Tell September 2018 Tishrei 5779


TELL - Emanuel Synagogue's Magazine is published 4 times a year

New Beginnings

Tishrei-Cheshvan 5779

September-November 2018

A momentous

year has passed

Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins


Avinu Malkeinu

Rabbi Jacqueline Ninio

Wearing white on

High Holy Days

Rabbi Rafi Kaiserblueth

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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.


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.


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 service is a traditional

Kabbalat Shabbat service, featuring

well-known contemporary melodies.

The Masorti 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.


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, self-development,

relaxation and inner healing.


Yom Kippur Music Meditation & Prayer

Tuesday 18th September from 8pm

A unique opportunity to raise your spirits

through music, prayer and chant, with

musician Amir Paiss, Rabbi Dr. Orna

Triguboff, Emanuel Lieberfreund and

Aviva Pinkus. This reflective circle of

prayer and music promises to be a heartopening

experience to be remembered.

8pm at Emanuel Synagogue, Woollahra.

Bookings essential

Emanuel Synagogue members $20

otherwise $40

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

Reverend Sam Zwarenstein

Cantor George Mordecai




Suzanna Helia

Most of our community has now

experienced the mesmerizing

awe at the sight of our beautiful

new campus. From its humble

beginnings, like a caterpillar

which has slowly transformed

into a magnificent butterfly, we

are captivated by its spirit and

beauty. Butterflies are graceful,

colourful creatures, with a near

magical quality to them. Delicate

and surreal, they move through

vast landscapes as if dancing on air,

bringing life and joy to any garden.

More than just captivating our

hearts and imagination, the

butterfly is a profound and

enduring symbol of change and

transformation. Its journey and

metamorphosis from humble,

earthbound caterpillar, to winged

beauty with the gift of flight,

carries a powerful meaning.

It speaks to our own capacity

to move through different

life cycles, mirroring our own

journeys of regeneration, renewal,

expansion and rebirth.

So too, Emanuel Synagogue,

since its founding in 1938, has

moved through stages of growth,

transformation, expansion and

liberation. In the last eighty years,

it has undergone cycles of rapid

and sometimes slower growth.

During this time, there have

been many cultural highlights,

religious transitions and new

developments in prayer, as well as

times of hesitation and, at times,

difficult decisions. Each one of

these experiences has shaped and

moulded us, and prepared us to be

the strong, vibrant congregation

we are today. We are proudly the

largest congregation in Australia,






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Rabbi Jacqueline Ninio




Rabbi Rafi Kaiserblueth



Reverend Sam Zwarenstein



and still growing; a welcoming,

pluralist community which shares

egalitarian and democratic values.

Now that we have almost

completed the first stages of

our transformation, at the start

of a new year, I feel it is timely

that we should all take time to

celebrate together. The last few

years have taught me that growth

and change need not be traumatic

or painful, but rather liberating

and joyful; a natural part of life’s

continuous unfolding. Working

together, we have realised our

untapped potential, and evolved

into a strong, courageous, and yet

sensitive and spiritual community.

As we celebrate these High

Holy Days, we should pause

and acknowledge how fortunate

we are to have, and to belong

to, a community of strength,

integrity and vulnerability, all at

the same time. The innovation

and progressiveness that our

rabbinical team manifests, the

voice they carry in the wider

community has an impact that

is profound and long-lasting.

We now have the opportunity not

only for communal prayer, but

to celebrate culturally, whether

it be in the area of art, music,

dancing, cooking, film or acting,

to name a few. We can truly realise

our founders’ vision for Emanuel

Synagogue to be a place for prayer,

learning and communal gathering.

In 5779, there are so many ways for

you to join us, ensuring Emanuel

continues to thrive and nurture its

dynamic and vibrant community.

It is with pride, gratitude and a

sense of accomplishment that I

wish you all Shana Tova.






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Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins

As we welcome our New Year,

we understand we have created

a moment in time to reflect –

individually, relationally and

communally – on the year

that has passed, and also to

envision the year we wish to

create. I will first recount some

of the milestones at Emanuel

Synagogue over this last year.

I gratefully acknowledge that

this year Rabbi Jacqueline Ninio

celebrated her 20th year as rabbi

at Emanuel Synagogue. She is an

incredible colleague and leader. Her

care for individuals, her passion for

social justice, her creative energy

in so many aspects of synagogue

programming, and her ethical

standards - alongside her sense of

humour - inspire me in my rabbinate

every day. Together we have gone

through so many changes at Emanuel


Synagogue, yet as her project of

writing the history of Emanuel

Synagogue demonstrates, these

changes have been organic since

our founding in 1938 as Temple

Emanuel. Those founders envisioned

creating a communal centre beyond

a place of prayer, and finally, we are

on the verge of making that happen.

We now have the team and the space

to deliver a breadth and depth of

programming and engagement.

Rabbi Ninio and I have the support

of Rabbis Kaiserblueth and Triguboff

(on a part time and voluntary basis),

and also Reverend Zwarenstein. This

last year has also seen a dream come

true for me as well, with the return

of Cantor George Mordecai for these

Yamim Noraim and the months,

and hopefully, years to come. Those

who belonged to the synagogue in

the early 1990s will remember that

Cantor Mordecai and I, along with a

bare minyan, started the first Masorti

services in Australia – leading to

Emanuel becoming Australia’s only

pluralist religious community in the

21st century. Since George departed

for cantorial studies in 1995, he and

I have hoped to work together again,

and now he will work closely with

the rest of the clergy team to create

different and dynamic services and

opportunities for engagement.

Our embrace of diversity and

inclusion has contributed to

momentous events in this last year.

Federal legislation passed at the

end of 2017 enabled us to officiate

at Australia’s first (and to this day

only) same sex religious marriages

(Rabbi Ninio, Rabbi Kaiserblueth

and I have now conducted one

each). Furthermore, unique among

religious institutions, we have

changed our constitution this last

year to allow those who are not

Jews to become members in all

aspects of engagement, other than

having voting rights at the AGM.

We celebrate that our campus

reflects this inclusion and diversity.

We dreamed of creating a sacred,

harmonious space, and we have,

for the most part done so - our

beautiful entry and garden courtyard

nearly completed, the Neuweg

transforming into a lounge for

members where we can gather in

conversation and culture, the heritage

and new sanctuaries providing

different spaces for prayer, lectures,

musical performances, film nights

and so much more, and our stateof-the-art

preschool integrating the

generations to come. All that is left

to do is to rejuvenate our learning

centre (to the north of our original

heritage sanctuary) to include a

library, youth centre and an intimate

place for prayer and meditation.

With the support of our Board,

led by Louise Thurgood-Phillips

through completion of Stage One

of our redevelopment, and now

our new president Alex Lehrer, and

also with the commitment of our

incredible staff led by our CEO

Suzanna Helia, we now have the

resources to deliver an extensive

program of learning, social justice,

music and creative arts in the

synagogue. This is the beginning

of the realisation of our vision as a

home of culture in community. We

are all excited to be celebrating this

New Year together, and together

we look forward to a year ahead of

dynamic creative engagement.



After serving as the cantor at

congregations throughout the

USA, Cantor George Mordecai is

returning to Emanuel Synagogue.

George weaves his rich cultural

heritage into his work as both

a cantor and performer.

He is well known to many in

our community. Born in Sydney,

Australia to Iraqi Jews from India

and Singapore, he was immersed in

the musical and liturgical traditions

of his family. Prior to receiving

Cantorial investiture from the Jewish

Theological Seminary in New York,

George worked for many years in our

community where he was lovingly

mentored by Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins,

Cantor Michael Deutsch and Rabbi

Brian Fox. He was instrumental

in the establishment of Emanuel’s

Masorti minyan serving as the

Cantor of that service at its inception.

George also sang with the

Renaissance Players, a Sydneybased,

renowned and innovative

early music ensemble. He has

performed Sephardic and Judeo-

Iraqi liturgical repertoire in concert

halls and synagogues around the

world. In 2007 he met Patrick

Quigley, artistic director of the world

renowned choral ensemble Seraphic

Fire, and together they developed

a performance project, Shalom/

Pax, which drew from the rich,

melodic textures of the Gregorian

and Iraqi Jewish musical traditions.

In addition to his work as a cantor

and performer, George is working

toward rabbinical ordination


with Aleph; a transdenominational


for Jewish Renewal.

Jewish Renewal has been

at the forefront of some

of the most creative

approaches to Jewish

spirituality and community over the

last four decades. George is projected

to be ordained in January of 2021.

George has over 20 years’ experience

in building community. In addition

to his musical and liturgical expertise

he is an engaging educator. George

infuses his teaching with a deep

sense of spirituality and historical

perspective, always mindful of the

needs and aspirations of his students.

He is excited to be working with

the talented Emanuel Synagogue

team. “Rabbis Kamins, Ninio,

Kaiserblueth, Triguboff and

Reverend Zwarenstein are all

amazing human beings and inspiring

spiritual leaders”. He is also very

impressed by the musical talent at

the synagogue. “There is tremendous

potential at Emanuel, mentoring

the young and emerging talent

would make me very happy at this

stage of my life.” He is overjoyed

to be returning to Emanuel. “It

was here at Emanuel that I found

my calling and I am truly blessed

to be able to return to serve this

phenomenal community.”



Rabbi Jacqueline Ninio

I have been privileged to sit on the editorial committee for the new machzor, the High

Holy Day prayer book which we will begin to use in our region beginning next year.

The book is egalitarian, and removes any gendered language about God, hopefully

allowing space for our minds to conceive of God in a more broad and expansive way.

When it came to one of the

central prayers of the High

Holy Days, Avinu Malkeinu,

a really interesting discussion

arose. How would those words

be translated? Speaking about

God, they, in their most literal

sense are Avinu Malkeinu, “Our

Father our King.” We call upon

God as father and God as king,

language dripping with gendered

meaning. Hearing those words,

we see a father and we see a king,

both powerful male figures.

