Tell Magazine - March 2018 / Sivan 5778

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

Celebration

Nissan–Sivan 5778

March – May 2018

The Movements

and Me

Natalie Royal

Spiritual Community

Centre

Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins

The Birth of Emanuel

Rabbi Jacqueline Ninio

Stars & Kabbalah

Rabbi Dr Orna Triguboff

The Four Children

Donny Janks

Half-Telling History

Donna Jacobs-Sife


{CELEBR8}

80th Anniversary Celebrations

2018 is the 80th Anniversary of the founding of Emanuel Synagogue

and we are planning eight amazing celebrations for the year.

14th May

GRAND OPENING NEW SANCTUARY AND PRESCHOOL

Our first celebration for our 80th year will be the official

opening of our new sanctuary and preschool. It will be a

beautiful afternoon of music, prayer and community as we

gather and give thanks for our wonderful new spaces.

24th June

MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA

An evening with the incredibly talented musicians

in our congregation performing and sharing the

diverse and wonderful talent in our community.

July

STORIES OF EMANUEL EXHIBITION

In our new gallery space, we will have an exhibition

of photos and stories of Emanuel’s 80-year history.

A chance for us to walk back through the years,

remember the celebrations, the people and the stories

that make up our unique and special community

BURY OUR TIME CAPSULE

We will gather to bury a time capsule in the synagogue

grounds, a message for the future generations to help

them understand our community and congregation.

29th July

CHANUKAH IN JULY: 8 CANDLES 8 DECADES

Gather on a Sunday winter’s eve to celebrate Chanukah in

July. We will have one person from each of the 8 decades

of the Emanuel community light a candle and share

some memories and reflections of our congregation.

23rd September

80TH BIRTHDAY PARTY IN THE SUKKAH

Gather in our brand, new sukkah for a birthday

party! Fairy bread, cup cakes, party games, balloons,

a wonderful way to celebrate the child in each of us

and the festival of friendship and community.

9th November

80 SHABBAT DINNERS

80 people in our community will host a Shabbat

dinner in their home. The dinners can be small or big,

family, friends or host a few congregants you have not

met yet. A beautiful chance for our community to

celebrate together and connect with one another.

9th December

ARTYPARTY!!!

Our last event for the 80th with be an Artyparty: an art

deco themed party with jazz and a wonderful opportunity

to celebrate the end of a year of community and events.

You're invited

OFFICIAL OPENING CELEBRATION

for the new Sanctuary &

Preschool of Emanuel Synagogue

MONDAY MAY 14 TH , 2018

FROM 6:45PM


YOUR QUARTERLY JOURNAL ON SPIRITUALITY, LEARNING & COMMUNITY

Emanuel Synagogue offers a home where you can live your Judaism in a contemporary

world, drawing on our ancient teachings and traditions. We are a pluralistic community

offering a choice of services, programs and activities for the Masorti, Progressive and Renewal

movements. We do this with contemporary understanding to create a dynamic and diverse

community, welcoming you and your involvement.

PROGRESSIVE

The structure of our Progressive

services allows you to choose

the type of prayer that is

most meaningful for you.

You may choose from

alternate readings in English,

you may read the Hebrew

prayer (available in both

Hebrew script, and in English

transliteration), or you may

choose to take a moment

of personal reflection.

Our Friday night “Shabbat

Live” service is a moving,

innovative service where

prayer is enhanced with

musical instruments,

beautiful melodies, creative

readings and stories.

Shabbat Live is held at

6:15pm every Friday.

The Progressive Shabbat

Service begins at 10am

each Saturday morning.

MASORTI

Our Masorti (traditional)

services are run almost

entirely in Hebrew,

honouring the tradition with

contemporary insights.

As with all services at Emanuel

Synagogue, men and women

participate equally and fully.

The Friday night Carlebach

service is a traditional Kabbalat

Shabbat service, featuring

the well-known melodies

of Shlomo Carlebach.

The Carlebach service is held

at 6.15pm every Friday.

Our Masorti Shabbat

Service begins at 9am on

Saturday mornings.

We also hold a Masorti Minyan

at 6:45am on Monday and

Thursday mornings plus.

9:00am every Sunday,

followed by breakfast in

the Neuweg Sanctuary.

RENEWAL

The Renewal movement

is devoted to personal and

spiritual development,

reinvigorating modern

Judaism with Kabbalistic

and musical practices.

Through our Renewal

activities you will have

the opportunity to reach

a new level of awareness,

stress relief, selfdevelopment,

relaxation

and inner healing.

Pesach prayers – March

31 from 10:00am –

Neuweg Sanctuary

This Jewish Renewal Service

let by Rabbi Dr Orna

Triguboff and musician

Nadav Kahn, will be a

perfect way to lift your

spirits into the festive eight

days of Pesach. Join us in

song, meditation, discussion

and meaningful prayer.

The service will be followed

by light refreshments.

Yoga and Kabbalah

Seminar

Sunday 15th April

1:00pm – 3:00pm

With yoga teacher Leora

Krowitz, Rabbi Dr Orna

Triguboff and guest

musician David Goldman

Shavuot Service

Saturday 19 May 6:30pm

Kabbalah Tour of Israel

October 2019

10-day tour of Israel

with a focus on Jewish

Spirituality. We explore

ancient sites, learn with the

best kabbalah teachers in

the world and experience

authentic inspiring tikun

olam projects, getting to

know the people involved.

Led by Rabbi Dr.

Orna Triguboff and

Israeli musicians,

teachers and artists.

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


{ CEO UPDATE}

THROW A PARTY!

Why It’s So Important to Celebrate

Suzanna Helia

This past weekend I had the pleasure

to throw a party to celebrate the Bar

Mitzvah of my son, Oscar-Louis, along

with a beautiful community made up

of my family, friends, colleagues and

acquaintances. To my surprise, the joy

of being able share this momentous

occasion in my son’s life with all these

people was overwhelming. I love being

Jewish, and I am so glad that our

tradition allows for celebration of life’s

milestones. Hearing my son say (while

on a flimsy chair, in the middle of a

swirling hora, at the top Sydney Tower),

“I must be the highest Jew in the world

right now.” sent shivers down my spine.

Many of our friends are not Jewish

and for some, this was their first

bar mitzvah. Their expressions of

appreciation, admiration and respect

for Judaism touched me. I believe our

traditional celebrations are an excellent

opportunity for intercultural exchange

and understanding. Both children and

adults learn about other cultures through

these events. I see clearly the importance

of this exchange, and I’m not alone.

As Oscar-Louis said in his speech:

“Now I will tell you why my barmi is

so important to me; it is not because I

was pressured into doing it but because

I knew right from the beginning that

I would be proud of my effort and my

parents would throw a big party. If

you knew how much blood, sweat and

tears were put into this; no seriously,

the paper cuts were horrendous. Now I

get to the real part of why I wanted to

do my bar mitzvah, because I wanted

to know that I had done something

that I knew my ancestors had done.

I appreciate that the life of a Jew is a

life of a constant learning, and oh how

easy it must be for all the other religions

that do not have to study for two years,

stand in front of 200 people and read in

Hebrew and go through a bar mitzvah.

At the same time, it gives me strength,

as I feel I have now mastered what two

{INSIDE THIS EDITION:

HIGHLIGHTS}

TRANSFORMATIVE

LEARNING

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THE BIRTH OF EMANUEL

Rabbi Jacqueline Ninio

14

A PASSOVER PARODY

Donna Jacobs-Sife

16

STARS AND KABBALAH

Rabbi Dr Orna Triguboff

25

THE FOUR CHILDREN OF EMANUEL

SYNAGOGUE

Donny Janks

28

SUDDEN VERVE

Nicole Waldner

INSPIRING PRAYER

11

THE RETURN OF CANTOR GEORGE

MORDECAI

Judy Kahn

21

PREPARING FOR BNEI MITZVAH

Donny Janks & Daniel Samowitz

24

TOWARDS A VIBRANT, DYNAMIC,

PLURALIST JUDAISM

Rabbi Rafi Kaiserblueth

26

THE GENIUS OF SEDER

Donna Jacobs-Sife


years ago seemed such a daunting thing.

Let’s not forget all of that elbow grease

I had to rub in when it was difficult,

I was pushed and shoved and here I

am now. I've finished the marathon

exhausted tired and worn out but I have

come through and now that I see all of

the effort we all have put in I can truly

with all my heart say it was worth it.”

A celebration is that much sweeter

when one looks back at all of the hard

work that led to that moment. Just as

my son appreciated his bar mitzvah

more because of his substantial effort,

we will all appreciate our glorious new

Sanctuary and Preschool because of the

many obstacles and challenges that we

overcame to get us to the celebration.

There are many important things in

life. Learning, growing, loving and

exploring are all things that each

person should make and take time

for. My experience is that celebrating

is another facet of life that everyone

should take time for. Celebration brings

excitement and joy. It brings emotion

and opportunity to reflect. Celebrating

touches us deep within our humanity.

Even in the book of psalms it

states: “Ivdu et Adonai b’simcha

bo-u lefanav birnana”. “Serve

God with Joy, come before God

with Joyous song”. Psalm 100

Since the majority of our days are

spent doing routine tasks we all need

things to look forward to. Simchas

of all kinds give us the excitement

and offer a change of pace.

As we celebrate, we prioritise our

time to our friends, family and

community. There is something about

a great celebration that reminds us

of the purpose of our life and of the

power of closest relationships.

Our rabbis and community have so

much to celebrate. This year especially,

the community of Emanuel Synagogue

has many opportunities to celebrate,

including: 8 celebrations marking

our 80th birthday, and the opening

of the Redevelopment in May.

The occurrence of these milestones on

their own will not necessarily provide

us with an opportunity to pause and

reflect. But by making a very conscious

effort to take time to celebrate and

express our joy and journey together,

we can invigorate ourselves, and in

doing so enliven our community.

As Jews, we have so much to celebrate. It

is at the core of our culture and tradition

Whether it is a wedding, a harvest

festival, a religious holiday, or a national

observance, our celebrations are woven

tightly into our overall cultural identity.

Let us all encourage celebration.

For small and large milestones. In

intimate settings and as a community,

with family and friends.

SUSTAINING THE

ENVIRONMENT &

HEALING THE WORLD

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CELEBRATING GENDER DIVERSITY

AND LGBT+ MATTERS AT

EMANUEL

Kim Gotlieb

31

HELPING THOSE IN NEED

Leigh Reading

CONNECTING WITH ISRAEL

& WORLD JEWRY

20

HALF-TELLING HISTORY

Donna Jacobs-Sife

22

MY NETZER SHNAT JOURNEY

Mili Haber

23

THE MOVEMENTS AND ME

Natalie Royal

29

A MIND-BLOWING CONFERENCE

Rabbi Rafi Kaiserblueth

COMMUNITY

7

EMANUEL SYNAGOGUE AS

SPIRITUAL COMMUNITY CENTRE

Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins

15

HOME FOR THE PESACH HOLIDAY

Rabbi Rafi Kaiserblueth

33

NEW MEMBERS

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MAZAL TOV

SAVE THE DATE

The AGM of Emanuel Synagogue

will be held on

Tuesday 22 May 2018 at 6:30pm


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{EMANUEL SYNAGOGUE AS SPIRITUAL

COMMUNITY CENTRE}

Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins

As we open our new mid-size sanctuary and purpose built preschool, we look

back on 80 years of our history and forward to a promising future.

In her article, Rabbi Ninio writes

about some of our history, which she

has been reviewing over her sabbatical

this summer. While some things have

changed in these decades, much of

the original vision of our founders

remains. They always envisioned that

Emanuel would be more than a place

of prayer, but a vital community centre,

engaging people in a variety of activities

connected to Judaism. Their vision

is our vision, and it is the traditional

understanding of the role of

the ancient synagogue. We

learn from our tradition that

a synagogue was known as

a Beit Kenesset, a home of

communal gathering; a Beit

Midrash, a home of learning,

and a Beit Tefillah, a home

of prayer. Just as the dream

of our founders was to have

a multi-purpose community

centre, so too is ours.

At the end of last year,

the clergy, staff and board

joined together to plan a

new five year strategic plan that we

will be discussing more fully in the

community in the year ahead, with a

special presentation at our AGM on

May 22, just a week after the opening

of our new mid-size sanctuary and

preschool. With Stage One of the

redevelopment now completed, we can

look forward to using our campus in a

way that is more expansive and inclusive.

We all know that a synagogue is a “Beit

Tefillah”, a house of prayer, and as a

pluralist community offering three

streams of services, Emanuel is unique

in Australia. We are pleased to welcome

back to our community from August

through November this year George

Mordecai, who worked with us in the

early 1990s training as a cantor under

the leadership of Cantor Michael

Deutsch, and who has been a regular

visitor here in the last few years. Cantor

Mordecai will bring a vast repertoire

of music and an engaging style that

will enhance the sense of spiritual

connectivity in each of our services.

