Archive for September, 2018

From The Rabbi – Shabbat Chol Hamoed Sukkot 5779

Yesterday I was waiting by the nursing station to be directed to the correct room, while visiting a dear elderly community member in the hospital to shake the Lulav and Etrog. A burly looking security guard approached me and said “Oh, it’s a palm branch, part of your religious holiday! I received an urgent call about a man with a sword walking through the ward”. On reflection, it occurred to me that in a sense the Lulav is a kind of spiritual sword drawing down powerful blessings to assist us in combating the various external and internal struggles that we face. As one young lady who came round to our Sukkah this week to shake the Lulava and Etrog said “Rabbi Jaffe I felt compelled to come over and do this in order to shake off some of negative issues that I am dealing with.” So refreshing and inspiring it was to witness this level of commitment and perspective in performing a Mitzvah.

The first days of Sukkot have been lovely and we express our thanks and appreciation to those dedicated members who have assisted to prepare and decorate the Sukkah, As well as to Rabbi Levi and Dina Rosenbaum from Melbourne, who have assisted in leading the services at Shul. Our thanks to Tony Gariano for preparing an exquisite Kiddush on the first day of Sukkot for all to enjoy in the ambiance of our Sukkah.

Please see information below regarding Sheminin Atzeret and Simchat Torah services. Please make a special effort to attend as we may struggle with the Minyan numbers particularly on Monday morning and evening.

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach

Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

From The Rabbi – Parshat Ha’azinu and Sukkot 5779

Our Yom Kippur services at the Brisbane Synagogue were uplifting and memorable, and what a nachas it always is to experience the lovely convivial atmosphere of so many of our members and their family and friends, along with many visitors from all over the world, uniting together on this holy and awesome day of all days.

We extend our deep thanks and sincere appreciation to Rabbi Levik Simon, who came down from the Sunshine Coast to assist us in leading the services, to Phillip Zavelsky for his ongoing help during the services and to Dr Michael Briner, Dr Gillian Shar, and David Paratz for running the children’s program.

Once again, we extend our heartfelt thanks to each and every CSG Security member for their dedication and commitment, thanks to whom we all have the mental space to feel at ease and present our prayers upon high.

We spoke in Shul over Yom Kippur about the importance of friendship and maintaining healthy relationships, and making sure that our souls, in addition to our bodies, receive the correct nutrients. I am pleased to report that since Yom Kippur, several congregants and communal members have approached me stating that they wish to treat their SDS (Spiritual Deficiency Syndrome) by attending the upcoming JLI course ‘Wrestling with Faith’. Please see information below in this regard.

For Sukkot, which commences this coming Sunday evening, we are delighted to welcome back Rabbi Levi (yes another Levi) and his wife Dina Rosenbaum from Melbourne, who will assist in leading the services.

Please see information below regarding Sukkot services, and please make a special effort to attend, as we will be struggling with the numbers, particularly on Monday and Tuesday morning.

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach

Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

Shabbat and Festival Times


Fri Jan 3rd: Light Candles 6.29pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 4th 7.27pm

Fri Jan 10th: Light Candles 6.30pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 11th 7.27pm

Fri Jan 17th: Light Candles 6.29pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 18th 7.26pm

Fri Jan 24th: Light Candles 6.28pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 25th 7.23pm

Fri Jan 31st: Light Candles 6.25pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 1st 7.20pm