Should we then de-gender

the translation rendering it as,

“Our Parent our Sovereign”?

I once attended a service for

High Holy Days in Israel where

they did just that. We chanted

the Hebrew Avinu Malkeinu,

and then read in English,

“Our Parent our Sovereign”. I

participated, but must confess

that so much of the power and

awe of that moment was lost in

the translation it was jarring. I

was so used to “Our Father our

King”, that the new words were

unsettling, and I spent more time

wondering about how I felt about

the change than I did praying the

words. Another service I attended

alternated Avinu Malkeinu,

“Our Father our King” with

“Our Mother our Queen”- I

found this very difficult as well.

It shifted from male to female,


one image to another, and

still this was not the answer.

In those cases, I think changing

the language does the opposite

of its intention; rather than

providing a more expansive

imagining of God, it narrows

it to a moment of semantics

about language. However, having

said that, I don’t believe that

just because we have always

done something a certain

way and have become used

to it, that makes it right. If I

believed that, I would not be

a very good Progressive Jew!

I have written before about my

approach to gendered language

when it comes to describing

God. I admitted that early in

my days as a rabbinic student

I was not really concerned

about it. I readily described

God as “He” and thought it

made no difference. I knew

in my mind that God did not

have a gender and that was

enough. But then I attended an

experimental service (one of the

great joys of rabbinical school

are the services where we get

the chance to experiment), and

instead of describing God as

“He”, all the God language was

made feminine. God became

“She”, “Mother” and “Queen”,

and suddenly the prayers felt

completely different. Where

before there was harshness and

hierarchy, God became nurturing

and embracing. It completely

shifted my perception of God

and reading of the prayers. (If

you ever have the chance to

do it during services, read the

prayers with God as feminine

and see how you feel). From

that day on, I understood the

power of language, and how

important it is in shaping our

beliefs and our understandings.

I recently had the privilege of

officiating at the first female

religious same-sex wedding in

Australia. It was a beautiful

moment, and the brides, both

Israeli, asked that I chant a

version of the sheva brachot,

the seven wedding blessings,

with God in the feminine. It

gave a completely different

feeling to the prayers, and

infused those moments with

a very different and female

energy. Again, the significance

of language was demonstrated

to me in a very powerful way.

Which leads us back to Avinu

Malkeinu - what is the answer?

How does a book without any

gendered language for God deal

with this prayer? The authors of

Mishkan Teshuva, the American

version of the machzor, and the

one upon which we are basing

our book, chose not to translate

the Hebrew, and to leave it as

Avinu Malkeinu. Our machzor

will be the same. I believe

this is the best solution, and

leaves space for people on these

most holy of days, to shape

the God of their experience.

Once we start to translate

those words we lose a little

of their import, although I

still believe that sometimes

we need male images of God

and sometimes female.

On the High Holy Days, for

us, what is this prayer about?

What does it mean to see God

as father and as king? This

prayer contains, within those

two images, the heart of the

High Holy Day services. Firstly,

God as father. The High Holy

Days are a time for us to come

to the synagogue and feel the

embrace and warmth, the

unconditional love emanating

from God, surrounding us with

comfort and security. It helps

to draw us in and reconnect

us with what is important.

It reminds us that no matter

who we are, no matter what

mistakes we have made, no

matter what baggage we bring

with us, we are loved - not

despite our flaws, but with

them. God knows who

we are; God sees into our

souls and understands the

depths of our spirit, and

God embraces every part of

who we are. We can come

here to fall into the arms

of God, be drawn in, held

in a warm parental hug,

and know and understand

that we are enough.

And when we see God as our

parent, we embrace our family,

that is, the other children

of God, our community.

The High Holy Days are



not an individual journey- it

is a time and place when we

stand together with others, and

we remember we are part of

something bigger than ourselves.

That even though we are hurting,

struggling or suffering, we do not

do this alone. We are here with

our community, our family, and

we approach these days together,

drawing strength from one

another; being grateful that we

are not alone but together with

our siblings, God as our parent.

And then we encounter God

Malkeinu, God the ruler, the

king; the one who judges our

deeds. On these days we stand

stripped of all pretense, masks

removed, veils uncovered. We

count our deeds, we review

the year, we honestly consider

what we have done and how

we have behaved, and we look

at our flaws. We see the cracks

and scars, the times we took

the wrong path, the times we

did not live up to the best that

is within us, and we know that

it is a time for change. We are

given another chance. We hold

up our lives to the light and see

what is there. We consider how

we would like to change, what

we would do differently, and how

we could strive to be better - and

we confess and let go. We come

before our ruler and lay ourselves

bare, the good and the not so

good, and we take an honest look

at our lives and our journeys,

knowing that although we stand

before God our king, we also

stand with God our father, who

will love, nurture and protect

us, and give us strength to do

the work of self-examination.




Both sides of God are important,

Avinu and Malkeinu. They

are the scales, the balance that

we need at this time of year.

We come to the synagogue to

encounter Avinu, the God of

love, the God of acceptance

and the God of community

and to meet Malkeinu, the

God of judgement, calling

us to account, helping us to

be better, encouraging us to

make changes, to correct our

wrongs and wipe the slate clean,

ready to start another year.

I hope that these High Holy

Days we can all feel the embrace

of God and community as

we come together in blessing,

searching and peace.



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Rabbi Rafi Kaiserblueth

The arrival of the High Holidays heralds a time of intensity unseen throughout

the year. There are many customs and rituals that take place during this time

that assist us in creating the feel and setting appropriate for that intensity.

One of these rituals, and in fact

one of the more visual ones, is the

garments that some of us will be

wearing, the kittel, or white robes.

The origin of this custom is not as

straightforward as I used to believe,

but something much more nuanced.

There are actually many occasions

in our tradition to wear a kittel or

white garments; Yom Kippur, Yom

Tov (Festivals), a wedding by the

groom and bride, specific other

services such as when we ask for rain

or dew, Shabbat, and the leader of

the Passover Seder just to name a

few. It also bears a striking similarity

to the funeral shrouds that Jews are

dressed in and are then buried in.

This last instance led many to

believe that there was a direct

connection to the kittel and the

takhrikhim, or funeral shrouds.

Namely, that we are as if dead

on Yom Kippur, praying for our

individual and communal salvation.

Yet, if the sources and traditions are

examined a bit closer, the origin of

wearing white or a kittel actually tell

a different story. We already know

that a custom to wear white already

existed from the Talmud, but what

is curious is that a reason was never

actually given. “Jews on Yom Kippur

wear white and cover themselves in

white” is the only statement made.

This left the gates of interpretation

wide open as to why. A variety

of opinions are given:

To dress festively - hence not only

on Yom Kippur do we wear white,

but Shabbat and other festivals

As a symbol of Joy – We learn

from the Jerusalem Talmud: Said

R. Simon: it is written “Or what

great nation has laws and rules as

perfect…” (Deut. 4: 8). R. Hama b.

R. Hanina and R. Hoshayah. One

said: What other nation is like this

nation! Generally, when someone

knows they face judgment, they wear

black [clothing], robes themself in

black, and let their beard grow, for

they do not know the outcome of

the judgment. But not so Israel,

who wear white [clothing], robe

themselves in white, shave their

beards, and eat and drink and are

joyful, knowing that God, blessed be

He, performs miracles for them.”

As a symbol of Purity, as cited by

the Prophet Isaiah - “Come, let us

reach an understanding, —says the

LORD. Be your sins like crimson,

They can turn snow-white... (1:18)”

To resemble Angels

Wearing Funeral Shrouds while

our fate is decided in Heaven.

Given all of these reasons to explain

a commonly-held practice, I do not

dismiss any out of hand, yet the idea

of joy as a motivator is extremely

compelling. As one of my primary

inspirations for my

observance and connection

to Judaism (taken from

the book of Psalms, “Serve

God with joy,”) the idea of

seeing this period not only

as an intensive period of

soul searching, but one of

joy, certainly helps to put

the High Holy Days in a

place where that intensity

is not only achievable,

but communal as well.

When you are looking at how

to approach this coming High

Holy Day period, perhaps start

with the wardrobe, as clothes,

certainly in this case, can make

the person. Join your community

by wearing white, celebrating

the joy of the days to come.

Shana Tovah U’Metukah..










Join us at services on October 5th and 6th

for special services led by Shir Madness

headliners, New York band Nefesh

Mountain (“where Bluegrass and Jewish

traditions meet… and fall madly in love!”).

Critically acclaimed by Rolling Stone and

Billboard magazine, Doni Zasloff and Eric

Lindberg together with their band are

pioneers of a transcendent new genre –

fusing the apparently disparate worlds of

American Appalachian and Jewish traditions!

Refreshingly eclectic, wildly spiritual.

These services promise to be a

very special experience!

• Shabbat Live - October 5th from 6:15pm

• Jewish Renewal Shabbat - October 6th from

10:00am followed by pot luck lunch



Rosh Chodesh Group


Jon Green

Civil Marriage Celebrant





0414 872 199

8:00PM - 10:00PM

October 9 and 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

Chodesh, the celebration of the new moon.

For more information and to find

the location, please call the Emanuel

Synagogue office on 9389 6444 or


302 Oxford Street Bondi Junction

Phone (02) 9389 3499


Oxford Street Bondi Junction


(02) 9389 3499

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Reverend Sam Zwarenstein

During the Torah service and Musaf service of Rosh Hashanah,

we engage in what many consider to be the central mitzvah of

Rosh Hashanah - to hear the shofar being blown.

We stand in silence, as

those blowing the shofar

take us through the ritual

of each sequence of notes,

resonating in our hearts and

minds. This ritual allows

us to connect with both

the generations that came

before us, as they engaged

in this mitzvah, as well as

connecting us to our future,

both in the immediate

sense, after all this is the

start of a new year, as well

as looking further down

the line, acknowledging the

role of the blowing of the

shofar at Rosh Hashanah

in generations to come.