A synagogue has always been a place

of learning, and as a Beit Midrash, a

place of transformative learning we look

forward to expanding our programs to

include more learners of all ages. Sunday

mornings we have begun “Journeys in

Judaism”, the learning aspect running

from 10-11am, on a topic suggested

by any of you for one of your rabbis to

address. Monday mornings begins with

a “Conversation about Israel”, in which

in a non-judgmental and open forum we

are able to discuss the complex reality of

Israel in its environment, and Monday

evenings we have begun Hebrew

empowerment, with courses on every

level to come in the year ahead to ensure

more understanding of the language

which connects Jews around the world.

Our youth programs continue to expand

so keep your eye on the space of what it

is to have a synagogue as “Beit Midrash”.

Finally, a dream that has never been fully

realised has been to see the synagogue

live up to its Hebrew name, Beit

Kenesset, a home of ingathering. We

have over the years had many

forms of bringing people

together, from Mitzvah Day

to the ACO, but now with

our new campus we wish

to become truly a spiritual

community centre. In the

months ahead, we will be

looking at ways to enhance

all the beautiful spaces we

have – for example, one thing

I have imagined is using the

Neuweg for “Sunday Salons”,

an opportunity for members

of our community to engage

in conversation with others

who have fascinating stories to tell; over

the celebrations of our 80th this year

there will be many musical performances

in both our original heritage and new

sanctuaries. These are just

a few of the ways we hope

to create community as

we celebrate the dynamic

diversity of each person who

makes Emanuel what it is.

I look forward to

imagining the future

with you, and living that

dream with you.

COMMUNITY

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{THE BIRTH OF EMANUEL}

Rabbi Jacqueline Ninio

This year we are celebrating the 80th birthday

of our congregation and we will have eight

special events during the year to commemorate

this milestone and to celebrate together.

This summer I was privileged to spend

some weeks reading, meeting people

and learning about the history of our

synagogue. During that time, I learned

so many interesting facts about our

congregation and the visionaries who

founded our community; their hopes

and dreams for the future. During

this special year ahead, I want to share

with you, through Tell articles and a

number of lectures and learning sessions,

some of the history of our synagogue

and the people who shaped who we

have become. This Tell, a little about

the founding of the congregation

and its first two remarkable years.

It all began in early 1938 when Rabbi

Herman Sanger, the rabbi of Temple

Beth Israel in Melbourne, then the only

Progressive congregation in Australia,

came for a visit to Sydney. He met with

40 people in the lounge room of one of

the members of the group and discussed

whether or not they should establish

a Progressive congregation in Sydney.

There was interest in moving forward

and a number of weeks later 5 people

met and decided that the first step was

to hold a service in the Progressive style,

see who was interested and then to form

a congregation, bringing to Sydney

for the first time, a style of worship,

prayer and connection to Judaism

beyond the Orthodox traditions.

The newly formed committee of five sent

letters to the 40 people who had met

with Rabbi Sanger encouraging them to

support the new venture and including

packets of invitations to the service

which they could distribute to friends

and others they thought

might be interested.

An organ was hired for the evening,

Mary and Fritz Coper formed the choir

and Rabbi Sanger from Melbourne

was invited to lead the service.

400 people attended the first service

and afterwards, during supper, Rabbi

Sanger spoke about the creation of the

Reform Movement, its approach to

ritual and law and survey cards were

handed to the participants, 163 of which

were filled in indicating their support

for a Progressive community in Sydney.

At the conclusion of the gathering, a

motion was passed that “A Progressive

Jewish Congregation be started in

Sydney” and a provisional committee

of 11 people was formed with Cecil

Luber as the chairman. This group was

remarkable in their visionary leadership,

their commitment to the ideals and

principles of Progressive Judaism, their

hard work and determination to bring

those principles to life in a congregation.

They had a dream and never seemed

to see obstacles, only opportunities

to bring their vision to fruition.

A general meeting was set for the

19th of June with the hope that they

would, at that time, officially found

a congregation. They chose the name

Temple Emanuel, connecting them to

the historical roots of the Progressive

movement with the name Temple, and

their desire to create a holy community

Emanuel. The founders were firmly

committed to the Progressive ideologies

of informed choice and egalitarianism

as well as the formal service style of the

Progressive rite, with a

mixture of Hebrew and English.

Various members of the committee had

encountered Progressive Judaism in

other places and now wanted to bring

that vision to their own community.

The committee also dealt with creating

a constitution, membership fees to

sustain the congregation, Saturday

services and building a choir.

On the 19th June 1938, merely eight

weeks after the initial gathering of

the five members, a general meeting

was held. The board of management

was elected, a congregation formed

and Temple Emanuel formally began.

Letters were written to all the Orthodox

congregations informing them of

the creation of Temple Emanuel,

seeking cooperation and collegiality.

In July, the new congregation held

its first Shabbat morning service. The

Copers had created a choir, Cecil Luber

loaned the synagogue money to rent

an organ, Rabbi Sanger came from

Melbourne with a Torah for the new

congregation to borrow and 60 members

were now signed up to the fledgling

congregation. It was decided that seats

would be allocated as people joined the

congregation but as yet, there was no

permanent home. The Maccabean Hall

was hired for Friday night and Saturday

services as well as Sunday activities.

Unfortunately, the hall was not available

for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur so

the congregation had to seek a place

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elsewhere. This practice was to continue

for many years, even after the creation of

the sanctuary, as membership grew faster

than the buildings could be created.

A Women’s Guild was established

and this organization was to be the

backbone, the heart and soul of the

congregation over the years, with

much of the building undertaken by

Temple Emanuel, not just physically

but also educationally and socially,

made possible only by the dedication

and commitment of this hard working

group of incredible women.

And then in July, merely weeks after

the congregation was formed, the board

turned its attention to finding a rabbi.

This was one of a number of courageous

and visionary decisions made by the

founders of the congregation which

assured its rapid growth and forged its

roots deep into the community. This was

a congregation which was here to stay.

In August 1938 Cecil Luber was in

New York and met a young rabbi,

Max Schenk. He spoke with him

about the congregation and whether

he might be interested in being its

founding rabbi. He was interested and

arrived with his wife Faye and their

two children Minna and Raphael on

the 4th September 1939. Three days

earlier, Germany invaded Poland and

the British government declared war,

Australia was now at war and this reality

was very much at the fore of people’s

minds during Rabbi Schenk’s induction

service on the 20th September.

Rabbi Sanger came from

Melbourne to conduct

the service and he said

more than ever, in this

time of war, the voice of

Progressive Judaism needed

to be heard, speaking out

for justice not only within

the Jewish community

but also beyond.

TRANSFORMATIVE LEARNING

Rabbi Schenk, a gifted

orator, then spoke about the importance

of religion saying “if organized religion

is to prevail against the forces of evil

totalitarianism it must be ready to

sacrifice itself and its vested interests

on behalf of the ideals of justice,

brotherhood and liberty without

drawing any lines.” 1 He then spoke

about Palestine, the significance and

importance of Israel, the Jewish faith

and connection through the generations,

noting that there is a movement

away from Judaism which can only

be overcome by working together;

all branches of Judaism as one.

One of Rabbi Schenk’s first official

duties was leading the High Holyday

services, the first in the congregation’s

history, at St. James Hall. Approximately

350 people attended, 200 of whom

were members of Temple Emanuel.

Rabbi Schenk delivered powerful

sermons “his vision of his faith in the

destiny of the congregation and for

the hope of world Jewry to dedicate its

utmost efforts to crush the atrocities

that were being unleashed on Europe

and the British Empire by Hitler.” 2

The founders of the congregation

were acutely aware that at a time

when synagogues and Jewry in Europe

were being attacked and destroyed,

they were building, creating hope

for the future, sending a message to

the world about the strength and

fortitude of the Jewish people.

Temple Emanuel plan 1940

1 Kehilat Emanuel, Lee Simmons, pg. 26

2 ibid pg. 31

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In December 1939 the board turned its

attention to finding a site upon which

to build a permanent home for the

congregation. There was a discussion

about the appropriateness of building

in a time of war but it was felt that

in order for the community to thrive

it needed a space to meet its needs

and a strong Temple

Emanuel would bring

hope and connection for

people at a time when

it was most necessary.

In the meantime, an

arrangement was made

with the Maccabean Hall

to house the services

and provide an office

for the synagogue’s

first employee.

In 1940 a number of

different sites were

mooted as a place to

build a synagogue and

the congregation discussed what their

home would look like and require. Rabbi

Schenk spoke about the meaning of

Temple, that it is more than a place to

worship, it is a community centre, with

a place for prayer but also classrooms

for learning, a place to meet and gather,

beautiful gardens, a social hall, kitchen.

His vision and that of the board, was

to build a home which reflected their

understanding of Temple Emanuel as a

community; a group of people united

under an ideology to be together in

prayer, learning, friendship and support.

Samuel Lipson was appointed the

honorary architect. The synagogue

created a committee and began to raise

the funds to purchase a site. Cecil Luber

proposed looking for a site in Woollahra,

it was the geographic centre for 94%

of Sydney Jewry, it was easily accessible

by public transport and the land they

could purchase in Woollahra would be

much larger than anything they could

find closer to the city centre, enabling

them to create the community centre

they desired rather than just a sanctuary

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space. The question was mooted whether

they would lose prestige by building

away from the city, but the advantages

far outweighed the possible negative.

As it has eventuated, the decision

to build where the community was

living was prescient and has enabled

the Temple to grow and flourish.

Laying the Foundation Stone of Temple Emanuel 16-3-1941

In May 1940, the synagogue purchased

an L shaped property at 5 Ocean

Street for 1,600 pounds and Samuel

Lipson presented a scale model of the

proposed development. It allowed

for a synagogue with space for 1,000

worshippers, an assembly hall seating

500, school classrooms, a library and

a rabbi’s study. Outside was planned a

lawn garden surrounded by the beautiful

trees already on the site. There would

also be a modern kitchen and classrooms

which opened onto a garden space,

allowing the children to be outside

in appropriate weather. Substantial

donations had already been made and

the building could progress as soon as

approvals were given, with the hope

it would be complete in time for the

High Holydays. This plan was modified

however due to the war and it was

decided to just build the sanctuary to

accommodate 500 people and continue

with the other plans at a later date.

The foundation stone was laid in a

beautiful ceremony but the spectre of

war was ever present. Over 500 people

attended each of two ceremonies where

Rabbi Schenk spoke passionately about

the faith and task of Judaism in a world

where moral values had been discarded

and the sanctity of human liberties

derided. Cecil Luber in an address at the

reception, said that the building of the

synagogue was not only a direct result of

a need in the community

but also a response to

the call from national

leaders for an increase

in spirituality and an

affirmation of faith. He

spoke of the destruction

of over 2000 houses of

worship in Europe and

declared that this building

was an act of defiance

and hope in the future.

Rabbi Sanger commented

that the foundation stone

laying was almost on the

anniversary of Hitler’s

accession to power and

that this building was a symbol of the

eternity of Judaism. Temple Emanuel

was one of the only synagogues built

in the world during this time of war

and uncertainty. As the tragedy in

Europe unfolded, this building became

more significant and important, as

did the formation and foundation of a

congregation during these war years.

The hope, courage and vision of the early

leaders of our congregation is something

to be admired and celebrated. In the

two years since the first meeting they

had achieved so much and created a

symbol for the world of the resilience

and strength of the Jewish community.

They built more than a congregation;

they built a community, a family, a

place where people could come together

to pray, learn and connect. We are

indebted to them and we stand on

the shoulders of giants: the men and

women who dedicated themselves to

create a home for themselves and the

generations which would follow.


{THE RETURN OF CANTOR GEORGE MORDECAI}

Judy Kahn

Cantor George Mordecai found his voice as a young boy at Rose Bay

Public when he was selected to star as lead in the school musical.

A few decades down the track, inspired

and infused by a world of experiences,

he will be returning to Emanuel later

this year for at least four months.

Emanuel is fortunate to feature a cantor

with such a rich repertoire. His voice,

songs and music reflect the cultural

immersions he has experienced. The

rich liturgical tradition of Iraqi Jews

left a deep imprint on his voice. He

was very fortunate to learn this liturgy

from his uncle Sol Abrahams. He

was also influenced by great singer

songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Joni

Mitchell and Leonard Cohen.

Cantor Mordecai has been inspired

by musical services in the synagogues

of New York’s Upper West Side,

notably Benei Jeshurun and Romenu.

Recently the singing communities

model pioneered by Joey Weisenberg

and the musical collaborations with

him have deeply influenced Cantor

Mordecai and given him a musical

language that he is excited to share

with the Emanuel community.

Many will remember Cantor Mordecai

from his time with Emanuel in the

early 1990s when Rabbi Kamins

invited him to present a program on

Sephardi culture, music, history and

customs. The event was successful

and over a period of years extended

to regular work at the synagogue

where he was instrumental in the

founding of the Masorti minyan

and lovingly mentored by Cantor

Deutsch and the Rabbis.

The Emanuel experience inspired him

to attend cantorial school in New

York in the late ’90s. After earning a

degree in Sacred Music and Cantorial

Investiture he re-engaged with his

Iraqi musical culture working with the

repertoire of his family and arranging the

melodies in ways that could be embraced

by congregations around the world.

Cantor Mordecai believes that so

many congregations are hungry for

more participation and proactive

musical engagement. He wants to

introduce melodies that allow for

this but also understands that “you

can’t just introduce a whole new

pallet of melodies and deprive the

congregation of the music that is dear

to them. It’s a matter of a balance, a

balance of tradition and change”.

