<br />

“Ooh Nonna, you brought me<br />

chocolates!” Lola’s long, dark<br />

eyes glittered like jet beads. “It’s<br />

a very fancy party, isn’t it?”<br />

Rita nodded and told her about<br />

the waiters and the champagne,<br />

and all the beautiful dresses too.<br />

“Do you want me to read you a story?”<br />

“No. Let’s play ‘Stare Stare’.”<br />

Rita agreed, took off her shoes and<br />

climbed into the bed. Lola curled up<br />

beside her, warm and soft as a freshly<br />

baked brioche. The game was simple<br />

enough, but it did require a lot of<br />

staring. The nearness of the child,<br />

the goodness of her balmy smell, her<br />

laughter, her long, narrow, obsidian<br />

eyes, all of it was bliss to Rita.<br />

Those eyes! How they reminded Rita<br />

of her mother! Her mother who’d died<br />

in an airless room, surrounded by pills,<br />

ossified by bitterness and spleen. After<br />

years of caring for her there was little<br />

love left in Rita’s heart for anything.<br />

“Nonna, what do you want for<br />

your birthday?” asked Lola.<br />

Rita looked into Lola’s eyes again<br />

and saw the past, present and future<br />

converging. She thought about her<br />

mother’s dresses hanging in a cupboard<br />

at home, shrouded in sheets, smothered<br />

in mothballs. Diors, Balenciagas,<br />

Saint-Laurents, all copies, all made<br />

by Rita. They were such perfect<br />

replicas that nobody ever knew they<br />

weren’t originals. They needed airing,<br />

an outing. Or maybe they needed<br />

to be taken apart and re-made?<br />

“I really liked the chiffon dress I<br />

told you about, but I think the waist<br />

should have been cinched and the bust<br />

needed darts. Structure and softness<br />

aren’t mutually exclusive you know.”<br />

“Huh? So you want a dress?”<br />

“No,” said Rita with sudden<br />

verve, “I don’t want a dress, I<br />

want to make dresses.”<br />

She lay back, closed her eyes and<br />

remembered. Her father had lived a<br />

long, strong life. What was it he’d always<br />

said? “Someone to love and something<br />

to do.” Here was Lola beside her.<br />

Tomorrow she’d make her a new dress.<br />

If you’d like to read more<br />

of Nicole’s work please visit<br />

www.nicolewaldner.com<br />



Rev Sam Zwarenstein<br />

When you attend a conference with over 5,000 Jews, gathered in a huge hotel, or<br />

as was the most recent case, a convention centre, you’d expect there to be plenty of<br />

cause for laughter and celebration, for networking and learning and sharing.<br />