This mitzvah is conveyed to

us in the book of B’midbar

(Numbers) 29:1; “In the

seventh month, on the first

day of the month, you shall

observe a sacred occasion:

you shall not work at your

occupations. You shall

observe it as a day when

the horn is sounded”. The

text translated here, refers to this

day as Yom Teru’ah - a day when

the horn is sounded. However, it

doesn’t specify in that verse that it

has to be a shofar, just that the horn

is sounded. It is only when we read

this in conjunction with an earlier

piece in Vayikra (Leviticus) 25:9;

referring to “shofar teru’ah”, that

we learn that it is a shofar that is

referenced when the horn is sounded.

The Talmud teaches us that a shofar

must be hollow, linking the word

shofar to the Hebrew word for tube,

shfoferet. The horns of most kosher

animals are kosher for a shofar, except

for an ox (whose horns are defined

as keren, i.e. not suitable to be used

as a shofar) or cow (mainly because


of the association with the golden

calf, but also because it is keren).

Likewise, animals who have antlers,

which are solid rather than hollow,

are not suitable for use as a shofar.

While we can use the horn of almost

any kosher animal, a ram’s horn

is considered to be the preferred

source, as it relates to the story of

the Akedah (the binding) which

we read during Rosh HaShanah,

where a ram is offered by Abraham,

in lieu of Isaac. Some also say

that the curved shape of the ram’s

horn symbolises the humility we

feel as we stand before God.

The historic role of the shofar goes

back to biblical times, and we

find that the shofar is mentioned

seventy-two times in the

bible. Examples of its use

include military purposes

(announcing victory,

warning about approaching

enemies, frightening the

enemy), the coronation of

kings, as well as celebrating

worship and festivals (in II

Samuel 6:15 we are told;

“Thus David and all the

House of Israel brought

up the Ark of Adonai

with shouts and with

blasts of the shofar”).

It is only after the

destruction of the Second

Temple that the shofar lost

its public strategic role.

It has, however, retained

its ritual role, mainly on

Rosh HaShanah and at

the conclusion of Yom

Kippur, as well as during

the month of Elul. In

addition, the shofar is blown

at the consecration of a

sanctuary (those present

on 14 May 2018 would

have witnessed this amazing ritual at

the opening of our new sanctuary),

and during the consecration of

new burial grounds (as was the case

with the consecration of the new

Jewish burial grounds at Rookwood

Cemetery on 1 May 2018).

As with many other facets of our

history and tradition, this has

meant that our ancestors would

have experienced the powerful

sound of the shofar being blown

far more often than we do today.

Because we only get to hear the

shofar on the special occasions

mentioned before, our reaction

to the wonderful and rousing

traditions, inspired by the many

uses our ancestors made of the

shofar, is heightened, and during

Rosh HaShanah we stand in silence,

hearing and taking in the blasts

emanating from the shofarot.

Rabbi Saadia ben Yosef Gaon (Head

of the Talmudic Academy in Sura,

Babylonia) compiled a list of reasons

for the mitzvah of the shofar on

Rosh HaShanah. Amongst that list

he included the shofar’s

piercing wail that serves

to awaken slumbering

souls that have grown

complacent, as well

as its loud sound that

humbles us and fills us

with awe before God.

These two attributes

lend themselves to vivid

images. We can imagine

the sound of the shofar

awakening the souls

that have not yet taken

advantage of this season of

repentance, reminding them, that

while there is still time to reflect on

their journey, there isn’t an infinite

amount of time left. Or, almost

in contrast to this, the great sound

of the shofar can remind us to be

humble. Our journey through the

season of repentance and spiritual

examination can deliver uplifting

results, allowing us to experience

a sense of great achievement as we

seek to improve ourselves. However,

we should remember that while we

can be proud of how much we have

achieved, we must always act with

appropriate humility and respect

before God, and before our fellow

Shofar blowing at the opening of our new sanctuary

human beings. After all, we are part

of a Jewish community, and we do

this simultaneously with every other

Jewish community in the world - all

of us taking part in this same ritual.

If it is not for the same purpose, then

why do we all do this year after year?

Moreover, one of the main themes

of Rosh Hashanah is “teshuvah”

(repentance). The sound of the shofar

being blown is also meant to inspire

us to turn towards God, towards

doing good and being respectful.

This year, as we gather together on

Rosh HaShanah to celebrate the

beginning of another new year, when

we arrive at the sections of the

service where the

shofar is blown,

let’s really take

in the incredible

value of the

sounds that flow

from the shofar.


The mitzvah

we engage in, is

not to blow the

shofar, but to

hear the shofar

being blown. Of

course, someone needs

to blow the shofar, otherwise no-one

gets to hear it. This Rosh HaShanah,

let’s advance that mitzvah into our

own journey, and let the sound of

the shofar inspire us to fully connect

with this season, reminding us of

our identity, our traditions, our

responsibilities and our potential.

Stories in the



Celebrate Sukkot.

Join us in our sukkah for an evening of

storytelling with sushi and salad

Monday September 24

from 6:45pm



Jacob Riesel

In 2016, I was one of the two proud recipients of the Rabbi Brian Fox Scholarship; a

scholarship which encourages students from the Emanuel School community to set up a

self-sustainable project upon their graduation. I used the scholarship to visit Nepal, where

I spent just over a month teaching English and helping with construction projects.

During my time in Nepal, I

recognised a certain need for

teacher education. There were

times for example, where I was

given an English exam paper for

Year 1 & 2 students, that I was

unable to complete due to the poor

language skills demonstrated by

the teachers, and the distinct lack

of resources teachers have access to.

As Nepal still uses a caste system,

which ranks teachers in the second

highest caste (one below royalty),

many teachers are thrown into

the teaching world with little to

no education, as they were simply

born into the occupation.

For this reason, I have identified

two important needs in Nepal that

I believe the Emanuel Synagogue

community should focus on in the

long term - education and resources.

In terms of education, there are

a few things we can do to help.

Firstly, I would like to bring Hari

Poudel to Australia. Hari Poudel

is a teacher from a small village in

Nepal named Ghatchhina. Over

the past few years, especially since

the devastating earthquake in

2015, Hari has dedicated much of


his time and money into helping

both his village and surrounding

communities with various projects.

These include the construction of

a community centre, and a bridge

across a heavily flowing river that

was destroyed in the earthquake.

Hari has an incredible belief in

educating the next generation. He

has recently built a learning centre

in the back of his house, where

he helps the village children with

their homework, and teaches short

classes before and after school.

Hari has a passion for teaching, and

our project involves bringing him

to Australia. Here he can spend

time at both Kensington Public and

Emanuel Schools, learning how to

teach English, and how to run a

bilingual learning program in a new,

and perhaps more effective manner.

Our aim is not only to bring Hari

to Australia to learn, but to give

him access to resources which, upon

his return to Nepal as a respected

member of the community, he is

able to use to educate other teachers,

and share the new concepts and

methods of teaching he has acquired.

Following this, we will also be

looking to set up a ‘Teachers Teaching

Teachers’ scholarship. This would

allow teachers from Kensington

Public and Emanuel

Schools to visit

Nepal, and run

teaching programs

for other teachers

in surrounding

villages during the

summer holidays.

In conjunction with

this project, we

will be collecting

donated, good

quality second hand

laptops to be used

in Hari's learning centre, to increase

the access of such technology to

both teachers and students. For any

laptop donations, please contact me

on mob.0415 424 008, or drop them

off at Maxine Chopard's office at

Emanuel School (ph.83837317).

To get Hari here though, we will

need the help and support of

everyone reading this article! For

those wishing to contribute, get

involved, or just wanting to read

more, please click on the link

below…. thanks in advance!

Bring Hari to Australia




Join us for Renewal Kabbalah Meditation classes

Taught by Rabbi Dr. Orna Triguboff, you will learn

how to meditate and some key Kabbalah Meditation

David Friedman

principles. Open to beginners as well as regulars.

Be inspired!

9:00am - 10:00am Saturday October 13, 20 & 27

No charge

email for more details

Neuweg, Emanuel Synagogue

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.











For more information,

please email


Monday 29 October 2018

Resources for parenting

the gifted*

Thursday 22 November 2018

Understanding and remediating

underachievement in gifted children*

Gifted Talented

Parent Workshops

Thursday 29 November 2018

Dr Minh Nguyen-Hoan

Parenting the gifted student for

a lifetime of mental health

Booking details:

Free, but bookings requested at:

(includes light refreshments)

All sessions at:

Emanuel School,

20 Stanley St, Randwick

Time: 6.30 pm start

*Presented by

Suzanne Plume,

Emanuel School’s

G&T Co-ordinator, Years 7-12

and Colleen Elkins,

G&T Co-ordinator Years K-6



or 8383 7333


Fiona Ozana

Emanuel Woollahra Preschool has moved back into their state of the art

new preschool on the original site in Woods Avenue, Woollahra.

We have been renovating our old

preschool which has been a planned

work in progress for many years, but

finally, in June 2016 , we started to

renovate our beautiful old preschool,

that was originally known as Temple

Emanuel Woollahra Preschool

(TEWK) when it opened in 1954

and later became the Emanuel

Woollahra Preschool (EWP ).

We operate as a pluralist preschool

and welcome anybody and

everybody into our wonderful warm

and fuzzy centre provided they

are happy to follow the traditional

Jewish calendar year. We have

a fabulous Hebrew programme

combined with regular visits and

input from the Rabbis at Emanuel

Synagogue. We are a traditional


Jewish centre which offers so many

wonderful opportunities for our

little people including drama,

music, yoga, meditation, garden

club, nature club and our incredible

bush kinder programme. As part

of our philosophy, we believe

that children suffer from nature

deficit disorder so we have a strong

objective to take our children into

nature where they learn to climb

trees, build cubby houses and

problem solve using the bush and

nature as their tools. Furthermore

an important part of our philosophy

is when we can't get the children to

nature we bring the nature to our

children. With all this and so much

more built into our very unique

programme we are able to offer

a play-based philosophy, but still

maintain the “old school” traditional

intentional teaching mixed

together with the very beneficial

play-based form of learning.