He is so excited to be working with

“the talented Emanuel team. Rabbis

Kamins, Ninio, Kaiserblueth, Triguboff

and Reverend Zwarenstein are all

amazing human beings and inspiring

role models”. He is also

very impressed by the

talent, both musical and

vocal at the synagogue.

“There’s a lot of potential

at Emanuel,” he says,

and mentoring this talent

“would make me very happy

at this stage of my life”, a

role that would complete

the circle at Emanuel.

INSPIRING PRAYER

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JOIN OUR MORNING MASORTI MINYAN

MONDAYS & THURSDAY AT 6.45AM

SUNDAYS FROM 9AM

HELP SPONSOR OUR NEW MACHZORIM

The existing machzor, Gates of Repentance, is old, outof-date

and written for North American congregations.

A new machzor, Mishkan T’shuvah has been developed

and edited by a team of UPJ rabbis and cantors to reflect

the practices, culture and language of our region.

Women’s

Rosh Chodesh Group

SHABBAT

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We are looking to our congregation to help sponsor the 1200

copies of Mishkan T’shuvah required for our Progressive service.

The books will be available for the use in 2019 Holy Days.

The current price per copy is $80. All donations will be

tax deductible. Donors over $5000 will be acknowledged

in the books; we will contact you to discuss.

To donate towards this need, please email

accounts@emanuel.org.au.

8:00PM - 10:00PM

March 18, April 15, May 15,

June 12 (tbc), July 12, August 12,

October 9 (tbc), November 8

Why a Women’s Rosh Chodesh Group?

There is a legend told that when the Israelites

came to create the golden calf, the men

asked the women to give them all their

jewellery and gold to be melted down for

the calf. The women refused to supply their

jewels and as a reward a special festival

was given to them: the festival of Rosh

A spiritual, meaningful and

musical Shabbat experience

Please call the Emanuel Synagogue

office before the meeting to find

out the location on 9389 6444.

every Friday at 6:15pm

We also ask people to let us know if they want to order

books for their use in order for us to order correct amount.

The books will be available for sale once delivered in 2019.

This is a limited offer so we encourage you to order now.

Purchase of the books for personal use is not tax deductible.

This machzor is likely to be used for more than 20 years.

Sponsoring the machzor is a meaningful and significant

way to keep the memory of your loved one alive while

really making a difference for our community.

Chodesh, the celebration of the new moon.

Any questions: call the office or email

info@emanuel.org.au for

details including location.

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{A PASSOVER PARODY}

Donna Jacobs-Sife

It’s that time of year again. That wonderful time when we get together

and celebrate God’s deliverance of us from Egypt. From oppression to

freedom. Could there be a more inspiring event for a Jewish family?

Of course, keneina

chora, with the new

husband and his

children, the relatives

from South Africa just

arriving, there will

be quite a few of us.

And of course, the old

husband must come

along, nice to keep the

family together. And I

believe his new partner

is a lovely woman - very

close to her parents,

who of course must join

us. And the cousins

who have nowhere

to go? Well, what’s

another four or five.

The house may not be big enough for

the forty-five or so, but I’m sure we

can hire a small hall. And with the

hired public address system, everyone

will be able to hear and participate

without a problem. Of course, not

everybody likes to participate in quite

the same way, some like to talk all the

way through the Seder, sharing insights

that on the surface you would think

have nothing to do with Pesach.

We can certainly accommodate our

lovely son-in-law, who, being Tibetan,

likes to bring a little Buddhism to the

seder. It is amazing the links you can

make between different religions. The

niece is bringing her friend, a Minister

of the Uniting Church, which should

bring a lovely ecumenical feeling to

the evening, and what a blessing to

have the cousin’s friend join us, an

Aboriginal man who says he has so

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much resonance with the Jewish people.

Richness. Blessings. Gut ze dank.

There is always someone who likes to

use their own special Haggadah. We

will have the Feminist Haggadah,

the politically correct Haggadah, the

Reform, the Reconstructionist, the

Chassidic and my favourite, the clear

and precise Haggadah, and so it will

be a wonderful variety of readings.

There will be Yiddish poetry, a Sanskrit

blessing, a rap direct from Harlem,

and a belly dance as far as I know.

Now, it’s just knowing where to sit

everyone. Should we put the broigus

ones together, in an attempt to bring

peace where there is strife? Is it better

to put the anarchist next to the Chassid,

hoping their shared passion will unite

them? Does a Tibetan Buddhist mind

being seated next to a Chinese adopted

child? And is it acceptable to put the

love birds, Michael and Steven, next

to Julian, who after all

is having her first Seder

this year as Julie?

Thank goodness, we had

our house kashered and

fired and blessed by the

Beth Din in time, and

so our daughter, Baal

Teshuva, God bless her,

has agreed to sit with us,

although she likes to bring

her own food and plates

anyway. Such a mensch.

It is a little bit of a worry

knowing exactly what to

serve. The wheat intolerant

aunty is well catered for,

and we have a lovely nut

loaf for the vegetarians, but the vegans

are a slight problem. There is talk of

serving carrot soup or borscht instead

of chicken, but – oh you know how it is

with tradition – grandpa has put his foot

down and threatens not to come unless

everyone eats chicken soup. He says he

didn’t come from Poland sixty years ago

to eat carrot soup at Seder. We have

decided that all three soups will give

everyone something to eat. And if we

seat Grandpa at the head of the table and

the vegetarians down the other end…

why he won’t even know the difference.

From oppression to freedom. Och,

I spit three times, tt tt tt. May your

Seder be full of joy and blessings.

May it have meaning and touch you

all, in your own unique ways.

What a wonderful world it

is. Hag sameach!


{HOME FOR THE PESACH HOLIDAY}

Rabbi Rafi Kaiserblueth

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

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

All throughout university, I tried every

year to fly home and be with family.

Now, living in Sydney, and for the first

time in almost 20 years living near

family, I have the opportunity to not

have to travel very far to be with family

for the holidays, especially Pesach.

What is this intense draw, twice a

year, to return home and be with

family? Is it innate? Or do we

actively inculcate it in our children?

Our tradition gives a very clear

answer in the way many of rituals and

customs are arranged. Specifically, if

we look at the Seder, the evening is

set up in a such way that prioritizes

the family unit as the primary way

that our tradition perpetuates itself.

At the outset, the Seder meal places

the child front and center. We are

instructed that the meal may not last

past midnight. Why? To make sure the

children are still awake at the end of the

meal. We hide a piece of Matzah for the

children to find at the end of the meal.

Why? To give the children something to

look forward to at the end of the meal.

Why do we sing the songs at the end of

the Seder that are educational in nature

(and really nothing to do with the Seder

itself)? Again, for the children. We have

the children participate directly also by

having them recite the four questions,

and every time we speak about one

of the objects on the Seder plate, we

raise it up, inviting them to ask.

And if we were a little confused about

the meaning behind all of these rituals,

finally, we are instructed to sit with our

children and teach them the story:

‏.והיגדת לבנך

JOIN US FOR PESACH

Eat your fill of matzo at Emanuel Synagogue’s seders

Join us for one (or More) of our Seders:

Everyone is welcome for a fun and educational experience with our community.

March 31st 5:30pm - Family Seder - Neuweg Sanctuary

March 31st 6:15pm - Communal Seder – Main Hall

April 1st 6:15pm Netzer Chocolate Seder – Main Hall

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

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

Emanuel Synagogue

7 Ocean St, Woollahra

p: 9389 6444 www.emanuel.org.au

The whole point of the Seder is a family

bonding and teaching moment that is

meant to last. It is a lesson not just in

information, but a model of how we

are to create a lasting identity in our

descendants. By making our story come

alive, by acting it out, by singing it,

by eating and discussing, by wrestling

with our faith and history, we create a

vibrant, dynamic, and living tradition,

and not just some story that was.

We are told to feel as if we were the

ones who actually left Egypt. On the

surface, that is impossible. Yet, every

year we sit and discuss and recreate that

same event, not the leaving, but the (re)

creating of a people. By celebrating and

joyfully living our traditions,

we give positive reasons

for continuing to be a part

of our tradition. This isn’t

just something we do, but

something we live, joyfully.

And that is why, every

year, we yearn to be with

family, to continue teaching

our children the story,

renewing it every year.

COMMUNITY

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{STARS AND KABBALAH}

Rabbi Dr Orna Triguboff

The New Sanctuary, The Star of David, Visiting Artist from Israel and more…

IN CONVERSATION WITH ED

LIPMAN, ARCHITECT FOR

OUR NEW SANCTUARY:

I am standing with Ed at the bar mitzvah

kidush of Oscar-Louis Antflick, and he

begins telling me about the building

of the new sanctuary and courtyard.

Ed: Did you know the new building

is underpinned by triangles,

actually by stars of David?

In all the updates on the building

works at the synagogue I have never

heard this, so I ask him to elaborate.

Ed: You see a triangle is a very stable

shape to build with, it does not get

distorted when pressure is applied to

it. It’s strong by virtue of its form.

Next Ed explains the theory of

Platonic geometry and sends me

searching for more information.

Plato's theory of Forms are independent

of the mind, they are abstract objects

and basic patterns in nature. Beyond the

physical realm there are ideal forms, the

triangle being one of them. In his book

Timaeus, the triangle is thought to be

the basic building block of the universe.

Back to our new sanctuary.

Ed: Most people build with squares

or rectangles but we decided to use

triangles as our basic shape. We

fabricated the beams and columns

using triangles (and superimposed

triangles), which actually make stars

of david. On the ceiling you will see a

pattern of wood triangles with magen

davids amongst them (see diagram).

But that is what you will all see with

the naked eye. What you will not see,

is that the basic structure, the DNA

of the building, is made of Stars of

David. It’s truly a Jewish building.

On a physical level it gives the

building stability, that’s physics. And

externally you can see decorations

of superimposed triangles, that

is art and it’s beautiful.

But Plato connected geometry with

philosophy and the triangle and all

its combinations are seen as sacred.

Getting excited, Ed almost

jumps and says,

Its not just decorative, the

DNA of the building is Jewish

– full of Stars of David.

The essence of a Star of David is

one triangle pointing up and one

pointing down, it’s yin and yang.

The design of the the ceiling of the new sanctuary

I refer to my books on sacred

geometry and find that, a triangle

pointing up symbolizes fire and one

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Kabbalah inspired artwork by David Friedman

pointing down, water. Fire and water are the

basic elements of the creation and when the

two are superimposed on each other, it’s a

symbol of harmony, where opposites co-exist.

In the Yogic tradition, a 6-pointed star type of

pattern is the symbol of the heart centre or chakra.

One of the earliest records of Jews using the

Star of David as their symbol is from the

Eleventh Century. It was used in Jewish art,

in sacred wallhangings and also used as one

of the names for God in liturgy, the Magen

(Protector) of David. And it was also used by many other

traditions. In 1897, at the first Zionist Congress, it was

chosen to be the symbol on their flag and soon became

one of the main symbols for the Jewish people.

The Thirteenth Century mystical text, the Zohar, states, “There

are three knots connecting [three entities] one to another:

the Holy Blessed One, the Torah and Israel.” Each person

connects to the Creator through the study and observance of

Torah. The triangle represents the connection between these

three entities.” There are two triangles because there is an inner

and outer level of each of the three (God, Torah and Israel).

Hasidim go on to explain that the double triangle of

the Star of David symbolizes the connection of both

dimensions of G d, Torah and Israel: the external level

of the soul connects to the external expression of G d via

studying the Torah and doing good deeds; the essence of

the soul connects with G d’s essence through the study and

application of the mysteries of the Torah and the unseen

feelings of love and compassion we hold in our hearts.

TRANSFORMATIVE LEARNING

STAR OF DAVID, ART AND KABBALAH

In May 2017, 22 people from our community

travelled to Israel on a Kabbalah Tour of Israel, one of

the participants reflects on the artwork we saw:

Deborah Travers: One of the highlights of our trip, was

walking the cobblestoned streets of the hill-top city of Tsfat,

and seeing the Kabbalistic art of the mystics who live there.

We sat with David Friedman, an American artist, who has

lived in Tsfat for decades. Hearing his life story and learning

about kabbalah through sacred geometry was fascinating.

David Friedman will actually be visiting Sydney and will

be teaching at Emanuel Synagogue this coming August.

He will be presenting his art and leading meditations

connected to his kabbalistic paintings.

Kabbalah Tour visit Tsfat

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BEDOUINS, THE DEAD SEA AND

JERUSALEM

When speaking with Andrew Cassey

at the end of our tour, he said the

highlights for him were meeting

with Bedouin teenagers and their

head mistress at a school for gifted

children. It is the first of its kind and

it is revolutionizing the way Bedouin

children are educated. Andrew said,

I have always been passionate about

helping the underprivileged and

it was really hopeful to see these

children having a chance in life.

And meeting a female, empowered

head mistress was also great.

(Andrew recently passed away and we

remember him with great fondness,

may his memory be a blessing.)

Emanuel Lieberfreund recounts a

talk we heard by a retired general

from the IDF, who is now one of

the board members of the school.