The most recent URJ (Union for<br />

Reform Judaism) Biennial in Boston<br />

in December 2017 was all that and<br />

more. URJ Biennials are based<br />

on a multi-pronged platform.<br />

First, there are many hundreds of<br />

learning sessions to choose from, each<br />

lasting about an hour and a half to two<br />

hours, with a huge amount of options<br />

to choose from. There are around 4-5<br />

time slots per day, and about 20-25<br />

choices for each of those time slots.<br />

Unless you’re Michael Keaton in<br />

Duplicity, there is no way you could get<br />

to them all. Moreover, the sessions are<br />

not designed like that. They are standalone<br />

(with one or two exceptions)<br />

learning and engagement sessions,<br />

created to encourage participation in<br />

the areas being presented and discussed.<br />

With over 5,000 participants in every<br />

URJ Biennial I’ve been to, I am yet to<br />

meet someone who wasn’t debating<br />

which session to go to for a given time<br />

slot. So many choices, so little time.<br />

Then there is an unbelievably amazing<br />

exhibit hall, with a very wide range of<br />

Judaica, tours, books, services, solutions,<br />

and many other great offerings to<br />

indulge and partake in, ask questions<br />

about, discuss, purchase and simply<br />

enjoy. In Boston, there 143 exhibitors,<br />

you could (and I did) spend hours there.<br />

There is also a range of services and<br />

text study options, and loads of music<br />

options for all ages and backgrounds,<br />

running at different times of the day,<br />

and especially late at night, after the<br />

regular programming has concluded.<br />

These offerings included Josh Nelson,<br />

Dan Nichols, Nefesh Mountain,<br />

Michelle Citrin, and Rick Recht.<br />

Every conference also presents wonderful<br />

opportunities for networking - either<br />

with people you know, or someone<br />

you’ve never met, perhaps just to catch<br />

up, or even have an in-depth discussion<br />

on mutual interests or challenges.<br />

Shabbat dinner always blows me away.<br />

The opportunity to share a special<br />

meal, at a very special time of the<br />

week, with thousands of other people,<br />

and even at your table of 10 or 12,<br />

you don’t know most of them. But,<br />

you get to know them, and you form<br />

even more amazing friendships and<br />

bonds. You get to sing Kiddush, say<br />

Hamotzi, and recite Birkat Hamazon<br />

(Grace After Meals) with a huge<br />

contingent of new-found connections<br />

as well as dear and close friends.<br />

Shabbat services with more than<br />

5,000 people always proves to be<br />

entertaining and powerful. It’s probably<br />

a different style of service than just<br />

about any of us in this world are<br />

used to, and if you love music and<br />

singing, you are in for a huge treat.<br />

And then there’s the main attraction<br />

of the conference (well, in my opinion<br />

anyway) - plenary sessions. There<br />

are usually two plenaries each day<br />

(one in the morning, and one in the<br />

night). Each plenary kept the audience<br />

enthralled, engaged, and thoroughly<br />

inspired. When you have such<br />

motivating and influential speakers as<br />

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker,<br />

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, Senator<br />

Elizabeth Warren, and Fran Drescher<br />

(yes, The Nanny), you know you’re<br />

going to be invigorated and energised.<br />

There is so much on offer, and if<br />

you find yourself bored at any stage<br />

during the Biennial, you must<br />

be doing something wrong.<br />

As with all conferences and seminars,<br />

what you learn, experience, enjoy,<br />

and take from the conference is<br />

directly related to what you put into<br />

it, and what your intentions are.<br />

There is no doubt that you could do the<br />

bare minimum, stay in your hotel room<br />

for most of the time, and steer away<br />

from the crowds, but then you’d need to<br />

be asking yourself, what am I doing here?<br />

You could also find yourself at the<br />

conference venue for 15 hours a day,<br />

taking it all in, running from place to<br />

place, not stopping for a minute to<br />

rest. You’d certainly be<br />

getting the most value<br />

for your money, but then<br />

the question would be,<br />

what did I learn here?<br />



As always, it’s about<br />

planning, prioritising,<br />

making time for the<br />

important things (like<br />

networking and the exhibit<br />

hall), and allowing yourself<br />

to be educated, entertained,<br />

and enlightened. The reality is that<br />

no matter how big the lure of such an<br />

mind-blowing conference is, it is not<br />

feasible for many of us to attend the URJ<br />

Biennial, as amazing as that would be.<br />

Having said that, we have a wonderful<br />

opportunity to engage in our own<br />


Thousands gather for prayer at the URJ Biennial<br />

Biennial, right here in Australia. Every<br />

two years, we have the UPJ Biennial,<br />

for congregations and congregants from<br />

Australia, New Zealand, and South-<br />

East Asia to engage in. We don’t have<br />

the numbers to hold a conference for<br />

5,000 people, which can be a good<br />

thing (especially if huge crowds are not<br />

your style). It does, however, allow us<br />

to enjoy more focussed learning and<br />

engagement sessions, mealtimes, services,<br />

with plenty of time for networking<br />

and socialising. It’s an opportunity<br />

to get together with people who<br />

value the same or similar ideological<br />

principles, share our congregational<br />

and personal stories, experiences, and<br />

dreams, and even make new friends.<br />

This year, we’ll be gathering in<br />

Melbourne, at the Novotel St Kilda,<br />

from 15-18 November <strong>2018</strong>. Over and<br />

above all the other special activities,<br />

which also includes a range of activities<br />

for Mitzvah Day (18 November),<br />

we’ll be learning with Rabbi Dr Larry<br />

Hoffman. Rabbi Hoffman is a Professor<br />

of Liturgy, Worship, and Ritual at<br />

the Hebrew Union College Jewish<br />

Institute of Religion in New York.<br />

He has a wealth of knowledge and<br />

experience, and has written and edited<br />

many books, and along with Dr Ron<br />

Wolfson (who we’ve had the pleasure of<br />

learning and engaging with at the 2012<br />

and 2016 UPJ Biennial Conferences),<br />

he co-founded Synagogue 2000, and<br />

later Synagogue 3000, focusing on<br />

trans-denominational Judaism and<br />

engagement. I could go on and on about<br />

how amazing he is, but I’ll leave that<br />

until November, when we get to learn<br />

and connect with Rabbi Hoffman.<br />

So, go clear your calendar for 15-18<br />

November, and join us in Melbourne.<br />

It’s only 4 days, but it will leave a lasting<br />

impact on your Jewish and social life,<br />

and you will walk away, feeling enriched<br />

and exuberated, and you’ll have lots<br />

more friends. Registration will open<br />

soon, and you can take advantage of<br />

the early-bird pricing and other options<br />

on offer. More information on the<br />

Biennial and how to register, etc. will be<br />

communicated in the coming months.<br />

P.S. If you can’t make it to<br />

Melbourne, there will be a couple<br />

of other opportunities to hear from<br />

and learn with Rabbi Hoffman<br />

in Sydney in early November. Of<br />

course, you could go to both!<br />



Leigh Reading<br />

Our Emanuel Synagogue volunteers selflessly devote their time and skills to make a difference<br />

in the lives of others in the community. We appreciate, honour and celebrate every one of<br />

them! A volunteer from each of our projects shares some information, insights and stories.<br />