On Sunday the 16 September, we

will be celebrating the opening of

our newly built preschool, and we

welcome all who are connected

past and present to EWP.

Please email Fiona on director@ We

would love you to join us between

3 pm and 5 pm to mark this

wonderful event. We will be

enjoying the welcome to country by

Mr. Tim Ella, an Aboriginal Elder ,

who knows our children and he will

also be explaining and presenting the

traditional smoking ceremony.


Scenes of life around our Synagogue


Celebrating Chanukah in July

Rehearsing for Selichot

Building our new garden forecourt

Wedding of Scott Whitmont & Christopher Whitmont-Stein

Record numbers at Netzer Winter Camp

Bnei Mitzvah students enjoying

Stand Up programme




Leon Waxman

For four generations the Emanuel Synagogue has played, and

continues to play, an integral part in the Waxman family life.

12 years after the congregation

was established, 23 years old

Ted and Betty Waxman were

married at Temple Emanuel,

in November 1950. Two years

later, their firstborn Diane was

welcomed by the congregation;

Leon was born three years later.

Their commitment to the Synagogue

began in 1976, when Betty joined

the Temple Emanuel Women’s

Guild. In 1978 the Temple

Emanuel Kindergarten was reconstituted

under the auspices of

the Women’s Guild. Under her

leadership as President of the Board

of Management, the Guild made

enormous contributions in areas

such as catering for Kiddushim

and chaggim, and organising

fundraising fetes, etc., providing

financial contributions toward

shule projects and to Liberal Jewish

education. Betty worked tirelessly

at the helm for 22 years. When

she was farewelled by the Temple

Emanuel community, a plaque

honouring her dedicated service

was affixed to a tree in the kindy

ground - “The Betty Waxman-

Playground”. Betty proudly attended

and spoke at the 25th Anniversary

Party of the Temple Kindy in 2003;

her last official function. Sadly,

only three years later, Betty passed

away at the age of 78 years.

During these incredibly dedicated

years of service by Betty, Ted was

equally committed to the Synagogue,

contributing his own legacy over 30

years of continuous service to both

the Synagogue and Emanuel School.

Ted’s story began in 1975, when

he was elected to the Board of the

Temple Emanuel. He held a number

of offices on the Board, including

overseeing the shule’s security needs.

He and his son Leon assisted the

security guards on High Holy days by

checking entry

of congregants,

and welcoming

them into

the shule. He

was elected

President of

the Board in

1983. Largely

due to his

efforts during

his three years

as President, the


and Education

wing was built.

In 1985, Ted

received an

O.A.M. in

the Queens’

Birthday Honours

for his work in Scouting, Jewish and

General community, of which his

commitment to the Synagogue was

a major part. The following year Ted

was elected Vice President of the

Australian & New Zealand Union of

Progressive Jewry, and then elected

its President in 1990 till 1994.

He served as Vice president of the

Temple Emanuel Board for about

four years until 1991, and continued

on as a Board Member. In 1999 Ted

was honoured by being nominated

as an Honorary Life Governor. Four

years later, Ted was the recipient

of the Union of Progressive Jewry

Vatik Award for continued service

to the community, and outstanding

commitment to Judaism outside

of their own congregation.

Inspired by Rabbi Brian Fox’s call

to action to establish a Pluralistic

Jewish Day School, Ted became the

Leon Waxman and family at Aliza's bat mitzvah

founding President of the Emanuel

School in 1983, and stayed on in

that role for 14 years. He and his

fellow Board members worked

tirelessly in creating Emanuel School,

which today, is acknowledged as

a major educative contributor to

our community. Five years after his

retirement from the board in 2005,

Ted passed way at the age of 83.

As regular shule attendees, Ted and

Betty ensured that their children,

Diane and Leon received a Jewish

Education, by attending Temple

Emanuel Sunday school from a

young age. Leon has wonderful

childhood memories of growing

up in the congregation. Each year


on High Holidays, sitting with his

parents in their regular seats at the

top of the upstairs gallery, provided

him with a feeling of comforting

consistency. The sound of the choir

and the voice of Cantor Deutsch

imbued a strong internal connection.

Tutored by Cantor Deutsch, Leon

had his Bar Mitzvah in October

1968. Eight years later, Leon

was helping his father with the

security in the shule, a role Leon

continued with for many years.

When Rabbi Fox joined the

Synagogue in 1979 as its new Chief

Minister, he established a young

adult’s group. His first challenge

was to establish a regular monthly

congregational magazine. A

working committee was established

to decide on content, layout and a

name for this magazine. Thus, Leon

and his co-editor Melanie Hershon

(now America), helped publish the

first Tell magazine. This was the

predecessor of our quarterly Tell

magazine which we enjoy today.

1983 was an eventful year for the

whole Waxman family. In June,

Diane married Bernard Lever

and in October, Leon married

Tracey Barrington. Naturally,

both weddings were celebrated at

the shule, as was Tracey’s parent’s

marriage about 30 years earlier.

Leon, Asher and Ted Waxman z''l at Asher's bar mitzvah

Tracey, like Leon, attended Sunday

School at Emanuel, and had her

Bat Mitzvah there in 1972.

The next generation continued

celebrating family simcha’s at the

synagogue. Diane and Bernie had

the baby naming of their two

children, Brandon and Tamika.

Tracey and Leon had the baby

naming of their three children,

Ilana, Asher and Aliza. All the

grandchildren attended the Temple

Kindy, which gave Betty much

joy during these years. Bar and

Bat Mitzvahs, baby namings and

a wedding were all celebrated

with the Emanuel community.

In 1991, Rabbi Kamins started a

new Conservative Minyan with

a small group of congregants

who decided they wanted a more

traditional way to pray. Leon

was part of this initial group,

inspired by the opportunity to

learn with Rabbi Kamins and their

new Shaliach Tzibbur – George

Mordecai. Rabbi Fox embraced

the movement and encouraged

its growth, and so from humble

beginnings on just Monday and

Thursdays, the Masorti service now

sustains a dedicated congregation

on the festivals, and every Shabbat.

Leon, and fellow congregant Eric

Lundberg, identified a need for

an alternative to the “orthodox”

publications that were currently

available in Sydney, and so

they established a Jewish book

importing business called “Judaica

Direct”. They sourced relevant

and interesting books from

Conservative publishers in the

U.S.A, and became distributers

for Jewish Lights Publications and

Littman Library Publications.

In the mid 1990’s, the shule’s

Cantor, George Mordecai, created a

Pesach Community Choir. Tracey,

her father Joe, and her daughter

Ilana were part of this choir - three

generations singing together at

Emanuel. Today Aliza, now 24,

sings most Friday nights at “Shabbat

Live”, and loves the opportunity to

be part of this wonderful service,

helping other congregants

connect with prayer.

Asher carries on the

family’s involvement

in security and at the

Synagogue. In Asher’s

newsletter to the

congregation in 2016,

he wrote, “As I am now

the third generation

to take on the role of

running security at

Emanuel Synagogue, I make sure

we do not separate ourselves from

our congregation or heritage

and we take pride in protecting

our Emanuel community.”

Ilana Waxman and Adam

Symonds were married by

Rabbi Kamins in 2010. Both

are alumni of Emanuel School.

Their two children, Jonah and

Samara are the fourth generation

to be part our community.

Tracey is now back at the Emanuel

Kindy, picking up Jonah on some

afternoons, and Samara is booked

in to attend the Kindy. Both are

enrolled at Emanuel School, and

will carry on the family legacy

with the Emanuel community.

How the lifecycle moves

so quickly!!




Michael Folk

Over the past issues of TELL, we have published articles highlighting some

of the groups of volunteers within Emanuel Synagogue, and for a change we

decided it was time to discuss the actual benefits volunteering can give.

We could not say it better than

in Claire Shin’s article that

appeared in

The impact of volunteerism can

be felt in all communities, and the

best-kept secret is this: it’s good

for you, too. The reasons why

volunteering is so beneficial are


Volunteering helps build a

strong safety net for when you’re

experiencing trying times. With

those strong social ties, you’re

always surrounded by a community

that’s willing to help you out

when times get tough. When you

volunteer, you become a part of

someone else’s safety net, too. By

helping others, you’ll build a greater

sense of trust and self esteem.

of Economics found that people

become happier by volunteering

more. When you give your time to

others, you attain a personal sense

of accomplishment, which accounts

for some of the positive effects that

volunteering has on your mood.

There’s a threshold to reaping the

full benefits of volunteering, though.

In order to soak up all the positive

interaction can significantly reduce

the progress of Alzheimer’s and

other types of dementia. Happier

and healthier life? Count me in.


As people get older, they experience a

higher risk for isolation. Volunteering

combats that statistic by adding a

sense of purpose to your life. The

same goes for people with Obsessive-


The relationships you can

create while volunteering are

endless. You connect to others

through volunteering, and if

you do it regularly, you can

maintain those valuable social

networks into the future.

You can make new friends and keep

the old by engaging in a common

activity like volunteering. With a

larger social network, you’ll have

more resources at your fingertips,

which leads to better physical,

mental and emotional health.


If you’ve ever volunteered before,

you’ve probably experienced this:

volunteering makes you happy!

Researchers at the London School

Volunteers together with Reverend Sam Zwarenstein (l) helping in the kitchen

effects of community service, you

need to set aside some time for it.

Volunteers who commit at least one

or two hours every week reap the

fullest benefits from their service.


Volunteering does more than boost

your mood—it also has effects on

your physical well-being. Volunteers

encounter greater longevity and

less frequency of heart disease.

Volunteers may be at a lower risk

for memory loss, too. The social

Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic

Stress Disorder and other mental

illnesses. No matter who you are,

there are plenty of ways to give your

life new meaning by helping others.