This retired army man now

dedicates his life to help educate

Bedouin children. That is

just so inspiring to me.

Another tikun olam project

we visited was at the Masorti

Synagogue in Neve Tsedek.

Elise Hawthorne reminisces:

It was so inspiring to hear Rabbi

Roberto Arbib tell us about his

connection to sufi leaders in various

parts of the Middle East and his work

of praying for peace with leaders of

the Christian, Muslim and Jewish

faiths. We need more of that!

And another, more frivolous highlight:

Swimming at our Ein Gedi hotel,

in a pool filled with Dead Sea

water was one of the funniest

experiences I’ve had since my

teenage years. I don’t think I’ve

laughed so much for a long time.

Deborah Koder remembers:

I loved being in Jerusalem. Singing

and praying at the Tsion egalitarian

minyan in Jerusalem was very special

to me. It changed my ideas about

prayer and my experience at shul

in Sydney is much deeper now.

Going to the kotel, and walking in the

tunnels in the Old City, I just burst into

tears. It felt like I connected to my spirit.

It was a spiritual awakening for me.

We would love to share the Kabbalah

tour of Israel with the community

again, in October of 2019, so if you

are interested please let us know.

And when you walk into new

synagogue building, please remember

all the Stars of David that underpin

the architecture of the sanctuary.

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ART KABBALAH AND

MEDITATION SEMINAR

with

RABBI DR ORNA TRIGUBOFF

and visiting Artist from Tzfat, Israel

DAVID FRIEDMAN

He is a Kabbalist, Artist and Meditation Teacher

SUNDAY 19TH AUGUST

10:30am-3pm

email: orna@emanuel.org.au

YOGA AND KABBALAH

SEMINAR

with yoga teacher ALLA MELMAN,

RABBI DR ORNA TRIGUBOFF and

guest musician DAVID GOLDMAN

SUNDAY 15TH APRIL

1:00pm - 3:30pm

Neuweg Sanctuary, Emanuel Synagogue

email: orna@emanuel.org.au

KABBALAH TOUR

OF ISRAEL

OCTOBER 2019

A 10-day tour of Israel

with a focus on Jewish

Spirituality. We explore

ancient sites, learn with the

best kabbalah teachers in

the world and experience

authentic inspiring tikun

olam projects, getting to

know the people involved.

LED BY RABBI DR.

ORNA TRIGUBOFF

AND ISRAELI

MUSICIANS, TEACHERS

AND ARTISTS.

For more information,

please email

orna@emanuel.org.au

COMMUNITY

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{HALF-TELLING HISTORY}

Donna Jacobs-Sife

When I was a little girl growing up in Sydney, I thought ANZAC was the celebration

of a great victory. I was taught that the White Australia Policy was essentially a

good idea. I was not taught that Aborigines had been displaced by the British

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

not know of massacres, nor of a stolen generation of indigenous people.

citizen of this country with compassion

and commitment. It does not make

me less valuable as an Australian, on

the contrary, the pain I feel for the

indigenous population is a symptom

of how much I care for Australia.

When I was a young Jewish girl growing

up, I thought that before 1948 there

were very few people living in Israel at

all. I thought that the Arab nations had

told the few Palestinians living in Israel

to get to Jordan whilst they finished

off the Jews. I remember Golda Meir

saying “there are no Palestinians”.

Recently in Sydney, a Palestinian woman

told her story of being forced out of

Jerusalem with her family in 1948, as

a result of an invasion by alien people

who were taking over her home. She

spoke of the death of an entire way

of life, and the agony of facing the

prospect of never returning to their

beloved home in Jerusalem. She spoke

of the displacement of the indigenous

people of that land. She asked the

question ‘what did the treatment of

Jews by Europeans in the second world

war have to do with the Palestinian?

And if the answer is nothing, then why

were they expected to pay for it?”

These myths and half truths were not

perpetrated out of malicious intent to

mislead its citizens. I believe they were

seen as a history of necessity, to establish

and give credence to a new colony. But

we have grown up in Australia, and

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we are more sure of our identity, and

therefore we can afford to broaden

our history to contain other stories

- stories of dispossession and racism,

defeat and regret. Now that I hold a

more realistic history, I can proceed as a

A lot happened to me whilst I was

listening to her. My heart began to

pound. I felt fear. Part of me wanted to

shout that it was not true. Certainly, one

person’s account does not speak for an

entire history, but I could not possibly

deny that this was her experience. She

was simply telling her story. I asked

myself, what happens to me when I deny


the experience of someone else, when

I refuse to acknowledge her suffering

and her humanity. What happens is

that I forfeit my own humanity. Am

I less of a Jew if I release the myths

told to me as a Jewish child, out of a

history of necessity; and broaden my

understanding to hold some of this other

history? I am no less a Jew for that.

And yet, I heard in this articulate

Palestinian woman’s argument a few

myths of her own. Why did she not

acknowledge the fact that we Jews

have been a part of the land of Israel

for thousands of years, and that we too

had been displaced and sent into exile.

Why did she not state that Israel had

never been out of our hearts for the two

thousand years until our miraculous

return. Would she have lost any

strength in her argument if she had

held that history too? On the contrary,

she would have gained strength. She

would have proved herself broad and

fair and compassionate, and I know I

would have felt much more inclined

to meet her in her own story. If she

had shown some understanding of the

Jewish experience, I would have been

utterly committed to understanding

hers. Surely the contrary applies.

So what occurred on this particular

panel, was a volleying of myth for myth,

history for history, a refusal to hear the

other, and a witnessing by the audience

of an intractable conflict, stuck in its

own stories, with no hope for peace.

I want a time when we are confident

enough to be able to include other

histories and acknowledge other

experiences other than our own. When

we know that when we deny other

people’s humanity, we forfeit our own.

I look forward to a time

when we reject this half

told history of necessity,

and believe in ourselves

enough to strive towards

a broad and powerful

history of inclusion.

INSPIRING PRAYER

{PREPARING FOR BNEI MITZVAH}

Donny Janks and Daniel Samowitz

Boys and girls from across Sydney are converging on the Emanuel

Synagogue campus every Thursday afternoon.

By 4 pm the foyer is full of around 60

Jewish children nearing their Bar and

Bat Mitzvahs. These are the students

of Adva and Emet, who along with the

10 students in our Distance Education

Program, make up the 70-odd students

in our B’nei Mitzvah Youth Education

Program. We come to learn about our

history, tradition, people, values and

laws all in an engaging and dynamic

way that sees the students excited to

come to synagogue after school.

The course, which runs for the two

years preceding the Bar/Bat Mitzvah for

all students not attending Jewish day

schools, takes students through a journey

of group development, Jewish literacy

and critical thought, Hebrew and Israel

education. We’re taking our students

from learning the word “shalom” in

their first week, to having a complex,

working knowledge of Jewish stories,

values, characters and ideas. We are

proud that the success of the program

sees Jewish day school students not

wanting to miss out and signing up too.

For students who cannot attend

on Thursday afternoons, we’ve

also updated and strengthened our

Distance Education Program (DEP).

Consisting of eight modules to be

completed over the two years preceding

the Bar/Bat Mitzvah, our DEP takes

distance students through the same

key content learned by our regular

attendees, through a diverse range

of complete-at-home activities.

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{MY NETZER SHNAT JOURNEY}

Mili Haber

“I saw two paths standing in front of me; to look for my

inner self and turn a blind eye to the errors that surround

me, or to invest my strengths in a hard and challenging

war for the things I believe are good and true. Lord,

if you gave me fire in my heart, enable me to ignite the

passions within me in my home, the home of Israel. And if

you gave me eyes to see, if you gave me ears to listen, give me the

power to forge, to strike, to lift. And let these words be more than

poetry, let them become the certificate of life.” Hannah Sennesh

And the fire was ignited… being in

Israel for one year, for Netzer Shnat,

Netzer’s leadership training year in Israel,

this was not going to be an ordinary

year. The Netzer Shnat program is

an immersive, informal experience

in Israel, aimed to develop young

adult’s Jewish and Zionist identities.

The lessons i’ve learnt and experienced

are ones that will stay with me for life.

The way we run our youth movement,

and something that is introduced to

our senior Chanichim (participants) is

a documentation of our Beliefs, Aims

and Policies (BAP). On Netzer shnat

the program is split into three distinct

sections that are inlined with this

framework. At the beginning of this

experience we had an option to do either

Machon or Etgar. As a participant on

Etgar, we lived communally in Jerusalem

for 4 months. This program was directed

by Netzer Olami (the worldwide

movements main office in Israel),

and was focused on Netzer’s ideology:

Progressive Judaism, Reform Zionism,

and Tikkun Olam. We engaged in many

formative ideological experiences, that

created a deeper understanding but

also in some cases made you question

yourself and even more confused than to

when you began. Equally as formative,

Machon participants experienced a

pluralistic approach with a number

of other movements, including Betar,

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Habonim Dror SA and Hineni. In the

second part of the program alongside

with self run programs throughout

the week, all participants lived in

South Tel Aviv where we volunteered

at a number of places that may have

been a area of interest or somewhere

we may have been needed.

I volunteered at a refugee children day

care center, before flying off to the UK

as a leader on their Netzer camp. Both

experiences, Ifound incredibly different

but both very rewarding and assisted

my quest to Hagshama, ideological

fulfilment. In saying that, this quest

continued during our third and last

part of the program, participation

on Kibbutz Lotan, a kibbutz down

the south of Israel, near Eilat. On

kibbutz I personally learnt a lot about

communal living and intention, this

was through working on the (believe

it or not) date fields, and participation

in the community plus everything

else we did. On Lotan we met some

incredible Israeli’s our age, who were

there volunteering before joining the

IDF. Through this connection plus

many many more we’ve created a larger

community in and out of the diaspora.

The poem written at the beginning

was something that I received at the

conclusion of Etgar (the first 4 months)

by Netzer Olami. This poem, wasn’t

something that I was invested in but

after this experience and being back in

Australia where everything is so different,

this poem has guided me with intention

and purpose within my community

and the way I live everyday. The fire

in my heart, enables me to ignite the

passion not only for Israel but towards

everything I do. The power as we forge,

strike and lift up together now back as

a bogrim body (leadership body within

Netzer) we continue to learn, build

strong friendships and educate. These

terms are ones I see define every member

in Netzer and alumni. The year that

used to seem so far away, has now been

a year of so much growth, knowledge

and connections worldwide. Moreover

the year that has helped build and guide

me for years to come. And with the

method learnt through my time in the

movement and with more to come, I

will continue to develop my beliefs,

create aims of what i want to do and

policies of how I can achieve hagshama.

This upcoming year is full of exciting

events as a Netzer Madricha (leader),

more specifically as Netzer;s Metam’et

(PR coordinator), as a teacher in our

Hebrew school, Kef Kids, working

in disability care and now studying

‘sustainable communities’. And each

experience I go through now and forever,

will become the certificate of my life.


{THE MOVEMENTS AND ME}

Natalie Royal

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

mean to be a part of a young Jewish organisation? Many questions linger throughout

our community about what Jewish Youth Movements do for us and for our children.

Only after 13 years of

participation and taking

on roles have I gained a

solid understanding on

the importance of the

work carried out by the

Jewish youth groups.

The minute you turn

eight, it’s time to pack your

bags and be pushed into

an extroverted, exciting,

informal educational camp

for 5 days with other kids

you’ve never met before.

For me, the beginning was Habonim

Dror. When you’re a young child,

you don’t understand the importance

or educational side of what you’ve

been thrown into, you just embrace

the social aspect and discover a new

world of friends. Although you never

realise it, these are the friends you’re

going to keep for the rest of your life.

As you start to attend weekly meetings,

one camp after the other, you start to

realise that there’s more to going than

just making new friends. You realise

that you’ve learnt about different sects

of Judaism, environmentalism, what

havdallah is, a whole range of wacky and

fascinating things that you wouldn’t have

picked up anywhere else. Not only that

but the leaders that volunteer their time

to run these programs for you identify

and care about what their teaching

you. It’s a form of education that allows

you to enjoy learning new things.

Eventually, you reach the senior

movement, and your mind is blown.

The movement introduces you to their

ideology, allowing you to understand

why we learn what we do. And for

the first time in your life, you can

formulate your own opinion. An

opinion based on years of knowledge

put together, from multiple angles and

you’re able to effectively communicate

with someone what you believe is

right, just or important to you in this

world. With this you also discover

that there is a gap between you and

your friends who don’t attend a youth

movement, you’re confident with

talking to other people, no matter their

gender or age and not afraid to speak

your mind to someone else and you’re

surrounded by like-minded people.

Finally, after thousands of hours sitting

and listening to the people who have

become your role models, you’re finally

able to be that person. That empowered,

fun, knowledgeable young leader in your

community who can stand up in front

of crowds of people and proudly and

effectively communicate your beliefs.

The young student who decided that

volunteering 80% of their holidays

and 8 hours a week is how they’re

going to spend their time, alongside

balancing university and

making a living because its

important. Not because

they want the gratitude

and praise at the end,

because they understand

that the next generation of

leaders in our communities

are the ones that push

themselves and engage in

these youth movements.