If you would like to know more<br />

about either a group or our work<br />

in general, please email the Social<br />

Justice Chairperson Michael Folk<br />

at socialjustice@emanuel.org.au<br />


FOR MEN<br />

Project Coordinator Peter Keeda<br />

“Everyone has the right<br />

to a standard of living<br />

adequate for the health<br />

and well-being of himself<br />

and of his family, including<br />

food, clothing, housing and<br />

medical care and necessary<br />

social services, and the right<br />

to security in the event of<br />

unemployment, sickness,<br />

disability, widowhood,<br />

old age or other lack of<br />

livelihood in circumstances<br />

beyond his control.”<br />

– Article 25(1) of the Universal<br />

Declaration of Human Rights<br />

About once a month I struggle out<br />

of my warm bed at 5am on a Sunday<br />

morning and, bleary-eyed, drive to<br />

Woolloomooloo. As I near the Matthew<br />

Talbot Hostel for men I remind myself<br />

how lucky I am to have left a warm, dry,<br />

safe home to which, after a few hours,<br />

I will return. Out of the car window I<br />

see those sleeping on the streets, under<br />

bridges, snuggled up in their dirty<br />

blankets, the homeless men of Sydney.<br />

In half an hour, the Hostel doors will<br />

open and these men will be able to<br />

find some comfort and warmth for an<br />

hour or two, after which they will again<br />

hit the streets of our modern city.<br />

It has now been over seven years that we<br />

staff the canteen at the Hostel, serving<br />

coffee and other such ‘luxuries’ to the<br />

homeless. Often, we get a chance to<br />

chat with some of the men there gaining<br />

some understanding of how fragile our<br />

fortunes have been, thrusting them into<br />

homelessness and us into a privileged<br />

life of family, friends, housing and many<br />

of the comforts of modern living.<br />

As I leave the hostel, I am always aware<br />

of my good fortune in being able to<br />

return to my warm and welcoming<br />

home, but saddened that those at the<br />

hostel will return to the often cold<br />

and uncaring streets of Sydney.<br />

It is indeed a privilege to serve these men.<br />


Coordinator Tanya Igra<br />

It has been both a privilege and<br />

gratifying experience to be involved in<br />

the numerous and varied Social Justice<br />

activities of Emanuel Synagogue. My<br />

involvement this year with organising<br />

Mitzvah Day, signifies a day to both<br />

contribute to a meaningful ‘good<br />

deed project’ and to celebrate the<br />

opportunity to communally give to<br />

a significant cause with joint spirit,<br />

energy and enthusiasm in our multigenerational<br />

Emanuel family.<br />

Mitzvah Day not only provides a<br />

small way to change the world for<br />

others but demonstrates to ourselves<br />

as a community the wonderful results<br />

that can be achieved when many<br />

people put their hearts, ideas, talents,<br />

generosity and time together. Every<br />

Delivery of the Aboriginal Care<br />

Packs from Mitzvah Day to<br />

Gunawirra Aboriginal Service<br />

for distribution to disadvantaged<br />

Aboriginal Communities in NSW<br />

little bit and every person counts in<br />

helping to achieve the end-product.<br />



This year’s Mitzvah Day, produced 250<br />

personal hygiene care packs, which were<br />

distributed to Aboriginal preschool<br />

children from extremely disadvantaged<br />

communities across NSW. Previous<br />

Mitzvah Days have produced care packs<br />

for women and families in refuges facing<br />

domestic violence, as well as educational<br />

supply packages for indigenous school<br />

aged children who could not otherwise<br />

afford basic school necessities. Each<br />

year has surpassed the last in terms of<br />

the level of participation and willingness<br />

of congregants to donate both goods<br />

and time to the cause at hand.<br />

Personally, I have found assisting and<br />

contributing in various capacities<br />


within the social justice sphere of<br />

this synagogue a most satisfying<br />

and fulfilling experience.<br />



Owen Ratner<br />

I have been a member of Emanuel<br />

Synagogue from the time that I<br />

was married at Temple Emanuel in<br />

1973. In my early years as a member<br />

I was very involved in the life of the<br />

Emanuel community principally in the<br />

establishment of The Emanuel School.<br />

I am not religious and apart from my<br />

involvement with the school I have had<br />

very little to do with synagogue life.<br />

Nevertheless, I value my Jewish identity<br />

and have struggled for years with how<br />

to maintain that identity without being<br />

an active member of the synagogue.<br />

When I saw the request by Emanuel<br />

Social Justice for volunteers to help<br />

with their new literacy program<br />

aimed principally at helping young<br />

indigenous children I thought this<br />

would be perfect. It was not only an<br />

activity that would involve me with<br />

the Emanuel community but it also<br />

gave me the opportunity to help the<br />

advancement of young students in<br />

the local aboriginal community.<br />

I have been volunteering now for 2 years<br />

at Alexandria Park Community School.<br />