Beyond just being something fun

to do; volunteering decreases stress,

too. Studies on the “Happiness

Effect” of volunteering show that

you become happier the more you

volunteer. When you assist others,


your body releases dopamine in the

brain, which has a positive effect

on how you feel. Volunteers also

experience lower levels of depression.


Volunteering as a family is a great

way to teach important lessons

to your children. Kids are always

learning from the example you set

for them, so make sure it’s a good

one! You can show the impact of

volunteering through your actions.

By giving back to the community,

you can lay the foundation for

service in the years to come.


Volunteering gives you the

opportunity to explore new skills

and interests that you might not

get to enjoy otherwise. You can

broaden your horizons while

helping others at the same time.


We would love you to join us

in any of our social justice and

other volunteering opportunities.

Join our reading program and

help primary aged children from

disadvantaged backgrounds learn

to read. Volunteer in our Matthew

Talbot program where you can

serve in the canteen on

Sunday mornings. Help

with the Asylum Seekers

program, cooking and/

or serving lunch at the

centre or delivering

meals on Fridays. Or

assist in our one-off

opportunities at Mitzvah

Day, our festival

drives or approach us

with your own ideas. For more

information or to volunteer just

email socialjustice@emanuel. or call the office and we

will be delighted to welcome

you to our amazing team.










Sat 1 Sep

Sun 9 Sep


9:00pm: Selichot - all

6:15pm: 1 st Day — Evening

Mon 10 Sep 9am: 1 st Day — Morning (P) 8:30am: 1 st Day — Morning (M) 9:30am: 1 st Day — Morning (R)

5:45pm: 2 nd Day — Mincha/Maariv

Tues 11 Sep 10am: 2 nd Day Family service 8:30am: 2 nd Day — Morning (M)

Tues 18 Sep 6:15pm: Kol Nidre (P) 5:45pm: Kol Nidre (M) 6:15pm: Kol Nidre (R)

Wed 19 Sep 9am: Children’s Service 9am: Shacharit (M)

9:45am: Family Service


8pm: Music, Meditation & Prayer (R) 4

11am: Shacharit (P) 11:30am*: Yizkor (M) 11:00am: Shacharit (R)

4:00pm: Tashlich Meditation 2


4:45pm: Tashlich 1

2pm: Afternoon Service (P) 12:30pm*: Musaf (M) 1:30pm–4:00pm: Meditation & Contemplation Sessions (R)

4:00pm: Study Session

5:00pm: Yizkor (P)

5:45pm: Ne’ilah (P)

6:30pm*: Havdalah (P)

2:30pm*: Minchah (M)

5:15pm: Ne’ilah (M)

6:30pm*: Ma’ariv / Havdalah (M)

Sun 23 Sep 5:00pm: Sukkah decorating3 6:15pm: 1st Day — Evening

Mon 24 Sep

Tues 25 Sep

Sun 30 Sep

9:00am: 1 st Day — Morning

6:15pm: 2 nd Day — Evening

9:00am: 2nd Day — Morning

6:15pm - Ma’ariv & Havdalah, Music & Meditation (R)

Mon 1 Oct 9:00am - Morning Service (inc Yizkor)

Mon 1 Oct 6:15pm: Evening Service

Tues 2 Oct

9:00am: Morning Service

9:00am - Hoshana Raba


P = Progressive

M = Masorti

R = Renewal

* = approximate timing

1. Centennial Park — meet

at Model Yacht Pond, York St.

2. Neilsen Park, meet on sand.

3. In Sukkah

4. Open to non-members

Separate ticket required



Nicole Waldner

I am Bonecastle. I am a painter. God made me with a spark of His Divinity, with a bolt of His

lightning artistry. I became a painter late in life, but I learnt quickly because it was His wish.

In twenty years, I taught myself

everything the great masters know.

I smashed all my idols; Rubens,

and Raphael too. I saw the world;

I intuited the world; I painted the

world. I saw so much misery and

understood that I could restore

humanity with my art. That is what

I set out to do, nothing less. That is

why God touched me and filled my

veins with paint. When the world

sees my paintings and feels their

luminosity, it will be like the heat and

goodness of sunlight itself. As they

absorb my colours they will awaken

with new life. And through the study

of my art they will find what none

of the great masters has ever been

able to achieve - the perspective of

air. When they behold this, when

they breathe in this new dimension,

their spirit will be weightless and

freed from earthbound drudgery.

I am not afraid of this vast

undertaking, because poetry and

originality are my friends. My health


is sound, my will untouchable, and

as for patience, I am capable of

outdoing all of the ants on earth. My

soul wants only what is real, and the

humblest speck of nature fills me with

awe. Awe sent me out into the world.

I began my life’s work by traveling to

Lebanon, to Jerusalem and Nazareth,

to Athens. I travelled into time to

find what has always been eternal

in man, and what I intuited was

this: without holiness we cannot be

freed from misery. Misery. Miseriae.

Everywhere one turns afflicted souls,

and nowhere more on earth than in

the city of Paris. I do not like Paris.

In Paris, a new century was dawning,

a new era beginning, but the people

of this city did not know it. When

I, Bonecastle, travelled to Paris,

my paintings were with me like

armour. Not just paintings, armies of

paintings! Armies of masterpieces sent

forth to crush the enemy ignorance,

to break the vanity of the world in

a single blow! I stood alone before

millions, a proof of Divine providence

if one was needed, and Paris

crumbled! Nobody before me has ever

been able to reveal the supercharge

of vermillion, the holiness of

ochre, the magnetism of teal.

When I went to Paris and met those

men in the cafés, I knew that they

were slaves to money and imitation.

Men like that cannot recognize a true

line on a page because they have no

originality, no Divine spark! They are

men who look but don’t see, and then

presume to pass judgement. Men

who know nothing about perspective,

who shutter their eyes against the sun.

Men for whom vermillion, ochre and

teal will only ever be colours. Then

I left Paris and went up to Baalbek.

In Baalbek, I painted my masterpiece

of that name. A vast panorama,

where the soaring perspective of the

air over the temple ruins is equal to

that of the beasts of burden and the

mothers. And then the God spirit

turned me south to Lebanon and

into the hills to see the Cedars; there

I found what I had been searching

for all this time. I found a place in

which I could paint all of life in one

canvas. On this hill top in Lebanon,

at the foot of the mighty Cedars, I

prostrated myself. My youth was not

sacrificed in vain; it was sacrificed

so that I could renew the world.

I will paint a tree. A single tree; a Tree

of Life such as the world has never

before seen. This Cedar of Lebanon

will outlive today and a thousand

years hence. In this painting which

I call “The Lonely Cedar”, my tree

will stand strong and alone but never

alone. There will be water, deep in

the vanishing point, and hills like

cross-sections of bone and mammary

glands, like the mothers. The birds,

the fathers, work, rest, time; all of it

will be contained in my Cedar. And

from this tree, from the greatest of

all its branches, the innocent grace of

a humble goose head will grow. The

goose that warms also understands

the human need for light, for heat,

for music. My goose will be crowned

with a cosmic ear that twitches out

over the valley of life, listening to

the music of the universe, listening

to the whispered instructions of the

Master. The branches of my great

Cedar will sway in the breeze, and

dance with stardust in its tapered

tips. Its marsupial roots will reach

deep into the earth’s core, into

the core of our shrunken human

spirit, and feed it till it is no longer

famished, until it quivers once again.

The naked, unordained eye sees air

only through the prism of wind,

but I, Bonecastle, see air under the

mild sun and air under the moon,

just as I see light equally by day and

night. My Cedar will be lonely, but

who among us is not? Ultimately,

it is peace that You crave, and peace

You shall have. Such will be the

breadth of my painting that in it

you will glimpse all of life. Such will

be the beauty and harmony of my

painting that you will gaze upon

all of life’s mysteries,

upon unfathomable

eternity and feel no

fear ever again.

“Bonecastle” is inspired by

the life and work of the

great Hungarian painter

Tivadar Csontváry Kosztka

(1853-1919). Parts of

this story are adapted

from Csontváry’s diaries.

If you would like to read more

of Nicole’s work please visit




World Congress Keshet Ga’avah is the Global Jewish LGBT+ Network. Sydney

will be hosting the annual Conference in March 21-24, 2019, just after Purim.

Emanuel Synagogue will be a primary

venue for this event and clergy and

staff are delighted to support this

initiative. The poster and program are

in the final stages of completion and

so the Conference will be officially

launched by the High Holy Days.

This conference will attract folk from

around the globe; including Italy,

France, England, Amsterdam, South

America and USA. Co-ordinator, Kim

Gotlieb, has been impressed by the

support that has been shown from

Emanuel Synagogue as well as a range

of Jewish organisations across Sydney.

The program promises to deliver a

lively, engaging, and stimulating range

of forums, workshops and creative

projects to enrich the Jewish LGBT

profile within Emanuel and across

many intersecting elements of Sydney’s

Jewish LGBT+ culture - influencing

both LGBT+ and Jewish communities.

They are delighted to have received

responses to homehosting from the

Emanuel community, and look forward

to further offers of homehosting for the

weekend of the conference. It is a great

opportunity to practise “tikkun olam”

and engage in a process of “welcoming

the stranger” and dealing with

“otherness” from a personal perspective.

Organisers of previous Global LGBT Jews Congress in Rome

For futher information, contact Kim

on The program

will soon be available on the World

Congress website :



Merril Shead

A ‘new beginning’ is the moment we may grasp - take hold of, make our own -along the

continuum from fear to hope. The fear end of the continuum is built- in and reinforced

continually (refer to any ethologist). Always though, we can choose to make the 180⁰ turn.

I always read the Etz Hayim

commentary to Exodus 1:17 with

gratitude and delight: ‘17. The

midwives, fearing God The phrase

translated as “the fear of God” (yir•at

Elohim ), is the closest the Torah

comes to having a word for

religion. The case of the

midwives suggests that the

essence of religion is not

the belief in the existence of

God or any other biblical

precept, but belief that certain

things are wrong because

God has built standards of

moral behaviour into the

universe. … The midwives

not only believed in God,

but also understood that

God demands a high level of

moral behaviour. They were

willing to risk punishment at

the hands of Pharaoh rather

than betray their allegiance to God.