During my past two years

in Netzer (our community's

youth movement), I’ve

been able to be a leader for kids all

ages, the NSW treasurer and co- run a

junior summer camp this past summer.

The only reason I’ve been able to do

this is because I grew up in a youth

movement and I, with so many others

invested our time to do something

we love with the skills it

gave us over the years.

CONNECTION WITH ISRAEL &

WORLD JEWRY

Interacting with these

participants and leaders,

made my understand

the importance of the

education and life skills

it provides to the youth

in our community. It’s

through the support of our

synagogue that allows us

to push the word out there

that we’re the educators for the future

leaders of our Progressive and Jewish

community. The students that excel at

school, are confident in what they do

and know how to defend themselves

when faced against Anti- Semitism or

other life dilemmas are the kids that are

engaged with this in the movements.

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This January, I had the pleasure of

running Netzer’s annual summer

“MachaNoar “camp. I got to experience

93 wonderful, smiling kids from years

3-8 have an incredible summer holidays.

Within those kids, 32 had never

attended a Netzer (or any other youth

movement) camp before. Myself and the

other 22 leaders didn’t see a single child

that did not enjoy themselves or learn

something new. These kids left camp

with new friendships, a whole lot of new

knowledge and leaders to look up to and

be their role models. To me, this is what

the community needs to understand,

appreciate and get involved in. We’re the

education you won’t find anywhere else.

Next time you walk past Emanuel

Synagogue, attend a service or

search online, go look at the Netzer

or any of the other Jewish youth

movements in Sydney and see what’s

coming up, send your kids on a

camp and get involved because the

long run will always pay off.

{TOWARDS A VIBRANT, DYNAMIC,

PLURALIST JUDAISM}

Rabbi Rafi Kaiserblueth

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

world, Jewishly or otherwise. Therefore, when I was given the opportunity to

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

In January, I was invited to take part in

a Mercaz Olami conference in Israel.

Mercaz is the Zionist arm of the World

Wide Masorti Movement. Among it’s

many remits, the one I found the most

powerful was the advocacy for a pluralist

Jewish community in Israel. It is a fight

that is ongoing, but one where serious

headway has already been made.

On this conference were Jews from

communities in Argentina, Peru,

Uruguay, Chile, Brazil, Mexico, United

States, Canada, United Kingdom,

France, Spain, Germany, Holland,

Ukraine, Russia, Israel, and Australia.

Perhaps the highlight of the trip

was being in the halls of the Knesset

(Israeli Parliament) and meeting with

the leaders of the major parties, to

advocate for an Israel where our pluralist

vision will become a reality. I returned

reinvigorated, knowing that there are

Jews all over the world who share a

vision, our vision, of a vibrant, dynamic,

pluralist Judaism, and are working to

made that vision a reality.

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{THE FOUR CHILDREN OF

EMANUEL SYNAGOGUE}

Donny Janks

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

no small challenge to educators everywhere, but embedded in the Jewish

traditions we are teaching the youth at Emanuel Synagogue is a brilliant

model for answering this dilemma: the four children of the haggadah, who

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

enters Emanuel Synagogue why we should celebrate 80 years of its existence?

TRANSFORMATIVE LEARNING

The Wise Child

We all know a wise child

- thoughtful, sincere, their

teachers’ favourite. It’s easy

to cater to the wise child

and leave the other three just

colouring in, but dedicating

adequate attention to all

four children is one of our

most important goals. When

the wise child asks “what

is the role and function of

the synagogue? How has it

helped our community, and

how best we celebrate it?”

we respond: “our synagogue

is a community centre - we

meet here, we learn here, we celebrate

and mourn here. As long as there have

been Jewish communities, there have

been synagogues, and the growth of

our synagogue is synonymous with

the growth of our community.”

The Wicked Child

It’s easy to write off the wicked child. We

often think of this child as disrespectful

and mean. However, a good educator

will see a wicked child as needing of

their attention and love as much as

any other. When the wicked child says

“shul is boring. Why should we care?”,

we should respond: “look at all of the

people who gather here. They are your

community, and should something bad

happen to you, they will always help

you. This synagogue cares for them as

they care for each other, and that is why

you should care too. They are responsible

for you and you are responsible for

them, if you choose this challenge.”

The Simple Child

We picture the simple child as very

young and very cute. But I think of

our simple child as any student who

is yet to learn the Jewish context to

frame a Jewish question. When the

simple child asks, “what is this place?”,

we should answer: “this synagogue is

a place where Jewish people like you

and me come to pray, to learn, to feel

supported, and to celebrate the big

moments in their lives. I hope you keep

coming here when you’re bigger.”

The Child Who Doesn’t

Know Enough to

Ask a Question

The last child sits and watches

the seder (or more likely

plays in the other room until

the afikoman hunt). In the

absence of a question, we

should bring our Children

Who Don’t Know Enough

to the synagogue for lessons,

games and services. We should

tell them that “we’re going to

synagogue now”, and explain

what you’ll do there - feeling

familiar and excited from

their earliest years is essential

in ensuring that they’ll bring their

children and grandchildren in turn.

If you come to the synagogue on a

Thursday or Friday afternoon, you’ll see

the youth education team surrounded

by anything from five to fifty children.

I can assure you that in every lesson we

run, there are students who have a little

bit of each of the four children from the

haggadah. The diversity in our students

only increases over time, and despite the

challenges this creates, it’s something to

be celebrated. I hope that in another 80

years, Emanuel Synagogue will still be

responsible for the Jewish education of

all 4 children from the haggadah.

Donny is one of the leaders of Emanuel

Synagogue’s Youth Education programme

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{THE GENIUS OF SEDER}

Donna Jacobs-Sife

I’m hanging out for seder. I need the strength of ritual, the structure

of seder to help me express my anguish about this world of ours, and

provide a vehicle that can take me from prayer to redemption.

That is the genius of Seder. Its

central tenet states that ‘it is

incumbent on every person

to see himself as though he

personally had gone out from

Egypt.’ It is not just about

some ancient liberation, but

rather about a liberation

that we can continue to

experience today; whether it

be from our own self-imposed

enslavement - to the dollar, or

our resentments, or our narrow

mindedness; or whether it

be as a People, oppressed by

our fears or by violence; or

whether it be the world’s oppression

of racism, poverty and hunger.

We were slaves. Not descended from the

gods, not noblemen, but humble slaves.

And our liberation reminds us that the

world can and must be transformed.

Remembering our humble beginnings

is fundamental to who we are.

This year, I find myself thinking about

the beginnings of the State of Israel.

How deeply traumatized we were, unable

to see beyond our gaping wounds and

near destruction. Is it possible I ask

myself, that we did not see that others

were displaced by our being granted a

homeland? This year I will bring that

thought to the seder table for discussion.

I love the idea that matzah is both

the bread of slavery and the bread of

freedom, and that the difference between

these two states is as thin as the matzah

itself. What separates them could be

just a small step from an entrenched

position. Being able to step out from

one’s own reality and thereby get a view

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of the other. When Moses was at the

burning bush he “turned aside to see

it more clearly’. And ‘when God saw

that he turned aside, he spoke to him.

Perhaps, I think to myself, if I

can turn aside from my own

fears, my own position, I too will

be able to see more clearly.

Immediately following this exchange

with Moses and God in the Torah comes

a strange statement from God. ‘I have

seen the affliction of my People.....

and I have heard my people cry out....

and I come down to deliver them

from the hand of the Egyptians’ .

Four hundred years of slavery and You

hear them now? What took You so long?

The rabbis say that it took us that long

to be able to articulate our enslavement,

and finally cry out to God. As soon as

we did, God was ready to deliver us.

The Holy Land can be more than a

place to save us if ‘it happens again’. It is

more than a piece of land that we must

cling to in the terror that we

may die without it. It is the

Holy Land. And as such we

must act with holiness as the

custodians. And what is it to

be holy? In the Tanach, Micah

6:8 says that the Lord requires

you to ‘only do justice, to love

goodness, and to walk modestly

with your God.’ Or in the

Talmud it says that the Jewish

nation is distinguished by three

characteristics; they are merciful,

they are humble, and they

perform acts of loving kindness.

Which makes me think of

Midrash. When the heavenly angels

sang songs of praise to God as the

Egyptians were drowning in the Sea

of Reeds, God reprimanded them for

celebrating the suffering of his children

the Egyptians. When I clear my house

of chametz this year, I only hope I sweep

out the corners of my heart as well , and

do away with at least some of the pride

and arrogance that lurk in the shadows.

Of this I am sure. Our own liberation

requires the liberation of all people, and

the end of all oppression. Perhaps it

is this recognition that makes Passover

such a universal holiday, and the seder

such a wonderful time to invite non-

Jews and nonpracticing Jews to our

home to experience the aliveness

of Judaism’s liberatory message.

My seder will be as powerful and

transforming as I make it. And this

year, as the seder closes with the prayer

- next year, Peace in Jerusalem, lets

pray that God will be listening.


{CELEBRATING GENDER DIVERSITY AND

LGBT+ MATTERS AT EMANUEL}

Kim Gotlieb

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

The rabbis at Emanuel Synagogue are now free to perform the long-awaited mitzvah

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

legal rhetoric which would not allow them to apply the term “marriage” to samesex

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

Australia was indeed a Jewish one, officiated by our own Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins.

This year’s Mardi Gras float is themed

to highlight some of the Jewish Gay

icons who have played an integral role

in supported the LGBT+ communities

- namely Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler

& Fran Drescher (from the nanny).

And Emanuel Synagogue should be

added to that list, for its unequivocal

support for the LGBT+ community.

Emanuel synagogue “pulled out all the

stops” to support the YES vote - from

posters outside the shul, to rabbinic

endorsement of the bill at the political

level. We are extremely grateful.

Emanuel continues to support LGBT+

issues, beyond the scope of their

membership, which certainly does

include a good representation of LGBT+

folk. However, it is clear that their is an

aspect of Tikkun

Olam (repair of the

world) in which

Emanuel’s support

for LGBT+ folk

extends way beyond

the limits of its

membership.

As President of

Dayenu it was

very heartening

to be at the Mardi

Gras Fair Day

stall and hear the

range of folk, both

Jewish and non,

who could speak

of a meaningful connections with

our rabbis. You do an amazing job.

Looking to the future, we are planning

some joint events for Pride Week in

June. We are also entering preliminary

discussions with the World Congress

of GLBT Jews about hosting their

conference in 2019. This year it is

happening in Rome, but L’shana

Haba (Next year) maybe right here

in Sydney. Emanuel Synagogue

has already shown support for

movement towards this possibility.

We can not fully celebrate, without

taking a moment to notice many issues,

which remain painful for LGBT+ folk

in our midst: There are young adult gay

folk who are too scared to come out to

their parents; there are lesbian schoolgirls

The Dayenu float at the 2018 Mardi Gras (Photo: Toby Centre Sydney)

engaged in self-harm and suicidal

ideation; their are gay luminaries in their

time, who experience loneliness and

isolation; there is addiction; relationship

challenges; and a raft of complex areas

of concern - many of

which are present within

the broader community,

but amplified through

the lens of homophobia

and the challenges of

experiencing this particular

brand of “othering”.

SUSTAINING THE ENVIRONMENT

& HEALING THE WORLD

Dayenu looks forward

to including more of our

youth, gender diverse,

and others aspects of the LGBT+/

Jewish interface. Please contact us, with

your thoughts and your enthusiasm.

L’dor V’dor, from

generation to

generation may

we find Sukkat

Shlomecha, a

shelter of peace, for

all who enter the

doors of Emanuel

Synagogue.

For more, see

www.dayenu.org.au

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{SUDDEN VERVE}

Nicole Waldner

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

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

them had names or stories that Rita could recall. She liked the champagne though

and all those beautiful dresses that her daughter's friends were wearing.

The teal silk halter-neck, the plum

velvet shift, oh and the peach floral

chiffon! She would have liked to touch

them, to feel those exquisite fabrics

between her fingers. All of her working

life Rita had been a seamstress, but

it had been many years since she’d

made anything new. Thinking back

now she couldn’t remember exactly

why she’d stopped sewing, only that it

was after her mother’s funeral. She sat

quietly watching the scene with that

sense of distance which sometimes

felt like longing, and sometimes like

indifference, but she did not wish to

feel either. She stood up and went to

look for her granddaughter Lola.

“Ooh Nonna, you brought me

chocolates!” Lola’s long, dark

eyes glittered like jet beads. “It’s

a very fancy party, isn’t it?”

Rita nodded and told her about

the waiters and the champagne,

and all the beautiful dresses too.

“Do you want me to read you a story?”

“No. Let’s play ‘Stare Stare’.”

Rita agreed, took off her shoes and

climbed into the bed. Lola curled up

beside her, warm and soft as a freshly

baked brioche. The game was simple

enough, but it did require a lot of

staring. The nearness of the child,

the goodness of her balmy smell, her

laughter, her long, narrow, obsidian

eyes, all of it was bliss to Rita.

Those eyes! How they reminded Rita

of her mother! Her mother who’d died

in an airless room, surrounded by pills,

ossified by bitterness and spleen. After

years of caring for her there was little

love left in Rita’s heart for anything.