From my discussions with Nehama<br />

and other volunteers, I think it would<br />

be fair to say we all find the class work<br />

exhausting and exhilarating at times but<br />

always fulfilling. I love engaging with<br />

the young students and developing a<br />

relationship over the school year. The<br />

feedback we receive is always positive.<br />

I am proud to do my bit to help<br />

educate young children in need of<br />

encouragement and support and<br />

honoured to be doing this as a<br />

representative of the Jewish community.<br />


Project Co Ordinator Nehama Werner<br />

Emanuel Synagogue has a long<br />

relationship with the Exodus<br />

Foundation, which was established by<br />

Reverend Bill Crews of the Uniting<br />

Church in Ashfield. In the early<br />

1990s Emanuel volunteers began by<br />

cooking and serving lunch on Easter<br />

Sunday to the hungry and lonely<br />

people Exodus’s staff call their guests.<br />

Exodus’s program has grown to match<br />

the increasing numbers of needy and<br />

so has Emanuel’s contribution. On<br />

the second Sunday of every month,<br />

our volunteers set the tables, serve the<br />

meals (now cooked by professional staff)<br />

and clean up. Guests reflect the multiethnic<br />

character of Ashfield across all age<br />

groups. The majority are men, elderly<br />

women and often women with small<br />

children. All receive a hot meal of meat<br />

and vegetables, fruit and beverages.<br />



Co-ordinators Leigh Redding and Morris Eskin<br />

The Newtown Asylum Seekers Centre<br />

is a not-for-profit organisation relying<br />

entirely on grants, donations and<br />

volunteers. The ASC assists with<br />

finding accommodation, financial relief,<br />

legal advice, employment assistance<br />

to those allowed to work, education,<br />

nutrition and social support.<br />

Our group of 22 people has now<br />

been involved for over 5 years. We<br />

cook regular lunches in our homes in<br />

teams, which we serve at the centre,<br />

together with delivering frozen<br />

meals prepared by Our Big Kitchen<br />

on Fridays, to be enjoyed over the<br />

weekends in their accommodation.<br />

We recently inspired Emanuel School<br />

students to collect and donate nonperishable<br />

food and toiletries. They<br />

went to the Centre and in distributing<br />

their donations, they interacted<br />

with the refugees who rely on the<br />

Centre for much of their social,<br />

emotional and economic support.<br />

For our few hours of work, the benefits<br />

are enormous. The words of gratitude<br />

and the smiles of enjoyment from the<br />

women, men and children, make it all<br />

so worthwhile. A true MITZVAH.<br />

Volunteers in the Early Literacy Support Project<br />


Mr Albert & Mrs Elina Smagarinsky<br />

Mrs Lucy & Mr Stephen Chipkin<br />

Ms Dagmar Caminer<br />

Mr Lewis Levi<br />

Mrs Jenny Solomon<br />

Mr Anthony Lewy<br />

Mr Michael Keogh &<br />

Ms Sharron Motro<br />

Mr Anthony & Mrs Ronit Olovitz<br />

Mr Joshua Weinstock &<br />

Ms Jenita Stoloff<br />


Welcome new members<br />

Ms Barbara Holmes and family<br />

Mr Owen Griffiths & Ms<br />

Mary-Ann Stanley<br />

Issac & Ann Elnekave<br />

Mr Liam O'Callaghan<br />

Mr Adrian & Mrs Justine Reef<br />

Guy Abelsohn & Geneviv Fanous<br />

Ms Roberta Haski<br />

Mr Warren & Ms Mila Kalinko<br />

Mr Bradley & Mrs Nicole Allen<br />

Mr Dean Kremer<br />

Mr Peter Ryner<br />

Mr Antony David Solomon<br />

Mrs Kim Solomon<br />

Ms Jessica Block & Mr Tim Fox<br />

Mr Jack Poppert<br />

Mr Daniel & Mrs Yvonne Wise<br />

Ms Toni Whitmont & Mr Jim Booth<br />

Mr Jason & Mrs Merav Ross<br />

Mr Peter Berger<br />

Mr Saul & Mrs Lauren Berkowitz<br />




Join us on the second Saturday morning of<br />

each month following Shabbat services:<br />

April 14<br />

May 12<br />

June 9<br />

July 14<br />

August 11<br />

Lunch<br />

Rabbi Jacqueline Ninio<br />

Dudu Gotlib<br />

‘n’<br />

Learn<br />

Rabbi Dr Orna Triguboff<br />

Rabbi Rafi Kaiserblueth<br />

Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins<br />



GROUP}<br />

Experience has shown that<br />

bereavement support can provide<br />

people with appropriate care in their<br />

time of need. Jacky Gerald, who<br />

has experience in this field, will be<br />

facilitating a number of one-hour<br />

group sessions for those seeking<br />

help in dealing with bereavement.<br />

As these sessions will be held off-site (in<br />

the CBD), registration will be required.<br />

To register, email info@emanuel.org.au,<br />

and we will send you details (including<br />

address and times) of the sessions.<br />

Please Note: This will be a closed<br />

group for up to six individuals to<br />

attend each of the three sessions. We<br />

shall offer another group should more<br />

than this number wish to attend.<br />




{MAZAL TOV}<br />

Read about some of our members who have recently become Bar/Bat Mitzvah.<br />



About me: Teamwork is important<br />

to me, especially in sport. Watching<br />

sports at a stadium or ground adds to<br />

the atmosphere and my enjoyment.<br />

My favourite school subjects<br />

are PDHPE, Maths, Art,<br />

and Jewish Studies.<br />

Each year, I look forward to<br />

playing soccer in the various<br />