This is the first recorded case of civil

disobedience, challenging government

in the name of a higher authority. …’

The midwives story makes it clear

that there is nothing simple about

fear. At a minimum, the story posits

a hierarchy - let’s say, from Fear to

fear. This inheres a scale, and scales

are like ladders - for ascending

and descending. In all this going

up and going down the ‘mortal

coil’, fears can feel dominant. The

midwives negotiated the fearsome

terrain by the light of belief in the

availability of new beginnings.

It is notable that the midwives stood

for community. No less than life

was their hope and inspiration, with

continuity of the people as their

guiding and cohering principle.

So, when I learned - Pesach 2016

- that I had advanced(!) to stage

3 breast cancer, it was with the

community’s help - the Emanuel

family’s help - embodying Torah

values and tradition, that I was

able to move along the fear-hope

continuum, getting to the Yamim

Nora’im (Days of Awe) 5776-

7 and the ‘New Beginning’ joy

of Simchat Torah 5777.

Arriving at the ‘new beginning’, we

often notice that it is a place we have

been before - only this time

it is open, full and shared.

Which reminds me: On the

day Rabbi Kamins visited

me in St Vincent’s, the senior

nurse overheard our discussion

of Psalm 23. That included

Rabbi Kamins’s delightful,

but also disappointing story,

about him having said one

day to a local barista, when

she overfilled his cup, “My

cup runneth over!” He drew

a blank, then another, then

another, as he delivered all

the customary prompts. But

the Catholic senior nurse,

probably because she was aged over 60

and observant, needed no prompts.

She took up the theme with me the

next day - and so began another new

beginning, nested in my personal new

beginning: an interfaith dialogue that

continues to return me to the Makom

where the Tree of Life is rooted.

Shanah Tovah Umetukah.

Conversations about Israel

Monday mornings from 10:00am-11:30am

Join Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins or guest speakers to examine the

complex issues facing contemporary Israel.



SHIR MADNESS at Emanuel Synagogue on Sunday 7 October - from 11am ‘til late!

SHIR MADNESS returns to Sydney celebrating the Jewish contribution to music with 11

hours of joyous, funny, soulful & rocking performances of every imaginable kind. 25 acts

will play on multiple, concurrent stages and a single ticket covers all acts, all day. There’s a

special kids’ concert too, plus artisan demonstration stalls, kosher food and drink… and

much schmoozing. For the first time, Emanuel Synagogue will be hosting the festival!

Headlining the festival is thrilling

New York band Nefesh Mountain

(“where Bluegrass and Jewish

traditions meet… and fall madly

in love!”). Critically acclaimed

by Rolling Stone and Billboard

magazines, Doni Zasloff and

Eric Lindberg together with

their band are pioneers of a

transcendent new genre – fusing

the apparently disparate worlds

of American Appalachian and

Jewish traditions. Refreshingly

eclectic, wildly spiritual.

Super-popular Ilan Kidron and

Glass crossover from jazz to pop

and world music: Paris to New

Orleans to Rio and beyond!

Arguably Australia’s greatest

contemporary composer, Elena

Kats-Chernin, will play some of

her most popular music and tell

the stories around it from behind

the keyboard. Melbourne musical

comedian Jude Perl presents her

catchy and hilarious satire, while

Byron-based Temple of Song and

multi-instrumentalist Shai Shriki

marry music and spirit, leading a

singing circle that weaves prayers,

original texts and compositions in

a total soulful musical experience

that will have everyone singing!

Pianist Simon Tedeschi and violist

Roger Benedict play the Romantic

‘hits’ of Schubert, Schumann,

Rachmaninov and Jewish-Viennese

WWII refugee Hans Gal. Also

featured are two NY-based Aussie

musicians, Sephardic music doyen

George Mordecai with “Baghdad

to Bondi” featuring the most

exotic of Eastern musicians and

their instruments; and cabaret star

and Helpmann nominee Alexis

Fishman with her tribute to Amy

Winehouse “Amy: Reimagined”.

Headliners, Nefesh Mountain

Also appearing in the festival

are Alma Zygier Quartet,

Bonnie Love, Chelsea Berman,

Dafka, Philip Foxman Band (ex

Supernaut!), Graeme Pillemer,

Harmony of the Angels, Hello Tut

Tut, Jonno Zilber, Leonie Cohen

& Nicky Crayson, Medicine

Voice, On the Stoop, Phia, Raduga

Trio, Tiptoe Giants and Keppie

Coutts’ ‘swamp-folk operetta’

“The Mysteries of Mad River”.

Plus Song of Songs is returning as

the final set of the night, starring

the cream of Australia’s musical

community singing one of their

favourite songs by a Jewish

composer. Names announced

so far include Glenn Shorrock,

Dami Im and Josh Pyke.

Festival Director Gary Holzman

said he was are excited to be

holding this year’s festival at

the newly renovated Emanuel

Synagogue campus. “For the first

time Shir Madness audiences

will be able to experience all the

incredible talent on offer in fully

seated comfort! Our program this

year will once again feature an

astonishing variety of top class

local, interstate and international

acts covering all musical

genres from classical to

klezmer, jazz to Jewish

music and cabaret to

contemporary pop.

It will be amazing!”


Adult General


$75 pre-booked

$85 on the day

$45 concession

Kids under 12 free

Kids concert only $20 adults



VIP tickets $175

(inc. reserved seating, VIP Room,

free food & drink)

Bookings and more information:



Dear Emanuel Community,

On behalf of the Board, it is

my pleasure to wish you G'mar

Hatima Tova and Chag Sameach. I

also wish to take this opportunity

to thank you for being part of our

wonderful extended family.

As we approach the start of the

Hebrew year 5779, Emanuel

Synagogue is in-the-midst of an

exciting time. The past year saw

the completion of construction of

our new preschool and mid-sized

sanctuary. History was made,

when our beautiful new sanctuary

provided the perfect setting

for Rabbi Kamins to officiate at

the first religious Jewish samesex

marriage in Australia. The

beautification of the Ocean Street

forecourt and streetscape will be

finished shortly, thus completing

this stage of the transformation of

the Emanuel campus.

Apart from achieving these

milestones, we have continued

to thrive as a pluralistic Jewish

community. The ongoing success

and vibrancy of our community is

testament to the tremendous work

of our clergy and staff, as well as

the inclusive and welcoming spirit

of our diverse congregation. As we

celebrate the 80th anniversary of

the establishment of what is now

Emanuel Synagogue, there is much

to be proud of.

Looking ahead, the board is

focused on consolidating the

successes of the past, whilst

building an ever- stronger

sense of community through

engagement. Engagement in

this context comprises religious

practice, cultural events including

music and art, education and

volunteering. One of our

successful initiatives to date

includes the weekly ‘Conversations

About Israel' discussion group.

This forum is always well-attended,

and provides participants with

an opportunity to engage in

healthy debate. A true diversity

of opinions is shared at these

meetings. Our Kef Kids program

is another popular and successful

initiative. It introduces young

children to Judaism and Jewish

concepts on Friday afternoons,

in a friendly, fun atmosphere.

Furthermore, our members,

clergy and staff participate in

numerous volunteering and social

outreach roles. Performances by

the Australian Chamber Orchestra

at Emanuel Synagogue over recent

years have been outstanding, and

our choir continues to impress

audiences week by week.

For 80 years, Emanuel Synagogue

has proudly provided an

egalitarian and welcoming

environment, in which its

congregation has had the

opportunity to nurture and express

its Jewish identity. In the years

ahead we intend to build on this

strong foundation, with a view to

providing our members with even

more opportunities to participate,

learn, contribute and thrive. I

encourage all our members to join

us on this journey.

Thank you for being part of the

first 80 years, and we look forward

to your continued participation in

the future. I hope to see many of

you over the chagim, and on behalf

of the Board. wish you all the best

for the year ahead.

Alex Lehrer





Alex has been a Director of

Emanuel Synagogue for four

years. During this time, he chaired

the redevelopment committee

which successfully delivered the

new sanctuary and preschool.

Alex has four children, and so

clearly, he is a meshuganah! The

children range in age from one to

nine. His wife Claire is originally

from a village called Whalley, in

the north of England. He is a keen

sportsman, and has played first

grade rugby for Eastern Suburbs and

won gold medals at the Maccabiah

Games in both rugby and cycling.

Although Alex is a Chemical

Engineering graduate, his

working life has been in the

investment management and

property development spheres.

In his spare time, Alex enjoys

playing guitar. You can spot him

performing for his son Reuben

and his classmates most Friday

mornings in the Cubs classroom at

Emanuel Woollahra Preschool.


Randolph is the third generation of

Emanuel Synagogue Directors in his

family, following on from his Father

and Grand-Father. He has extensive

experience in Government and not

for profit sectors including his roles

as an Alderman of The City, Director

of Sydney Festival and Adjunct

Professor at UTS. Randolph is

presently the Director of MAGUSpm

a boutique project management

firm. He brings his extensive

business experience and property

knowledge to his role at Emanuel.


Sam has been a Board Director

and Treasurer since March 2016.

He has two young children with

his wife Louisa, who converted

through Emanuel Synagogue.

Sam is the Chief Investment Officer

for a fund which invests and manages

a broad range of global listed and

unlisted investments. Prior to this,

he had a twelve year investment

banking career with Macquarie

Capital in New York and Sydney.

Sam has extensive experience

across corporate and not-forprofit

board memberships, leading

investment and valuation decisions,

US$18 billion+ of transactions

and investments, commercial

negotiations, business plan

development, financing processes

and managing documentation and

due diligence across Australian and

US markets. Sam holds a combined

Bachelor of Commerce (finance)

and Laws Degrees from UNSW.