“Nonna, what do you want for

your birthday?” asked Lola.

Rita looked into Lola’s eyes again

and saw the past, present and future

converging. She thought about her

mother’s dresses hanging in a cupboard

at home, shrouded in sheets, smothered

in mothballs. Diors, Balenciagas,

Saint-Laurents, all copies, all made

by Rita. They were such perfect

replicas that nobody ever knew they

weren’t originals. They needed airing,

an outing. Or maybe they needed

to be taken apart and re-made?

“I really liked the chiffon dress I

told you about, but I think the waist

should have been cinched and the bust

needed darts. Structure and softness

aren’t mutually exclusive you know.”

“Huh? So you want a dress?”

“No,” said Rita with sudden

verve, “I don’t want a dress, I

want to make dresses.”

She lay back, closed her eyes and

remembered. Her father had lived a

long, strong life. What was it he’d always

said? “Someone to love and something

to do.” Here was Lola beside her.

Tomorrow she’d make her a new dress.

If you’d like to read more

of Nicole’s work please visit

www.nicolewaldner.com

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{A MIND-BLOWING CONFERENCE}

Rev Sam Zwarenstein

When you attend a conference with over 5,000 Jews, gathered in a huge hotel, or

as was the most recent case, a convention centre, you’d expect there to be plenty of

cause for laughter and celebration, for networking and learning and sharing.

The most recent URJ (Union for

Reform Judaism) Biennial in Boston

in December 2017 was all that and

more. URJ Biennials are based

on a multi-pronged platform.

First, there are many hundreds of

learning sessions to choose from, each

lasting about an hour and a half to two

hours, with a huge amount of options

to choose from. There are around 4-5

time slots per day, and about 20-25

choices for each of those time slots.

Unless you’re Michael Keaton in

Duplicity, there is no way you could get

to them all. Moreover, the sessions are

not designed like that. They are standalone

(with one or two exceptions)

learning and engagement sessions,

created to encourage participation in

the areas being presented and discussed.

With over 5,000 participants in every

URJ Biennial I’ve been to, I am yet to

meet someone who wasn’t debating

which session to go to for a given time

slot. So many choices, so little time.

Then there is an unbelievably amazing

exhibit hall, with a very wide range of

Judaica, tours, books, services, solutions,

and many other great offerings to

indulge and partake in, ask questions

about, discuss, purchase and simply

enjoy. In Boston, there 143 exhibitors,

you could (and I did) spend hours there.

There is also a range of services and

text study options, and loads of music

options for all ages and backgrounds,

running at different times of the day,

and especially late at night, after the

regular programming has concluded.

These offerings included Josh Nelson,

Dan Nichols, Nefesh Mountain,

Michelle Citrin, and Rick Recht.

Every conference also presents wonderful

opportunities for networking - either

with people you know, or someone

you’ve never met, perhaps just to catch

up, or even have an in-depth discussion

on mutual interests or challenges.

Shabbat dinner always blows me away.

The opportunity to share a special

meal, at a very special time of the

week, with thousands of other people,

and even at your table of 10 or 12,

you don’t know most of them. But,

you get to know them, and you form

even more amazing friendships and

bonds. You get to sing Kiddush, say

Hamotzi, and recite Birkat Hamazon

(Grace After Meals) with a huge

contingent of new-found connections

as well as dear and close friends.

Shabbat services with more than

5,000 people always proves to be

entertaining and powerful. It’s probably

a different style of service than just

about any of us in this world are

used to, and if you love music and

singing, you are in for a huge treat.

And then there’s the main attraction

of the conference (well, in my opinion

anyway) - plenary sessions. There

are usually two plenaries each day

(one in the morning, and one in the

night). Each plenary kept the audience

enthralled, engaged, and thoroughly

inspired. When you have such

motivating and influential speakers as

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker,

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, Senator

Elizabeth Warren, and Fran Drescher

(yes, The Nanny), you know you’re

going to be invigorated and energised.

There is so much on offer, and if

you find yourself bored at any stage

during the Biennial, you must

be doing something wrong.

As with all conferences and seminars,

what you learn, experience, enjoy,

and take from the conference is

directly related to what you put into

it, and what your intentions are.

There is no doubt that you could do the

bare minimum, stay in your hotel room

for most of the time, and steer away

from the crowds, but then you’d need to

be asking yourself, what am I doing here?

You could also find yourself at the

conference venue for 15 hours a day,

taking it all in, running from place to

place, not stopping for a minute to

rest. You’d certainly be

getting the most value

for your money, but then

the question would be,

what did I learn here?

CONNECTION WITH ISRAEL &

WORLD JEWRY

As always, it’s about

planning, prioritising,

making time for the

important things (like

networking and the exhibit

hall), and allowing yourself

to be educated, entertained,

and enlightened. The reality is that

no matter how big the lure of such an

mind-blowing conference is, it is not

feasible for many of us to attend the URJ

Biennial, as amazing as that would be.

Having said that, we have a wonderful

opportunity to engage in our own

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Thousands gather for prayer at the URJ Biennial

Biennial, right here in Australia. Every

two years, we have the UPJ Biennial,

for congregations and congregants from

Australia, New Zealand, and South-

East Asia to engage in. We don’t have

the numbers to hold a conference for

5,000 people, which can be a good

thing (especially if huge crowds are not

your style). It does, however, allow us

to enjoy more focussed learning and

engagement sessions, mealtimes, services,

with plenty of time for networking

and socialising. It’s an opportunity

to get together with people who

value the same or similar ideological

principles, share our congregational

and personal stories, experiences, and

dreams, and even make new friends.

This year, we’ll be gathering in

Melbourne, at the Novotel St Kilda,

from 15-18 November 2018. Over and

above all the other special activities,

which also includes a range of activities

for Mitzvah Day (18 November),

we’ll be learning with Rabbi Dr Larry

Hoffman. Rabbi Hoffman is a Professor

of Liturgy, Worship, and Ritual at

the Hebrew Union College Jewish

Institute of Religion in New York.

He has a wealth of knowledge and

experience, and has written and edited

many books, and along with Dr Ron

Wolfson (who we’ve had the pleasure of

learning and engaging with at the 2012

and 2016 UPJ Biennial Conferences),

he co-founded Synagogue 2000, and

later Synagogue 3000, focusing on

trans-denominational Judaism and

engagement. I could go on and on about

how amazing he is, but I’ll leave that

until November, when we get to learn

and connect with Rabbi Hoffman.

So, go clear your calendar for 15-18

November, and join us in Melbourne.

It’s only 4 days, but it will leave a lasting

impact on your Jewish and social life,

and you will walk away, feeling enriched

and exuberated, and you’ll have lots

more friends. Registration will open

soon, and you can take advantage of

the early-bird pricing and other options

on offer. More information on the

Biennial and how to register, etc. will be

communicated in the coming months.

P.S. If you can’t make it to

Melbourne, there will be a couple

of other opportunities to hear from

and learn with Rabbi Hoffman

in Sydney in early November. Of

course, you could go to both!

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{HELPING THOSE IN NEED}

Leigh Reading

Our Emanuel Synagogue volunteers selflessly devote their time and skills to make a difference

in the lives of others in the community. We appreciate, honour and celebrate every one of

them! A volunteer from each of our projects shares some information, insights and stories.

If you would like to know more

about either a group or our work

in general, please email the Social

Justice Chairperson Michael Folk

at socialjustice@emanuel.org.au

MATTHEW TALBOT HOSTEL

FOR MEN

Project Coordinator Peter Keeda

“Everyone has the right

to a standard of living

adequate for the health

and well-being of himself

and of his family, including

food, clothing, housing and

medical care and necessary

social services, and the right

to security in the event of

unemployment, sickness,

disability, widowhood,

old age or other lack of

livelihood in circumstances

beyond his control.”

– Article 25(1) of the Universal

Declaration of Human Rights

About once a month I struggle out

of my warm bed at 5am on a Sunday

morning and, bleary-eyed, drive to

Woolloomooloo. As I near the Matthew

Talbot Hostel for men I remind myself

how lucky I am to have left a warm, dry,

safe home to which, after a few hours,

I will return. Out of the car window I

see those sleeping on the streets, under

bridges, snuggled up in their dirty

blankets, the homeless men of Sydney.

In half an hour, the Hostel doors will

open and these men will be able to

find some comfort and warmth for an

hour or two, after which they will again

hit the streets of our modern city.

It has now been over seven years that we

staff the canteen at the Hostel, serving

coffee and other such ‘luxuries’ to the

homeless. Often, we get a chance to

chat with some of the men there gaining

some understanding of how fragile our

fortunes have been, thrusting them into

homelessness and us into a privileged

life of family, friends, housing and many

of the comforts of modern living.

As I leave the hostel, I am always aware

of my good fortune in being able to

return to my warm and welcoming

home, but saddened that those at the

hostel will return to the often cold

and uncaring streets of Sydney.

It is indeed a privilege to serve these men.

ANNUAL MITZVAH DAY PROJECT

Coordinator Tanya Igra

It has been both a privilege and

gratifying experience to be involved in

the numerous and varied Social Justice

activities of Emanuel Synagogue. My

involvement this year with organising

Mitzvah Day, signifies a day to both

contribute to a meaningful ‘good

deed project’ and to celebrate the

opportunity to communally give to

a significant cause with joint spirit,

energy and enthusiasm in our multigenerational

Emanuel family.

Mitzvah Day not only provides a

small way to change the world for

others but demonstrates to ourselves

as a community the wonderful results

that can be achieved when many

people put their hearts, ideas, talents,

generosity and time together. Every

Delivery of the Aboriginal Care

Packs from Mitzvah Day to

Gunawirra Aboriginal Service

for distribution to disadvantaged

Aboriginal Communities in NSW

little bit and every person counts in

helping to achieve the end-product.

SUSTAINING THE ENVIRONMENT

& HEALING THE WORLD

This year’s Mitzvah Day, produced 250

personal hygiene care packs, which were

distributed to Aboriginal preschool

children from extremely disadvantaged

communities across NSW. Previous

Mitzvah Days have produced care packs

for women and families in refuges facing

domestic violence, as well as educational

supply packages for indigenous school

aged children who could not otherwise

afford basic school necessities. Each

year has surpassed the last in terms of

the level of participation and willingness

of congregants to donate both goods

and time to the cause at hand.

Personally, I have found assisting and

contributing in various capacities

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within the social justice sphere of

this synagogue a most satisfying

and fulfilling experience.

EARLY LITERACY SUPPORT

PROJECT

Owen Ratner

I have been a member of Emanuel

Synagogue from the time that I

was married at Temple Emanuel in

1973. In my early years as a member

I was very involved in the life of the

Emanuel community principally in the

establishment of The Emanuel School.

I am not religious and apart from my

involvement with the school I have had

very little to do with synagogue life.

Nevertheless, I value my Jewish identity

and have struggled for years with how

to maintain that identity without being

an active member of the synagogue.

When I saw the request by Emanuel

Social Justice for volunteers to help

with their new literacy program

aimed principally at helping young

indigenous children I thought this

would be perfect. It was not only an

activity that would involve me with

the Emanuel community but it also

gave me the opportunity to help the

advancement of young students in

the local aboriginal community.

I have been volunteering now for 2 years

at Alexandria Park Community School.

From my discussions with Nehama

and other volunteers, I think it would

be fair to say we all find the class work

exhausting and exhilarating at times but

always fulfilling. I love engaging with

the young students and developing a

relationship over the school year. The

feedback we receive is always positive.

I am proud to do my bit to help

educate young children in need of

encouragement and support and

honoured to be doing this as a

representative of the Jewish community.

EMANUEL TO EXODUS

Project Co Ordinator Nehama Werner

Emanuel Synagogue has a long

relationship with the Exodus

Foundation, which was established by

Reverend Bill Crews of the Uniting

Church in Ashfield. In the early

1990s Emanuel volunteers began by

cooking and serving lunch on Easter

Sunday to the hungry and lonely

people Exodus’s staff call their guests.

Exodus’s program has grown to match

the increasing numbers of needy and

so has Emanuel’s contribution. On

the second Sunday of every month,

our volunteers set the tables, serve the

meals (now cooked by professional staff)

and clean up. Guests reflect the multiethnic

character of Ashfield across all age

groups. The majority are men, elderly

women and often women with small

children. All receive a hot meal of meat

and vegetables, fruit and beverages.

ASYLUM SEEKERS CENTRE

MITZVAH LUNCH GROUP

Co-ordinators Leigh Redding and Morris Eskin

The Newtown Asylum Seekers Centre

is a not-for-profit organisation relying

entirely on grants, donations and

volunteers. The ASC assists with

finding accommodation, financial relief,

legal advice, employment assistance

to those allowed to work, education,

nutrition and social support.

Our group of 22 people has now

been involved for over 5 years. We

cook regular lunches in our homes in

teams, which we serve at the centre,

together with delivering frozen

meals prepared by Our Big Kitchen

on Fridays, to be enjoyed over the

weekends in their accommodation.

We recently inspired Emanuel School

students to collect and donate nonperishable

food and toiletries. They

went to the Centre and in distributing

their donations, they interacted

with the refugees who rely on the

Centre for much of their social,

emotional and economic support.