leagues I play in over the season.<br />

School: Reddam House<br />

Hobbies: Playing sport<br />

Likes: I love science and<br />

I like Macklemore.<br />

Pets: Parker (dog) and Travis (cat)<br />

About me: I value my family. I don't<br />

really know what I what I want to be.<br />

I play for the Eatern Bulldogs (AFL).<br />

I would like to try to help fix<br />

global warming. I want to be more<br />

organised and less clumsy.<br />

What will you remember most<br />

about your Bat Mitzvah? I<br />

will remember my tutor, Irit<br />

most about my Bati.<br />

School: Emanuel School<br />

Hobbies: Soccer, Playstation,<br />

Cricket, Basketball<br />

Likes: family and friends,<br />

and playing sport.<br />

Dislikes: Too much homework,<br />

and Mondays.<br />

Pets: Harry and Hermione (2 African<br />

Peach-Faced Loved Birds - mini parrots)<br />

2 to 5 year olds<br />

Social Justice: As part of my Bar<br />

Mitzvah journey, I chose to support<br />

"Their Beautiful Game", which<br />

supports football programs for those<br />

living in hardship. They help to ensure<br />

that everyone enjoys and benefits<br />

from their right to play soccer, an<br />

ideal which is close to my heart.<br />

What will you remember most<br />

about your Bar Mitzvah? Even<br />

though it was tough at times, I<br />

enjoyed the learning, especially the<br />

various tunes of the prayers.<br />

First Friday of the month, 5:00pm–6:00pm<br />

Once a month we join together for<br />

an hour of songs, prayers, stories,<br />

craft activities and fun. We begin with<br />

a noisy, song-filled prayer service,<br />

followed by some dancing, stories and<br />

a craft activity. Then together we say<br />

the Shabbat prayers for candles, wine<br />

and challah.<br />

It is a lovely way to introduce your<br />

children to Shabbat and an opportunity<br />

to meet other families in the community.<br />

Parents and grandparents welcome.<br />


{MAZAL TOV}<br />

Read about some of our members who have recently become Bar/Bat Mitzvah.<br />


School: Reddam House<br />

Hobbies: Fencing, Martial Arts,<br />

Guitar, Drawing and Gaming<br />

Likes: I like hanging out with<br />

friends. I like gaming. I like playing<br />

guitar, especially in rock band and<br />

I like fencing and martial arts.<br />

Dislikes: I dislike racism and sexism.<br />

I really dislike seeing neglected or<br />

abandoned pets. And I also really<br />

dislike the practice of shark finning.<br />

Pets: A Labradoodle named Pablo<br />

About me: I have just started year 8<br />

at Reddam House. This year I will<br />

participate in chess, orchestra, rock<br />

band, rugby and fencing. Outside<br />

school I will continue to practice martial<br />

arts, learn guitar, swim and fence. I<br />

will continue to draw and to make<br />

sculptures. And in my spare time I plan<br />

to hang out with friends and family.<br />

Social Justice: I have a strong sense of<br />

social justice and fair play. I would like<br />

to pursue a career that will allow me to<br />

help people and animals or even to save<br />

lives. I would like to make a difference.<br />

What will you remember most<br />

about your Bar Mitzvah? I am really<br />

thrilled that I can now read Hebrew.<br />

And I really enjoyed learning a lot about<br />

Judaism. I am grateful to my teachers<br />

at Emanuel Synagogue and at Reddam<br />

House for helping me prepare for my<br />

Bar Mitzvah. I am looking forward<br />

to continuing to learn more!.<br />


Every Sunday morning of school<br />

term, join us for a new and exciting<br />

program to broaden your horizons,<br />

building on your journey in Judaism.<br />

You can partake in any one of the<br />

three parts of the journey, or all of it.<br />

From 9:00-9:45am we will have<br />

an informal learner’s minyan to<br />

help you understand the pattern<br />

and meaning of Jewish prayer.<br />

From 9:45am we will be<br />

having light brunch.<br />

From 10:00-11:00am we conclude<br />

our journey with meaningful learning.<br />


Designed by Ann Wolfson<br />


{TZEDAKAH}<br />

Thank you to our generous donors<br />

$10,000 OR MORE<br />

Rabbi Jeffrey B.<br />

Kamins OAM<br />

Dr John & Mrs<br />

Roslyn Kennedy<br />

Susan & Isaac Wakil<br />

Foundation<br />

Mr Robert Whyte<br />

$5,000 OR MORE<br />

Mr Owen Griffiths &<br />

Ms Mary-Ann Stanley<br />

Barbara Karet<br />

Dr Peter & Mrs<br />

Ziporah Neustadt<br />

Mr John Roth & Ms<br />

Jillian Segal AM<br />

Mr Brian Sherman AM<br />

& Dr Gene Sherman<br />

Mrs Lucy Vessey<br />

UP TO $499<br />

Mr Reuben Aaron OBE<br />

& Mrs Cornelia Aaron<br />

Mrs Nikki Abrahams<br />

Mr George Bognar and<br />

Mrs Rony Bognar<br />

Mr Anthony & Mrs<br />

Kate Boskovitz<br />

Kate Boskovitz<br />

Mrs Tessa Boucher<br />

Mrs Marla & Mr<br />

Dennis Bozic<br />

Mr Sidney & Mrs<br />

Julie Brandon<br />

Mr Leonard Brandon<br />

Mrs Brenda Braun<br />

Mrs Julianna Brender<br />

Professor Graham De<br />

Vahl Davis AM<br />

Ms Dahlia Dior<br />

Mrs Daphne Doctor<br />

Mr David & Mrs<br />

Suzette Doctor<br />

Mrs Lily Dreyer<br />

Mrs Claire Dukes<br />

Dr Richard & Mrs<br />

Ellen Dunn<br />

Mr Andrew Dziedzic<br />

Mr Martin Einfeld QC<br />

& Mrs Leone Einfeld<br />

$1,000 OR MORE<br />

Dr Robert & Mrs Eva Gertler<br />