Casey Guth is an enthusiastic,

diligent and high-achieving Media

Sales Manager who has spent the

last ten years at Fairfax Media and

News Corp Australia. She hopes

to utilize her communications,

interpersonal and relationship

management skills on the Board of

Directors at Emanuel Synagogue.

Volunteer work is close to her

heart and a key focus area for her

work on the board. She was on

The Sydney Children’s Hospital

events Committee for four years,

and participates in the

Montefiore Nursing Home

volunteer program. In

early 2018, Casey spent

one month in Israel

volunteering at hospitals

and nursing homes

throughout the country.


Michael has a background

in banking, and he is

currently completing an MBA at

the University of New South Wales.

He hopes his business skills, and

his passion for our dynamic and

diverse community, allow him

to make a valuable contribution

to our Synagogue. Michael is

passionate about learning and

currently working on completing

his MBA through UNSW AGSM

Business School. Prior to this

Michael has completed his studies

in commerce and Applied Finance.

Professionally Michael has been

in banking and finance for close

to 15 years helping number

of corporate and not for profit

organisations focusing on

creating long term relationship.


Michael is strong advocate for

diversity (in full meaning) and

he is passionate about helping

all our members including the

members of GLBTIQ +, members

with disability and refugees.



William Nemesh is currently the

Jewish Community Relationship

Manager of the NSW Jewish

Board of Deputies. He has worked

professionally in politics for a

number of years, both as an advisor

to various members of Parliament

across federal and state governments,

and also at Liberal Party head office.

His involvement within the Jewish

community has spanned over 10

years, as an executive member of

AUJS, a volunteer at Montefiore

Nursing Home, a footballer at

Maccabi and a Deputy of the NSW

JBD. William is also the secretary

of the Liberal Friends of Israel, a

friendship group within the Liberal

Party that advocates for Israel and

the Australian-Israel relationship.

He has been married for almost

one year to his beautiful wife

Nicole, and together they live with

their rescue dog Hollie. William

was also elected as a Councillor

to Waverley Council in 2017.


Claire has been a tertiary educator in

management practice for most of her

adult life - with particular interests in

learning and leadership, facilitation

and dialogue. Her abiding practice

is writing - both for personal use

and in shaping up good research!

She is married to David with

three sons – Ariel, Simon, Lucien,


daughter-in-law Sarah Theeboom

and grandson Franklin.

Claire has been a longstanding

member of Emanuel community.

She feels grateful to be part of a

community that is thoughtful and

open minded and pluralist; that is

engaged in matters of social justice,

equality and peace. She is most at

home in the Renewal service and

loves the music, the song, the spirit.

Her main recreation is walking

- especially in the wilderness.


Alan and his wife Alexa have

been members of Emanuel

Synagogue since 1999.

He served on the Building committee

between 2012-2014, and as a Board

Member and PCG (Project Control

Group for the redevelopment) since

2014. Alan is also a representative

on the Emanuel School Board.

Alan has acquired a wealth of

knowledge and expertise in the

building industry. He is a Chartered

Professional Consulting Engineer,

and is a Director of Obrart & Co,

-Building Services (Air conditioning,

Energy). Currently, Alan is Engineers

Australia, Deputy National Chair,

Society of Building Services

Engineers, and a part-time lecturer

at the University of Sydney, School

of Architecture, Building Services.


Sam has worked at Board level

in Australia, Asia, Europe, and

the United States as a Company

Chairman and Non-Executive

Director. He has a background in

software and technology, online

products and services, consumer

marketing, and global markets.

His excellent communication and

presentation abilities are highly

regarded, and he enjoys mentoring

both management teams and

individuals. Sam is Chairman of

Altium Limited, a global provider

of software for electronics design

and 3PLearning Ltd, the maker

of the Mathletics online learning

program for school children.

He is a former Chairman of

The Benevolent Society and the

Sydney Festival, a Fellow of The

Australian Institute of Company

Directors and a member of The

Sydney Institute. Sam received his

undergraduate degree from Harvard

University, and is a past president

of the Harvard Club Australia. He

also has a graduate degree from

Columbia University in Business

Administration, and is a graduate of

the Sydney Leadership Program.

Sam, Judy and their two children

joined Emanuel Synagogue shortly

after moving to Sydney from

New York City in 1991. They

immediately got involved

in what was then the

Kesher group to welcome

new members. Their

son Schuyler had his Bar

Mitzvah under the watchful

eye of Cantor Deutsch, and

their daughter Bryony’s

Bat Mitzvah was one of the

first performed by Rabbi

Ninio. He has been a

Board Member of Emanuel

Synagogue since 2014,

and served as its Secretary

for several years.

Small changes,

big differences

Inspiring stories and

practical ideas

Sometimes we see the problems

of the world and they seem so

overwhelming, we wonder what we

can do. Join us for a chance to hear

from some of our congregants who

have made changes big and small and

each one has changed the world.

7:00pm Sunday October 21st

Plus61J together with Emanuel Synagogue present

Israel, Jews &

the Middle East

through film

Join us each month for a fascinating festival of

film followed by engaging discussion

12th September

Walk on Water (2005, 104 minutes)

The Sabra and the Shoah – The end of the dream?

Eyal is an agent in Mossad, the Israeli security service and the agency decides that he needs to take on

a less challenging assignment: to find an aging Nazi war criminal and get him "before God does".

10th October

The Flat (2012, 97 minutes)

The Holocaust in Israeli Cinema and culture

At age 98, director Goldfinger's grandmother passed away, leaving him the task of clearing

out the Tel Aviv flat that she and her husband shared for decades since immigrating from Nazi

Germany in the 1930s. What starts to take shape reflects nothing less than the troubled and

taboo story of three generations of Germans - both Jewish and non-Jewish - trying to piece

together the puzzle of their lives in the aftermath of the terrible events of World War II.

14th November Mizrahi Immigration to Israel

Baba Joon (2015, 91 minutes)

The first ever Persian-language film shot in Israel, “Baba Joon,” Israel’s Best Foreign Film

submission to the Academy Awards and the winner of five Israeli “Oscars,” is a universal

story about intergenerational conflict. The film tells the story of Yitzhak, a Jewish-

Iranian immigrant who ekes out a living on a turkey farm in Israel’s Negev desert.

12th December Gotta be Happy” – Yiddish humor in America

The Komediant (2004, 85 Minutes)

Wistful and melancholy recollections of Yiddish theatre are conveyed in this

documentary, which centers on the story of the Burstein family.

Book now:


The Novotel Melbourne, St Kilda 15-18 November 2018

16 The Esplanade, St Kilda Victoria 3182



Whether you’re an involved shul leader

or a regular Jew in the pew, we hope

you’ll join us at the UPJ Biennial to

help determine the kind of progress

to be made in Progressive Judaism

over the years to come.

• Creative and uplifting services

• Top-notch guest speakers

• Regional forums and

special-interest groups

• Saturday night “Ted Talks”

• Shuk featuring books and Judaica

Scholar-in-residence: Rabbi Larry Hoffman

One of the most dynamic and insightful Jewish

scholars of our age will focus on creating synagogues

that are relevant and meaningful for the 21st century.


topics to


• Creating new liturgies for a new age

• Israel as our spiritual homeland (panel)

• J ewish demography: Future pathways, bridges and stumbling blocks

• The way to the soul is through the stomach: The link between prayer

and social-action projects

• Youth movement as Holy Place: How Netzer “does” Jewish liturgy

For further information contact 0416 700 613 or



To welcome the stranger

We welcome the

following members

who have joined us in

the last few months.

Ms Yael Abraham

Mr Yuval Itzhak Bar-Sela

Mr Joshua Michael Barton

Ms Rachel Esther


Mr Peter Mark Binetter

Ms Hannah Leah


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Jonathan Harris

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Mr Roderick

Edward Morton

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Francine Nathan

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Mr Benjamin Radvin

Chloe Belle Rees

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Ms Danielle


Michael Jorg


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Paul Sheezel

Miss Lara


Gutta Simon

Ms Nathalie Myriam


Ms Karina Susan Veal

Ms Kerrie Weil

Ms Teresa Wiliono

Mr Jonathan Robin

Meyer Wolf

Ms Claudia Woolf





Around Sydney with

80 Shabbat dinners

Friday November 9th

In honour of our 80th birthday we

plan to have 80 Shabbat dinners hosted

throughout Sydney on one night!

Register your Shabbat dinner and

receive a host’s package from us and

celebrate this special Shabbat.

More details soon.




Join us on the second Saturday morning of

each month following Shabbat services:

October 13

November 10

Cantor George Mordecai

Cantor George Mordecai



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Mira Grinberg

Mr Sydney Grolman OAM

& Mrs Marcelle Grolman

Dr Richard Haber

Dr George & Mrs

Romaine Hamor

Dr Christine Harris

Mr David & Mrs

Sharon Harris

Mr Les Hart

Mrs Gerda Hauser

Ms Denise Hausman

Mrs Kathleen Hearst

Mr Peter Hecht

Ms Lesley-Ann Hellig

Mrs Manou Heman

Dr Margery Hertzberg

Dr Helmut & Mrs

Ellen Heydt

Mr James & Mrs

Christine Hill

Mr Andrew & Mrs

Dee Hilton

Mr Ralph & Mrs

Adrienne Hirst

Mr Jonathan &

Mrs Karen Hirst

Mr Robert & Mrs

Susan Hofbauer

Mrs Sheryl & Mr

Mark House

Mrs Tanya & Mr

Anthony Igra

Dr Frank & Mrs

Penelope Isaacs

Mr Benjamin Isaacs

Mr Gordon Jackson

Mr Gary & Mrs

Aliza Jacobs

Mrs Claudette Jacobs

Ms Nicole Jacobs

Mrs Vera Jacoby

Ms Alexandra Joel

Joanna Kalowski

Mrs Vivian & Mr

Chris Kalowski

Mr Steven & Mrs

Amanda Kamsler

Mr Barry & Mrs

Pamela Karp

Mr Leslie & Mrs

Sonia Katz

Mrs Elise Kaye

Judith Kaye

Mr Daniel &

Mrs Natalie


Dr Stephen &

Dr Deborah


Mrs Evelyn


Mr Andrew & Mrs

Dianne Krulis

Mrs Dora Krulis

Mrs Judith Lander

Ms Magdalena Langer

Mr Paul & Mrs

Gabrielle Langsam

Mrs Clara Langsam

Mr Solomon & Mrs

Linda Lebovic

Mrs Ilona Lee A.M.

