Archive for May, 2018

From The Rabbi – Parshat Behar – Bechukotai 5778

We recently received a fascinating email of historical interest,via the Brisbane Synagogue website, from a lady in Israel named Carol, who came across a letter from the Brisbane Hebrew Congregation, dated October 7th 1886, written to her Great Grandfather, Leopold (Leo) Benjamin. It is signed on behalf of the Board of Management by J. Samuel – Hon Sect.

The letter was in thanks of a donation of a Sefer Torah in memory of her Great Grandmother who died shortly after giving birth to a daughter named Vita.

Carol was writing to us to find out if there would be any information in the Synagogue archives that would shed light on the history of the Benjamin family in Brisbane,who would have been among the first Jewish settlers and members of the congregation. Dr Michael Briner, the Heritage Officer of the Brisbane Synagogue has begun some research into this, which he will be sharing with our congregation. In the meantime,if any of our readers are able to shed light into this story, please contact Dr Michael Briner.

In relation to the rich heritage of our congregation, please see image below of the Heritage Cabinet, which has been recently constructed at the entrance to the Synagogue, containing various artifacts of historical interest relating to our congregation.

In accordance with the custom to decorate the Synagogue with flowers and greenery on Shavuot, students and families of the UBHE Cheder will be bringing various plants and greenery this Sunday morning and we will be decorating the Synagogue sanctuary at 10am. If you are able to come along with your plants to assist in this regard, it will be greatly appreciated. Let’s join together to make our Shul look beautiful for this special occasion!

Save the date for the great celebration of our special anniversary on Shavuot, commencing next Motzoey Shabbat (Saturday evening). Please see service times and information below in this regard, including our annual popular kids program and ice-cream party,which will take place next Sunday.

This Shabbat we will bless the incoming month of Sivan. You are welcome to join us at 7.30am tomorrow in the Synagogue for the recital of Tehillim (Psalms), prior to the morning service.

Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov 

Rabbi Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

From The Rabbi – Parshat Emor 5778

With the recent revelations surrounding our financial institutions and Facebook relating to issues of trust, accountability and privacy, regardless of whether we feel this may effect us personally, leaves us disillusioned and skeptical of the world and raises questions in our mind about our faith in humanity, leading to other fundamental questions such as, ‘how we view the world?’, ‘Why does evil exist?’, ‘Why do the wicked seem to prosper?, ”Does anything really matter?’

These important existential questions, which lie at the very core of the human soul and existence help us to define our purpose in life and will be addressed in the upcoming JLI course, commencing this Monday evening. Please see information below in this regard, and if you have not booked, I urge you to come along and discover some of the profound Jewish perspectives on these fundamental issues.

Save the date for the celebration of our special anniversary on Shavuot, Sunday May 20th, the day on which We received the 10 Commandments and we recommit ourselves to the Torah and Jewish continuity. Our annual popular kids program and ice-cream party will take place at the Brisbane Synagogue for the occasion.

Shabbat Shalom

Rabbi Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

Shabbat and Festival Times

Fri  Nov 2nd: Light Candles 5.49pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 3rd 6.45pm

Fri  Nov 9th: Light Candles 5.54pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 10th 6.50pm

Fri  Nov 16th: Light Candles 5.59pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 17th 6.56pm

Fri  Nov 23rd: Light Candles 6.05pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 24th 7.02pm

Fri  Nov 30th: Light Candles 6.10pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 1st 7.08pm

Sun 2nd Chanukah 1st night: Light candles after nightfall (6.58pm)

Fri  Dec 7th: Light Candles 6.16pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 8th 7.14pm

Sun 9th Chanukah last night: Light candles after nightfall (6.58pm)

Fri  Dec 14th: Light Candles 6.20pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 15th 7.19pm

Fri  Dec 21st: Light Candles 6.24pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 22nd 7.23pm

Fri  Dec 28th: Light Candles 6.27pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 29th 7.25pm

Fri  Jan 4th: Light Candles 6.29pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 5th 7.27pm

Fri  Jan 11th: Light Candles 6.30pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 12th 7.27pm

Fri  Jan 18th: Light Candles 6.29pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 19th 7.26pm

Fri  Jan 25th: Light Candles 6.28pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 26th 7.23pm

Fri  Feb 1st: Light Candles 6.24pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 2nd 7.19pm

Fri  Feb 8th: Light Candles 6.20pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 9th 7.14pm

Fri  Feb 15th: Light Candles 6.15pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 16th 7.08pm

Fri  Feb 22nd: Light Candles 6.09pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 23rd 7.02pm