For our few hours of work, the benefits

are enormous. The words of gratitude

and the smiles of enjoyment from the

women, men and children, make it all

so worthwhile. A true MITZVAH.

Volunteers in the Early Literacy Support Project

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Mr Albert & Mrs Elina Smagarinsky

Mrs Lucy & Mr Stephen Chipkin

Ms Dagmar Caminer

Mr Lewis Levi

Mrs Jenny Solomon

Mr Anthony Lewy

Mr Michael Keogh &

Ms Sharron Motro

Mr Anthony & Mrs Ronit Olovitz

Mr Joshua Weinstock &

Ms Jenita Stoloff

{NEW MEMBERS}

Welcome new members

Ms Barbara Holmes and family

Mr Owen Griffiths & Ms

Mary-Ann Stanley

Issac & Ann Elnekave

Mr Liam O'Callaghan

Mr Adrian & Mrs Justine Reef

Guy Abelsohn & Geneviv Fanous

Ms Roberta Haski

Mr Warren & Ms Mila Kalinko

Mr Bradley & Mrs Nicole Allen

Mr Dean Kremer

Mr Peter Ryner

Mr Antony David Solomon

Mrs Kim Solomon

Ms Jessica Block & Mr Tim Fox

Mr Jack Poppert

Mr Daniel & Mrs Yvonne Wise

Ms Toni Whitmont & Mr Jim Booth

Mr Jason & Mrs Merav Ross

Mr Peter Berger

Mr Saul & Mrs Lauren Berkowitz

NOURISHMENT FOR MIND, BODY AND

SOUL. ENJOY LUNCH, MEET FRIENDS AND

DELVE INTO TORAH.

Join us on the second Saturday morning of

each month following Shabbat services:

April 14

May 12

June 9

July 14

August 11

Lunch

Rabbi Jacqueline Ninio

Dudu Gotlib

‘n’

Learn

Rabbi Dr Orna Triguboff

Rabbi Rafi Kaiserblueth

Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins

{BEREAVEMENT

SUPPORT

GROUP}

Experience has shown that

bereavement support can provide

people with appropriate care in their

time of need. Jacky Gerald, who

has experience in this field, will be

facilitating a number of one-hour

group sessions for those seeking

help in dealing with bereavement.

As these sessions will be held off-site (in

the CBD), registration will be required.

To register, email info@emanuel.org.au,

and we will send you details (including

address and times) of the sessions.

Please Note: This will be a closed

group for up to six individuals to

attend each of the three sessions. We

shall offer another group should more

than this number wish to attend.

SUSTAINING THE ENVIRONMENT

& HEALING THE WORLD

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{MAZAL TOV}

Read about some of our members who have recently become Bar/Bat Mitzvah.

ZOE KERTESZ

BEN ZWARENSTEIN

About me: Teamwork is important

to me, especially in sport. Watching

sports at a stadium or ground adds to

the atmosphere and my enjoyment.

My favourite school subjects

are PDHPE, Maths, Art,

and Jewish Studies.

Each year, I look forward to

playing soccer in the various

leagues I play in over the season.

School: Reddam House

Hobbies: Playing sport

Likes: I love science and

I like Macklemore.

Pets: Parker (dog) and Travis (cat)

About me: I value my family. I don't

really know what I what I want to be.

I play for the Eatern Bulldogs (AFL).

I would like to try to help fix

global warming. I want to be more

organised and less clumsy.

What will you remember most

about your Bat Mitzvah? I

will remember my tutor, Irit

most about my Bati.

School: Emanuel School

Hobbies: Soccer, Playstation,

Cricket, Basketball

Likes: family and friends,

and playing sport.

Dislikes: Too much homework,

and Mondays.

Pets: Harry and Hermione (2 African

Peach-Faced Loved Birds - mini parrots)

2 to 5 year olds

Social Justice: As part of my Bar

Mitzvah journey, I chose to support

"Their Beautiful Game", which

supports football programs for those

living in hardship. They help to ensure

that everyone enjoys and benefits

from their right to play soccer, an

ideal which is close to my heart.

What will you remember most

about your Bar Mitzvah? Even

though it was tough at times, I

enjoyed the learning, especially the

various tunes of the prayers.

First Friday of the month, 5:00pm–6:00pm

Once a month we join together for

an hour of songs, prayers, stories,

craft activities and fun. We begin with

a noisy, song-filled prayer service,

followed by some dancing, stories and

a craft activity. Then together we say

the Shabbat prayers for candles, wine

and challah.

It is a lovely way to introduce your

children to Shabbat and an opportunity

to meet other families in the community.

Parents and grandparents welcome.

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{MAZAL TOV}

Read about some of our members who have recently become Bar/Bat Mitzvah.

GABRIEL STAFFORD

School: Reddam House

Hobbies: Fencing, Martial Arts,

Guitar, Drawing and Gaming

Likes: I like hanging out with

friends. I like gaming. I like playing

guitar, especially in rock band and

I like fencing and martial arts.

Dislikes: I dislike racism and sexism.

I really dislike seeing neglected or

abandoned pets. And I also really

dislike the practice of shark finning.

Pets: A Labradoodle named Pablo

About me: I have just started year 8

at Reddam House. This year I will

participate in chess, orchestra, rock

band, rugby and fencing. Outside

school I will continue to practice martial

arts, learn guitar, swim and fence. I

will continue to draw and to make

sculptures. And in my spare time I plan

to hang out with friends and family.

Social Justice: I have a strong sense of

social justice and fair play. I would like

to pursue a career that will allow me to

help people and animals or even to save

lives. I would like to make a difference.

What will you remember most

about your Bar Mitzvah? I am really

thrilled that I can now read Hebrew.

And I really enjoyed learning a lot about

Judaism. I am grateful to my teachers

at Emanuel Synagogue and at Reddam

House for helping me prepare for my

Bar Mitzvah. I am looking forward

to continuing to learn more!.

{JOURNEY IN JUDAISM}

Every Sunday morning of school

term, join us for a new and exciting

program to broaden your horizons,

building on your journey in Judaism.

You can partake in any one of the

three parts of the journey, or all of it.

From 9:00-9:45am we will have

an informal learner’s minyan to

help you understand the pattern

and meaning of Jewish prayer.

From 9:45am we will be

having light brunch.

From 10:00-11:00am we conclude

our journey with meaningful learning.

COMMUNITY

Designed by Ann Wolfson

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{TZEDAKAH}

Thank you to our generous donors

$10,000 OR MORE

Rabbi Jeffrey B.