Ms Sylvia Lenny

Mr Philip & Mrs

Lorraine Levy

Mr Gregg & Mrs Sue Levy

Mr Robert & Mrs

Vivian Lewin

Ms Miriam Lewin

Mrs Joan Lewis

Dr Geoffrey & Mrs

Lolita Lewis

Mr Mark Lewis & Ms

Hana Khamphounvong

Mr John & Mrs

Jacqueline Lewis

Mr Stephen & Mrs

Deidre Libbert

Dr Golda Lieberman

Dr David & Mrs

Patricia Lieberman

Mr Steve Liebeskind

Frank Liebeskind

Mrs Leonie Lilienfeld

Mr Alex & Mrs

Rosemary Linden

Mr Maurice Linker




Mr Tom & Mrs

Susie Loewy

Dr Ivan Lorentz AM &

Mrs Judith Lorentz

Miss Debbie Ludwig

Mrs Hedy Ludwig

Mrs Sylvia Luikens

Mr Eric Lundberg

Mrs Dorrit Mahemoff

Dr Isaac & Mrs

Denise Mallach

Dr Linda Mann

Mr John Marsden

Prof Alan Rosen AO &

Ms Vivienne Miller

Mrs Inna & Mr

Arkady Mirvis

Mrs Rae Morris

Ms Primrose Moss

Mr Terence Nabarro

Ms Vivienne Nabarro

Mr Ervin & Mrs

Sarolta Nadel

Mr Allan & Mrs

Lisa Nahum

Mr Alan & Mrs

Josie Nathan

Mr David & Mrs

Sarah Nathan

Mr Mark Nathan &

Ms Marije Vrieze

Ms Danielle Nehl

Mr David & Mrs

Michelle New

Mr William & Mrs

Barbara Newman

Barbara Newman

Mrs Valerie Newstead

Dr Joel Nothman

Sue Nothman

Yvonne Perl

Dr Ralph & Mrs

Margaret Hilmer

Mrs Bertha Pisk

Mr Sergio and Mrs

Olivia Polonsky

Mrs Freda Potok

Mrs Bertha Power

Mr Howard & Mrs

Anastasia Raines

Mr Ian Duncan Rathmell

Mr Wayne & Mrs

Nanette Reuben

Dr Ellis and Mrs

Lyn Rosen

Mr Bob & Mrs Eva Rosen

Mrs Deanne Rosenthal

Ms Edna Ross

Mr Albert & Mrs

Arlette Rousseau

Mr Steve & Mrs

Ann Rubner

Mrs Ruth Rusanow

Mr Peter & Mrs

Edith Ryba

Ms Vicky Ryba

Dr John Saalfeld

Dr Alan & Ms

Nicole Sacks

Tara Stern & Josh Same

Dr Neville & Mrs

Ingrid Sammel

Mr Allan & Mrs

Eleanor Sangster

Mrs Aliza Sassoon

Mr Leon & Mrs

Abigail Saul

Ms Julie Saunders

Mrs Marianne Schey

Ms Danielle Schlanger

Mr Norbert Schweizer

OAM & Mrs Sonja


Mr Timothy Luke Scutt

Dr. Ilan & Mrs

Shira Sebban

Mr John & Mrs Joan Segal

Mrs Miriam Segal

Mr Kevin & Mrs

Yadida Sekel

Mr Raphael & Mrs

Roslyn Shammay

Mrs Vivienne Sharpe

Ms Merril Shead

Mr Isadore & Mrs

Brenda Sher

Mr Brian Sherman AM

& Dr Gene Sherman

Mrs Lorraine &

Mr Barry Shine

Professor Gary Sholler

Dr Kristine Mientka &

Mr Sam Shoolman

Mrs Regina Shusterman

Mrs Agnes Silberstein

Mrs Marianne Silvers

Mrs Salome Simon

Mr John & Mrs

Edith Simon

Dr Wendy Sinclair

Mrs Ofira Singer

Ms Deborah Singerman

Mrs Eva & Mr

Stephen Skimin

Ms Lilly Skurnik

Mrs Rena Small

Mrs Irene Smith

Ms Clare Sneddon

Mr Phillip & Mrs

Judith Snider

Mrs Neva & Mr

Leo Sperling

Mrs Desiree Spiro

Dr Jeffrey Steinweg OAM

& Dr Sandra Steinweg AM

Mr Richard Hoenig

& Ms Sharon Stern

Dr Paul & Mrs Ellen Stone

Mr Alan & Mrs Eve Taylor

Mr Feliks Tchoudnovski

Ms Lindsay Thorpe

Ms Jenny Van Proctor

Mr Stephen & Mrs

Edna Viner

Mrs Thea & Mr John Weiss

Mr Robert & Mrs

Miriam Weiss

Mr George Weisz

Ms Stephanie Whitmont

Mrs Evelyn Whittaker

Ms Teresa Wiliono

Mr Phillip Wolanski AM

& Mrs Suzanne Wolanski

Mr Patrick Wong &

Dr Natalie Cromer

Ms Sylvia Wyner

Ms Eve Wynhausen

Ms Gabrielle Wynhausen

& Mr Aaron Magner

Mrs Lynette Zaccai

Ms Rosanna Zettel

Dr Dennis &

Mrs Jane Zines

and numerous other

anonymous donors

Mrs Vivienne Olian

Betty & Peter Schlesinger

Ms Elaine Solomon

Dr Michael & Mrs

Jewell Owen

Mrs Cecily Parris

Miss Jacheta Schwarzbaum

Mr Maurycy Schwarzbaum

Mrs Alexandra & Mr

Adam Somerville

Ms Judit Somogy

Mrs Lynne Perl

Mrs Agnes Spencer


Mitzvah Day

November 18th

10am until completion

We join with communities around

the world to perform mitzvot on this

special day. This year we will be creating

packages for children in Indigenous

communities around Australia. Donate

before the day or join us on the day

to compile the care packages.

80th Birthday

party and


9th December from 7:00pm

Join us for this last event in our 80th

birthday year as we open our exhibition

of photographs from the congregation.


The Australian Chamber Orchestra

returns to Emanuel Synagogue

for a special intimate performance

in our New Sanctuary

Monday November 26, 2018

Tickets on sale soon



Mazal Tov to

Mr Yuval and Mrs

Rebecca Bar-Sela

Mr Dror & Mrs

Anthea Ben-Naim

Mr Peter & Mrs

Candy Berger

Mr Ben Caunt &

Mrs Nina Brodaty

Sophie Parker &

Jeremy Etkind

Mr Simon Greiner &

Mrs Bryony Weiss

Mr Tomer Hasson &

Mr Jonathan Fitzgerald

Dr Alana Bruce

Joseph Kaifala &

Miriam Lieberman

Ms Bianca Szekely

Mr David &

Victoria Taylor


Mazal Tov to

Harry Cass

Toby Danon

Oliver Fischer

Jake Fleischer

Saxon Gerstl

Joah Hitter

Aiden Merten

Mirabelle Mirvis

Coby New

Lena Adele Perlman

Carmela Rose Reznik

Lewis Jeremy Saul

Jamie Matan Schneider

Daniel Asher Solomon

Max Leonard Styles


To rejoice with the happy couple

Mayan Amiezer & Mariana Zhuryan

Luc & Adam Marshall Weinberg

Scott Whitmont &

Christopher Whitmont-Stein


To comfort the bereaved

Andrew Adler

Maria (Maya) Ameisen

Edith Aramaty

Wittie Becker

Ezra Israel Berley

David Brokman

Joyce Eileen Dubb

Lilian Finniston

Gisel (Giz) Folden

Roger John Keith Fox

Eva Glaser

Zelda Edith Goldberg

Julie Hanley

Cherry Jacobson

Anna Kalfus

Alexander Shimon Klein

Alfred Kobor

Michael Perry Kotzen

Michael Kremer

Edith Lederman

Mrs Robin Pauline


Allan Mendels

Harry Maurice Miller

Petru (Peter) Musat

Danny Rosen

Val Seminson

Erich Shlanger

Otto Slazenger

Harry Ashley Smith

Rodney Leslie Stern

Dennis Tavill

Adi Trijbetz

Sukkah decorating and party

23rd September

Come and decorate our sukkah with a birthday party theme for our 80th

birthday. We will provide the materials, you provide the creativity. We will

follow the decoration with a short service and a light dinner in the sukkah.

5:00pm decorating

6:15pm service followed by dinner



Designed by Anne Wolfson



Morning Minyan

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

All service times are subject to change. Please check our

website for any amendments to our regular services.


Erev Shabbat

• 6:15pm - Masorti Service (New Sanctuary or Neuweg)

• 6:15pm - Shabbat Live (New Sanctuary)

Shabbat Morning

• 9:00am - Masorti service (New Sanctuary)

• 10:00am - Progressive service (Main Sanctuary)

Shabbat Meditation

• Saturday October 13, 20 & 27, 9:00am - 10:00am

Renewal Kabbalah Meditation classes

Taught by Rabbi Dr. Orna Triguboff, you will learn how to meditate and

some key Kabbalah Meditation principles. Open to all; no charge.

For details of all High Holy Day services, see page 23


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

7 Ocean Street, Woollahra NSW 2025

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

Call: (02) 9389 6444




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

Office hours

Monday–Thursday: 9am–5pm

Friday: 9am–2pm


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

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

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