Mr Thomas Biller & Dr<br />

Anita Nitchingham<br />

Dr Sacha Davis and Ms<br />

Minna Perheentupa<br />

Mrs Aliza Sassoon<br />

Mr Richard & Mrs<br />

Sarah Silverton<br />

Mrs Adele Simson<br />

Ms Alida Stanley and<br />

Mr Harley Gordon<br />

Andrew Wright<br />

Rabbi Dr. Orna Triguboff<br />

$500 OR MORE<br />

Dr Karen Arnold &<br />

Dr Drew Heffernan<br />

Dr David & Mrs<br />

Maxine Bachmayer<br />

Michael Berger<br />

Mrs Rosemary Block<br />

Mr Roger Davis<br />

Mr Benjamin & Mrs<br />

Margaret Elias<br />

Mr Alan Obrart & Mrs<br />

Alexa Gilbert-Obrart<br />

Mr David & Mrs<br />

Karen Gordon<br />

Mrs Cynthia Jackson AM<br />

Dr Jason Kaplan & Mrs<br />

Jessica Sara Kaplan<br />

Mrs Beverley Adcock OAM<br />

Mr Laurence & Mrs<br />

Suanne Adelman<br />

Mr Peter Adler<br />

Mr Jeff Anderson<br />

Mr Sidney Antflick &<br />

Dr Jennifer Adelstein<br />

Mr Leo Apterman<br />

Ms Mary Levy<br />

Dr Egon & Mrs<br />

Judith Auerbach<br />

Ms Joanna and Mr<br />

Dan Auerbach<br />

Mrs Bernice Bachmayer<br />

Mr Stephen & Mrs<br />

Wendy Baer<br />

Ms Mary Banfield &<br />

Mr Morris Averill<br />

Dr Felix & Mrs<br />

Caroline Barda<br />

Mr Joseph Barda<br />

Ms Sandra Barrkman<br />

Mr Victor Baskir<br />

Mr John & Mrs Yvonne Bear<br />

Mr Peter Benjamin<br />

Ms Beverley Berelowitz<br />

Mrs Lilian & Dr Ezra Berley<br />

Mrs Anne Elizabeth Biner<br />

Mr Daniel & Mrs<br />

Zahava Bloch<br />

Mr Lester & Mrs<br />

Frankie Blou<br />

Mr. John Brieger & Mrs<br />

Susi Brieger OAM<br />

Mrs Dahlia Brigham<br />

Mr Ian Brodie<br />

Mr Leon & Mrs Emma<br />

Bronfentrinker<br />

Bruce Burwick<br />

Mr David Castle<br />

Dr David & Mrs<br />

Noirin Celermajer<br />

Mrs Lynette Chaikin<br />

Mr Erwin Charmatz<br />

Daniel T Cohen<br />

Mrs Glenda Cohen<br />

Mrs Wendy Cohen<br />

Ms Yael Cohen<br />

Ms Doris Cope Krygier<br />

Mr Ronald Coppel AM<br />

& Mrs Valerie Coppel<br />

Mrs Nereida Cross<br />

Ms Frances Cufar<br />

Ms Jennifer Cufar<br />

Mrs Jacqueline Dale<br />

Mrs Jessie Daniel<br />

Mr Albert Danon & Mrs<br />

Dinah Danon OAM<br />

Mr Leslie & Mrs Lisa Davey<br />

Mr Robert Davidson<br />

Mr Rodney Davies<br />

Ms Ethel Davis<br />

Mrs Sally Davis<br />

Mr Walter Einstein<br />

Ms Naomi Elias<br />

Ms Julie Ellitt<br />

Mr Colin & Mrs<br />

Rosy Elterman<br />

Mr David Emanuel<br />

Mrs Nicole Emdur-Apps<br />

Mrs Coryl Engel<br />

Mr John Szabo &<br />

Ms Jenifer Engel<br />

Mr Jonathan Leslie &<br />

Ms Susan Engel<br />

Mrs Marlene Epstein<br />

Mrs Lili Errera<br />

Mrs Joy Evans<br />

Mrs Zita Evans<br />

Mr David Faigen<br />

Mr George & Mrs<br />

Vera Faludi<br />

Mr Vladimir & Mrs<br />

Irina Feldman<br />

Dr Stephen & Mrs<br />

Helen Fenton<br />

Dr Michael Levy & Mrs<br />

Renee Ferster Levy<br />

Mrs Zinaida Fettmann<br />

Paul Ian Fiegel<br />

Mr Allan & Mrs<br />

Barbara Firestone<br />

Mr Danny & Mrs<br />

Rachael Fischer<br />

Ms Judy Fischer<br />


Mr John Fleischer<br />

Rabbi Brian Fox AM<br />

Ms Lorraine Fox<br />

Mr Peter Frankl & Mrs<br />

Michelle Stein-Evers<br />

David & Karen Freeman<br />

Mrs Karen Fried<br />

Mrs Erika Fulop<br />

Mr Joseph Furedi<br />

Mr John & Mrs Judy Gal<br />

Jacky Gerald<br />

Mr Ronald Gerechter<br />

Mr Heinz & Mrs<br />

Yvonne Gerstl<br />

Dr Elliot Gilbert & Dr<br />

Kumudika de Silva<br />

Mr David Gilray<br />

Mr David & Mrs<br />

Ruth Glasser<br />

Mr John & Mrs<br />

Judith Gleiber<br />

Mrs Cherie Glick<br />

Mrs Dina & Mr<br />

Gennadi Gofman<br />

Mr Charles Golan<br />

Mr Brian & Mrs Susie Gold<br />

Ms Wendy Goldman<br />

Mr John & Mrs<br />

Tova Goldstein<br />

Dr Lorna Graham<br />

Mr Robert & Mrs<br />

Vicki Grant<br />

Mrs Elizabeth Green<br />

Ms Tracey Griff<br />

Dr Reg & Mrs<br />

Kathie Grinberg<br />

Mr Roger Grinden<br />

Dr Richard Haber<br />

Dr Claude & Mrs<br />

Roslyn Hakim<br />

Alexander Hall<br />

Dr Christine Harris<br />

Mr David & Mrs<br />

Sharon Harris<br />

Mr Les Hart<br />

Mr Neville & Mrs<br />

Debbie Hausman<br />

Ms Lesley-Ann Hellig<br />

Mrs Manou Heman<br />

Mr Michael & Mrs<br />

Anthea Hemphill<br />

Dr Debbie Hill<br />

Mr Andrew & Mrs<br />

Dee Hilton<br />

Mrs Susan Hirshorn<br />

Mr Ralph & Mrs<br />

Adrienne Hirst<br />

Mrs Dolores Holland<br />

Mrs Valerie Hosek<br />

Mrs Sheryl & Mr<br />

Mark House<br />

Mrs Rosalind & Mr<br />

Wayne Ihaka<br />

Mr Benjamin Isaacs<br />

Mr Gordon Jackson<br />

Justice Peter Jacobson<br />

Mr Bernard & Mrs<br />

Vera Jacoby<br />

Dr Jack Jellins & Mrs<br />

Maureen Jellins<br />

Mrs Aileen Kadison<br />

Mr Anthony Kahn & Mrs<br />

Judith Kahn Friedlander<br />

Professor Steven & Mrs<br />

Andrea Kalowski<br />

Dr Errol & Mrs Zina Kaplan<br />

Mr Barry & Mrs<br />

Pamela Karp<br />

Mr Leslie & Mrs Sonia Katz<br />

Professor Robert<br />

Kummerfeld & Dr Judy Kay<br />

Mr Steven Kay<br />

Mr Jack & Mrs<br />

Maxine Klarnet<br />

Dr Stephen & Dr<br />

Deborah Koder<br />

Mrs Evelyn Kohan<br />

Mrs Betty Kohane<br />

Ronen Vexler and<br />

Elzabeth Kollias<br />

Mrs Veronica Kolman<br />

Ms Renee Koonin<br />

Ms Yvonne Korn<br />

Mrs Dorit & Mr<br />

Aubrey Krawitz<br />

Mr Eitan Madar & Mrs<br />

Esther Kubie Madar<br />

Ms Therese Kutis<br />

Emeritus Prof. Konrad<br />