Kamins OAM

Dr John & Mrs

Roslyn Kennedy

Susan & Isaac Wakil

Foundation

Mr Robert Whyte

$5,000 OR MORE

Mr Owen Griffiths &

Ms Mary-Ann Stanley

Barbara Karet

Dr Peter & Mrs

Ziporah Neustadt

Mr John Roth & Ms

Jillian Segal AM

Mr Brian Sherman AM

& Dr Gene Sherman

Mrs Lucy Vessey

UP TO $499

Mr Reuben Aaron OBE

& Mrs Cornelia Aaron

Mrs Nikki Abrahams

Mr George Bognar and

Mrs Rony Bognar

Mr Anthony & Mrs

Kate Boskovitz

Kate Boskovitz

Mrs Tessa Boucher

Mrs Marla & Mr

Dennis Bozic

Mr Sidney & Mrs

Julie Brandon

Mr Leonard Brandon

Mrs Brenda Braun

Mrs Julianna Brender

Professor Graham De

Vahl Davis AM

Ms Dahlia Dior

Mrs Daphne Doctor

Mr David & Mrs

Suzette Doctor

Mrs Lily Dreyer

Mrs Claire Dukes

Dr Richard & Mrs

Ellen Dunn

Mr Andrew Dziedzic

Mr Martin Einfeld QC

& Mrs Leone Einfeld

$1,000 OR MORE

Dr Robert & Mrs Eva Gertler

Mr Thomas Biller & Dr

Anita Nitchingham

Dr Sacha Davis and Ms

Minna Perheentupa

Mrs Aliza Sassoon

Mr Richard & Mrs

Sarah Silverton

Mrs Adele Simson

Ms Alida Stanley and

Mr Harley Gordon

Andrew Wright

Rabbi Dr. Orna Triguboff

$500 OR MORE

Dr Karen Arnold &

Dr Drew Heffernan

Dr David & Mrs

Maxine Bachmayer

Michael Berger

Mrs Rosemary Block

Mr Roger Davis

Mr Benjamin & Mrs

Margaret Elias

Mr Alan Obrart & Mrs

Alexa Gilbert-Obrart

Mr David & Mrs

Karen Gordon

Mrs Cynthia Jackson AM

Dr Jason Kaplan & Mrs

Jessica Sara Kaplan

Mrs Beverley Adcock OAM

Mr Laurence & Mrs

Suanne Adelman

Mr Peter Adler

Mr Jeff Anderson

Mr Sidney Antflick &

Dr Jennifer Adelstein

Mr Leo Apterman

Ms Mary Levy

Dr Egon & Mrs

Judith Auerbach

Ms Joanna and Mr

Dan Auerbach

Mrs Bernice Bachmayer

Mr Stephen & Mrs

Wendy Baer

Ms Mary Banfield &

Mr Morris Averill

Dr Felix & Mrs

Caroline Barda

Mr Joseph Barda

Ms Sandra Barrkman

Mr Victor Baskir

Mr John & Mrs Yvonne Bear

Mr Peter Benjamin

Ms Beverley Berelowitz

Mrs Lilian & Dr Ezra Berley

Mrs Anne Elizabeth Biner

Mr Daniel & Mrs

Zahava Bloch

Mr Lester & Mrs

Frankie Blou

Mr. John Brieger & Mrs

Susi Brieger OAM

Mrs Dahlia Brigham

Mr Ian Brodie

Mr Leon & Mrs Emma

Bronfentrinker

Bruce Burwick

Mr David Castle

Dr David & Mrs

Noirin Celermajer

Mrs Lynette Chaikin

Mr Erwin Charmatz

Daniel T Cohen

Mrs Glenda Cohen

Mrs Wendy Cohen

Ms Yael Cohen

Ms Doris Cope Krygier

Mr Ronald Coppel AM

& Mrs Valerie Coppel

Mrs Nereida Cross

Ms Frances Cufar

Ms Jennifer Cufar

Mrs Jacqueline Dale

Mrs Jessie Daniel

Mr Albert Danon & Mrs

Dinah Danon OAM

Mr Leslie & Mrs Lisa Davey

Mr Robert Davidson

Mr Rodney Davies

Ms Ethel Davis

Mrs Sally Davis

Mr Walter Einstein

Ms Naomi Elias

Ms Julie Ellitt

Mr Colin & Mrs

Rosy Elterman

Mr David Emanuel

Mrs Nicole Emdur-Apps

Mrs Coryl Engel

Mr John Szabo &

Ms Jenifer Engel

Mr Jonathan Leslie &

Ms Susan Engel

Mrs Marlene Epstein

Mrs Lili Errera

Mrs Joy Evans

Mrs Zita Evans

Mr David Faigen

Mr George & Mrs

Vera Faludi

Mr Vladimir & Mrs

Irina Feldman

Dr Stephen & Mrs

Helen Fenton

Dr Michael Levy & Mrs

Renee Ferster Levy

Mrs Zinaida Fettmann

Paul Ian Fiegel

Mr Allan & Mrs

Barbara Firestone

Mr Danny & Mrs

Rachael Fischer

Ms Judy Fischer

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Mr John Fleischer

Rabbi Brian Fox AM

Ms Lorraine Fox

Mr Peter Frankl & Mrs

Michelle Stein-Evers

David & Karen Freeman

Mrs Karen Fried

Mrs Erika Fulop

Mr Joseph Furedi

Mr John & Mrs Judy Gal

Jacky Gerald

Mr Ronald Gerechter

Mr Heinz & Mrs

Yvonne Gerstl

Dr Elliot Gilbert & Dr

Kumudika de Silva

Mr David Gilray

Mr David & Mrs

Ruth Glasser

Mr John & Mrs

Judith Gleiber

Mrs Cherie Glick

Mrs Dina & Mr

Gennadi Gofman

Mr Charles Golan

Mr Brian & Mrs Susie Gold

Ms Wendy Goldman

Mr John & Mrs

Tova Goldstein

Dr Lorna Graham

Mr Robert & Mrs

Vicki Grant

Mrs Elizabeth Green

Ms Tracey Griff

Dr Reg & Mrs

Kathie Grinberg

Mr Roger Grinden

Dr Richard Haber

Dr Claude & Mrs

Roslyn Hakim

Alexander Hall

Dr Christine Harris

Mr David & Mrs

Sharon Harris

Mr Les Hart

Mr Neville & Mrs

Debbie Hausman

Ms Lesley-Ann Hellig

Mrs Manou Heman

Mr Michael & Mrs

Anthea Hemphill

Dr Debbie Hill

Mr Andrew & Mrs

Dee Hilton

Mrs Susan Hirshorn

Mr Ralph & Mrs

Adrienne Hirst

Mrs Dolores Holland

Mrs Valerie Hosek

Mrs Sheryl & Mr

Mark House

Mrs Rosalind & Mr

Wayne Ihaka

Mr Benjamin Isaacs

Mr Gordon Jackson

Justice Peter Jacobson

Mr Bernard & Mrs

Vera Jacoby

Dr Jack Jellins & Mrs

Maureen Jellins

Mrs Aileen Kadison

Mr Anthony Kahn & Mrs

Judith Kahn Friedlander

Professor Steven & Mrs

Andrea Kalowski

Dr Errol & Mrs Zina Kaplan

Mr Barry & Mrs

Pamela Karp

Mr Leslie & Mrs Sonia Katz

Professor Robert

Kummerfeld & Dr Judy Kay

Mr Steven Kay

Mr Jack & Mrs

Maxine Klarnet

Dr Stephen & Dr

Deborah Koder

Mrs Evelyn Kohan

Mrs Betty Kohane

Ronen Vexler and

Elzabeth Kollias

Mrs Veronica Kolman

Ms Renee Koonin

Ms Yvonne Korn

Mrs Dorit & Mr

Aubrey Krawitz

Mr Eitan Madar & Mrs

Esther Kubie Madar

Ms Therese Kutis

Emeritus Prof. Konrad

Kwiet & Mrs Jane Kwiet

Mrs Judith Lander

Mrs Eugina Langley

Pamela Ann Lansky Williams

Mr Uri & Mrs

Betty Laurence

Ms Yittah Lawrence

Mr Solomon & Mrs

Linda Lebovic

Mr Marc Lederman

Mrs Devorah Lees

Ms Sylvia Lenny

Mrs Barbara Leser

Mr Lewis Levi

Mr Peter Mintz &

Ms Belinda Levy

Mrs Beth Levy

Mr Gregg & Mrs Sue Levy

Ms Michal Levy

Mr Philip & Mrs

Lorraine Levy

Ms Miriam Lewin

Mrs Joan Lewis

Dr Golda Lieberman

Dr David & Mrs

Patricia Lieberman

Mr Stanford & Mrs

Abirah Lifschitz

Dr Robert & Dr

Ella Lindeman

Mrs Erika Lindemann

Mr Alex & Mrs

Rosemary Linden

Mr Maurice Linker

Mr Martin Lipschitz

Ms Jennifer Littman

Mr Peter & Mrs Anna Loewy

Mr Sydney and Mrs

Valerie Lonstein

Dr Ivan Lorentz AM &

Mrs Judith Lorentz

Mrs Sylvia Luikens

Dr Isaac & Mrs

Denise Mallach

Dr Linda Mann

Mr Danny & Mrs

Anna Marcus

Dr Bernard Maybloom

Mrs Ilana & Mr Grant

McCorquodale

Ms Judith McLallen

Mr Gene Melzack

Dr Graeme Mendelsohn

Mr Brendon Meyers

Mr David Meyers & Ms

Monique Werkendam

Mr Keith Miller

Ms Wendy Milston

Mr David Morris

Mr Daniel & Mrs

Margaret Moses

Mrs Donna & Mr

Philip Moses

Mrs Anita Moss

Mr Frank Muller

Ms Vivienne Nabarro

Mrs Victoria Nadel

Mrs Nicci Nahon

Dr Leslie & Mrs

Marcia Narunsky

Mr David & Mrs

Sarah Nathan

Mr Michael & Mrs

Ruth Nathanson

Ms Lana Neumann

Mr Terry & Mrs

Anne Newman

Mr William & Mrs

Barbara Newman

Professor Graham

Newstead A.M. & Ms

Michele Newman

Mrs Johanna Nicholls

Dr Joel Nothman

Mrs Susan

Nothman

Mr Ari and Mrs

Kim Novick

Dr Raymond &

Mrs Rose Novis

Mrs Vera Olovitz

Ms Ruth Osen

Mr. Warren

Pantzer

COMMUNITY

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{...TZEDAKAH CONTINUED}

Mr Alfred & Mrs

Elizabeth Parker

Mr Shimon Parker

Mr Barry & Dr

Yvonne Perczuk

Mrs Helen Perko

Mr Peter & Mrs Yvonne Perl

Dr Sam Perla

Margaret Perlman

Barbara Potashnick

Mrs Bertha Power

Mr Victor & Mrs

Margarita Prager

Mrs Jennifer Randall

Mr Kenneth Raphael

Mr Peter & Mrs

Carol Reismann

Mr Roger & Mrs

Jeannine Revi

Mr Alfredo & Mrs

Diana Rispler

Mr Mikhael Nisner &

Mr Barry Robinson

Mrs Patricia Roby

Myriam & Jack Romano

Mr Albert & Mrs

Karin Stafford

Dr Ellis and Mrs Lyn Rosen

Mr Marshall & Mrs

Suzanne Rosen

Mrs Deanne Rosenthal

Ms Edna Ross

Mr George & Mrs

Shirley Rotenstein

Mr Steve & Mrs Ann Rubner

Mrs Liese Russ

Mr John Ryba

Mr Ronald & Mrs

Pamela Sackville

Dr Neville & Mrs

Ingrid Sammel

Ms Betty Saunders-Klimenko

Ms Deborah Saunders

Ms Hannah Schwartz

Mr Roger & Dr Eleanor Sebel

Ms Agnes Seemann

Mr John & Mrs Joan Segal

Mr Kevin & Mrs Yadida Sekel

Mrs Jennifer & Dr Alex Selby

Mr Ariel & Dr

Naomi Shammay

Mr Raphael & Mrs

Roslyn Shammay

Mr Kenneth & Mrs

Cathy Shapiro

Dr Dorian & Mrs

Elizabeth Sharota

Mrs Vivienne Sharpe

Ms Merril Shead

Mrs Lorraine & Mr

Barry Shine

Mr Yacov & Mrs

Ludmila Shneidman

Professor Gary Sholler

Mrs Regina Shusterman

Mrs Agnes Silberstein

Ms Irene Sills

Ms Judith Silver

Mrs Marianne Silvers

Mrs Margaret Simmonds

Mrs Barbara & Mr

Charles Simon

Mr John & Mrs Edith Simon

Mrs Salome Simon

Mrs Esther Simons

Mr Jeff & Mrs Fiona Singer

Ms Deborah Singerman

Mrs Joy Sirmai

Mr Alan & Mrs Anne Slade

Mrs Dora & Mr

Jacob Slomovits

Mrs Irene Smith

Ms Leslie Solar

Mrs Agnes Spencer

Mrs Neva & Mr Leo Sperling

Dr Ron & Dr Judy Spielman

Ms Lesley Spindler

Mrs Desiree Spiro

Mrs Irene Steele

Dr Jeffrey Steinweg OAM

& Mrs Sandra Steinweg

Dr Alfred Stricker

Mr Jeffrey Suarez

Mrs Michele Sultan

Mr Les & Mrs

Suzaner Szekely

Mr Michael Taksa

Ms Gul Tan

Mr Jacob & Mrs

Rosalind Tarszisz

Mrs Mildred Teitler

Dr Michael Urwand

Mrs Pauline Vellins

Marcel Vexler

Mr Stephen & Mrs

Edna Viner

Dr Eric & Dr Maureen Waine

Dr Anthony & Mrs

Margot Wasserman

Mr Maurice Watson

Mr Leon & Mrs Tracey-

Ann Waxman

Mr Morris & Mrs

Lynette Wegman

Kerrie Weil

Mr Gerald & Mrs

Audrey Weinberg

Mr Robert & Mrs

Miriam Weiss

Mrs Thea & Mr John Weiss

Mrs Viola Wertheim

Mr Scott Whitmont & Mr

Christopher Whitmont-Stein

Mr Henry & Mrs Ruth Wirth

Ms Judith Wolf

Ms Dianne Wolff

Mr Gerald & Mrs

Vivian Wolff

Mr Patrick Wong and

Dr. Natalie Cromer

Mr Harold & Mrs

Lana Woolf

Mrs Zara Yellin

Mr Maurice & Mrs

Betty Zamel

Mrs Anita Zweig

and numerous other

anonymous donors

{KITCHEN FOR HIRE}

As you may be aware, as

part of the redevelopment,

we have built a kitchen

for the Synagogue.

Semi-commercial

kitchen for hire:

• State of the art

• Newly designed

and renovated

• Vegetarian including fish

• Includes large coolroom

For more details contact

michelle@emanuel.org.au

or ph: 9389 6444

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{BIRTHS}

Mazal Tov to

Mr Roman Davidov &

Ms Larisa Ruhman

Mr Sam and Mrs

Louisa Chipkin

Mr Ethan Weisz & Ms

Priscilla Coutinho

Mr David Cole & Mrs

Catherine Randall

Mr Benjamin & Mrs

Margaret Elias

Mr Ben & Mrs So-

Young Kim Greenberg

Mr Max & Mrs

Lindy Ben-Galim

Gideon Hornung &

Paulina de Laveaux

Mr Domonic & Mrs

Daiana Gresham

Ms Michaela Kalowski

Mr Daniel Mendoza-

Jones & Ms Jessica Roth

Mr Gill & Mrs Marina Rozen

Dr Jason Kaplan & Mrs

Jessica Sara Kaplan

Mr Stanislav & Mrs

Irina Farbman

Mr Samuel Gowland & Mrs

Kobe Ryba Hayes Gowland

Ophir Zenou and

Valeriia Hapon

Mr Shaun Greenblo &

Ms Jana Zurawlenko

Mr Dean Watson &

Ms Simone McOnie

{B’NEI MITZVAH}

Mazal Tov to

Anna Rachel Eleonore Davis

Julius Gabriel Stafford

Blake Raphael Wright

Luca Moses

Malachy Kalowski

Benjamin Zwarenstein

Brody Elbourne

Mahley Rosen-Tal

Aaron Glass

Ellie Morris

Ethan Daniel Trenaman

Benjamin Daniel Dyce

Oscar-Louis Von

Helia Antflick

Hannah Teri Kim

Jared Pien

Claire Madziar

Eden Grynberg

Isabella Filipczyk

Lara Goodman

Asher Adi Vexler

Georgia May Silverton

Jack Samuel Smagarinsky

{MARRIAGE}

To rejoice with the happy couple

Anthony Shakinovsky

& Amy Freeland

Dr David Goltsman

& Bianca Szekely

Jay Boolkin & Sally Chard

Mr Antony Pinshaw

& Mandi Jacobson

Mr Ranald Kogan and

Miss Samantha Levis

Ms Jacqueline Stricker-

Phelps OAM & Professor

Kerryn Phelps AM

Ms Natalie Pam Weiss &

Mr Daniel Sheining

Ms Sofia Shvarts &

Mr Henry Cuba

Nolan Goldstein &

Emma Cohen

Yoni Deutsch &

Samantha Lewis

{DECEASED}

To comfort the bereaved

Susie Meininger

Samantha Kidron

Ruth Kedzier

Edith Port

Ivan Fedor

Edward Strasser

Nadine Ryner

Marta Pikler

Nina Crown

Derek Freeman

Andrew Casey

John Sirmai

Michael Berger

Bernard Peter Hirst

Norma Gene Brender

Jvillage Software

Simon Kantor

Stanley Bloomfield

Elinda Lissing

Samuel Lissing

Violet Hougie

COMMUNITY

Alex Varga

Irene Culshaw

Alan Steinberg

Peter Bryan Solomon

Hyacinth Cunio

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{SERVICE TIMES}

Morning Minyan

Morning Minyan is on Mondays and Thursdays at 6:45am.

Sundays from 9:00am followed by breakfast.

All service times and venues are subject to change. Please check

our website for any amendments to our regular services.

PESACH

Erev Pesach – Friday March 30 from 6:15pm

Day 1 – Saturday March 31

9:00am

10am

10am

Erev 2nd – March 31 from 6:15pm

Erev 7th – Thursday April 5 from 6:15pm

7th day – Friday April 6 from 9:00am

Erev 8th & Shabbat – April 6 from 6:15pm

8th day – Saturday April 7

9:00am

10:00am

1st night service - Neuweg

(no Shabbat Live)

Masorti- Mid-size Sanctuary

Progressive- Main Sanctuary

Renewal - Neuweg Sanctuary

service followed by Seder

Masorti - Neuweg

Masorti - Neuweg

Pluralist - Neuweg

Masorti Neuweg

Service includes Yizkor

Progressive Main Sanctuary

Service includes Yizkor

{CONTACT US}

All services and other programs are held at the synagogue unless otherwise indicated:

7 Ocean Street, Woollahra NSW 2025

There are lots of ways to get in touch — we would love to hear from you!

Call: (02) 9389 6444

Email: info@emanuel.org.au

Visit: www.emanuel.org.au

Like: www.facebook.com/emanuel.synagogue

Follow us! We’re on Twitter @emanuelshule and Instagram @emanuelsynagogue

Office hours

Monday–Thursday: 9am–5pm

Friday: 9am–2pm

{THANK YOU}

A huge thank you to all of the contributors to this edition of Tell, and

to our wonderful team of volunteers who give their time to help us

get the magazine packed and into members’ homes each quarter.

If you would like to contribute to the next edition of Tell, or to

enquire about advertising, please email tell@emanuel.org.au.

If you are interested in volunteering, email volunteer@emanuel.org.au.

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