Kwiet & Mrs Jane Kwiet<br />

Mrs Judith Lander<br />

Mrs Eugina Langley<br />

Pamela Ann Lansky Williams<br />

Mr Uri & Mrs<br />

Betty Laurence<br />

Ms Yittah Lawrence<br />

Mr Solomon & Mrs<br />

Linda Lebovic<br />

Mr Marc Lederman<br />

Mrs Devorah Lees<br />

Ms Sylvia Lenny<br />

Mrs Barbara Leser<br />

Mr Lewis Levi<br />

Mr Peter Mintz &<br />

Ms Belinda Levy<br />

Mrs Beth Levy<br />

Mr Gregg & Mrs Sue Levy<br />

Ms Michal Levy<br />

Mr Philip & Mrs<br />

Lorraine Levy<br />

Ms Miriam Lewin<br />

Mrs Joan Lewis<br />

Dr Golda Lieberman<br />

Dr David & Mrs<br />

Patricia Lieberman<br />

Mr Stanford & Mrs<br />

Abirah Lifschitz<br />

Dr Robert & Dr<br />

Ella Lindeman<br />

Mrs Erika Lindemann<br />

Mr Alex & Mrs<br />

Rosemary Linden<br />

Mr Maurice Linker<br />

Mr Martin Lipschitz<br />

Ms Jennifer Littman<br />

Mr Peter & Mrs Anna Loewy<br />

Mr Sydney and Mrs<br />

Valerie Lonstein<br />

Dr Ivan Lorentz AM &<br />

Mrs Judith Lorentz<br />

Mrs Sylvia Luikens<br />

Dr Isaac & Mrs<br />

Denise Mallach<br />

Dr Linda Mann<br />

Mr Danny & Mrs<br />

Anna Marcus<br />

Dr Bernard Maybloom<br />

Mrs Ilana & Mr Grant<br />

McCorquodale<br />

Ms Judith McLallen<br />

Mr Gene Melzack<br />

Dr Graeme Mendelsohn<br />

Mr Brendon Meyers<br />

Mr David Meyers & Ms<br />

Monique Werkendam<br />

Mr Keith Miller<br />

Ms Wendy Milston<br />

Mr David Morris<br />

Mr Daniel & Mrs<br />

Margaret Moses<br />

Mrs Donna & Mr<br />

Philip Moses<br />

Mrs Anita Moss<br />

Mr Frank Muller<br />

Ms Vivienne Nabarro<br />

Mrs Victoria Nadel<br />

Mrs Nicci Nahon<br />

Dr Leslie & Mrs<br />

Marcia Narunsky<br />

Mr David & Mrs<br />

Sarah Nathan<br />

Mr Michael & Mrs<br />

Ruth Nathanson<br />

Ms Lana Neumann<br />

Mr Terry & Mrs<br />

Anne Newman<br />

Mr William & Mrs<br />

Barbara Newman<br />

Professor Graham<br />

Newstead A.M. & Ms<br />

Michele Newman<br />

Mrs Johanna Nicholls<br />

Dr Joel Nothman<br />

Mrs Susan<br />

Nothman<br />

Mr Ari and Mrs<br />

Kim Novick<br />

Dr Raymond &<br />

Mrs Rose Novis<br />

Mrs Vera Olovitz<br />

Ms Ruth Osen<br />

Mr. Warren<br />

Pantzer<br />




Mr Alfred & Mrs<br />

Elizabeth Parker<br />

Mr Shimon Parker<br />

Mr Barry & Dr<br />

Yvonne Perczuk<br />

Mrs Helen Perko<br />

Mr Peter & Mrs Yvonne Perl<br />

Dr Sam Perla<br />

Margaret Perlman<br />

Barbara Potashnick<br />

Mrs Bertha Power<br />

Mr Victor & Mrs<br />

Margarita Prager<br />

Mrs Jennifer Randall<br />

Mr Kenneth Raphael<br />

Mr Peter & Mrs<br />

Carol Reismann<br />

Mr Roger & Mrs<br />

Jeannine Revi<br />

Mr Alfredo & Mrs<br />

Diana Rispler<br />

Mr Mikhael Nisner &<br />

Mr Barry Robinson<br />

Mrs Patricia Roby<br />

Myriam & Jack Romano<br />

Mr Albert & Mrs<br />

Karin Stafford<br />

Dr Ellis and Mrs Lyn Rosen<br />

Mr Marshall & Mrs<br />

Suzanne Rosen<br />

Mrs Deanne Rosenthal<br />

Ms Edna Ross<br />

Mr George & Mrs<br />

Shirley Rotenstein<br />

Mr Steve & Mrs Ann Rubner<br />

Mrs Liese Russ<br />

Mr John Ryba<br />

Mr Ronald & Mrs<br />

Pamela Sackville<br />

Dr Neville & Mrs<br />

Ingrid Sammel<br />

Ms Betty Saunders-Klimenko<br />

Ms Deborah Saunders<br />

Ms Hannah Schwartz<br />

Mr Roger & Dr Eleanor Sebel<br />

Ms Agnes Seemann<br />

Mr John & Mrs Joan Segal<br />

Mr Kevin & Mrs Yadida Sekel<br />

Mrs Jennifer & Dr Alex Selby<br />

Mr Ariel & Dr<br />

Naomi Shammay<br />

Mr Raphael & Mrs<br />

Roslyn Shammay<br />

Mr Kenneth & Mrs<br />

Cathy Shapiro<br />

Dr Dorian & Mrs<br />

Elizabeth Sharota<br />

Mrs Vivienne Sharpe<br />

Ms Merril Shead<br />

Mrs Lorraine & Mr<br />

Barry Shine<br />

Mr Yacov & Mrs<br />

Ludmila Shneidman<br />

Professor Gary Sholler<br />

Mrs Regina Shusterman<br />

Mrs Agnes Silberstein<br />

Ms Irene Sills<br />

Ms Judith Silver<br />

Mrs Marianne Silvers<br />

Mrs Margaret Simmonds<br />

Mrs Barbara & Mr<br />

Charles Simon<br />

Mr John & Mrs Edith Simon<br />

Mrs Salome Simon<br />

Mrs Esther Simons<br />

Mr Jeff & Mrs Fiona Singer<br />

Ms Deborah Singerman<br />

Mrs Joy Sirmai<br />

Mr Alan & Mrs Anne Slade<br />

Mrs Dora & Mr<br />

Jacob Slomovits<br />

Mrs Irene Smith<br />

Ms Leslie Solar<br />

Mrs Agnes Spencer<br />

Mrs Neva & Mr Leo Sperling<br />

Dr Ron & Dr Judy Spielman<br />

Ms Lesley Spindler<br />

Mrs Desiree Spiro<br />

Mrs Irene Steele<br />

Dr Jeffrey Steinweg OAM<br />

& Mrs Sandra Steinweg<br />

Dr Alfred Stricker<br />

Mr Jeffrey Suarez<br />

Mrs Michele Sultan<br />

Mr Les & Mrs<br />

Suzaner Szekely<br />

Mr Michael Taksa<br />

Ms Gul Tan<br />

Mr Jacob & Mrs<br />

Rosalind Tarszisz<br />

Mrs Mildred Teitler<br />

Dr Michael Urwand<br />

Mrs Pauline Vellins<br />

Marcel Vexler<br />

Mr Stephen & Mrs<br />

Edna Viner<br />

Dr Eric & Dr Maureen Waine<br />

Dr Anthony & Mrs<br />

Margot Wasserman<br />

Mr Maurice Watson<br />

Mr Leon & Mrs Tracey-<br />

Ann Waxman<br />

Mr Morris & Mrs<br />

Lynette Wegman<br />

Kerrie Weil<br />

Mr Gerald & Mrs<br />

Audrey Weinberg<br />

Mr Robert & Mrs<br />

Miriam Weiss<br />

Mrs Thea & Mr John Weiss<br />

Mrs Viola Wertheim<br />

Mr Scott Whitmont & Mr<br />

Christopher Whitmont-Stein<br />

Mr Henry & Mrs Ruth Wirth<br />

Ms Judith Wolf<br />

Ms Dianne Wolff<br />

Mr Gerald & Mrs<br />

Vivian Wolff<br />

Mr Patrick Wong and<br />

Dr. Natalie Cromer<br />

Mr Harold & Mrs<br />

Lana Woolf<br />

Mrs Zara Yellin<br />

Mr Maurice & Mrs<br />

Betty Zamel<br />

Mrs Anita Zweig<br />

and numerous other<br />

anonymous donors<br />


As you may be aware, as<br />

part of the redevelopment,<br />

we have built a kitchen<br />

for the Synagogue.<br />

Semi-commercial<br />

kitchen for hire:<br />

• State of the art<br />

• Newly designed<br />

and renovated<br />

• Vegetarian including fish<br />

• Includes large coolroom<br />

For more details contact<br />

michelle@emanuel.org.au<br />

or ph: 9389 6444<br />


{BIRTHS}<br />

Mazal Tov to<br />

Mr Roman Davidov &<br />

Ms Larisa Ruhman<br />

Mr Sam and Mrs<br />

Louisa Chipkin<br />

Mr Ethan Weisz & Ms<br />

Priscilla Coutinho<br />

Mr David Cole & Mrs<br />

Catherine Randall<br />

Mr Benjamin & Mrs<br />

Margaret Elias<br />

Mr Ben & Mrs So-<br />

Young Kim Greenberg<br />

Mr Max & Mrs<br />

Lindy Ben-Galim<br />

Gideon Hornung &<br />

Paulina de Laveaux<br />

Mr Domonic & Mrs<br />

Daiana Gresham<br />

Ms Michaela Kalowski<br />

Mr Daniel Mendoza-<br />

Jones & Ms Jessica Roth<br />

Mr Gill & Mrs Marina Rozen<br />

Dr Jason Kaplan & Mrs<br />

Jessica Sara Kaplan<br />

Mr Stanislav & Mrs<br />

Irina Farbman<br />

Mr Samuel Gowland & Mrs<br />

Kobe Ryba Hayes Gowland<br />

Ophir Zenou and<br />

Valeriia Hapon<br />

Mr Shaun Greenblo &<br />

Ms Jana Zurawlenko<br />

Mr Dean Watson &<br />

Ms Simone McOnie<br />


Mazal Tov to<br />

Anna Rachel Eleonore Davis<br />

Julius Gabriel Stafford<br />

Blake Raphael Wright<br />

Luca Moses<br />

Malachy Kalowski<br />

Benjamin Zwarenstein<br />

Brody Elbourne<br />

Mahley Rosen-Tal<br />

Aaron Glass<br />

Ellie Morris<br />

Ethan Daniel Trenaman<br />

Benjamin Daniel Dyce<br />

Oscar-Louis Von<br />

Helia Antflick<br />

Hannah Teri Kim<br />

Jared Pien<br />

Claire Madziar<br />

Eden Grynberg<br />

Isabella Filipczyk<br />

Lara Goodman<br />

Asher Adi Vexler<br />

Georgia May Silverton<br />

Jack Samuel Smagarinsky<br />

{MARRIAGE}<br />

To rejoice with the happy couple<br />

Anthony Shakinovsky<br />

& Amy Freeland<br />

Dr David Goltsman<br />

& Bianca Szekely<br />

Jay Boolkin & Sally Chard<br />

Mr Antony Pinshaw<br />

& Mandi Jacobson<br />

Mr Ranald Kogan and<br />

Miss Samantha Levis<br />

Ms Jacqueline Stricker-<br />

Phelps OAM & Professor<br />

Kerryn Phelps AM<br />

Ms Natalie Pam Weiss &<br />

Mr Daniel Sheining<br />

Ms Sofia Shvarts &<br />

Mr Henry Cuba<br />

Nolan Goldstein &<br />

Emma Cohen<br />

Yoni Deutsch &<br />

Samantha Lewis<br />

{DECEASED}<br />

To comfort the bereaved<br />

Susie Meininger<br />

Samantha Kidron<br />

Ruth Kedzier<br />

Edith Port<br />

Ivan Fedor<br />

Edward Strasser<br />

Nadine Ryner<br />

Marta Pikler<br />

Nina Crown<br />

Derek Freeman<br />

Andrew Casey<br />

John Sirmai<br />

Michael Berger<br />

Bernard Peter Hirst<br />

Norma Gene Brender<br />

Jvillage Software<br />

Simon Kantor<br />

Stanley Bloomfield<br />

Elinda Lissing<br />

Samuel Lissing<br />

Violet Hougie<br />


Alex Varga<br />

Irene Culshaw<br />

Alan Steinberg<br />

Peter Bryan Solomon<br />

Hyacinth Cunio<br />



Morning Minyan<br />

Morning Minyan is on Mondays and Thursdays at 6:45am.<br />

Sundays from 9:00am followed by breakfast.<br />

All service times and venues are subject to change. Please check<br />

our website for any amendments to our regular services.<br />

PESACH<br />

Erev Pesach – Friday <strong>March</strong> 30 from 6:15pm<br />

Day 1 – Saturday <strong>March</strong> 31<br />

9:00am<br />

10am<br />

10am<br />

Erev 2nd – <strong>March</strong> 31 from 6:15pm<br />

Erev 7th – Thursday April 5 from 6:15pm<br />

7th day – Friday April 6 from 9:00am<br />

Erev 8th & Shabbat – April 6 from 6:15pm<br />

8th day – Saturday April 7<br />

9:00am<br />

10:00am<br />

1st night service - Neuweg<br />

(no Shabbat Live)<br />

Masorti- Mid-size Sanctuary<br />

Progressive- Main Sanctuary<br />

Renewal - Neuweg Sanctuary<br />

service followed by Seder<br />

Masorti - Neuweg<br />

Masorti - Neuweg<br />

Pluralist - Neuweg<br />

Masorti Neuweg<br />

Service includes Yizkor<br />

Progressive Main Sanctuary<br />

Service includes Yizkor<br />

{CONTACT US}<br />

All services and other programs are held at the synagogue unless otherwise indicated:<br />

7 Ocean Street, Woollahra NSW 2025<br />

There are lots of ways to get in touch — we would love to hear from you!<br />

Call: (02) 9389 6444<br />

Email: info@emanuel.org.au<br />

Visit: www.emanuel.org.au<br />

Like: www.facebook.com/emanuel.synagogue<br />

Follow us! We’re on Twitter @emanuelshule and Instagram @emanuelsynagogue<br />

Office hours<br />

Monday–Thursday: 9am–5pm<br />

Friday: 9am–2pm<br />

{THANK YOU}<br />

A huge thank you to all of the contributors to this edition of <strong>Tell</strong>, and<br />

to our wonderful team of volunteers who give their time to help us<br />

get the magazine packed and into members’ homes each quarter.<br />

If you would like to contribute to the next edition of <strong>Tell</strong>, or to<br />

enquire about advertising, please email tell@emanuel.org.au.<br />

If you are interested in volunteering, email volunteer@emanuel.org.au.

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